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respectively, and will proceed to the Division of the Philippines on the transport Sheridan, sailing from San Francisco on the 16th instant.
The commanding general, Department of California, will arrange the details of the movement and complete the battalion organizations.
The Quartermaster's Department will furnish the necessary transportation, the Subsistence Department suitable subsistence, and the Medical Department proper medcal attendance and supplies. By command of Lieutenant-General Miles:
H. C. CORBIN,
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
Washington, February 12, 1901. By direction of the Secretary of War, the additional regiments of cavalry and infantry authorized by act of Congress approved February 2, 1901, are hereby designated and assigned to stations, where they will be assembled, equipped, and organized as follows:
Infantry-5 regiments. Twenty-sixth Infantry: Headquarters at Fort McPherson, Ga. The first battalion of this regiment has been organized and assigned.
Twenty-seventh Infantry: Headquarters at Plattsburg Barracks, N. Y. The first battalion of this regiment has been organized and assigned.
Twenty-eighth Infantry: Headquarters at Vancouver Barracks, Wash.
Squadrons and battalions will be successively organized and equipped at regimental headquarters. Whenever the accommodations at any regimental headquarters are fully occupied and space is required for succeeding organizations, department commanders will recommend the transfer to other stations of units which are already organized and equipped; such stations to be selected with special reference to facilities for target practice.
The troops will be fully equipped and supplied for field service, and the supply departments will furnish the necessary arms, ammunition, equipment, and supplies. By command of Lieutenant-General Miles.
H. C. CORBIN,
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
Washington, February 13, 1901. The following orders of the Secretary of War are published to the Army for the information and guidance of all concerned:
An act of Congress approved February 2, 1901, discontinues the regimental organization of the artillery arm and constitutes an Artillery Corps, consisting of coast artillery and field artillery, comprising 30 batteries of field artillery and 126 companies of coast artillery and enlisted men as follows:
Twenty-one sergeants-major with the rank, pay, and allowances of regimental sergeants-major of infantry;
Twenty-seven sergeants-major with the rank, pay, and allowances of battalion sergeants-major of infantry;
One electrician sergeant to each coast artillery post having electrical appliances, and Ten bands, organized as heretofore authorized by law for artillery regiments. The sergeants-major of the Artillery Corps who have the rank, pay, and allowances of regimental sergeants-major of infantry will be designated sergeants-major, senior
grade, and those having the rank, pay, and allowances of battalion sergeants-major of infantry will be designated as sergeants-major, junior grade, and will be borne on the rolls and records accordingly. The regimental sergeants-major will be transferred to the Artillery Corps and appointed sergeants-major therein in orders from this office. The present regimental quartermaster-sergeants of artillery will be in like manner transferred to and appointed sergeants-major, senior grade, in the Artillery Corps.
The officers of artillery not belonging to batteries will be reported on the returns of the commands in which they may be serving, and in addition will, until otherwise ordered, make monthly personal reports to the Adjutant-General of the Army stating the nature of their duties, etc. The noncommissioned staff officers of artillery will be also reported in figures and by name on the monthly returns of the commands in which they are serving.
Commanding officers of batteries and companies of artillery will hereafter render monthly returns direct to the Adjutant-General of the Army.
Monthly returns and bimonthly muster rolls of the artillery bands and muster rolls of the noncommissioned staff officers of the Artillery Corps will be made to the Adjutant-General by the commanding officers of the respective posts or stations at which they may be serving.
Commanding officers will prepare descriptive lists and accounts of pay and clothing of the noncommissioned staff officers, and will cause to be transcribed in new descriptive and clothing books the personal description, full record, and account of clothing drawn of each member of the artillery bands.
All records pertaining to the headquarters of the several artillery regiments, after the data required shall have been taken therefrom, will be carefully packed and marked and forwarded to the Adjutant-General of the Army.
Returns of artillery regiments, to include February 1, 1901, will be made by the officers commanding the same on that date and forwarded to the Adjutant-General without delay.
To conform to the new organization the designations of the batteries of artillery now in service are changed as follows:
Battery A, First Artillery, to be First Company, Coast Artillery.
Battery I, Third Artillery, to be Thirty-first Company, Coast Artillery.
Sixth Artillery Band to be Sixth Band, Artillery Corps.
H. C. CORBIN,
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
Washington, February 14, 1901. The following act of Congress is published for the information and government of all concerned: AN ACT for the payment of travel allowances on discharge from the Volunteer Army to certain officers and enlisted men who reentered the military service of the United States in the Philippine Islands.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That any officer of volunteers, and any enlisted man of either regulars or volunteers, who was discharged in the Philippine Islands and there reentered the service, through commission or enlistment, in the Thirty-sixth or Thirty-seventh regiments, United States Volunteer Infantry, or in the Eleventh Regiment, United States Volunteer Cavalry, shall, when discharged, except by way of punishment for an offense, receive for travel allowances, from the place of his discharge to the place in the United States of his last preceding appointment or enlistment, four cents per mile: Provided, That for sea travel, on discharge, from or between our island possessions actual expenses only shall be paid to officers, and transportation and subsistence only shall be furnished enlisted men: Provided further, That officers and enlisted men discharged in the United States under the provisions of this act shall not be entitled to transportation or travel allowance back to the Philippine Islands.
Approved February 8, 1901.
H. C. CORBIN,
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
Washington, February 15, 1901. I. By direction of the Secretary of War and under the provisions of the act of Congress approved March 2, 1899 (published in General Orders, No. 36, from this office, March 4, 1899), "for increasing the efficiency of the Army of the United States and for other purposes,” the volunteer force, officers and enlisted men, organized under said act will be mustered out of the United States service on or before June 30, 1901, as provided for in the following instructions published for the information and guidance of all concerned:
1. To facilitate the muster out of regiments in the United States the commanding officers of regiments will, prior to the departure of their commands from Manila, select an officer specially qualified for duty as assistant mustering officer, under whose supervision and that of the regimental commander company commanders will be required while en route to have the first copy of the muster-out roll accurately prepared, and officers who have been or are then responsible or accountable for public property, as company commanders or otherwise, will be required to make out the papers necessary for promptly rendering property returns accounting for losses, transfers, money charges against men, etc.
Upon arrival at the muster-out rendezvous, and when the date for the muster out of the regiment has been fixed, the four fair copies required will be made without delay.
2. Prior to the departure of a regiment from the Philippine Islands the assistant mustering officer will be required to make a careful inspection of the records of the regiment and cause them to be completed in every respect, and will by personal inspection see that correct descriptive lists and accounts of pay and clothing are furnished to the officers under whose immediate command they may be for all enlisted men absent sick and unable to join their commands before sailing, and that descriptive lists of such enlisted men as may be in captivity are furnished to the chief mustering officer of the division. The assistant mustering officer will also be required to make an alphabetical list by companies of all absentees and their addresses so far as
known, cause of absence and authority therefor, and deliver the same to the mustering officer charged with the muster out of the regiment, to whom he will report on arrival as assistant. In all matters pertaining to their duties as mustering officers, officers and men of organizations to be mustered out will be guided by the instructions of these officers, who are acting under the authority conferred by the Secretary of War.
3. The names of all officers and enlisted men who belonged to the organization prior and subsequent to the preparation of the organization roll must be accounted for on the muster-out roll, which is required to be a complete record of all the officers and enlisted men who ever belonged to the organization. Attention is especially invited in this respect to the printed instructions on the muster-out roll.
4. When the muster-out rolls have been prepared they will be carefully examined by a board of officers, to be appointed by the regimental commander, which will be furnished with the retained copy of the organization roll, with copies of all the muster rolls of the organization and other necessary data. Under the supervision of the mustering officer the board will compare rolls and other data with the muster-out rolls to insure their absolute correctness in all respects.
5. Discharge certificates will be prepared for every officer and enlisted man present, and for such officers and enlisted men absent from the command (sick, on leave, or on furlough) whose discharge from the service is not ordered herein to be executed by officers under whose immediate control such absentees may be at date of muster out.
Under the head of “Remarks” on the discharge certificate and the muster-out rolls record will be made as to whether or not the service of the soldier was honest and faithful. In this particular attention is invited to paragraph 148 of the Regulations as amended by General Orders, No. 10, of 1897, from this office.
6. Discharge certificates will be signed by the regimental commander for the noncommissioned staff and band and for all officers of the regiment, by company commanders for the enlisted men of their companies, and all will be countersigned by the mustering officer, who will deliver them to the paymaster for the purpose required in paragraph 1383 of the Regulations.
The chief mustering officer will sign the discharge certificates of regimental commanders.
7. The discharge from the United States Volunteer service in the cases of all absentees will take effect upon the muster out of the organizations to which they belong, except only in cases of officers and men held in captivity and such others as may be retained in the service under special authority granted by the Secretary of War.
8. When an organization is under orders to proceed to the United States for muster out, the commanding general, Division of the Philippines, will take the necessary steps to cause the return to it of all absentees except such as may be absolutely unable to join on account of illness or capture by the enemy, and such officers as may be necessary to be retained in the service under authority to be obtained from the Secretary of War. Officers and men unable to join on account of illness will be discharged by the chief mustering officer, Division of the Philippines, on the date of the muster out of their organizations in the United States, which date will be cabled to him by the mustering officer charged with the muster out of the regiment. Officers and enlisted men unable to join their commands on account of being in the hands of the enemy will, after coming under the control of the Government, be discharged on the date of the muster out of their organizations if practicable, or on the date of arrival from captivity at Manila, if the organizations to which they belong have been mustered out. The descriptive lists, with full statement of action taken in the above-mentioned cases, will be sent by the chief mustering officer to the Adjutant-General of the Army. All descriptive lists must contain a complete history of allotments of enlisted men, their duration, their discontinuance, either voluntary or imposed by court-martial forfeitures, their resumption, and any other facts necessary to arrive at a proper settlement on discharge or muster out.
9. In the cases of enlisted men absent at muster out, either in the Philippines or in.the United States, discharge certificates and final ctatements will be carefully prepared from descriptive lists by officers under whose control they may be at the time, and the physical examination required will be made immediately prior to date of discharge, but when for sufficient reasons the physical examination can not be made prior to date of discharge it will be waived and notation thereof made on the descriptive lists, as neither officers nor men will be held in service for that purpose.
10. In the cases of officers absent at muster out, discharge certificates will be furnished them by the officers under whom they may be serving after the required physical examination has been made, if such examination is practicable, and they will