United States army was in 1802.
By the act of Congress, of the 16th of March of that year, it was established to consist of one engineer, with the rank of major; two assistant engineers
, with the rank of captain; two assistant engineers
, with the rank of first lieutenant; two assistant engineers
, with the rank of second lieutenant, and ten cadets.
The same act authorized the President
to make promotions on account of merit whenever he deemed fit, so that the corps, as finally constituted, should not exceed one colonel, one lieutenant-colonel
, two majors, four captains, four first lieutenants
, and four second lieutenants
The act also provided that the corps, thus constituted, should form a military academy at West Point
The charge and superintendency of the Military Academy remained in the hands of the Corps
of Engineers until July 13, 1866, when, by act of Congress of that date, control passed to the War Department at Washington
, and the direct management of the academy to such officers as might be detailed by the President
from any of the branches of the service.
The Corps of Engineers was thus responsible for the instruction of the officers whose services were invaluable to both the Federal
and Confederate armies during the memorable four years of the Civil War
When the war between the North and South began, there were two organizations of engineers, the Corps
of Engineers and the Corps
of Topographical Engineers
They were merged in 1863, and thenceforth existed as one organization.
By the act of Congress of August 3, 1861, the Corps
of Engineers was reorganized to consist of one colonel, two lieutenant-colonels
, four majors, twelve captains, fifteen first lieutenants
, fifteen second lieutenants
, forty sergeants, forty corporals, eight musicians, two hundred and fifty-six artificers, and two hundred and fifty-six privates — a total of forty-nine commissioned officers and six hundred enlisted men. At the same time the Topographical Engineers
were constituted with a total of forty-two commissioned officers.
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