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An Act to Convert the Arsenal at Columbia, and the Citadel and Magazine in and Near Charleston, Into Military Schools.

December 20, 1842

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina, Volume XI, Pages 244-245.

I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the sum of eight thousand dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated annually, for the establishment of a Military School at the Arsenal at Columbia, and the sum of sixteen thousand dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated annually, for the establishment of a Military School at the Citadel in Charleston, in lieu of the like sums heretofore appropriated for the Arsenal and Magazine Guard, at Columbia, and the Citadel and Magazine Guard, in and near Charleston.

II. That the Governor and Commander-in-Chief is hereby authorized to organize Military Schools at the Arsenal at Columbia, and at the Citadel in Charleston, the students and members of which, shall be employed in peforming such services as may be assigned them; and he is also authorized to appoint a Board of five persons, who, together with the Adjutant and Inspector General, shall constitute a Board of Visitors for the said Military Schools, any four of whom. shall constitute a quorum, and who at such times as the Governor may designate, shall meet at the said Arsenal at Columbia, and at the said Citadel in Charleston, and establish such regulations as they may deem necessary and proper for the organization and good government of said schools. That the said Board of Visitors shall have power to establish such by-laws for the management of the said schools, and the protection of the public property thereat, as shall not be inconsistent with the laws of this State, or of the United States; shall inspect the public arms, and other property at the said Arsenal at Columbia, and at the Citadel and Magazine at and near Charleston, and make a minute and full report of their condition, as well as of the condition and management of the said schools, to the Governor, to be by him laid before the General Assembly, in each and every year. They shall have power to appoint one or more Professors, qualified to give instruction in military science, and in other branches of knowledge, which the said Board of Visitors may deem essential; to fix the salaries of said Professors, and to remove them for good cause; but in every case of removal, two-thirds of the whole number of the Board of Visitors shall concur.

III. That the students, when admitted, shall be formed into Military Corps, and shall constitute the public guard of the Arsenal at Columbia, and of the Citadel and Magazine in and near Charleston, aforesaid; and whenever the said Board of Visitors shall certify to the Governor that the said schools are ready to go into operation, and that a sufficient num ber of Students or Cadets have been admitted to guard effectually the public arms and other property at the places aforesaid, the present guard shall be diminished so far and as soon as the Governor shall decide that the said Students or Cadets are able to perform their duties.

IV. That all property in any way belonging to the said Arsenal at Columbia, and the said Citadel and Magazine in and near Charleston, shall be surrendered to the Governor, to be disposed of according to the regulations to be established by the Board of Visitors hereinbefore mentioned.

V. That all Acts and clauses of Acts heretofore passed, that are inconsistent with this Act, be, and the same are hereby, repealed.

In the Senate House, the twentieth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-two, and in the sixty-seventh year of the Sovereignty and Independence of the United States of America.

ANGUS PATTERSON, President of the Senate.
W. F. COLCOCK, Speaker of the House of Representatives.



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