New York Militia account book
The New York Militia account book is comprised of financial records for a volunteer militia based in New York City. The book spans the years 1802 to 1814, though, since it contains legacy records from an "Old Account Book," the militia was likely established earlier than 1802. In the early 19th century, each state maintained compulsory and voluntary militias to protect against foreign attack and to uphold domestic order. The volunteer militias were often called "uniformed militias" since they purchased their own, often elaborate, uniforms. After the War of 1812, most local militias were replaced by the national United States Army.
For a list of militia members see additional descriptive data below.