previous next

“ [11] event reduce the pay or emoluments of the Lieutenant-General of the army” --yeas, thirty; nays, six. Mr. Grimes moved to amend the substitute by adding, “That any commissioned officer of the army or navy, who, having tendered his resignation, shall, prior to due notice of the acceptance of the same by the proper authority, and without leave, quit his post or proper duties, with the intent to remain permanently absent therefrom, shall be regarded as a deserter and punished as such;” and the amendment was adopted. Mr. Foster moved to strike out of Mr. Wilson's substitute, “The superintendent of the Military Academy shall be an officer of the engineers, topographical engineers, ordnance, or artillery corps, a graduate of the United States Military Academy, and distinguished for his scientific attainments. He shall have the local rank, pay, and allowances of a colonel of engineers, and be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate;” and the amendment was agreed to. On motion of Mr. Wilson, the bill was recommitted to the Committee on Military Affairs.

On the eighteenth, Mr. Wilson from the Military Committee, to whom the bill had been recommitted, reported it back with amendments. Mr. Wilson said, in explanation of the action of the Committee, that

The tenth section of the bill, in regard to the vacancies in the Military Academy, the committee have changed so that they shall be filled by the President, “upon the nomination, by members of the House of Representatives, of two from each State now represented in the House.” This will change the appointment from the Senate to the delegation of each State in the House of Representatives, and will give to each State two cadetships to be filled up in that way.

An amendment was moved and adopted by the Senate yesterday, to the twentieth section of the bill in regard to the retired list of the army, to pay the retired officers their pay proper, and nothing more. The Senator from Iowa suggested that there would be an inequality in the pay of the officer retired, and that was the chief reason for recommitting the proposition. The committee have arranged it in this way: that if any commissioned officer shall become incapable of performing the duties of his office, he shall be placed on the retired list, and withdrawn from active service and command and from the line of promotion, with the following pay, namely, major-generals, two thousand six hundred and forty dollars; brigadier-generals, one thousand four hundred and eighty-eight dollars; colonels, one thousand one hundred and forty dollars; lieutenant-colonels, nine hundred and sixty dollars; majors, eight hundred and forty dollars; captains, seven hundred and twenty dollars; first lieutenants, five hundred and forty dollars; second lieutenants, five hundred and forty dollars; without any other pay or allowances. That is the pay proper now received by the officers of the infantry and artillery. It is the full pay proper of these officers, without any emoluments, and according to the proposition made by the Senator from Ohio [Mr. Sherman] yesterday, which was sustained by the Senate. This places officers of engineers, artillery, and infantry on the same footing, and does away with the objection, made by the Senator from Iowa, of inequality.

The Committee propose to change the twenty-eighth section, in regard to the retired officers of the navy, by striking out the words “leave-of-absence pay he was entitled to at the time of such retirement,” and inserting the words “pay allowed by this act.”

In the twenty-ninth section, the Committee propose to insert, after the word “promotion,” in line six, these words:

“With the following pay, namely, captains in the navy, one thousand three hundred dollars; commanders in the navy, one thousand one hundred dollars; lieutenants in the navy, one thousand dollars; surgeons, ranking with captains, one thousand three hundred dollars; with commanders, one thousand one hundred dollars; with lieutenants, one thousand dollars; paymasters, ranking with captains, one thousand three hundred dollars; with commanders, one thousand one hundred dollars; with lieutenants, one thousand dollars; chief engineers, one thousand dollars; first assistant engineers, seven hundred dollars; second assistant engineers, five hundred dollars; and third assistant engineers, four hundred dollars; masters, four hundred dollars; passed midshipmen, three hundred and fifty dollars; without any other pay or allowance. Captains, commanders, and lieutenants now on the retired list of the navy, shall receive the same compensation, and no greater, than is allowed to the officers of the same rank by the provisions of this act.”

The officers that have been retired heretofore receive a larger pay than we propose to give officers retired by this act; this proposition places all the officers who are or may be retired, on the same footing. Other slight changes have been made in the bill, but they are merely verbal.

The Secretary of the Senate then read the amendments proposed by the Military Committee, as the first seven sections of the bill, and they were severally agreed to.

The next amendment was to insert as section eight, “That existing vacancies at the Military Academy, from congressional districts where there have been failures to make nominations according to the provisions of existing laws, shall be supplied by the President upon the nomination by members of the House of Representatives from such States as are represented in Congress: Provided, That but two cadets shall be appointed from any one State; and that such cadets shall be actual residents of the State from which they are nominated, and shall have the qualifications for admission to the Military Academy as are now required for appointments from congressional districts and at large. And no cadet, who shall hereafter be reported as deficient, either in conduct or studies, and recommended to be discharged from the Academy, shall be returned or reappointed, or appointed to ”

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Iowa (Iowa, United States) (2)
Ohio (Ohio, United States) (1)

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Henry Wilson (4)
William T. Sherman (1)
Senator Grimes (1)
Amos P. Foster (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
18th (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: