The Civil Guard of Torgau

Torgau, often destroyed in wars and know as a centre of military offices and garrisons, just used a battle, where no blood was spilled, to start a tradition.
Defence was a civil duty in times of war. Thats why Torgau had a civil guard, which in 1542 had to set off for battle. 128 men among them 50 men on horses, left Torgau for Wurzen. They took over the town without a fight. This fortunate outcome later resulted in a festivity of public entertainment and shooting matches.

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