The deplorable results of this system were lampooned by David Claypoole Johnston in A Militia Muster, a hand-colored etching he made about 1820. Johnston, a sometime actor, made a living drawing satires aimed at the entire range of society. In A Militia Muster, two black boys look on as the militia men form up under the direction of an officer riding a starving horse without a saddle. The officer and many of his men lack shoes. A pig sleeps beneath their feet as chaos reigns and the men accidentally shoot and stab one another.

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