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the number of brigadier generals shall be reduced to (wo; and the President of the United States is authorized and direcíed to select from the whole number which may then be in office, with. out regard to the date of their commissions, the number to be relaived, and cause the remainder to be discharged from the service of the United States.

SEC. 2. And bc it further enacted, That the President of the President anUnited States be, and he hereby is, authorized to call into the horized to call service, under the act approved May thirteen, eighteen hundred eral officers of and forty-six, such of the general officers of the militia as the the inilitia. service, in his opinion, may require, and to organize into brigades and divisions the forces authorized by said act, according to his discretion.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the field and staff Field and staff of a separate battalion of volunteers, under the said act, shall

os separate bat. be one lieutenant colonel or major, one adjutant,' with the rank teers establishof lientenant, one sergeant major, one quartermaster sergeant, and a chief bugler or principal musician, according to corps.

Sec. 4 And be il further enacted, That the President of the Number of priUnited States may limit the privates in any volunteer company, pany. according to his discretion, at from sixty-four to one hundred; an additional

second lieutenand that with every volunteer company an additonal second

ant allowed. lieutenant may be allowed and accepted. Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That when volunteers Additional offi

cers of the quaror militia are called into the service of the United States in such

ter master, comnumbers that the officers of the quartermaster, commissary, and missary,

and medical departments, authorized hy law, be not sufficient to

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ments may be provide for supplying, quartering, transporting, and furnishing appointed. them with ihe requisite medical attendance, it shall be lawful for the President io appoint, with the advice and consent of the Senate, as many additional officers of said department as the Service may require, not exceeding one quartermaster and one commissary for each brigade, with the rank of major, and one assistant quartermaster, with the rank of captain, one assistant commissary, with the rank of captain, one surgeon, and one assistant surgeon, for each regiment; the said quartermasters and cominissaries, assistant quartermasters and assistant commissaries, to give bonds, with good and sufficient sureties, for the faithful performance of their duties; and they and the said surgeons and assistant surgeons to perforin such duties as the President shall direct: Provided, that the said officers shall Proviso. be allowed the same pay and emoluments as are now allowed to officers of the same descriptions and grades in those depart. ments, respectively; that they be subject to the rules and arti. cles of war, and continue in service only so long as their services shall be required, in connexion with the militia and voluoleers. SEC. 6. And be it further enacted, That the President of

Assistant ad the United States be, and be hereby is, authorized to appoint as jitant generals many additional assistant adjutant generals, not exceeding four, may be appointas the service may require; who shall be appointed, by and

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with the advice and consent of the Senate, in the same manner, have the same brevet 'rank, pay, and emolumenis, and be

charged with the same duries, as those now anhorized by law: Proviso. Provided, That these additional appointments shall continue

only so long as the exigencies of the service may render neces

sary. Promotions and

Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That promotion in the appointments, quartermaster's department, to the rank of major, shalthereaster

be made from the captains of the army; and that appointments in the line, and in the general staff, which confer equal rank in the army, shall not be held by the same officer ai the same time; and when any officer of the staff who'may have been taken from the line shall, in virtue of seniorily, have obtained or be entitled to promotion to a grade in his tegiment equal to the commission he may hold in the staff, the said officer shall vacate such staff commission, or he may, at his option, vacate

his commission in the line. Aids-de-camp.

Sec. 8. And be it further enucted, That the aids de camp of the major general commanding the army in time of war may be taken from the line, without regard to rank; and the aids-de camp allowed to other major generals and brigadier generals may be taken from the grade of captain or subaltern;

and that the commanding or highest general in rank may, while Military secre.

in the field, appoint a military secretary from the subalierns of tary.

the army, who shall have the pay and emouluments of a major

of cavalry for the time being. Allowance for

Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That the allowance for clothing. clothing to each non-commissioned officer, musician, and pri

vate of volunteers shall be three dollars and filly cens per month, during the time he shall be in the service of the United

States. Subsistence and

Sec. 10. And be it further enacted, That the non-commis. forage of volun-sioned officers, musicians, and privales of volunteers and militia, teers and militia. when called into the service of the United States, shall be en

tiiled to receive fifty cents, in lieu of subsistence, and twentyfive cents in lieu of forage for such as are morinted, for every twenty miles, by the most direct route, from the period of leaving their homes, to the place of general rendezvous, and from

the place of discharge back to their homes. Enlistments au Sec. Il. And be it further enacted, That the colonel or thorized.

senior officer of the ordnance department is authorized to enlist for the service of that department as many master armorers, master carriage makers, master blacksmiihs, artificers, armorers, carriage makers, blacksmiths, and laborers, as the public service, in his judgment, under the directions of the Secretary for the Department of War, may require.

Approved, June 18, 1846.

CHAP. 29.-AN ACT making alterations in the pay department of the army.

[Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Reprerast. Mill sentatives of the United States of America in Congress as... .!! sembled, That the President of the United States be and he is Paymasters to hereby authorized, by and with advice and consent of the be appointed. Senate, to appoint three additional paymasters, to be attached to the pay department of the army. Un

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the officers appoin. Duties, compented in virtue of his act ehall perform the same duties, receive salion, $ce the same pay and allowances as the present paymasters of the army, and shall, in like manner, be subject to the rules and its articles of war; and previons to enlering upon the duties of their office, shall give such bonds io the Uniied States as the Secretary of War may direct for the faithful performance of their duties.

Approved, June 17, 1846.

CHAP. 30.--AN ACT to authorize the justices of the county court or Bates

county, in the Stale of Missouri, to enter a certain quarter section of land for a county seat.

[Sec.] 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the justices of the county court of the county Justices of Bates of Bates, in the State of Missouri, be, and they are bereby, au-county may en

ter land. thorized to enter with the register and receiver of the land office at Clinton, in said Slate, for the use of said county, whereon the county seat thereof has been located, the northeast quarter of section seventeen in township numbered thirty eight north, of range numbered thirty west; and on payment of the minimum price therefor within twelve months after the passage of this act, a palent shall issue therefor as in other cases.

Approved, June 19, 1846.

CHAP. 31.-AN ACT making appropriations for the service of the Post Office Department for the year ending thirtieth June eighteen hundred and fortyseven.

(Sec. 1.) Be'it enacted by the Senate and House of Represenlalives of the United States of America in Congress as. sembled, That the following sums of money be, and the same Service of the are hereby, appropriated for the service of the Post Office De. Post Office Department, for the year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and forty-seven, out of any moneys in the treasury arising from the revenues of the said Departinent, in conformily to the act of the second of July, eighteen hundred and thirty-six, namely :

For transportation of the mails, two millions seven hundred Transportation. thousand dollars; and the Postmaster General is hereby au

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thorized to apply twenty-five thousand dollars of the money Mail steamers appropriated for mail transportations for a line of mail steamers from U. S. to from the United States to Bremen; but no further sum shall en.. ! be diverted to any other object than the transportation of the

mail within the United States. Postmasters.' For compensation of postmasters, one million dollars; Letters. For ship, steamboat, and way letters, twelve thousand dol

lars; Paper, furniture, For wrapping paper, sixteen thousand dollars; ... advertising For office furniture, (for post offices,) four thousand dollars;

mail bags,
blanks,locks,&c For advertising, tbirty thousand dollars;

For mail bags, twenty thousand dollars;
For blanks, seventeen, thousand dollars ;

For mail locks, keys, and stamps, four thousand dollars; Depredations &

& For mail depredations and special agents, thirteen thousand special agents. dollars; Clerks. For clerks for offices, (for offices of postmasters,) two hun.

dred thousand dollars ;' Miscellaneous. For miscellaneous, fisty thousand dollars; Magnetic Tele. For defraying the expenses of the magnetic telegraph from graph. the city of Washington to Baltimore, four thousand dollars;

this appropriation to be available, if need be, before the comProviso. mencement of the next fiscal year: Provided, That the Post

master General be and he is hereby authorized to let, for a limited time, the aforesaid telegraph to any person who will keep it in operation for its earnings; or he may, under the direction

of the President of the United States, sell the same. ' Balance due For paying an ascertained balance dure to Messrs. Hale and Hale and Colo-Coleman, under their contract of May thirty first, eighteen

hundred and thirty seven, forty dollars and seventy-five cents; For publishing a For publishing a new edition of eighteen thousand copies the table of post

boot of the table of post offices in the United States, and the same offices, and of number of the "Laws and regulations for the government of Jaws and regu. the Post Office Department," eight thousand five hundred dollations of the Post Office De Jars: Provided, the work be let to contract to the lowest

bidder, upon the terms indicated by the seventeenth section of the act approved twenty-sixth August, eighteen hun. dred and foriy-two," legalizing and making appropriations for such necessary objects as have been usually included in the

general appropriation bills without authority of law, &c." Deficiency of . Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That in case the rerevenue provid. venues of the Department, referred to in the first section of this

act, shall prove insufficient to meet the foregoing appropriations, ihen any deficiency that may thus arise shall be paid out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Approved, June 19, 1846.

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CHAP. 32.-AN ACT for the relief of Asenath Capney. {Sec. I.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War cause to be issued to A warrant for Asenath Canney, formerly Asenathi Nayson, a warrant for two 200 acres of land hundred acres of land, in the place of land warrant number lieu of one hore. eight hundred and ninety-five, heretofore issued in the name of tofore issued and Ruth Quinby, the devisee of Nathaniel Nayson, late of South Berwick, in the county of York, and State of Maine, deceased, who was a lieutenant in the Massachusetts continental line; which warrant so heretofore issued is now lost, and the right to which land was heretofore given by Ruh Ranson to said Asenath.

Approved, June 19, 1846.

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CHAP. 33.-AN ACT to provide for the organization of the volunteer forces,

brought into the service of the United States, into brigades and divisions, and lor the appointment of the necessary number of general officers to command the same.

[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 The President is hereby, authorized to organize into brigades and divisions to organize them

into brigades & such of the volunteer forces as have been or may be called into divisions. the service of the United States, under the act approved May thirteen, eighteen hundred and forty-six, entitled "An act pro. viding for the prosecution of the existing war between the United States and the Republic of Mexico;" and that he be, May appoint and hereby is, authorized to appoint, by and with the advice such number of and consent of the Senate, such number of major generals & hrigadier geriand brigadier generals as the organization of such volunteer erals as may be forces into brigades and divisions may render necessary : Pro. Proviso. vided, That the brigadier generals and major generals so appointed shall be discharged from service by the President of the United States, when the war with Mexico shall be terminated by a definitive treaty of peace, duly concluded aud ratified; or, in case the brigades or divisions of volunteers at any time in the service shall be reduced in number, the brigadier gene. rals and major generals herein provided for shall be discharged in proportion to the reduction in the number of the brigades and divisions : And provided, further, That each brigade of Strength of each

brigade and diFolunteers shall consist of not less than three regiments, and vision. each division shall consist of not less than two brigades.

Approved, June 26, 1846.

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