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Military Laws And Rules And Regulations For The Armies Of The United States.

Adjutant and Inspector General’s Office Washington, May 1st , 1813

  1. Of Forage

To all horses in actual service, there shall be allowed 14 pounds of hay and 12 quarts of oats, or in lieu of oats 8 quarts of corn, per diem.

Officers will be allowed to draw forage in kind, when on actual service in the field, where their duties require them to be mounted, for the number of horses they actually keep in service, not exceeding the following rates:
Major general, seven;
Brigadier generals, five;
Colonels of artillery and infantry, four;
Lieutenant colonels and majors, three, and
All other officers entitled by law to receive money in lieu of forage, when the same shall not be drawn in kind, two each.

  1. Of Straw

One truss of straw, weighing 56 pounds, is allowed for every two men.

At the expiration of 16 days, each truss is to be refreshed with 8 pounds.  At the expiration of 32 days, the whole straw is to be removed, and a fresh bedding of one truss to be furnished; and son on every succeeding period of 16 and 32 days.

The same quantity of straw is allowed for servants, or batmen not soldiers, or for washerwomen, in proportion of one woman to every seventeen men.

The straw is to be changed for the sick in hospital as often as may be deemed necessary by the Surgeon, or (in his absence) by the mate.

Requisitions for fuel or straw must state the number and rank of the officers, the number of non-commissioned officers and privates, servants, batmen, and washerwomen, for whom it may be demanded, and certified by the commandant of the regiment, garrison, or recruiting rendezvous.

No fuel or straw shall be drawn for officers, or for soldiers, whilst on furlough; nor any allowance made to them for the same.

  1. Of Transportation

To each company or detachment of 100 men, shall be allowed one four horse wagon and team, or 2 two-horse wagons and teams, for the conveyance of baggage, and camp equipage consisting of one common tent, one iron kettle, and two tin pans, for every six men.

When officers are ordered on distant commands, the following rates are to govern in the allowance made to them for the transportation of their baggage; at two dollars per 100 pounds per 100 miles.

To a Major general                  1,250 lbs.
            Brigadier general          1,000
            Colonel                        750
            Lieutenant Colonel      600
            Major                          500
            Hospital surgeon         750
            Captain                       400
            Surgeon                       400
            Subaltern                     300
            Surgeon’s mate            300
            Cadet                           200

The most direct post route will determine the distance, for the amount of transportation, whether performed by land or water.



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