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 officers assigned to duty which required them to be mounted, should, on such duty, receive the pay, emoluments, and allowances of cavalry officers of the same grade. That major-generals should be entitled to draw forage in kind for five horses; brigadier-generals for four horses; colonels, lieutenant-colonels, and majors, for two horses each; captains and lieutenants of cavalry and artillery, or having the cavalry allowance, for two horses each; and chaplains, for one horse. That whenever an officer of the army should employ a soldier as his servant, he should deduct from his own monthly pay the full amount paid to or expended by the Government per month on account of the soldier. That the act to increase the pay of privates in the regular army and in the volunteers, should not be so construed as to increase the emoluments of the commissioned officers. That the act which authorized each regiment of volunteers to have twenty-four musicians for a band, be repealed. That each brigade might have sixteen musicians as a band, who should receive the pay and allowances provided by law for regimental bands. That in lieu of the rate of mileage allowed to officers where transportation in kind was not furnished to them, not more than six cents per mile should thereafter be allowed, unless where an officer was ordered from a station east of the Rocky Mountains to one west of the same mountains, or vice versa, when ten cents per mile should be allowed. That no person should be appointed a chaplain who was not a regularly ordained minister of some religious denomination, and who did not present testimonials of his good standing as such minister, with a recommendation for his appointment as an army chaplain from some authorized ecclesiastical body, or not less than five accredited ministers belonging to said religious denomination. That the compensation of chaplains should be one hundred dollars per month and two rations a day when on duty; and the chaplains of the permanent hospitals should be nominated to the Senate for its advice and consent; and chaplains employed at the military posts should be required to reside at the posts, and chaplains should be subject to such rules in relation to leave of absence as were prescribed for officers of the army. That so much of the law as allowed forty cents per day for the use and risk of the horses of company officers of cavalry, be repealed. That whenever an officer should be put under arrest, except at remote military posts, the officer by whose orders he was arrested should see that a copy of the charges were served upon him within eight days, and that he should be brought to trial within ten days thereafter, unless the necessities of the service prevent such trial; and then he should be brought to trial within thirty days after the expiration of the ten days or the arrest should cease: that if the copy of the charges were not served upon the arrested officer, the arrest should cease; but officers released from arrest might be tried whenever the exigencies of the service permit, within twelve months; and these provisions should apply to all persons under arrest. That whenever the name of any officer of the army or marine corps should have been borne on the army register or naval register forty-five years, or he should be of the age of sixty-two years, it should be in the discretion of the President to retire him from active service, and the President was authorized to assign him to any appropriate duty, and he should receive the full pay and emoluments of his grade while so assigned. That all contracts for the purchase of goods should be promptly reported to Congress. That no contract should be transferred by the party or parties to whom such contract might be given to any other party, and that any such transfer should cause the annulment of the contract. That every person who should furnish supplies to the army or navy should be required to mark the same, with the name or names of the contractors, and no supplies should be received unless so marked. That any person who should contract to furnish supplies for the army or navy should be deemed and taken as a part of the land or naval forces of the United States, and be subject to the rules and regulations for the government of the land and naval forces. That the President of the United States be authorized and requested to dismiss from the military service either in the army, navy, or marine corps, or volunteer force, any officer for any cause which, in his judgment, either rendered such officer unsuitable for, or whose dismission would promote the public service. That the President should have power to purchase cemetery grounds for the soldiers who should die in the service. That so much of the act of 1861 as authorized the appointment of additional aids-de-camp, be repealed. That the different regiments and independent companies mustered as volunteer engineers, pioneers, or sappers and miners, should be recognized as volunteer engineers, on the same footing, in all respects, in regard to their organization, pay, and emoluments, as the corps of engineers of the regular army. That any alien, of the age of twenty-one years and upward, who had been or might thereafter be honorably discharged from the service, might be admitted to become a citizen without any previous declaration of his intention to become a citizen, and he should not be required to prove more than one year's residence within the United States previous to. his application to become such citizen. And that there should be added to the Adjutant-General's department, by regular promotion, one colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, and nine majors; and the grade of captain in the department should be abolished, and all vacancies occurring in the grade of major should be filled by selection from among the captains of the army. On the eighth, the Senate proceeded to the consideration of the bill, and Mr. Grimes moved to strike out so much as provided for the addition and promotion in the Adjutant General's office--yeas, fifteen; nays, twenty; so the amendment was lost. The bill was then passed without a division. In the House, on the same day, Mr. Olin called up the bill from the Speaker's table, and it was passed
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