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41st CONGRESS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
THE SECRETARY OF WAR,
BEING PART OF THE
MESSAGE AND DOCUMENTS
COMMUNICATED TO THE
TWO HOUSES OF CONGRESS
BEGINNING OF THE SECOND SESSION OF THE FORTY-FIRST CONGRESS.
THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,
Washington, D. C., October 25, 1869. GENERAL: I have the honor to present for the information of the General of the Army, in accordance with the instructions of the Secretary of War of the 23d instant, the following report of the duties devolving upon the Corps of Engineers for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1809 :
OFFICERS OF THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS.
The number of officers in the Corps of Engineers at the end of the year was one hundred and eleven on the active list, and six on the retired. In addition, the corps was aided by officers detailed from other arms of the service, and a number of civil engineers, geologists, &c., &c.
Since the last report the corps bas lost by death an able and distinguished officer, Major M. D. McAlester, brevet brigadier general United States Army. There has been one resignation during the year, and one officer has been retired.
On June 30, 1869, the officers were distributed as follows:
7 On duty with battalion of engineers...
23 On duty, construction of fortifications
8 On duty, construction of river and harbor improvements
18 On duty, construction of fortifications, and river and harbor improve
1 On duty, survey of the lakes..
6 On special duty.
1 On leave of absence till date of resignation.
1 Awaiting orders ...
1 Detached on duty with generals commanding divisions, departments, &c...
22 Retired, off duty.
The officers detached were on duty as follows:
States Army, and Colonel Hartman Bache, brevet brigadier gen-
aide-de-camp to the General of the Army