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(ACT of April 16th, 1816.) shall go to the child or children of such deceased officer: Provi. ded always, That such half pay shall cease on the death of such child or children.
Sec. 11. If any officer, noncommissioned officer, musician, or private, of the militia, or of any volunteer corps, shall be disabled by known wounds received in the actual service of the United States, while in the line of his duty, he shall, upon substantiating his claim, in the manner described by an act, entitled “ An act to provide for persons who were disabled by known wounds received in the revolutionary war,” passed the tenth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and six, be placed on the list of invalids of the United States, at such rate of pension, and under such regulations, as are provided by the said act, or as may hereafter be provided by law: Provided always, That the compensation to be allowed for such wounds or disabilities, to a commissioned officer, shall not exceed, for the highest rate of disability, half the monthly pay of such officer at the time of his being wounded or disabled, and that no officer shall receive more than the half pay of a lieutenant colonel; and that the rate of compensation to noncommissioned officers, musicians, and privates, shall not exceed five dollars per month: And provided also, That all inferior disabilities, shall entitle the persons so disabled, to receive an allowance proportionate to the highest disability.
ACT of August 2, 1813. 4 Bioren, 631. Sec. 1. The act regulating pensions to persons on board private armed ships, shall be construed to authorize the secretary of the navy to place on the pension list, under the restrictions and regulations of the said act, any officer, seaman, or marine belonging to any private armed ship or vessel of the United States bear. ing a commission of letter of marque, who shall have been wounded or otherwise disabled, in the line of their duty as officers, seamen, or marines of such private armed ship or vessel.
ACT of March 4, 1814. 4 Bioren, 652. Sec. 1. [If any officer, seaman, or marine serving on board of any private armed ship or vessel, bearing a commission of letter of marque, shall die, or shall have died since the eighteenth day of June one thousand eight hundred and twelve, by reason of a wound received in the line of his duty, half pay allowed for five years, to the widows or children.]
ACT of April 16, 1816. Pamphlet edit. 54. 21. Sec. 1. When any officer or private soldier of the militia, Including rangers, sea fencibles and volunteers, or any noncommissioned officer, musician, or private, enlisted for either of the terms of one year or eighteen months, or any commissioned offi. cer of the regular army, shall have died while in the service of
(ACT of April 16th, 1816.) 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 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 provision 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 second day of August, one thousand eight hundred and thirteen.
Sec. 11. When any noncommissioned 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 noncommissioned officer, musician or private soldier, had he 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 seventeenth day of February, one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, 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 private 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
(ACT of April 24th, 1816.) payment of the half pay hereby provided for: [continued by Sec. Il of Act of March 3, 1817, and further, Infra 31.]
SEC. III. Al 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 ser. vice 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 bad 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. iv. 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 author. ized 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 the sixth, one thou. sand eight hundred and twelve, for designating, surveying and granting military bounty lands according to the provisions of said
Sec. y. No transfer of land, granted in virtue of this or any other law, giving bounties of land to the noncommissioned officers, musicians, and privates enlisted during the late war, shall be vaJid, 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.
ACT of April 24, 1816. Pamphlet edit. 70. An act to increase the pensions of invalids in certain cases; for the relief of inva.
lids of the militia; and for the appointment of pension agents in those states where there is no commissioner of loans.
22. Sec. 1. 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 noncommissioned officer, musician or private, eight dollars per month; and for disabilities of a degree less than the highest, a sum proportionably less.
(ACT of March 3d, 1817.) Sec. 11. AH 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 con. strued to lessen the pension of any person, who by special provision is entitled to a higher pension than is herein provided."
23. Sec. 11. 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.
24. Sec. iv. The secretary of the department of war, is hereby authorised 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.
ACT of March 3, 1817. Pamphlet edit. 281. 25. Sec, 1. The widows and children of soldiers of the militia, the volunteers, the rangers, and the sea fencibles, who served during the late war, and for whom half pay for five years was provided, by an act passed on the sixteenth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, entitled “ An act making further provision for military services during the late war, and for other purposes,” shall be placed on an equality as to their annual allowance, that is to say: Such widows, and in case of no widows, such children as may be embraced in the before recited act shall be entitled to receive (as the half pay to which they are entitled) at the rate of forty-eight dollars per annum, and no more; and the widows and children aforesaid, of the officers of the different corps aforesaid, shall be entitled to the half pay of the officers of the infantry.
Sec. iv. The widows and children of the non commissioned officers of the rangers, shall be placed on the same footing as to half pay, for five years, with the widows and children of the infantry.
Sec, v. The provisions of the second section of the act, to which this is a supplement, [Supra, 21.] shall be extended to all cases where either of the children therein mentioned, shall have been under sixteen years of age at the time of the father's decease: Provided, The guardian of such minor children, shall, in adılition to the relinquishment by the said act required, file in the office of the department of war, evidence of the assent of all the other heirs, if any there be, of said deceased soldier, or of thçir guardians to such relinquishment.
(ACT of March 18th, 1818.) Sec. vi. In all cases where the child or children of a regular soldier, deceased, have the right under the laws of the United States, to relinquish their bounty in land, for five years half pay, the said child or children shall be entitled to the same amount, as is given by the act tu the widows of the militia and soldiers, who died in service during the late war, viz: four dollars per month. [Infra, 31.]
ACT of March 18, 1818. Pamphlet edit. 35. 26, Sec. I. Every commissioned officer, noncommissioned officer, musician, and private soldier, and all officers in the hospital department and medical staff, who served in the war of the revolution until the end thereof, or for the term of nine months or longer, at any period of the war, on the continental establishment; and every commissioned officer, noncommissioned officer, mariner, or marine, who served at the same time, and for a like term, in the naval service of the United States, who is yet a resident citizen of the United States, and who is, or hereafter, by reason of his reduced circumstances in life, shall be in need of assistance from his country for support, and shall have substantiated his claim to a pension, in the manner hereinafter directed, shall receive a pension from the United States: if an officer, of twenty dollars per month during life; if a noncommissioned officer, musician, mariner, marine, or private soldier, of eight dollars per month during life: Provided, no person shall be entitled to the provisions of this act, until he shall have relinquished his claim to every pension heretofore allowed him by the laws of the United States.
27. Sec. 11. To entitle any person to the provisions of this act, he shall make a declaration, under oath or affirmation, before the district judge of the United States of the district, or before any judge or court of record of the county, state, or territory in which the applicant shall reside, setting forth, if he belonged to the ar. my, the company, regiment, and line to which he belonged; the time he entered the service, and the time and manner of leaving the service; and, in case he belonged to the navy, a like declaration, setting forth the name of the vessel, and particular service in which he was employed, and the time and manner of leaving the service, and shall offer such other evidence as may be in his pow. er; and on its appearing to the satisfaction of the said judge, that the applicant served in the revolutionary war, as aforesaid, against the common enemy, he shall certify and transmit the testimony in the case, and the proceedings had thereon, to the secretary of the department of war, whose duty it shall be, if satisfied the applicant comes under the provisions of this act, to place such officer, musician, mariner, marine, or soldier on the pension list of the United States, to be paid in the same manner as pensions to invalids, who have been placed on the pension list, are now paid, and under such restrictions and regulations, in all respects, as are prescribed by law.