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3: No quartering of troops in homes except in time of war

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

THIRD AMENDMENT (1791)

When the time came for the House of Representatives to debate the new Constitution in 1789, South Carolina Rep. Thomas Sumter -- the famous fort was named after him -- was recorded in the official proceedings with these thoughts: "Mr. Sumter hoped soldiers would never be quartered on the inhabitants, either in time of peace or war, without the consent of the owner." Without such a guarantee against occupation, Sumter said, "their property would lie at the mercy of men irritated by a refusal, and well disposed to destroy the peace of the family."

Two-hundred-thirteen years later, when Sgts. Matthew Friedline, left, and Greg Gittner prepared to deploy to Fort Dix, N.J., in response to the terrorist crisis, nobody thought for a moment about posting them with an area family. The Army reservists bivouacked at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Pittsburgh International Airport


Amendment III: No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.


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