Excerpt from History of Illinois and Her People, Vol. 2 of 6
The people of the new state gave considerable attention to military matters. This gave those who had had some experience in war a chance to take command of units of the militia and assume the high sounding titles that go along with military organization. Muster days were marked events in the calendar of the year.
The new state had started well under Governor Bond. The first session of the Legislature had been diligent in enacting such laws as their needs seemed to require. Courts had been organized, county officers appointed, and the machinery of civil government was fairly well adjusted. The governor was able to report a healthy financial condition of the state's new treasury department. At the meeting of the second Legislature, which convened in December, 1820, and held over into the year 1821, there were quite a few laws passed and some subjects considered which were taken up at later sessions.
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