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The duties of the Engineer Department comprise-reconnoirring and surveying for military purposes and for internal improvements, the selection of siles, ihe formation of plans and estimates, the construction, repair, and inspection of fortifications, and the disbursements of the sums appropriater for the faifilment of those objects severally, comprising those of the Military Academy. Also, the superintendence of the execution of the acts of Congress in relation io internal improvements by roads, canals, the navigation of rivers, and the repairs and improvements connected with the harbours of the United States, or the entrance into the same, which may be authorized by acts of Congress, wiid the execution of which the War Department may be charged
The function of the engineers being generally confined to the most elevated branch of milijary science, they do not assume, nor are they subject to be ordered on any duty bevond the line of their immediate profession, except by special authority through the War Department and when so arranged to other duties, either on detachment or otherwise, they have precedence according to their commissions, which, at all times, entitle them to every mark of military respect.
........... 800 00 This Bureau has charge of all topographical operations and surveys for military purposes, and for purposes of internal improvenients, and of all maps, drawings and doruments in relation to those duties.
D. Bedinger, Storekeeper, Harper's Ferry, Pay, &c. of Captain of Inf.
........ Pay, &c. of Cap.
The 0 dnance Department which had been abolished and merged in the
enant Colonel, iwo Majors, ind ten Captains, and as many enlisted men, as ile public service may require, not exceedling two hundred and fifty.
li is the duty of the Colonel of the 0. doance Department to direct the in. section and proving of tll pieces of ordnance, cannon balls, shot, shells,
small ans and sive arnis, and equi, ments proc. red for the use of the armies or the United States; and to direct ihe construction of a canuon and car. riages, and every in.piepepi and apparatus for ordnance, and all ammunition wagons, travelling lorges, and anifie ers' wagons, the inspection and
proving of ponder, and ihe preparation of all kinds of amm: nition and ordfnance stores. It is also his duty to furnish estimates, under the direction of the Secretary of War, 10 make contracts and purchases for procuring the necessary supplies of a ro 8, equipments, ordnance, and ordnance stores.
The general denomination of urdnanre and ordnance stores, comprehends all cannon, howitzers, nortars, cannon balls, and she ils for the land service, all gain carriages, caissons, travelling forges and postins, with all their equipp.ents, and all other apparatus and machines required for the service and manæuvres of artillery in garrison, sieges, or in the field, together with the materials for their construction and repair. Also, all small arpis, side arms and accoutredients for the artillery, cavalry, infantry, and riflemen-all am. munition for cannon and small arms; and all stores of expendi ures for the service of the artillers ; materials, utensils and stores for laboratories; all intrenching and miner's tools, for the attack or defence of places; armourer's tools for the repair of arms, and artificers' ools of every description, required for the construction or repair of guin carriages and artillery equipments The ordinary articles of camp equipage, such as axes, spades, shovels, wattocks, &c. are not included.
ORDNANCE SERGEANTS. The act of 5th April, 1832, providing for the organization of the Ordnance Department, authorizes the Secretary of War to sele: t from the sergeants of the line of the army, who shall have faithfully served eight years in the ser. vice, four years of which in the grade of non-commissioned officer, as many Ordnance Sergeants, as the service may require, not to exceed one for each Military Post; whose duty is shall be to receive and preserve the Ordnance, Arms, Ammunition, and the other Military Stores under the direi tion of the Commanding Officer of the Post, and who shall receive for their service, five dollars per month in addition to their pay in the line The following named Sergeants have been selected accordingly, by the Secretary of War. NAMES.
Former Reg. & Company. Station to which assigned
........do.. ......... Bellona Arsenal. A. Coy.....
........do.... ....D.. Fort Johnston.
..do.. D.. Fort Constitution,
.... ...do..... ..C.. Font Trumbull. E. Conart....
4th Artillery ......C.. Fort Independence. W. Robinson.
........do.... Madison Barracks. W. Littlefield
....do........G.. Fort Columbus. L. Lesay....
........................do........D.. Fort Hamilton. J. Beggs.... .............do............., Fort Severn. J. Maul..................
........do... .. ..B.. Fort Monroe. G. Preston............
1st Infantry.. ....H.. Fort Snelling. J. Melvio................ ........do............ Fort Crawford. J A. Wood.. ....
20 Infantry.. ........ Fort Brady. J Young...... ...... ....do........B
Fort Mackinac. F. Powley..
do........G. Fort Niagara.
Former. Reg. & Coinpany. Station to which assigned.
120 lvfantry.. .... E. Hancock Barracks.
3d Infantry.... ..B.. Fort Jesup,
..A.. Fort Towson.
............., ..A.. Fort Howard.
6th Infantry... ..H.. Fort Leavenworth.
Fort Wood, N. Y.
1st Artillery ......B.. Fort McHenry.
.....do........B.. Beaufort, N. Ć. M. Gilmore
.......do ......... Fort Gratiot.
..H.. Fort Armstrong.
do........H.. Fort Snelling.
........do .. ..K.. Fort Sullivan.
........................do.. .....G.. Castle Pinckney.
..do... .... B.. Key West.
.do.... ..D.. Fort King. W. Winning....
........do ..... A.. Fort Mitchell. J. Williams..............
.......do..... G.. New Orleans.
Tower of Du pre.
..do.... ....D.. Bien Venue,
QUARTER MASTER'S DEPARTMENT.
900 00 The objects of this department are, to insure an efficient system of supply and to give facility and effect to the movements and operations of the army.
The Quartermaster General is stationed at the Ciiy of Washington, but occasionally visits the several stations of the subordinate officers of his deparimeal. "He has, under the direction of the Secretary of War, the exclu. sive control of all the quartermasters, and assis. ant quartermasters; and of all officers and agents acting in, or making dishursements on account of the department; in every thing relating to the administrative branch of their duties, and their accountability. He has a like control of all regimental and company officers, in cvery thing relating to barracks or quarters, and to the accountability for supplies of the quartermaster's and purchasing departmenis One quartermaster is attached to the office of the quai termaster gene. rai, who in addition to his other duties is charged wiib'he disbursenients *t Washington, and in the absence of the quartermaster general, has the di. rection of the office. There is also attached to the office an assistant quarter. master, and as may subaltero officers, foc, as the service from time to time requires.
All communications relating to the duties of the department, or to any
branch or officer thereof, except fron con manding generals of divisions, o departments of arones, niust be addressed to the quartermaster general.
it is the duly of the Quarter master general to make binself acquainted miib the frontiers, both maritime and interior, and with the avevues leading to the cousiguous Indian and 10reign territories; with the resources of the country, in military supplies, and the means of transportation, particularly on The districts on the frontiers; with the most eligible points for concentrating
troops and collecting supplies, wheiher in relation to offensive or defensive operations; with the relative expense of concentrating at particular positions and the advantages of those positions. It is also bis duiy to designate the routes of coniniunication beineen different posts and armies-The course of military coads-and the sites for permanent and temporary depois of provi ions and military sto es.
The officers of the quartermaster's department are enjoined to collect information in relation to ail these points, and to make themselves acquainted with the state of the roads, the course and description of the rivers, and lihe most direct routes between the different military posts within their respecise di partments
The quartermasler general can assign the officers of his department to Auch stations as he may think proper; and officers so assigned cannot be renoved from their stations, noi be subject io detail, vor be employed upon any other duties than those of their department, except by his order or ihai orihe Secretary of War.
The officers of this deparıment must provide quariers and transportation for the troops, and transportasion for all military stores, provisions, camp and garrison equipage, and arullery, and provide for openning and repairing roads, and construciing and repairing bridges, which may be necessary to the movements of any part of the army.
They inust provide good and sufficient store houses for all military supplies and for all provisions deposited by the commissary general anu his assistants, or under contracts between individuals and the goverunent, and appoint sorekepers, when nccessary, for the custody of such stores or provisions, or any other property of the governnient placed there.
They purchase a il torage, tuel, straw and stationary, for the use of the troops, and bäve the same transported and issued agreeally to the regulatio.is They purchase dragoon and illery horses, and horses, oxer, wagon, carts and boats, for ibe transportation of baggage, and for garrison purposes; and provide materials for construciing and repairing barracks, hospitals, stables and bridges.
No purchase can be made on public account, in time of peace, by any officer of the quarter master's department, but the articles above enumerated, except by special authority from the Secretary of War, communicated through the quartermaster general, or at the risk of the officer ordering the supplies
Officers of this depariment receive from the purchasing and subsistence Hepariments, and from the ordnance depois, all medical and liospital sture's provisions, arms, ammunition, and ordnance, and transport the same to the place of destination, and make distribution thereof, agreeably to the dire: Ition given to the articles by the commissary gei.eral or purchases, the com. missary general of subsistence, he ordnance officer, or the general commanding ihe division or department to which they are destined.
As far as practicable, all supplies and services required in the operations of the quartermaster's depasiment, are procured by contracts, based upon proposals resperting the same, previously advertised for. When this course is found impracticable, or inconvenient to the public service, hose supplies and services are obtained by open purchase or agreement in the market.
All copirarts enterrd into, are executed in triplicate, one of which in all ases is iransmitted to the quar ermaster general's office. They must be laccompared b: a b ind of the contractor, conditioned for the faithful per
formance of his stipulations, under penalty of one half the amount involved, and supported by two sureties, of whose sufficiency satisfactory evidence is required, in the absence of personal kuowiedge.
Proposals are not to be opened until the line shall have elapsed within which they are to be receivers, and in all cases the several bidders have, on application, the privilege of reference to the proposals alter they shall have been acted upon.
A copy of all adver:isenients for proposals are transmited to the quartermaster general's office, with the contracts to which they relate; also, an abstract of the proposals, showing ihe names and terms of the several bidders. The proposals themselves are carefully preserved for suture reser.
Officers of the quartermaster's department have the right, without refer.ence to any other authority, to pay for all supplies or services for which they are authorized by these regulations 10 contract; but avvances on contracts being strictly prohibited by law, under all circumstances, payment is, in no case, made for supplies until they have been delivered, nor for services until they have been performed
Payment for services or suppiies are as far as practicalle, made within the quarter during which the service shall have been rendered, or the sup
plies furnished. When this is not practicable, either from the want of funds or any other cause, the fact must be reported to the quartermaster general at the close of the quarter; and all property received, whether paid for or not, must appear on the property returus of the quarter in which it shall have been eceived.
Due bills are not, in any case, given by officers of the quartermaster's department; nor are receipis taken from any claimant; whether for supplies or services, unless the amount specified be actually paid.
No officer or other person employed in the quartermaster's department can be concerned, directly or indirectly, either for himself or others, in any contract with any department of the government, nor in the purchase of any claim of the government, whether of a soldier or a citizen, nor in the purcbase or sale of any article of miliary supply, except on public account.
All officers and agents of the quartermaster's department, are required to keep and render their accounts, both of money and property, according to the forms prescribed by the regulations; and each officer and agent of the department must forward bis accounts to the office of the quartermaster gen. eral, within twenty days after the expiration of the quarter; and it shall be the duty of the quartermaster general' to examine and transmit them, with bis remarks, to the proper accounting officers of the treasury depar ment.
Any officer or agent of the quartermaster's department, who lails to forward at the time prescribed, any repor', estimate, return, or stalement, which he is required by the regulations to make, is removed, and his negleci is the subject of military investigation ; unless he explain the cause of such failure to the satisfaction of the quartermaster general.
The quartermaster general any, whenever he shall deem it necessary, cause a thor 'ugh inspection to be made of the books and accounts of this quartermasters, and of all officers and agents making disliursements on account of the department. This inspection embrace's property as well as money : and extends to contracts-to prices paid for articles purchased
prices paid for tran-portation, and generally, to every article of supply, and Jio all effects connecied with the dep:rtment.
The books and accounts of the giariera aster general is subject to a simi. lar inspection.
Whenever private buildings are occupied as quarters, or lands for encampments, by i he troops of the United States, a reasonable compensation is paid to the proprietor by the quartermaster of the deyartment, pos!, or return.
When the rate of coinpensation cannot be satisfactorily agreed upon, disinterested pers us are appointed by the quartermaster and proprietor, 10 app rise and dete mine the rent