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The duties of the Engineer Department comprise-reconnoirring and sur veying for military purposes and for internal improvements, the selection of sites, the formation of plans and estimates, the construction, repair, and inspection of forrifications, and the disbursements of the sums appropriated for the faifilment of those objects severally, comprising those of the Military Academy. Al o, 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, wiih the execution of which the War Department may be charged

The function of the engineers being generally confined to the most elevated branch of military 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 detachmeut or otherwise, they have precedence ac. cording to their commissions, which, at all times, entitle them to every mark of military respect.

Brevet Lt. Col. John J. Abert, Topographical Engineers, Superintendent.
Lieut George D. Ramsay, 1st Artillery, Assistant.
Robert Fowler, Clerk........

800 00) This Bureau has charge of all topographical operations and surveys for military purposes, and för purposes of internal improvements, and of all maps, drawings and dor•uments in relation to those duties.



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George Bomford, Colonel of Ordnance.

William H. Bell, Captain of Ordnance.
William Riddall, Clerk...... .................................. .1150 00
A. G. Glynn, Clerk ..............................................1000 00
Morris Adler, Clerk.........

...............800 00
John Robb, Superintendent, Springfield, $100 pr month and 4 rations.
C. Howard, S:orekeeper, Springfielil, Pay, &c. of Captain of Infantry.
J. Weatherhead, Master Armourer, Springfield, $50 pr m. and 2 rations,
George Rust, Superintendent, Harper's Ferry, $100 pr m. and 4 rations.
D. Bedinger, Storekeeper, Harper's Ferry, Pay, &c. of Captain of Inf.
Benjamin Moor, Storekeeper, Harper's Ferry $50 pr m. and 2 rations.
Adam Hoops, Storekeeper.,i..
James R. Butler, Storekeeper, Pittsburg..
Samuel Perkins, Storekeeper, New York, City ....... Pay, &c. of Cap.
Daniel S. Gaillard, Storekeeper, Watervliet, N. Y...

otain of infantry
Roger Allen, Storekeeper, West Point, N. Y..........
Marcus C. Buck, Storekeeper, near Richmond, Va....)

Tue 0 doance Department which had been abolished and merged in the Artillery, by the act of 21 March, 1821, was re-organized under the act of 5th April, 1832, entitled, “An act to provide for the organization of the Orisance Dé a tmien." Under this law it consists of one Colonel, one LieuTenant Colonel, iwo Majors, iind ten Captains, and as many enlisted men, as ide public service inay require, not exceerling two hundred and fifty.

li is the duty of the Colonel of the 0.dnance Department to direct the in. spection and proving of ill pieces of ordnance, cannon balls, shot, shells,

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small arms and side arms, and equij ments proci red for the use of the armies of the United States; and to direct ihe construction of a canuon and carriages, and every in.piepepi ard apparatus for ordnance, and all ammuni. tion wagons, travelling forges, and artificers' wagons, the inspection and proving of powder, and the preparation of all kinds of ammunition and ordInance stores. It is also his duiy to furnish estimaies, under the direction of the Secretary of War, 10 make contracts and purchases for procuring the necessary supplies of aro 8, equipments, ordnance, and ordnance stores.

The general denomination of urdnance and ordnance stores, comprehends allcannon, bowiszers, nortars, cannon balls, and sheils for the land service, all giin carriages, cajssons, travelling forges and pos: ins, with all their equipo.ents, and all other apparatus and macbines 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 arnis, side arms and accoutredients for the artillery, cavalry, infantry, and riflenen-all ammunition 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 de fence of places; armourer's tools for the repair of arms, and artificers' cools of every description, required for the construction or repair of guin carriages and artilery equipments The ordinary articles of camp equipage, such as axes, spades, shovels, mattocks, &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 it shall be to receive and preserve the Ordnance, Arms, Ammunition, and the other Military Stores under the direction 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 J. Dunsford...... 1st Artillery.. ..F.. Fort Washingtuo. G. A. White...

.do.. ......... Bellona Arsenal. A. Coy..... ....D.. Fort Johnston, J. Holden.......... A.. Beaufort. P. 1). Stewart.... ..E.. Castle Pinckney.
L. Sim ison............... 3d Artillery.. ....F.. Fort Preble,
W. Smith ... ..D.. Fort Constitution.
E. Sheldon..... ....G.. Fort Wolcott. D. Mustgrove... .... ... ..C.. Fort Trumbull. E. Conart......

4th Artillery ......C.. Fort Independence. Robinson.... ..... Madison Barracks. W. Littlefield......... Fort Columbus. L. Lesay. Fort Hamilton. J. Beggs.., Fort Severn. J. Maul..... ..B.. Fort Monroe. G, Preston..

1st Infautry.. ....H.. Fort Snelling. J. Melvio................ Fort Crawford. J A. Wood.. ......20 Infantry.. ........ Fort Brady. J Young...... Fort Mackinac. F. Powley.......... Fort Niagara.

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Former. Reg. & Coinpany. Station to which assigned. R. Gray.

1211 lufantry.. ...E.

Hancock Barracks. C. Low..

3d Infantry.... ..B..Fort Jesup, H. C. Day...... ....A., Fort Towson. W. Mosely.

5th Infantry ......D.. Fort Winnebago. S. Watkins.............

........10....., ..A.. Fort Howard. J. Adams...... .....B.. Fort Dearborn. R. Almy................ 6th Infantry... ..H.. Fort Leavenworth. T. Hendrickson.. Jefferson Barracks. J. S. Sanderson.......... 7th Infantry ......B.. Fort Gibson. N. Ellis....

Fort Wood, N. Y. E. Evans ............... 1st Artillery..

B.. Fort McHenry. J. W. Darling......

....B.. Beaufort, N. Ć. M. Gilmore.... 41h Artillery..

Fort Severn. S. Johnson

..E.. Fort Gratiot. D. C. McMullen ........ 1st Infantry..

.... Fort Armstrong. J. F. Short............

do........H.. Fort Snelling. W. Gaines.... .......... 20 Infantry.. Fort Judependence. W. W. Burns...... .. ..K.. Fort Sullivan. B Dailey.... .....G.. Castle Pinckney. 1 Henderson............ 4th Infantry...

...... E.. Baton Rouge. P. Thomas................... .... B.. Key West. F. Porter...

.do.... ..D., Fort King. W. Winning.... ......A.. Fort Mitchell. J. Williams....... G.. New Orleans. J. Harrington...... 6th Infantry......I

Tower of Du pre. J. Hasson....

Bien Venue.

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General Thomas S. Jesup, Quarter Master General.
Major Truenan Cross, 7th Infantry, Quartermaster.
Captain Thomas F. Hunt, 5th Infantry, Assistant Quartermaster.
William A. Gordon, Cierk..

......1150 00 Levin Belt, Clerk......

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 City of Wa-hington, but occasionally visits the several stations of the subordinate officers of his de. partment. He has, under the direction of the Secretary of War, the exclu. sive control of ali 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 adminisi rative 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 quartermaster gene. rai, who in addition to his other duties is charged wiib'he disbursements at Washingion, and in the absence of the qnartermaster general, has the di. rection of the office. There is also attached to the office an assistant quarter. master, and as may subaltero officers, &-c. as the service from time io time requires.

All communications relating to the duties of the department, or to any branch or officer thereof, except fron conmanding generals of divisions, ou depariments of armnes, niust be addressed to the quartermaster general.

it is the duiy of the Quartei master general to make binise li acquainted with the frontiers, both naiitime and interior, and with the avenues leading in the couliguous Indian and foreign territories; with the resources of the country, in military supplies, and the njeans of transportation, particularly on ilie districts on the frontiers; with the most eligible points for concentrating

troops and coliecting supplies, wheiher in relation to oftensive 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 conin.unication beineen different posts and armies, the course of military roads and the sites for permanent and tenporary depois of provi ions and military sto es.

The officers of the quartermaster's department are enjoined to collect Information jo relation io all these points, and to make themselves acquainted with the state of the roads, the course and description of the rivers, and like most direct routes between the different military posis within their respecived partnents

The quartermaster general can assign the officers of his department to auch siatons as he may think proper; and officers so assigned cannot be removed from their stations, not be subject in detail, vor be employed upon any other duties than those of their department, except by his order or thai oribe Secretary of War.

The officers of this department must provide quariers and transportation for the troops, and transportation for all military stores, provisions, camp and gaisison equipage, and arullery, and provide for openiig 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 and his assistants, or under contracts between individuals and the goverunent, and appoini

s'orekepers, whien nccessary, for the custody of such stores or provisions, or any oti ei property of the government placed there.

They puro base all forage, fuel, straw and stationary, for the use of the troops, and have the same transported and issued agreeally to the orgulationis They purchase dragoon and artillery horses, and horses, oxer, wagons, carıs and boais, for ibe transportauon of baggage, and for garrison perposes; and provide niaterials for constructing and ri pairing 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

Officers of this department receive from the purchasing and subsistence departments, and from the ordnance depois, all medical and liospital stores provisions, arms, ammunition, and ordnance, and transport the same to the place of destination, and make distribution thereof, agreeably to the dire: tion given to the articles by the commissary general of purchases, the com. missa'y general of subsistence, le ordnance officer, or the general commanding the 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, basıd upon proposals resperting the same, previously advertised for. When this course is found impracticable, or juconecnient to the public service, hose supplies and services are obtained by open purchase or agreement in the market.

All copirarts entered into, are execute: l in triplicate, one of which is all ases is iransmitt-d to the quariermaster general's office. They must be laccompared by a bund 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 know edge.

Proposals are not to be opened until the linie shall have elapsed within which they are to be receiveri, and in all cases the several bidders have, on application, the privilege of reference to the proposals after they shall have been acted 'npon. A copy of all advertisements for proposals are transmitted to the quartermaster general's office, with the contracts to which they relate; also, an abstract of the proposals, showing the 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, wiibout reference to any other authority, to pay for all supplies or services for which they are authorized by these regulations 10 contract; but arivances on contracts being strictly prohibited by law, under all circumstances, payment is, in no case, made for supplies until they have been delivered, vor for services until they have been performed

Payment for services or supplies are as far as practicable, made within the quarter during which the service shall have been rendered, or the supplies 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 returns of the quarter in which it shall bave been eceived.

Due bills are not, in any case, given by officers of the quartermaster's deparlmeni; 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 mili ary 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 Sen. eral, within twenty days after the expiration of the quarter; and it shall be the duty of the quartermaster general' 10 examine and transmit them, with his remarks, to the proper accounting officers of the treasury depariment.

Any officer or agent of the quartermaster's department, who lails to forward at the time prescribed, any repori, estimate, return, or statement, 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 way, whenever he shall deem it necessary, cause a thor 'ugh inspection to be made of the books and accounts of the

quartermasters, and of all officers and agents making distursemenis on account of the department. This inspection embrac s property as well as money : and extends to contracts-to prices paid for articles purchased prices paid for tra--portation, and generally, to every article of supply, and io all effects connecied with the dep:rtment.

The books and accounts oi the girartern aster general is subject to a sim:lar inspection.

Whenever private buildings are occupied as quarters, or lands for encampments, by 'he troops of the Unired States, a reasonable compensation is paid to the proprietor by the quartermaster of the deyartment, pous!, or detach

When the rate of compensation cannot be satisfactorily agreed upon, alisinterested persons are appointed by the quartermaster and proprietor, 10 app rriso and dete mine the rent


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