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ESTIMATES FOR AMOUNTS REQUIRED FOR SURVEYS AND RECONNAIS

SANCES IN MILITARY DEPARTMENTS, AND FOR MAPS, INCLUSIVE OF WAR MAPS.

For military surveys and reconnaissances and surveys of military reservations by the engineer officers attached to the several headquarters of military departments, being an average of $2,142.86 for each of seven military departments west of the Mississippi River, $15,000; for publication of maps for use of the War Department, inclusive of war maps, $10,000; total, $25,000.

Attention is specially invited to this estimate for appropriation and to the important uses for which it is intended.

At the headquarters of the military departments west of the Mississippi River there are stationed officers of the Corps of Engineers, or other officers detailed to act, whose duty it is to make reconnaissances for military purposes, to make such surveys and prepare such maps as may be required by their respective commanding officers. In recent. years no appropriations have been made for these purposes, and, consequently these officers have been very much cramped from lack of the necessary means, and the usefulness of their offices has been very much reduced in consequence. The maps of these departments are constantly in need of revision and additions, which the officers make so far as possible, but with no means even for the purchase of paper their efforts are limited in results.

Paragraph 383 of the Army Regulations requires that the commanding officer of each post where there are fixed batteries bearing upon a channel will call upon the Engineer Department for accurate charts showing the soundings to the extent of the ranges of the guns. Calls upon this department to perform its duty under this regulation can not be honored from lack of means.

Maps of certain military departments are now being prepared and should be published.

Of the 1,100 copies of each map printed under the act alluded to, all those not printed in this office (47 sheets) have been exhausted for some time, and the calls for them can only be honored with sets deficient in that number of sheets.

Besides all this, there is much information in this office relative to inilitary geography which could with little expense be made available for the information of officers of the Army; for instance, there are on the office files detailed maps of regions of Europe which may become at an early day the theaters of war, and it would be of great advantage to the service if such information as these maps give could be made available for the study of officers, especially on the outbreak of hostilities. Were the means provided, this office would be glad to compile and to disseminate the information on its files.

It is the policy of this country to keep a standing army small in numbers, but it is its expectation that it should be a highly instructed one, and a small outlay as here referred to will be conducive to that end.

Applications from officers of the Army have been received for maps of certain regions of Europe, and it was with great regret that this office could not render this assistance to officers desirous of improving them. selves professionally, especially when the material was on its files.

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS. During the fiscal year ending June 30, 1892, the following-named officers were in charge of the several divisions of the office of the Chief of Engineers:

FIRST DIVISION.-Fortifications and Surveys relating thereto-Arma

ment of FortificationsSites for Engineer Defenses-Boards of Engineers for Defenses— Military Reservations- Land files- Public Buildings and Grounds- Washington Aqueduct-Roads and Bridges in Yellowstone National Park.

SECOND DIVISION.-Battalion of Engineers- United States Engineer School and Engineer Depot and Post-Professional Papers and InformationPersonnel-Orders.

Capt. John G. D. Knight.

THIRD DIVISION.— Improvement of Rivers and Harbors and Surveys relating thereto-Bridging Navigable Waters of the United StatesThe removal of Wrecks Obstructing Navigation.

Maj. Henry M. Adams.

FOURTH DIVISION.- Accounts for Disbursements-Contracts-Returns of Engineer Property and Instruments--Application for RemittancesAppropriations and Estimates- Blank Forms.

FIFTH DIVISION.-Survey of the Lakes-E.cplorations and Surveys-
Reconnaissances— Maps-Instruments-Claims.
Capt. Thomas Turtle.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

THOS. LINCOLN CASEY,

Brig. Gen., Chief of Engineers. Hon. S. B. ELKINS,

Secretary of War.

STATEMENT SHOWING THE RANK AND THE DUTIES OF OFFICERS OF THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS DURING THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1892.

RANK AND NAME.

DUTIES.

BRIGADIER GENERAL

AND CHIEF OF ENGI-
NEERS.

Thos. Lincoln Casey ...

In command of the Corps of Engineers and in charge of

the Engineer Department. Charged with the supervision of such matters connected with construction of jetties and other works at South Pass, Mississippi River, as require the action of the Secretary of War. In charge of the construction of the building for Library of Congress under act of October 2, 1888. Member of Rock Creek Park Commission by virtue of act of Congress approved September 27, 1890. Member of the Lighthouse Board.

COLONELS.

George H. Mendell ..... Division Engineer of the Pacific Division. Member of The

Board of Engineers when it is acting upon matters pertaining to the defensive works of the Pacific coast. In charge of the defensive works at Alcatraz Island, at Lime Point, Fort Winfield Scott, and Battery at Fort Mason, in San Francisco Bay; and of the Battery at San Diego, Cal. In charge of construction of gun and mortar batteries for defense of San Francisco, and of a torpedo shed at Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco Harbor, Cal. In charge of the improvement of Oakland Harbor, Cal. In charge of survey of San Francisco Harbor, San Pablo and Suisun bays, Strait of Carquinez, and mouths of San Joaquin and Sacramento rivers, Cal. To act as a judge of the character of the earth discovered by borings being made by the Treasury Department at San Francisco, Cal. Member of Boards of Engineer Officers to consider and report upon the subject of the harbor lines of San Francisco and San Diego harbors and adjacent waters, and at San Pedro, Cal.; and at Portland, Oregon; on deep-water harbor on the Pacific coast, between points Duna and Capistrano, and on ship canal to connect lakes Union, Washington, and Samamish with Puget Sound; to consider and report upon the subject of the harbor lines of Olympia, Vancouver, and Bellingham Bay, and at Port Townsend, Port Angeles, Anacortes, Aberdeen, Ocosta, Ballard, Seattle, Edmonds, Sidney, Hoquiam, South Bend, Tacoma, Steilacoom, Blaine, Cosmopolis, Ilwaco, and La Conner, Wash. Member of Board of Officers for the examination for promotion of certain officers of the Corps of Engineers; and to report on a site for a military post and harbor defenses at or near San Diego, Cal.

Statement showing rank and duties of officers of Corps of Engineers—Contd.

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Henry L. Abbot.. Division Engineer of the Northeast Division. Member and Bvt. Brig. General. president of the Board of Engineers. In charge of cer

tain experiments with torpedoes. Member of Board of Ordnance and Fortitication. Member of Boards of Engineer Officers to consider and report upon the subject of the harbor lines of the port of Boston, of New York Harbor and its adjacent waters, and at Oswego, N. Y. Member of Board of Officers for tho examination for pro

motion of certain officers of the Corps of Engineers. William P. Craighill Division Engineer of the Southeast Division. In charge

of the defensive works at Forts Carroll and McHenry, Baltimore, Md. In charge of the improvement of the harbor at Baltimore, Md. In charge of the improvement of James River, Va., New River, Va. and W. Va., and Gauley, Great Kanawha, and Elk rivers, W. Va. Member of Boards of Engineer Officers to consider and report upon the subject of the harbor lines of New York Harbor and its adjacent waters; of the port of Philadelphia; in James River from Richmond to City Point, Va.; the dam to be built in the Big Sandy River near Louisa, Ky.; and a project for a lock at the mouth of Bayou Plaquemine, La.; to consider and report upon plan for superstructure of the breakwater for a national harbor of refuge at Sandy Bay, Cape Ann, Mass.; and to consider and report upon the subject of the harbor lines in the Anacostia River, from its mouth to Bennings Bridge. Member of Commission of Engineer Officers on national harbor of refuge near the mouth of Delaware Bay.

Member of the Light-house Board. Cyrus B. Comstock..... Division Engineer of the Southwest Division. Member of Brt. Brig. General. The Board of Engineers. Member of Board of Visitors

for U. S. Engineer School. Member and president of the Mississippi River Commission, created by act of Congress approved June 28, 1879. Member of Boards of Engineer Officers to consider and report upon the subject of the harbor lines of New York Harbor and its adjacent waters, and of the port of Philadelphia. Member of Board of Officers for the examination for promotion of certain ofticers of the Corps of Engineers. To represent the War Department at the Fifth Congress of Internal Navigation, to be held in Paris, France, in July,

1892. Orlando M. Poe

Division Engineer of the Northwest Division. In charge Brt. Brig. General. of the defensive works at Fort Wayne, Mich. In charge

of the improvement of the harbors at Cheboygan, Au Sable, and at Thunder Bay; harbor of refuge at Sand Beach; of the St. Marys River at the Falls; of the St. Clair Flats Ship Canal; and of the rivers Detroit, Saginaw, Clinton, and Rouge, Thunder Bay River, Alpena, Black River at Port Huron, and mouth of Black River, Mich., and Hay Lake Channel of the St. Marys River; construction of dry dock. St. Marys Falls Canal, and of dredging at Grosse Pointe Channel. In charge of St. Clair Flats Ship Canal and St. Marys Falls Canal, Micb. In charge of issuing charts of Northern and Northwestern Lakes, and of water-level observations on Lake Iluron. In charge of survey of shoal off Littles Point, aud shoal off Pelée Spit Light, Lake Erie. In charge of removal of wreck of coal vessel M. E. Tremble in the rapids of St. Clair River at Fort Gratiot, Mich., and of wreck of scow Hannah Moore at mouth of Black River,

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Orlando M. Poe...

Ohio. Member of Boards of Engineer Officers to conBrt. Brig. General. sider and report upon the subject of harbor lines at

Cleveland, Ohio; at Detroit, Mich.; to examine and report upon the plans of a bridge over the entrance to Duluth Harbor, Minn.; and to consider and report upon the location of the western terminus of the Illinois and Mississippi Canal. Engineer Ninth and Eleventh Lighthouse districts. Member of General Court-Martial con

vened at Cleveland, Ohio, February 3, 1892. David C. Houston ...... Member of The Board of Engineers. In charge of the de

fensive works at forts Griswold, Trumbull, and Hale, Conn., Columbus, Wood, Wadsworth, and Tompkins, and its batteries, N. Y.; Castle Williams, South Battery, new Barbette Battery at Governors Island, N. Y.; of Sea wall at same; of Sea wall at Davids Island, N. Y.; and of permanent platforms for modern cannon of large caliber. In charge of construction of gun batteries on Staten Island for defense of New York. In charge of the improvement of the harbors of New London, Clinton, New Haven, Milford, Bridgeport, Black Rock, Stamford, Norwalk, Five Mile River, and Wilsons Point, Conn., and Greenport, Port Chester, Glen Cove, Echo Harbor, Flushin Bay, Port Jefferson Inlet, Larchmont, and Huntington, N. Y.; of the construction of breakwaters at New Haven, and harbor of refuge, Duck Island Harbor, Conn. In charge of the improvement of the Housatonic River and for breakwater, Thames and Mystic rivers, Conn., Connecticut, Mass., and Conn., East Chester Creek, Patchogne River, and Browns Creek, N. Y. In charge of survey of Sag Harbor and Peconio River, N. Y., Stamford Harbor, and Cos Coh or Miamus River, Conn., and examination of Mattituck Bay, N. Y. Member of Boards of Engineer Officers to consider and report upon the subject of the harbor lines of New York Harbor and its adjacent waters; of Stamford Harbor; at Norwalk, and at Bridgeport, Conn. Member of Board of Officers for the examination for promotion of certain officers of the Corps of Engineers. Member of Board of Visitors for U. S. Engineer School.

LIEUTENANT-COLONELS,

George H. Elliot......

Henry M. Robert ...

In charge of the Washington Aqueduct; increasing water

supply of the city of Washington, and of the disburse-
ment of the funds pertaining to the erection of fish-ways
at Great Falls of the Potomac. Member of Board of En-
gineer Officers to consider and report upon the subject
of the harbor lines in the Anacostia River from its
mouth to Bennings Bridge. Member of the Light-house

Board.
Detached; Engineer Commissioner of the District of Col-

umbia. In charge of the improvement of the rivers Tennessee above Chattanooga, Tenn., and below Bee Tree Shoals, Cumberland above and below Nashville, Ky., and Tenn., Hiawassee, Caney Fork, French Broad, and Clinch, Tenn., and South Fork of the Cumberland, Ky. To exercise supervision over the construction of bridges across the Tennessee River at or near Chattanooga; at Knoxville; at or near Kuoxvillo; at Perryville; and at Jolin. sonville, Tenn.

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