A History of the War Department of the United States; With Biographical Sketches of the Secretaries Volume 3

A History of the War Department of the United States; With Biographical Sketches of the Secretaries Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ... public services of this honored branch of the American military establishment. It has disbursed vast sums of money--for many years many millions annually--without defalcation and without scandal. It has constructed the roads for the pioneers of our national development from the Appalachian range to the Pacific coast. Its labors upon military works, upon internal improvements other than roads, have been prodigious. Its contributions to scientific literature, through elaborate reports upon its engineering works and its surveys, have given credit to our country among the best minds of Europe. It has given to the army some of the most illustrious generals of the republic; and thus in a double manner has added to the nation's fair renown through the triumphs of the sword and the triumphs of the pen. X. THE ORDNANCE DEPARTMENT. The ordnance department was organized in 1812, a short time before the declaration of war with Great Britain. The organizing act provided that the department should consist of a commissary-general of ordnance, an assistant commissary-general, four deputy commissaries, and as many assistant deputy commissaries as the President might deem necessary, not exceeding eight. The commissary-general was anthorized to employ skilled workmen and laborers as in his judgment they might be needed in the interest of the public service. Under this act the chief officer of the department was entitled to the rank, pay, and emoluments of a colonel of infantry, with allowances for clerk hire; the assistant to the rank, etc., of a major of infantry, with three additional rations per day; the deputies to the rank, etc., of a captain, with two additional daily rations and forage for one horse; the assistant deputies to the rank, etc., ...
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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 123677258X
  • 9781236772589