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THE NATIONS BULWARK. A well disciplined Militia.
Complete Explanation:
A satire on the Philadelphia militia, the first and apparently only number issued in a projected series of "Sketches of Character" by Edward Williams Clay. In the center an officer reviews a disorderly line of soldiers, some of them uniformed, standing at varying degrees of attention. In the background are two tents with people dining and drinking, a fiddler playing, and flags reading "Hurrah for Old Hickory" and "Jackson For Ever." A cider barrel is visible in one tent, and at a table shaded by an umbrella ladies dispense drink. The militiamen are said to include well-known Philadelphians of the period.

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