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fifth March, eighteen hundred and sixty-two,' entitled “ An at to secure to the officers and men actually employed in the western department, or department of Missouri, their pay, bounty, and pension;" and that there shall be appointed by the President, immediately after the passage of this resolution, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, three commi. sioners, to examine all claims arising under the provisions or that act, and report the same, with the facts connected therewith, to the secretary of war; said commissioners to have such conipensation for their services as the secretary of war may consider just and reasonable: Provided, That said commissioners shall be required to examine and report, within sixty days after the passage of this resolution, upon all such claims as may be presented by persons claiming to have been organized or employed in the state of Missouri and to have performed service according to the provisions of the said recited act, whereupon payments shall be made as recommended by said commissioners and as required by said act: And provided, further, That within ninety days from the passage of this resolution the said commissioners shail examine and report upon all other claims arising under the act aforesaid, when payments shall be made as herein prescribed.
[Approved, July 2, 1862.]
RESOLUTION 52.- Approved, July 12, 1862.-Vol. 12, p. 623.
A Resolution to provide for the presentation of "medals of honor" to the enlisted mes
of the army and rolunteer forces ucho hare distinguished or may distinguish themarke. in battle during the present rebellion.
That the President of the United States be, and he is hereby, authorized to cause two thousand “medals of honor" to be prepared, with suitable emblematic devices, and to direct that the same be presented, in the name of Congress, to such non-conmissioned officers and privates as shall most distinguish them. selves by their gallantry in action, and other soldier-like qualities, during the present insurrection. And that the sum of ten thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the purpose of carrying this resolution into effect.
1 Chap. 49, ante.
RESOLUTION 53.—Approved, July 12, 1862.– Vol. 12, p. 624.
A Resolution in relation to contracts with the United States. That it shall be the duty of the several executive departments of the government to publish in one of the daily newspapers of the city of Washington, on Tuesday of each week, a list of all contracts which shall have been solicited or proposed to each, respectively, during the week next preceding, which list shall state. briefly the subject matter of each contract so solicited or proposed to be made, its terms, the name of the proposed contractor and of all persons known to be interested therein, directly or indirectly, and of all persons who solicit, request, or recommend the making of any such contract: Provided, That the foregoing provision shall not be applicable to bids made in pursuance of advertisements for contracts or purchases made under existing laws, but shall apply to all proposed modifications of existing contracts.
RESOLUTION 55.—Approved, July 12, 1862.-Vol. 12, p. 624.
Resolution authorizing the secretary of war to furnish extra clothing to sick, wounded,
and other soldiers. That the secretary of war be, and he is hereby, authorized to furnish extra clothing to all sick, wounded, and other soldiers who may have lost the same by the casualties of war, under such rules and regulations as the department may prescribe, during the existence of the present insurrection..
RESOLUTION 58.-Approved, July 14, 1862.–Vol. 12, p. 625.
Resolution to declare the meaning of " An Act to authorize the President of the United
States in certain cases to take possession of railroads and telegraph lines, and for other purposes," approved January thirty-first, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, and to repeal a part of said act.
That an act entitled "An act to authorize the President of the United States in certain cases to take possession of railroads and telegraph lines, and for other purposes," approved
1 Chap. 15.
January thirty-first, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, shall not be so construed as to authorize the construction of any railroads, or the completion of any line of road, the greater part of which remained uncompleted at the time of the approval of said act, or to engage in any work of railroad construction; and so much of said act as authorized the President of the United States to extend and complete any railroad is hereby repealed.
[Approved, July 14, 1862.]
RESOLUTION 63.-Approved, July 17, 1862.– Vol. 12, p. 627.
Resolution explanatory of " An Act to suppress insurrection, to punish treason and
rebellion, to seize and confiscate the property of rebels, and for other purposes."
That the provisions of the third clause of the fifth section of “An act to suppress insurrection, to punish treason and rebellion, to seize and confiscate the property of rebels, and for other purposes,” shall be so construed as not to apply to any act or acts done prior to the passage thereof, nor to include any member of a state legislature, or judge of any state court who has not, in accepting or entering upon his office, taken an oath to support the Constitution of the so-called “Confederate States of America;" nor shall any punishment or proceedings under said act be so construed as to work a forfeiture of the real estate of the offender beyond his natural life.
RESOLUTION 70.—Approved, July 17, 1862.—Vol. 12, p. 629.
A Resolution to regulate the compensation for paying pensions. That agents for paying pensions shall receive two per centum on all disbursements made by them to pensioners of the United States: Provided, That the aggregate compensation to any one agent, paying both army and navy pensions, shall not exceed two thousand dollars per annum.
i Chap. 195, 17 July, 1862. The adoption of this resolution was considered necessary to secure executive approval of the confiscation act.
TABLE OF PAY, SUBSISTENCE, ETC. ALLOWED BY LAW TO THE OFFICERS OF THE
General Officers. Lieutenant-General ........
270 00 40 360 00 Aides-de-camp and Military Secre- so
45 00 2 tary to Lieutenant-General, each... Major-General ....
135 001 Senior Aide-de-camp to Gen-in-Chief..
36 00 2 Aide-le-camp, in addition to pay, &c.
*, &c.} | 24 00 ..... of Lieutenant ... Brigadier-General ........
124 00! 12 108 003
....... 80 00
TABLE OF PAY, SUBSISTENCE, FORAGE, ETC.-Continued.
1 10 UN
Officers of the Corps of Engineers,
Corps of Topographical Engineers,
and Ordnance Department.
Riflemen, and Light Artillery.
in addition to pay Reg'i Qr. Master of Lieutenant...
Officers of Artillery and Infantry. Colonel.
95 00 Lieutenant-Colonel
partment; at armories, and at arsenals of construction; the storekeeper at Watertown Arsenal, and storekeepers of ordnance serving in Oregon, California, and New Mexico. $1490 per annum. At all other arsenals, $1040 per annum. Chaplains .......
Paymaster's clerks, $700 per annum, and one ration (75 cents) per day when on duty.
The officer in command of a company is allowed $10 per month for the responsibility of clothing, arms, and accoutrements.-Act 2 March, 1827, Sec. 2.
on the General Staff, and receiving increased pay therefor, are not entitled to the additional or fourth ration provided by the Act of 2 March, 1827, Sec. 2.
Every commissioned officer below the rank of Brigadier-General receives one additional ratiop per day for every five years' service.-Act 5 July, 1836, Sec. 12, and 7 July, 1838, Sec. 9.
Forage is commuted only when the Government cannot furnish it in kind, and then a month for each horse actually kept by the officer.