Just a point of clarification about exemptions from militia service. During both the Revolutionary War and late 18th century, one could be exempted from militia service for religious reasons. This sometimes occurred with males who were Quakers. But there were also a number of so-called "Fighting Quakers" who served during the Revolutionary War. Many of them were "dismissed from unity" for this.
Some German Protestant sects, particularly those known as "Dunkers" often obtained exemptions, but at a price in the form of fourfold poll tax levied on them, and for any of their militia age sons in same household.
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