At the risk of displaying my own ignorance, might I ask if there existed "Confederate" militia, as opposed to militia of the component Staes of the Confederacy? From what I have seen and read, the States retained or reformed militia after volunteer units went into "federal" service, with the retained men (perhaps Georgia being an example) tending to be "over-age" and "under-age," often indistinguishable from "home guards," not unlike the State Guard units formed in many states after mobilization of their National Guard units in later wars. Perhaps reference is rather to the organized state militia or to the variety of units, militia or volunteer, in existence at the outbreak of the war or at time of secession. After all, "early war" was a relatively short time for the four-year CSA.
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