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Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars be, and the same is here. by appropriated, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for erecting buildings, and for providing an apparatus, a library and all necessary implements, and for such contingent expenses as may be necessary and proper, in the judg. ment of the President of the United States, for su an institution.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That so mucha of the twenty-sixth section of the act, entitled, “ An act fixing the military peace establishment," passed the sixteenth March, one thousand eight hundred and two, as confines the selection of the commander of the corps of engineers to the said corps, be, and the same is hereby repealed.

H. CLAY,
Speaker of the House of Representatives,

WM. H. CRAWFORD,

President of the Senate pro tempore. April 29, 1812.

APPROVED, JAMES MADISON.

An ACT for the better Regulation of the Ordnance,

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled; That there be and hereby is established an ordnance department, to consist of a commissary general of ordnance, an assistant commissary general, four deputy commissaries, and as many assistant deputy commissaries as the President of the United States may think necessary, not exceeding eight.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the commissary general be authorized from time to time to employ as many wheelwrights, carriage makers, blacksmiths and laborers as the public service may in his judgment require.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the com missary general of ordnance shall be entitled to the fank, pay and emoluments of a colonel of infantry, and be further allowed at the rate of five hundred dollars per year, and four rations per day for clerks in his department, the assistant commissary general of ordnance shall be entitled to the rank, pay and emoluments of a major of infantry, with three addi. tional rations per day ; the deputy commissaries of ordnance shall be entitled to the rank, pay and emoluments of a captain of infantry, with two additional rations per day, and forage for one horse ; the assistant deputies shall have the rank, pay and emoluments of à second lieutenant of infantry, with one additional ration per day.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That a master wheelwright and carriage maker, and a master blacksmith, be allowed thirty dollars each, per month, and one ration and one half of a ration per day : that any other wheelwrights, carriage makers and blacksmiths, be allowed each sixteen dollars per month, and one ration and one half of a ration per day; that the laborers each be allowed nine dollars per month and one ration per day.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the commissary general of ordnance to direct the inspection and proving of all pieces of ordnance, cannon balls, shells and shot, procured for the use of the army of the United States ; and to direct the construction of all carriages and every apparatus for ordnance, for garrison and field service, and all ammunition waggons, pontoons and travelling forges ; also, the direction of the laboratories, the inspection and proving the public powder, and the preparing all kinds of ammunition for garrison and field service ; and shall, half yearly, examine all ordnance, carriages, ammunition and apparatus, in the respective fore tresses, magazines and arsenals, and cause the same to be preserved and kept in good order.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the com

missary general of ordnance shall execute all orders issued by the secretary for the department of war, in conveying all ordnance, ammunition and apparatus, to. the respective armies, garrisons, magazines and arsenals; and in time of war he shall execute all orders of any general officer, commanding in any army or garrison, for the supply of ordnance, ammunition, carriages, pontoons, forges, furnaces or apparatus, for garrison, field or siege service, and forward the same without delay and in good condition.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That the commissary general of ordnance shall half yearly transmit to the department of war, a correct return of all ordnance, ammunition, military stores and effects, in the respective garrisons, arsenals, magazines, posts and camps, with a statement of their order, quality and condition; and also what may be necessary to keep up an ample supply of each and every article in the ordnance department, and shall, in all things, faithfully and without delay execute the orders of the secretary for the department of war touching the

same.

Sec. 8. And be it further enacted, That the superintendents of military stores, keepers of magazines and arsenals, shah half yearly, make correct returns to the commissary general of ordnance of all military stores that they respectively have in charge ; and that the assistant commissary general of ordnance, the deputy commissaries and assistant deputies shall faithfully, and without delay, execute all ora ders that shall be issued by the secretary for the de. partment of war, the commanding general, in time of war, of any corps, camp or garrison, or of the commissary general of ordnance, in their respective des partments, by virtue of this act.

Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That the commissary general of ordnance shall make a correct report of the artificers and laborers from time to time employed by him, and transmit the same to the adjus iant general.

Sec. 10. And be it further enacted, That for de. fraying the expense that may be incurred in the execution of this act, the sum of twenty thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

H. CLAY,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

WM. H. CRAWFORD,

President of the Senate pro tempore. May 14, 1812. APPROVED,

JAMES MADISON.

AN ACT making further Provision for the Army of

the United States.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That the President of the United States be, and he hereby is authorized and empowered to appoint so many district pay masters as, in his judgment, the service may require; and if such pay masters are taken from the line of the army, they shall respectively receive thirty dollars per month, in addition to their pay in the line: Provided, The same shall in no case exceed the pay and emoluments of a major; and ii not taken from the line they shall receive the same pày and einoluments as a major of infantry.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the President of the United States be, and he hereby is authorized and empowered to appoint a pay master to each regiment on the peace establishment, who shall receive the same pay and emoluments as a captain of the regiment to which he belongs : Provided, That all district and regimental pay masters shall be subject to the rules and articles of war, and give such bonds to the United States as the secretary for the department of war may direct, for the faithful performance of their duties. And it shall be the duty of the commanding officer, when requested by the pay mas

ter, to furnish a capable non-commissioned officer or soldier to aid him in the discharge of his duty, who, while so employed, shall receive double pay.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the Presia dent of the United States be, and he hereby is authorized to appoint from the captains and subalterns of the line of the army, so many sub-inspectors as the service may require, not exceeding one to each brigade; and such sub-inspectors shall each receive twenty-four dollars per month, in addition to his pay in the line.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That each brigade major, provided by law, shall be allowed twentyfour dollars per month, in addition to his pay in the line.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the general commanding the army of the United States shall be allowed a secretary, to be taken from the line of the army, who shall receive twenty-four dollars per month in addition to his pay in the line, and shall be allowed forage for two horses.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That in addition to the non-commissioned officers and privates allowed to the regiment of light artillery, each company shall be entitled to twelve drivers of artillery, who shall be enlisted for five years, unless sooner discharged, and receive the same pay, rations and clothing, as the privates of the army : Provided, such drivers of artillery shall at all times be liable to do duty in the ranks when the company shall not be mounted.

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That so much of the “act for establishing rules and articles for the government of the armies of the United States," as authorizes the infliction of corporal punishment, by stripes or lashes, be and the same hereby is repealed.

H. CLAY,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

WM. H. CRAWFORD,

President of the Senate pro tempore; May 16, 1812. APPROVED

JAMES MADISON.

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