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or any other act, may, if in the opinion of the President of the United States the public interest requires ii, be compelled to Serve for a term noi exceeding six munihs after their arrival at the place of rendezvous, in any one year, unless soouer dis. charged.

Volunteers to Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said volunteers the horses and shall furnish their own clothes, and if cavalry, their own borses equipments and and horse equipinents; and when mustered into service shallto be armed at

the expense of be armed at the expense of the United States.

the U.S. Sec. 4. utud be it further enucled, That said volunteers

Volunteers to sha!l, when called into actual service, and while remaining be subject to the therein, be subject to the rules anıl articles of war, and shall rules and arti

cles of war. be in al respects, except as to clothing and pay, placed on the same fooling with similar corps of the United States army; and in lieu of clothing every non-commissioned officer and priVale in any company, who may thus offer himself, shall be entitled, when called into actual service, to receive in money a Commotation suin equal to the cosi of clothing of a non commissioned offi. for cluihing. cer or private (as ihe cise may be) in the regular troops of the Unijed States. S c. 5 And be it further enacted, That the said volunteers

Volunteers how so offering their services shall be accepted by the President in to be accepted. compauitas, baltalions, squadrons, aud regiments, whose officers shall be appointed in the manner prescribed by law in the seve

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how appointed. ral Slates :und Territories to which such companies, battalions, squadrons, and rugimenis shall respectively belong.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That the President of Organization, the United States he and he is hereby authorized to organize and apported companies so tendering their services into battalions or squall staff, and gene? rons, batalions and squadrons into regimenis, regiments into ral officers. brigades, and brigades into divisions, as soon as ihe number of volun errs shall render such organization, in his judgement, expedient; and the President shall, if necessary, apporion ihe staff field, and general officers among the respective States and Territories from which the volunteers shall tender their services as he may deem proper.

Sec 7. And be it further enncted, That the volunteers Provision for vowho may be received into the service of the United States ed in service. by virtue of the provisions of this act, and who shall be woun. ded or otherwise disabled in the service, shall be entitled to all the benefit which may be conferred on persons wounded in the service of the United States.

Sec. 8. And be ir further enacted, That the President of President authe United States be and he is hereby authorized furthwilli 10 thorized to com.

pleie all public cornplete all the public armed vessels now athorized by law, armed and to purchase or charter, mm, equip, and man such merchani bow authorized Vessels and steambouts iis, upon exiimination, may be found fit, parchuse, or easily converted into armed vessels fit for the public service, merchant teenel and in such number as he may deen necessary for the protec11on of the seaboard, lake cuasi, and the general defence of the country,

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Organization, Sec. 9. And, be it further enacted, That whenever the

molu- militia or volunteers are called and received into the seryice of

of the United States, under the provisions of this act, they shall 18 have the organization of the army of the United States, and

shall have the same pay and allowances; and all mounted pri6J ST5 Allowance to

mounted men fur vates, non-commissioned officers, musicians, and artificers, shall brise and risk of be allowed 40 cents per day for the use and risk of their hoises, la bera

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except of horses actually killed in action; and if any mounted to our ad volunteer, private, non-cominissioned officer, musician, or arti

ficer shall not keep bimself provided with a serviceable horse, 19 the said volunteer shall serve on foot."

Toote ni bilo leste ra bra asli Approved, May 13, 1846.

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. CHAP. 17.-AN ACT to authorize an increase of the rank and file of the

army of the United States. {Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre

· sentatives of the United States of Americu in Congress asNumber of pri- sembled, That the President of the United States be and is

in each and hereby authorized, by voluntary enlisiment, 10 increase ihe any of the exist." ing regiments to number of privates in each or any of the companies of the existing be increased. regimenis of dragoons, artillery, and infantry to any number

Reduced when not exceeding one hundred, whenever, in his opinion, the exi. 19-thio exigencies requiring such geno

en gencies of the public service may require the same, and to reincrease shall duce the same to sixty four' when the exigencies requiring the Provise.

present increase shall cease: Provided, That said enlisim ents
shall be for the term of five years and no longer, unless sooner
disbanded by the President.
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CHAP. 18.-AN ACT for the relief of Charles W. Bingley, of Charleston,

South Carolina. · [Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre.

sentatives of the United States of America in Congress asuso Register to be senubled, That under the special circumstànces of the case, as "name of Jane set forth in ihe report of the committee of the Senate on this Gano," for the subject, there shall be issued, under the direction of the Secrebarque Emile,

tary of the Treasury, a register under the name of « Jane ., Gunofor the barque Emile, built in France, but now owned

by Charles W. Bingley, a citizen of the United States, and

to now lying at the port of Charleston, in the State of Soutle . :: 0: Carolina, unseaworihy, whenever the said Charles W. Bingley

wshall furnish the Secrelary of the Treasury with satisfactory w do Prof to be fut proof that the said, barque has been repaired in the Unwed opished that the Slales, and that the costs of repairing her by her present owno jo barque has been

in the exceeds three-fourths of the original cost of building a vessel United Stalen.' of the anme tonnage in the United States.

Approved, May 13, 1846,

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CHAP. 19.-AN ACT for the relief of George Wentling [Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as

the sembled, That the Secretary of War be, and he hereby is, 'n authorized and required 10 place the name of George Wentling on the pension on the pension roll, at the rate prescribed by the act of June roll. seventh, eighteen hundred and thirty-two,* for two years? $er- *See vol. 8, pa vice as a major during the war of the Revolution ; and that 586. his pension commence according to the provisions of said act.

Approved, May 13, 1846.

CHAP. 20.-AN ACT making appropriations for certain fortifications of the

United States for the year ending on the thirtieth of June,.one thousand eight hundred and forty-seven.

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[Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre. sentatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That ihe following sums be, and they are hereby appropriated, to be paid out of any unappropriated money in the cit. treasury, for the preservation, repairs, and construction of certain fortifications, for the year ending the thirtieth day of June, i'i's one thousand eight hundred and forty-seven :

For defensive works and barracks near Detroit, Michigan, Detroit, Me! thirty thousand dollars.

For defensive works and barracks n'ear Buffalo, New York, Buffalo, N. Y twenty-five thousand dollars.

For repairing and rebuilding barracks and storehouses at Fort Niagara. ? Fort Niagara, New York, five thousand five hundred dollars. *

For Fort Ontario, at Oswego, New York, eight thousand Fort Ontario. I dollars.

For fortifications at the outlet of Lake Champlain, New Outlet of Cham. York, forty five thousand dollars...

plain. - For fort at the narroivs of the Penobscot river, near ks. Fort at narrowe port, Maine, thirty-five thousand dollars,

of Penobscott. For repairs of Fort Preble, Portland harbor, Maine, ten thou- Fort Preble. ; sand dollars..

For repairs at Fort Scammel, Portland harbor, Maine, twen- Fort Scammel ty-five thousand dollars....

For repairs of 'Fort McClary, Portsmouth harbor; New. Fort McClary, Hampshire, including the purchase of land for extension of and

extension "land" for extensite, six thousand dollars..

sion of site. For repairs of fortifications on Governor's island, Boston har. Governor's Isbor, Massachusetts, thirty thousand dollars.

land, Boston For Fort Warren, Boston harbor, Massachusetts, forty-five Fort Warren, thousand dollars.

For Fort Adams, Newport harbor, Rhode Island, fifteert thou. Fort Adama sand dollars.

For rebuilding Fort Trumbull, New London harbor, Con. Fort Trumbull: necticut, twenty thousand dollars.

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Fort Schuyler. For Fort Schuyler, East river, New York, forty thousand

dollars. Fort Wood, and For repairs at Fort Wood, and sea-wall of Bedlow's island, sea-wall of Bedlow's isk'd, N.Y. New York, forty thousand dollars. Fort Hamilton. For repairs of Fort Hamilton, New York, thirty thousand

dollars. Fort Madison. For repairs of Fort Madison, Annapolis harbor, Maryland,

ten thousand dollars. Ft. Washington. For repairs of Fort Washington, Potomac river, Maryland,

twenty-six thousand dollars. Fort Monroe. For Fort Monroe, Hampton roads, Virginia, seventy-five

thousand dollars. Fort Caswell. For preservation of the site of Fort Caswell, mouth of Cape

Fear river, North Carolina, fifteen thousand dollars. -; Fort Moultrie.

For preservation of the site of Fort Moulirie, Charleston,

harbor, South Carolina, fifteen thousand dollars. Drunken Dick

For dike to Drunken Dick shoal, Charleston harbor, South shoal. Carolina, thirty-five thousand dollars. Fort Sumter.

For Fort Sumter, Charleston harbor, South Carolina, forty

five thousand dollars. Fort Pulaski.

For Fort Pulaski, Savannah river, Georgia,twenty-five thou

sand dollars. Ft. Jackson, Ga.

For repairs of Fort Jackson, Savannah river, Georgia, fisteen thousand dollars.

For Fort Pickens, Pensacola harbor, Florida, ten thousand Fort Pickens.

dollars.

For Fort Barrancas, and the erection of barracks thereat, Fort Barrancas.

Pensacola harbor, Florida, fifty thousand dollars.

For repairs of Fort Morgan, Mobile Point, Alabama, forty Fort Morgan

thousand dollars.

For repairs of Fort Pike, and preservation of site, Louisiana, Fort Pike.

thirteen thousand dollars. Fort Wood, La.

For repairs of Fort Wood, Louisiana, six thousand five hundred dollars.

For repairs of Battery Bienvenue, Louisiana, five thousand Battory Bienve--11

dollars. nue, La. Ft. Jackson.

For repairs of Fort Jackson, Mississippi river, Louisiana,

twenty-five thousand dollars. Fort St. Philip.

For repairs of Fort St. Philip, Mississippi river, Louisiana,

thirty thousand dollars. Fort Livingston. For Fort Livingston, Grand Terre island, Barrataria bay,

Louisiana, forty thousand dollars. Florida reef. For fortifications on the Florida reef, two hundred thousand

dollars.

Contingencies. For contingencies of fortifications, fifty thousand dollars. Armament ! . For the armament of fortifications, three hundred thousand

dollars.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the President of United States may, in his discretion, direct ibe expenditure of any of the foregoing appropriations at any time after the passage of this act.

Approved, May 15, 1346.

CHAP. 21.-AN ACT for the organization of a company' of sappers, miners,

and pontoniers. (Sec. 1.) Be it enacted by the Senate anil House of Repre. sentatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that there be added to the corps of engineers ore A company of company of sappeis, minera, and pontoniers, to be called engi sappers, immers, neer soldiers; which company shall be composed of ten ser- raised. geants, or master workmen, ten corporals or overseers, two musicians, ibiry-nine privates of the first class, or artificers, and thirty-nine privates of the second class, or laborers; in all one hundred men.

Sec. 2. And be il further enacted, That the pay and rations Pay and rations. of the sergeants, or master workmen of said company, shall be the same as those now allowed by law to the master workmen employed by the ordnance department, excepting that the engineer sergeants shall receive one ration only per day, instead of one ration and a hall; of the corporals, or overseers, the same as those now allowed by law to the armorers, carriagemakers, and blacksmiths employed by the ordnance department, excepting that the engineer corporals shall receive one ration only per day, instead of one ration and a half; of the privates of the first class, or ariificers, the same as those now allowed by law to the artificers employed by the ordnance department; of the privates of the second class, or laborers, the same as those now allowed by law to the laborers employed by the ordnance department; and of the musicians, the same as those allowed by law to ihe musicians of the line of the army; the said noncommissioned officers, privates, and musicians being respectively entitled to the same clothing and other allowances as are grant- Clothing. ed by law to non-com.niissioned officers, privates, and musicians of the artillery in the army of the United States. Sec. 3. And be it further enucted, That the said engineer

same fonting as company shall be subject. 10 the rules and articles of war; shall other troops of be recruited in the same manner, and with the same limitation, and shall be entitled to the same provisions, allowances, and benefits, in every respect, as are allowed to the other troops con. stituiing the present military peace establishment.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the said engineer To be attached company'shall be attached to and compose a part of the corps engineers, and to of engineers, and be officered by officers of that corps, as at be officered by present organized; they shall be instructed in and perform all officers of that

c the duties of sappers, ininers, and pontoniers, and shall aid in giving practical instructions in these branches at the Military Academy; they shall, moreover, under the orders of the chief engineer, be liable to serve by detachments, in overseeing and

Liable to serve aiding laborers upon fortifications or other works under the en- by detachments. gineer department, and in supervising finished fortifications as fort-keepers, preventing injury and applying repairs.

Sec. 5. And be it further enuctert, That the chief engineer, The chief enwith the approbation of the Secretary of War, be authorized gineer to regue to regulate and determine the number, quality, form, dimen-mine the num

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