When the evacuation of the seaboard by the British
was completed in November, 1783, the northern and western frontier posts continued to be held by British garrisons.
These were Oswegatchie (now Ogdensburg
, Presque Isle
, Mackinaw, and some of lesser importance.
The occupation of these posts by garrisons did not enter into the calculations for an immediate peace establishment at the close of the Revolution, and the military force retained was less than 700 men. These were under the command of Knox
, and placed in garrison at West Point
Even these were discharged very soon afterwards, excepting twenty-five men to guard the stores at Pittsburg
and fifty-five for West Point
No officer above the rank of captain was retained in the service.
It was provided, however, that whenever the western posts should be surrendered by the British
, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey
, and Pennsylvania
should furnish their quota of 700 twelve-months' men to do garrison duty.
At the close of the War
of 1812 President Madison
proposed a military peace establishment of 20,000 men. When Congress considered it, the House of Representatives proposed 6.000, and the Senate proposed 15,000.
There was a compromise, and 10,000 was the number agreed to. Two major-generals
, four brigadiergenerals, and the necessary staff, regimental, and company officers, were selected by the President
from those in the service.
The supernumerary officers and men, according to the original terms of enlistment, were to be discharged, with three months extra pay. The naval establishment was left as it was, with an additional appropriation of $200,000 annually for three years for its gradual increase.
A board of three naval officers was created to exercise, under the Secretary of the Navy
, the general superintendence of tile Navy Department.
The grade of officers in the naval service remained unaltered, a proposition to create the offices of admiral and vice-admiral having failed.