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Seventeen for ordnance duty, which with the nineteen permanent officers provided by the 4th section as amended, will make up the number of the corps as now organized;
Nineteen for quartermasters' and commissaries' duties, being one for each regiment, as authorized by the 5th section of the bill; and
Fifty-seven for separate posts, as authorized by the same section.
The bill, if modified according to the views I have indicated, will attain the same ends that are proposed by it, as it now stands; thu difference being, I conceive, that the mode of attaining those ends will, by my plan, obviate many serious objections to the bill as reported, and that the modified bill will be more likely to pass. am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Captain of Ordnance Hon. C. J. FAULKNER,
Chairman Committee on Military Affairs.
Bill, (H. R. 615,) with amendments proposed by Captain Maynadier.
to accompany his letter of the 22d January, 1855, to the Hon. C. J. Faulkner; prepared in compliance with a request from the Committee on Military Affairs to communicate his views relative to this bill.
A BILL for the increase and better organization of the army, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there shall be added to the army two regiments of infantry and two regiments of cavalry, organized as in the existing force, with such modifications as provided in this act.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the present regiments of dragoons and mounted riflemen shall be hereafter styled regiments of cavalry, and that, in order to furnish details for engineer, ordnance, and general statf duties, there may be added to each regiment of artillery, infantry, and cavalry as many first lieutenants, not exceeding seven, as the exigencies of the service may require; each company of cavalry shall consist of one captain, one first lieutenant, one second lieutenant, five sergeants, and from six to ten corporals, (one as quartermaster corporal, and one as saddler corporal,) two musicians, two farriers, and from sixty-four to one hundred privates, as the President may direct; that each company of artillery shall remain organized as at present, with the addition of one or three sergeants, the addition of one or three corporals, the addition of two or four artificers, and the addition of from the present number of privates up to one hundred, as the President may direct; and that each company of infantry shall remain organized as at present, with the addition of one sergeant, four corporals, and twenty-six privates, as the President
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That there shall be added to the corps of engineers one brigadier general and a company of engineer
soldiers, organized as now provided by law; that the corps of topographical engineers shall be discontinued, and the officers of that corps transferred to the corps of engineers; that vacancies in and below the grade of captain in the corps of engineers shall not be filled until it shall be reduced to consist of one brigadier general, two colonels, two lieutenant colonels, eight majors, and twenty captains; and such additional officers as may be from time to time required for the performance of engineer duties, shall be détailed from the other corps of the army.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That vacancies in and below the grade of captain in the ordnance corps shall not be filled until it shall be reduced to consist of one colonel, two lieutenant colonels, eight majors, eight captains, and the military storekeepers and enlisted men now authorized by law; and such additional officers as may from time to time be required for the performance of ordnance duties, shall be detailed from the other corps of the army.
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That including the number now authorized by law, and the one to be at the head of the engineers, there shall be ten brigadier generals-one to be adjutant general, one to be quartermaster general, and two to be employed as inspectors general, when required by the state of the service; and vacancies in the Subsistence, the Adjutant General's, and the Quartermaster's departments shall not be filled until these departments shall be reduced to consist of one commissary general, one judge advocate of the army, eight assistant adjutant generals, eight quartermasters, and six commissaries; and all vacancies, subsequently occurring in either of these departments, shall be filled by officers selected from the regiments or corps, and who shall receive each the cavalry pay and allowances of the grade next above that which he holds in his regiment or corps, except the commissary general, who shall receive the pay and allowances of a colonel; and there shall be as many assistant quartermasters and assistant commissaries as the service may require, not exceeding one to each regiment and each separate post, who shall be selected from the lieutenants of the army, and shall receive not more than twenty dollars nor less than ten dollars a month in addition to their pay, and be subject to duty in both departments: Provided, That the duties now performed by the quartermaster general, in relation to the supply and accountability for army clothing, be hereafter performed by the commissary general.
Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That all commissioned officers of the army authorized by this act shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. Appointments on the staff, to wit: of adjutant general, quartermaster general, inspectors general, and to fill vacancies in the Subsistence, Adjutant Gene ral's, and Quartermaster's departments, shall be made by the President, shall confer no additional rank in the army, and shall be revoked, and the officer returned to the ordinary duties of his commission, whenever, in the judgment of the President, the public service may thereby be promoted; and the assistant quartermasters and assistant commissaries, authorized by this act, shall be appointed and removed under such regulations as the President may adopt; and
these appointments and selections of officers for staff duties shall be without prejudice to their rank and promotion in their respective regiments or corps; and all laws now in force authorizing the appointment, by commission, of inspectors general, of officers in the Adjutant General's department, in the Quartermaster General's department, in the Subsistence department, and of judge advocate of the army, and of the appointment of regimental quartermasters, be, and the same are hereby, repealed; and the officers now holding commissions on the staff shall be arranged to places in the army, regard, as far as practicable, being had to rank.
Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That general officers shall be appointed by selection; the brigadier general of engineers from the corps of engineers, and the colonel of ordnance by selection from the corps of ordnance; in all other cases promotions shall be made by seniority to the grade of colonel, inclusive, except in case of disability or incompetency. In the artillery, infantry, and cavalry, promotions to the rank of captain, inclusive, shall be made regimentally; above that grade, through the lines of artillery, infantry, and cavalry, respectively. Promotions in the engineers and ordnance shall be confined to the respective corps. Vacancies in the grade of captain of engineers or ordnance which may occur after these corps are reduced to the respective organizations provided by sections three and four of this act, shall be supplied by selection from the other corps of the army.
SEC. 8. And be it further enacted, That the President shall have power to prescribe the manner in which the troops shall be armed and equipped, according to the nature of their service.
Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That articles sixty-first, sixtysecond, and sixty-third of section first of the act of April ten, eighteen hundred and six, entitled "An act for establishing rules and articles for the government of the armies of the United States," be, and the same are hereby, repealed; and the following rules shall regulate the command and rank of officers in cases not provided for in the ninetyeighth article of the act just recited:
When different regiments or corps join and do duty together, the officer highest in rank there present on duty shall command the whole.
Officers shall take rank and do duty in the regiment or corps to which they belong, according to the commissions by which they are mustered therein. Brevet commissions shall not have effect, either for rank or pay, except in commands composed of different regiments or corps: and then only by assignment by the President, or such officer as he may empower to make such assignments; but no officer, by virtue of his brevet, shall be placed over another of higher rank by brevet.
An officer of the pay or medical departments cannot exercise command, except in his own department; nor shall he be commanded by a non-commissioned officer, nor by any but the commander of the post, the regiment, or troops with which he may be serving.
Sec. 10. And be it further enacted, That the officers and men authorized by this act shall be entitled to the same provisions for wounds and disabilities, and their widows and children to the same allow
ances and benefits in every respect, as are allowed to those of other troops composing the army of the United States; and the officers and men shall be subject to the rules and articles of war, and the men shall be recruited in the same manner as other troops, and with the same conditions and limitations.
Sec. 11. And be it further enacted, That the monthly pay of officers shall be as follows: a major general, two hundred and sixty-five dollars; a brigadier general, one hundred and sixty-five dollars; a colonel, one hundred and thirty-five dollars; a lieutenant colonel, one hundred and fifteen dollars; a major, ninety-five dollars; a captain of cavalry, eignty-five dollars; a captain of artillery and infantry, seventy-five dollars; a first lieutenant of cavalry, sixty-five dollars; a first lieutenant of artillery and infantry, fifty-seven dollars; a sec ond lieutenant of cavalry, fifty-five dollars; a second lieutenant of artillery and infantry, forty-seven dollars ; a cadet, thirty-three dollars; and the surgeon general and paymaster general shall have the pay and allowances of a colonel; and the pay and allowances of officers and enlisted men belonging to horse artillery-batteries shall be the same as the pay and allowances of the corresponding grades of cavalry: Provided, That an officer absent from duty, except by reaso of wounds received in action, or from disease contracted in the line of duty, for a longer period than at the rate of one month per year, shall, for the time of such absence, be entitled only to his pay and service rations, and no other allowances: Provided, however, That in cases of leave of absence from distant posts, the President of the United States may, in his discretion, extend the period from one month to fifty days, during which time the pay and allowance of such officer shall continue: And provided further, That service rations be allowed to general officers in like manner as to other officers.
Sec. 12. And be it further enacted, That whenever any officer of the army shall be incapable of performing the duties of his office, and shall voluntarily apply to be retired from active service, or, on being ordered to perform the duties appropriate to his commission, shall report himself unable to comply with such order, or whenever, in the judgment of the President of the United States, any officer of the army shall be in any way incapable of performing the duties of his office, the President, at his discretion, shall direct the Secretary of War to refer the case of such officer to an army board, to be composed o not more than thirteen nor less than five commissioned officers, to be detailed from those of superior rank to him whose case is under consideration, as far as his grade and the interest of the service will permit. And the said board shall determine upon the case referred to them; and their opinion thereon, with a record of the proceedings, shall be transmitted to the Secretary of War, to be laid before the President for his approval or disapproval. If, in the judgment of the board, the officer be incapable of performing the duties of his office, the board shall report whether, in their opinion, the disability is to be traced to vicious habits. If not, and the President approve such judgment, the disabled officer shall thereupon be placed on the retired list. But if the board are of opinion that the disability is the result of vicious habits, and the President concur in that opinion, then
the disabled officer shall not be placed on the retired list, but shall be dropped from the rolls of the army.
Sec. 13. And be it further enacted, That when an officer is placed on the retired list, in accordance with the provisions of this act, he shall be withdrawn from active service and command, with the pay of the rank held by him at the time in his regiment or corps, and the service rations to which he may then be entitled, but without any other allowances; and the officer next in rank shall be promoted to the place of the retired officer, according to the rule of service. And the same rule of promotion shall be applied successively to the vacancies consequent uron the retirement of the disabled officer as herein provided : Provided, That if the disability be the result of wounds received in action, the officer shall have the pay of his highest rank bv brevet or otherwise.
Sec. 14. And be it further enacted, That whenever the President shall deem it advisable to cause an officer who has been withdrawn from active service and retired from the line of promotion, as herein provided, to be placed on any duty not incompatible with his condition, such officer shall, for the time he may be so employed, be entitled to all the pay and allowances of the grade with which he was retired from service.
Sec. 15. And be it further enacted, That during one year after the passage of this act, officers may be placed on the retired list, after which time no more officers shall be placed on the retired list without further authority of law.
QUARTERMASTER GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington City, October 20, 183C. Sir: In compliance with your order directing a report under a resolution of the House of Representatives of the 26th of April last, which requires the views of the Secretary of War to be presented to that House at its next session, as to the propriety of reducing the number of officers of the army, and as to the most efficient organization in conformity with the reduction proposed, I beg leave to remark, that whether any of the officers composing the army can be discharged without injury to the public service must depend upon the objects for which that body is maintained, and the duties it is required to perform.
The nature of our political system, with the advantages derived from our geographical position, enables us to dispense with large standing armies in time of peace; but the obligation to be at all times prepared for war, imposed upon us by a prudent regard to our own security, is not thereby lessened ; on the contrary, it is a solemn duty, which we owe to ourselves and to the cause of free government, to be able to call into action the whole physical energies of our country