Napoleonic War The Prussian Army
These were the first totally organized form of conscripted musket-armed militia.
Invented by the Russians, expounded by the Austrians, refined by the Prussians, and perfected by the British, line militia were an inexpensive alternative to normal line infantry.
Militiamen received lower pay and poorer equipment than other units. Coupled with poor discipline, these men were unreliable in the heat of battle but may be utilized as a competent screening or reserve force.