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Chippewa and Niagara, and of his uniform gallantry and good conduct in sustaining the reputation of the arms of the United States.

Resolved, That the President of the United States be requested to cause gold medals to be struck, with suitable emblems and devices, and presented to Brigadier-General Ripley, Brigadier-General Miller, and Major-General Porter, in testimony of the high sense entertained by Congress of their gallantry and good conduct in the several conflicts of Chippewa, Niagara, and Erie.

Resolved, That the thanks of Congress be, and they are hereby, presented to Major-General Gaines, and, through him, to the officers and men under his command, for their gallantry and good conduct in defeating the enemy at Erie on the 15th of August, repelling with great slaughter the attack of a British veteran army, superior in number; and that the President of the United States be requested to cause a gold medal to be struck, emblematical of this triumph, and presented to Major-General Gaines.

Resolved, That the thanks of Congress be, and they are hereby, presented to Major-General Macomb, and, through him, to the officers and men of the regular army under his command, and to the militia and volunteers of New York and Vermont, for their gallantry and good conduct in defeating the enemy at Plattsburg, on the 11th of September; repelling, with 1,500 men, aided by a body of militia and volunteers from New York and Vermont, a British veteran army, greatly superior in number; and that the President of the United States be requested to cause a gold medal to be struck, emblematical of this triumph, and presented to Major-General Macomb.

[Approved, November 3, 1814.]

RESOLUTION 10.-Approved, February 27, 1815.-Vol. 3, p. 249.

Resolutions expressive of the thanks of Congress to Major-General Jackson, and the

troops under his command, for their gallantry and good conduct in the defence of New Orleans.

That the thanks of Congress be, and they are hereby, given to MajorGeneral Jackson, and, through him, to the officers and soldiers of the regular army, of the militia, and of the volunteers, under his command, the greater proportion of which troops consisted of militia and volunteers suddenly collected together, for their uniform gallantry and good conduct, conspicuously displayed against the enemy, from the time of his landing before New Orleans, until his final expulsion therefrom; and particularly for their valor, skill, and good conduct on the 8th of January last, in repulsing, with great slaughter, a numerous British army of chosen veteran troops, when attempting, by a bold and daring attack, to carry by storm the works hastily thrown up for the protection of New Orleans; and thereby obtaining a most signal victory over the enemy, with a disparity of loss, on his part, unexampled in military annals.

Resolved, That the President of the United States be requested to cause to be struck a gold medal, with devices emblematical of this splendid achievement, and presented to Major-General Jackson, as a testimony of the high sense entertained by Congress of his judicious and distinguished conduct on that memorable occasion.

Resolved, That the President of the United States be requested to cause the foregoing resolutions to be communicated to Major-General Jackson, in such terms as he may deem best calculated to give effect to the objects thereof.

[Approved, February 27, 1815.]

CHAPTER 55.- Approved, April 16, 1816.– Vol. 3, p. 285.

An Act making further provision for military services during the late war, and for

other purposes. That when any officer or private soldier of the militia, including rangers, sea-fencibles, and volunteers, or any non-commissioned officer, musician, or private, enlisted for either of the terms of one year or eighteen months, or any commissioned officer of the regular army, shall have died while in the service of the United States, during the late war, or in returning to his place of residence, after being mustered out of service, or who shall have died at any time thereafter, in consequence of wounds received whilst in the service, and shall have left a widow, or, if no widow, a child or children, under sixteen years of age, such widow, or, if no widow, such child or children, shall be entitled to receive half the monthly pay to which the deceased was entitled at the time of his death, for and during the term of five years; and, in case of death or intermarriage of such widow before the expiration of said five years, the half pay for the remainder of the time shall go to the child or children of the said decedent: Provided, always, That the secretary of war shall adopt such forms of evidence in applications under this act as the President of the United States may prescribe: Provided, also, That the officers and private soldiers of the militia, as aforesaid, who have been disabled by wounds or otherwise, while in the service of the United States, in the discharge of their duty during the late war, shall be placed on the list of pensioners in the same manner as the officers and soldiers of the regular army, under such forms of evidence as the President of the United States may prescribe: Provided, also, That the provisions of this act shall not extend to any person embraced in the provisions of an act entitled “An act to provide for the widows and orphans of militia slain, and for militia disabled, in the service of the United States," passed the 2d day of August, 1813.2

Sec. 2. That when any non-commissioned officer, musician, or private soldier, of the regular army of the United States, shall have been killed in battle, or have died of wounds or disease, while in the service of the United States, during the late war, and have left a child or children under sixteen years of age, it shall be lawful for the guardian of such child or children, within one year from the passing of this act, to relinquish the bounty land to which such non-commissioned officer, musician, or private soldier, had he

1 This section (1) extended to forage-masters, &c. by the 3 March, 1817, chap. 107. 2 Chap 40.

3 Extended to children and widows of those who served, &c., by same act, (1817,) and two years more allowed them; and three years more by the 3 March, 1819, chap. 94.

survived the war, would have been entitled; and, in lieu thereof, to receive half the monthly pay to which such deceased person was entitled at the time of his death, for and during the term of five years, to be computed from and after the 17th day of February, 1815 ; the payment thereof to be made when and where other military pensions are or shall be paid ; and where a warrant for the military bounty land aforesaid shall have been issued, to or for the use of the child or children of any such deceased noncommissioned officer, musician, or prirate soldier, such child or children, or either of them, being under sixteen years of age, it shall be lawful for the guardian of such minor or minors, to surrender and deliver such warrant into the office for the department of war, within one year from the passing of this act; of which surrender and delivery the secretary of that department shall give notice to the secretary of the treasury, who shall thereupon give the requisite orders for the payment of the half pay hereby provided for.

Sec. 3. That all soldiers who have been enlisted to serve for five years or during the war, and were above the age of forty-five or under the age of eighteen years, who have faithfully served during the late war, and have been regularly discharged, and the representatives of such soldiers as shall have died whilst in the service of the United States, and all soldiers who have been enlisted, and have faithfully served during the late war, until they have been promoted to the rank of commissioned officers, who, if they had served during the war, under their enlistment, and been regularly discharged, would have been entitled to a bounty in land, shall be entitled to one hundred and sixty or three hundred and twenty acres of land, according to the term of enlistment; the warrants and patents to issue in the same manner as in the case of soldiers enlisted of proper age, and discharged under similar circumstances.

Sec. 4. That, for the purpose of carrying the provisions of this act into effect, and other acts giving bounty lands to soldiers of the regular army, the President of the United States is hereby authorized to cause to be surveyed and laid off in one or more surveys, two millions of acres, not otherwise appropriated, in addition to the appropriations of lands by the act of May 6, 1812, for designating, surreying, and granting military bounty lands, according to the provisions of said act.

Sec. 5. That no transfer of land, granted in virtue of this or any other law, giving bounties of land to the non-commissioned officers, musicians, and privates enlisted during the late war, shall be valid, unless the contract or agreement therefor, or letter of attorney giving power to sell or convey, shall have been executed after the patents shall be issued and delivered to the persons entitled thereto.

[ Ipproveri, April 16, 1816.] See March 3, 1817, chap. 107.

See ohap. 77, 6 May, 1812, ante, and chap. 107, 3 March, 1817, post.

CHAPTER 64.- Approved, April 20, 1816.—Vol. 3, p. 295.

An Act concerning field officers of the militia. That from and after the first day of May next, instead of one lieutenant-colonel commandant to each regiment, and one major to each battalion, of the militia, as is provided by the act entitled “ An act more effectually to provide for the national defence, by establishing an uniform militia throughout the United States," approved May the eighth, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two,' there shall be one colonel, one lieutenant-colonel, and one major, to each regiment of the militia consisting of two battalions. Where there shall be only one battalion, it shall be commanded by a major: Provided, That nothing contained herein shall be construed to annul any commission in the militia which may be in force, as granted by authority of any state or territory, in pursuance of the act herein recited, and bearing date prior to the said first day of May next.

CHAPTER 68.- Approved, April 24, 1816.-Vol. 3, p. 297.

An Act to increase the pensions of invalide in certain cases; for the relief of in

valids of the militia; and for the appointment of pension agents in those states where there is no commissioner of loans.

1. Persons of the ranks named, now on the pension roll, are to receive, for the

highest degree of disabilities, the sums mentioned, in lieu, &c. For less disabilities, proportionably less. 2. Persons hereafter placed on the military pension roll, to be put on at the rates specified in this act. Proviso: nothing herein to lessen a higher pension by special provision. 3. Officers and soldiers of the militia, whilst in service, to be placed on the pension roll like those of the regular army. 4. The secretary of war required to appoint proper persons in the states and territories where there is no commissioner of loans, to perform the duties relating to pensions and pensioners.

That all persons of the ranks hereinafter named, who are now on the military pension roll of the United States, shall, from and after the passage of this act, be entitled to, and receive, for disabilities of the highest degree, the following sums, in lieu' of those to which they are now entitled, to wit: a first lieutenant, seventeen dollars; a second lieutenant, fifteen dollars; a third lieutenant, fourteen dollars; an ensign, thirteen dollars; and a non-commissioned officer, musician, or private, eight dollars, per month; and for disabilities of a degree less than the highest, a sum proportionably less.

1 Chap 33.

SEC. 2. That all persons of the aforesaid ranks, who may hereafter be placed on the military pension roll of the United States, shall, according to their ranks and degrees of disabilities, be placed on at the aforesaid rates of pensions, in lieu of those heretofore established : Provided, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to lessen the pension of any person who, by special provision, is entitled to a higher pension than is herein provided.

Sec. 3. That all laws and regulations, relating to the admission of the officers and soldiers of the regular army to be placed on the pension roll of the United States, shall, and they are hereby declared to, relate equally to the officers and soldiers of the militia, whilst in the service of the United States.

Sec. 4. That the secretary for the department of war be, and he is hereby, authorized and required to appoint some fit and proper person’ in those states and territories where there is no commissioner of loans, and also in the district of Maine, to perform the duties in those states and territories, and in said district, respectively, relating to pensions and pensioners, which are now required of said commissioners in their respective states.

[Approved, April 24, 1816.]

CHAPTER 69.—Approved, April 24, 1816.—Vol. 3, p. 297. An Act for organizing the general staff and making further provisions for the army

of the United States. 3. Pay department. Taken from subalterns of the line or citizens. Pay. Clerk of.

4. Duty of paymasters in making returns, &c. 5. Commissary of purchases.

1 See 10 April, 1806, chap. 25, sec. 6.
2 An additional one in Tennessee, 3 March, 1819, chap. 91.
3 This office abolished, 3 March, 1817.

4 The first and second sections of this act are supplied or repealed by the 14 April, 1818, chap. 61, section 1, and the 2 March, 1821, chap. 13; and the third section of the act as to the pay department is reorganized by the 2 March, 1849, chap. 80, which repeals this section (3) except as to the pay of the regimental and battalion page masters and of the paymaster-general.

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