On March 3d following an act was approved providing for the supplies required for the army and for the accountability of persons intrusted with the same. The Quartermaster General to have the rank and pay of a brigadier general, and the deputy quartermasters $60.00 per month, five rations and forage for two horses. No expenditure will be made at permanent posts in time of peace for the erection or repair of barracks and quarters, where the whole sum required to complete the work shall exceed five hundred dollars, unless ordered by the Secretary of War. No further legislation of Congress affecting the Quartermaster's Department is found until the act of May 18, 1826. Section 7 of this act specified in general terms the business embraced in each of these divisions, and the special duties of the officers placed in charge, under the direction of the Quartermaster General. This Committee remarks on the affairs of the Quartermaster's Department as follows: "The Quartermaster's Department on the frontiers is arranged on principles highly economical and beneficial to the public. Under section 7 of this act, fixing the monthly pay, rations and forage to be allowed to officers of the army, the grade of deputy quartermaster was recognized, although it does not appear to have been created by legislation of Congress. General Washington had retired to private life and was then residing at Mount Vernon. He further wrote: "The military reason which prevents a Quartermaster General from exercising command in ordinary cases I take to be this, that whatever may be the fact, the presumption is that both in action and out of action he has, generally speaking, sufficient employment in the duties of his office, and circumstances alone can decide when these are compatible with actual command. Early in August, 1780, he tendered his unconditional resignation as Quartermaster General, requesting Congress to appoint his successor at once without loss of time, and expressing his desire to remain no longer in the department than was necessary to close his accounts and to set fairly in operation the new system as adopted for the future government of the department. Officers not appearing for examination within ninety days after being summoned were to be dropped from the rolls, officers not found to possess necessary qualifications to be dismissed with one month's pay. June 10, 1860, General Jesup died, after a continuous service of forty-two years as chief of the Quartermaster's Department, and on the 28th of the same month Lieutenant Colonel Joseph E. Johnston, 1st United States cavalry, was appointed by President Buchanan, as Quartermaster General with the rank of brigadier general. Section 5 made it the duty of the Secretary of War to prepare a code of regulations for the better government of the staff departments, to be used for the army upon receiving the approval of the President. General Washington replied April 24, 1779, as follows: "I am sorry for the difficulties you have to encounter in the department of Quartermaster, especially as I was in some degree instrumental in bringing you into it. Much less is known of Henry Glen's personal life. WAR OF THE REBELLION.—FROM APRIL 15, 1861, TO AUGUST 20, 1866. Upon the efficiency of the one the success of the other is largely dependent. (The last retirement in this grade will occur May 15, 1905, when by operation of the law, the grade will cease to exist. On July 1, 1883, General Ingalls was retired from active service on account of age, and on the same day President Arthur appointed Colonel S. B. Holabird, Assistant Quartermaster General, as Quartermaster General. Telegraphing on military business and accounts growing out of such service are supervised through the transportation branch. FORT LEE, Va. (May 29, 2020) -- Col. Michelle K. Donahue became the Army’s 56th Quartermaster General during a COVID-19-restricted ceremony Friday in … May following, Colonel M. C. Meigs, of the 11th United States Infantry, formerly captain of engineers, United States Army, was appointed by President Lincoln, Quartermaster General in his stead. On October 2, 1788, Congress adopted the report of a Committee appointed to make full inquiry into the proceedings of the Department of War. The evolution which has brought our army to its present state of usefulness, has been dependent upon circumstances and conditions in the history of the country, at its different epochs, and the necessities then existing. Whenever practicable, the senior quartermaster of each separate army may be re-. Its labors have been intimately associated with the spread of civilization, and no other agency has been so potent in perfecting the permanency of our republic,—and making its success assured and its power respected—as has been our army. On April 19, 1792, Quartermaster Hodgden was superseded by James O'Hara, of Pennsylvania, the latter being nominated by President Washington and confirmed by the Senate as Quartermaster General, although the law at this time only provided for a "quartermaster.". The deputies or assistants whom the Quartermaster General may assign to the posts of Philadelphia, New York, Pittsburg, Detroit, Saint Louis, and New Orleans, shall not be removed from their stations except by authority of the War Department. The new law provided for one Quartermaster General and one Assistant Quartermaster General, to be appointed by the Congress; one Deputy Quartermaster for the main army, and one for each separate army, to be appointed by the Quartermaster General, who was also to appoint, if he deemed it necessary, a deputy for each state, to be approved by the Supreme Executive of the State, said deputies to appoint, in turn, as many assistants as required, and also all store-keepers, contractors, clerks, conductors artificers, and laborers, found necessary to the service to be appointed by the deputies in their respective districts. That for all articles so furnished the original bills of parcels shall be produced by the contractor, which shall be verified upon oath if required. The national cemeteries are entirely distinct and disconnected from the local cemeteries. Provision was made for such additional officers of the Quartermaster's. It shall also be his duty to cause barracks and storehouses to be constructed, to designate the sites for depots, the routes for transportation and communication between different posts and armies, and the course of military roads. If the movement of those troops be determined on, a convoy will be necessary in order to protect them from capture. Should vouchers be suspended or disallowed, the accounting officer will return them to the Quartermaster General with his reasons in writing for such suspension or disallowance; and it shall be the duty of the Quartermaster General to require from the officer proper vouchers, or the necessary explanations. Section 10 of this act authorized the addition to the staff of the commander of each army. On June 26, 1890, President Harrison appointed Lieutenant Colonel Richard N. Batchelder Deputy Quartermaster General, as Quartermaster General. By act approved June 3, 1872, it is provided: "That the President be, and hereby is, authorized to nominate and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint certain officers of the Quartermaster's Department to the grade they would have held in said department, respectively, had the vacancies created therein by the act of July twenty-eighth, eighteen hundred and sixty-six, from the rank of major to the rank of colonel, both inclusive, been filled by promotion by seniority: Provided, that no officer shall be deprived of his relative rank or reduced from his present grade by this act, and that the officers whose appointments are herein authorized shall take rank and receive pay only from the date of their confirmation.". On March 2, 1821, an act of Congress was approved reducing the army and fixing the milltary [sic] peace establishment. : Division of the North and Division of the South, the two Deputy Quartermasters General, provisionally retained, being assigned to these respective divisions. In addition to the procurement and distribution of supplies other than food and clothing, he was the principal staff officer involved in the movement of troops and therefore responsible for route reconnaissance; the repair and maintenance of roads and bridges; the layout, organization, and construction of camps; and the supply and maintenance of wagons and team… The act of Congress approved July 17, 1862, provided that the President of the United States shall have power, whenever in his opinion it shall be expedient, to purchase cemetery grounds, and cause them to be enclosed, to be used as a national cemetery, for the soldiers who shall die in the service of the country. missary General of Purchases, as before authorized, one deputy commissary to each division, six assistant commissaries of issues, and as many military storekeepers, tobe subject to the rules and articles of war in the same manner as officers of the army, as the service might require. And the disposable force of Cuba, united with the Seminole Indians, may be thrown upon any point of our line of operations which Spain may select. This art established in the office of the Quartermaster General, nine divisions, to exist during the Rebellion and one year thereafter; each division to be placed in charge of a competent officer of the Quartermaster's Department, with the rank, pay, and emoluments of a colonel, under assignment by the Secretary of War, and to perform the duties thus assigned them under such rules as should be prescribed by the Quartermaster General, with the approval of the War Department. The Continental Congress in session at Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia, adopted the following resolution June 16, 1775: "Resolved, That there be one Quartermaster General for the grand army, and one deputy under him for the separate army. This projet, havingmet with the approval of the Secretary of War, was embodied by Major General Winfield Scott in the code of regulations compiled under the act of March 3, 1813, and published for the information and guidance of the army, in July, 1821. (Record Group 92) 1774-1985 (bulk 1774-1962) Overview of Records Locations Table of Contents 92.1 Administrative History 92.2 Records of the Office of the Commissary General of Purchases 1794-184392.2.1 General records 92.2.2 Records of the Office of the Superintendent of Military Stores 92.3 General Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General 1774-196292.3.1 General Transportation for the other executive departments is also provided upon requests of their authorized officers and agents. Though essentially a nation of soldiers, in time of peace we do not prepare for war. Quartermaster General WW2, released in 2019, is a second edition of the game revised to improve its ease of play, clarity, and play balance. Upon military retirement, he worked briefly as a Senior System Logistics Analyst and entered the US Federal Civil Service workforce in 2003. By section 8, of the act of 5th July, 1862, the President was authorized to increase the number of military storekeepers of the Quartermaster's Department to 12, if the exigencies of the service rendered it necessary. Under the provisions of this act eighty post quartermaster sergeants have been appointed and assigned to duty at the several military posts and stations, to assist post quartermasters in the performance of their duties in lieu of civilian clerks. Under the act of Congress approved July 5, 1884, it was provided: "That the Secretary of War is authorized to appoint, on the recommendation of the Quartermaster General, as many post quartermaster sergeants, not to exceed eighty, as he may deem necessary for the interests of the service, said sergeants to be selected by examination from the most competent enlisted men of the army, who have served at least four years, and whose character and education shall fit them to take charge of public property, and to act as clerks and assistants to post and other quartermasters. At this time there were only 7 military storekeepers provided for. These officers were to purchase military stores, camp equipage and other articles requisite for troops and provide means of transportation. They authorized the appointment of one paymaster of the army, seven paymasters, and two assistants, who, in addition to their other duties, were to have charge of the clothing of troops; also the appointment of three military agents, and such number of assistant military agents as might be thought expedient by the President, not exceeding one at each military post, it being the duty of these agents and assistants to purchase, receive, and forward to their destination all military stores and other articles for the troops in their respective departments, and all goods and annuities for the Indians; they were to make returns of all property which would come into. The Quartermaster General may, whenever he shall deem it necessary, cause a thorough inspection to be made of the books and accounts of quartermasters. All necessary articles which are furnished within the state for the troops, are purchased by the Secretary of War, without any commission or charge theron to the public.". It also provides the means of transportation for ordnance and ordnance stores issued by the United States to the several states and territories, and is charged with the duty of purchasing and transporting the quartermaster's stores and equipage for the militia. The Hon. Thanks for Liking. He was in charge of the Adjutant and Quartermaster General's Branch, responsible for supply, transport, accommodation and personnel management. Two assistant Quartermasters General—colonels. By a supplementary act of July 7, 1838, so much of Section 9 of the above act as required assistant quartermasters to be separated from the line was repealed. On the 22d April, 1861, General Johnston resigned his charge of the Quartermaster's Department, for the purpose of entering the Confederate service, and on the 15th. On the 15th April, 1861, President Lincoln issued his proclamation calling for 75,000 men to serve three months. The organization of the United States Army on January 1, 1861, just previous to the outbreak of the Rebellion, provided for 13,024 officers and enlisted men. This act, besides providing a large military force, caused many changes in the various departments of the army. 117 army service men, Quartermaster's Department, are on duty at West Point, New York. By the act of March 16, 1802, fixing the military peace establishment, it was enacted that the army be reduced to one regiment of artillerists and two of infantry, with the necessary officers. This section also provided for the detail of line officers as quartermasters of the regiments being formed, with additional compensation for the extra duty thus performed by them. "For the Southern Army : One Deputy Quartermaster, one Deputy Commissary of Forage, one Deputy Wagon Master, one Director and one Sub-Director of a Company of Artificers, and as many Assistants in the Main and Southern Army to perform the duties of Quartermasters of Brigades, Storekeepers, Clerks and such other duties in the Quartermaster's Department as the service may require, and also as many Wagon Conductors.". Section 15 enacted that the act of July 4, 1864, reorganizing the Quartermaster's Department, and above referred to, continue in force until January 1, 1867, and no longer, and Section 23, that thereafter the Quartermaster General shall be appointed by selection from the corps to which he belongs. Department as the service might require, not exceeding one quartermaster to each brigade, with the rank of major, and one assistant quartermaster, with the rank of captain, for each regiment, to continue in service only so long as their services should be required in connection with the militia and volunteers. Like voting is closed. "That the establishment of the Quartermaster's Department by resolution of Congress of July 15, 178o, be after January 1, 1783, repealed, and the following regulations then adopted in its stead. Under the provisions of this act Robert Swartwout, of New York, was appointed by President Madison as Quartermaster General on March 21, 1813, and designated as chief of the Quartermaster's Department in place of General Lewis, who had on March 2d of that year received the appointment of major general in the army. On the 3d August, 1861, an act was passed, "providing for the better organization of the military establishment." It authorized George Washington fill the position and the rank of Quartermaster General was set at Colonel. On the 10th February, 1814, it was enacted that three regiments of rifle-. On March 28th, following, an act was approved reestablishing the Quartermaster's Department and reviving the grade of Quartermaster General. Section 1 of this act made it the additional duty of the Quartermaster's Department to receive from the purchasing department and distribute to the army of the United States all clothing, camp and garrison equipage required for the use of the troops, and required the Quartermaster General, under the direction of the Secretary of War, to prescribe and enforce a system of accountability for all clothing and equipage issued to the army. Officers of the Quartermaster General's Department shall not be subject to detail, nor be employed upon any other duties than those of their department, except by order of the Secretary of War, or of a general commanding a division. CDV of David Hammond Vinton, Deputy Quartermaster General: Condition:--not specified. The salaries of the former were fixed by law. The grade of Quartermaster General, which had been abolished July 25, 1785, appears to have been again recognized in an act of March 3, 1795, for continuing and regulating the military establishment. SEC. And with the prices of all articles of supply and of transportation. their possession to the Department of War. Accordingly, on May 17, 1815, orders were issued from the Adjutant and Inspector General's office announcing that the President had so arranged the general staff as to include one Quartermaster General and two Deputy Quartermaster Generals, provisionally retained, and the four brigade quartermasters provided for by the law; all other officers of the Quartermaster's Department, whose accounts were unsettled, were to be allowed to remain in service during a reasonable period, for the single purpose of rendering and settling them. Robert Swartwout, was continued Quartermaster General, with the brevet rank of brigadier general. With a view, however, to temporarily retain his services in the Quartermaster's Department, the Congress resolved, on the 8th of November, 1777, that he "be desired,—-notwithstanding his resignation of Quartermaster General was accepted,—to continue in the exercise of that office, and that he be invested with full powers to act until another Quartermaster General should be appointed and should enter upon the duties of the office." On the 4th of July, 1864, an act was approved providing for the better organization of the Quartermaster's Department. List Thumbnail. To accomplish these objects, the following regulations are proposed: * * * The quartermaster shall be entitled to the same pay, rations, and forage as the lieutenant colonel commandant of a regiment.". The following is a verbatim copy: QUARTERMASTER GENERAL'S OFFICE, The officers on duty in the Quartermaster General's office compose the Administration Board. Sort by . They will state particularly whether supplies be forwarded promptly, and whether proper regard be paid to economy. 2.That no more appointments shall be made in the grade of military storekeepers in the Quartermaster's Department, and this grade shall cease to exist as soon as the same becomes vacant by death, resignation, or otherwise of the present incumbents. That to any army of the United States, other than that in which the. On the 11th of February, 1815, news of the proclamation of peace was brought to New York, causing the greatest joy and enthusiasm throughout the country. At this time the attention of Congress had been attracted. Boards consisting of three officers, of whom two at least must be officers of volunteers, were provided to conduct the examinations. The grade of Quartermaster General, however, does not appear to have been specifically recreated by legislation of Congress until the act of May 30, 1796. No article to be furnished but by an order in writing from the commanding officer of the troops, or the commanding officer of a separate post, who shall be responsible to the Secretary of War, that only such articles shall be ordered as the situation of the troops render indispensably necessary. During his early active military service, Mr. Jones served as Petroleum Platoon Leader, Petroleum Supply Officer, Assistant S3, 46th Engineer Battalion (CBT) (HVY), and Company Commander (108th Quartermaster Company) in the 1st Aviation Brigade, Fort Rucker, AL; Company Commander (20th Quartermaster Company), Pohang, Korea, Chief Security Plans, and Operations (S2/3), 2nd Quartermaster Group (PETRL), and 19th Support Command Petroleum Staff Officer, Taegu, Korea. Although Mr. Glen's official position of deputy quartermaster general was a wartime appointment, he remained involved with the movements of supplies to troops in New York state throughout his time in Congress. "Resolved, That there be one Quartermaster General, the present Quartermaster General to be continued in office ; and hereafter as vacancies arise to be appointed by Congress. SEC. 17th July, 1818. General Meigs was retired from active service on account of age February 6, 1882. The vacancies thereby created in the. It hires, purchases and builds barracks, quarters, storehouses and hospitals, provides by hire or purchase grounds for military encampments and buildings, supplies periodicals and newspapers to post libraries. The following letter is interesting as showing the scope of the Quartermaster's Department in those early days: Sir:—In reply to the questions propounded to me this morning, I have the honor to observe, that if it be the intention of the Government, in operating against Florida, to employ the troops of the South Division only, those on the Atlantic may be concentrated at Amelia Island in fifteen or twenty days, completely equipt for the field. Accompanying this is a statement in relation to the movement of the light artillery. The act also provided for a Commissary General of Purchases with a salary Of $3000 per annum, and necessary assistants with compensation derived from commissions on money disbursed, not exceeding, however, $2000 per annum. Vice-President for three years and President in 1785. That body gave him authority to employ two assistant quartermasters general, who should be acceptable to him, and power to appoint all other officers of his department, and specially provided that General Greene should retain his rank of major general in the army, which he then held. K. Reservation.—Thisbranch has charge of title papers to all lands in custody of the War Department for military uses, except such as are designed for permanent fortifications, or for armories, arsenals, and ordnance depots ; and of collecting and compiling information in regard to each reservation. On June 1, 1796, Lieutenant Colonel O'Hara having resigned, John Wilkins, Jr., of Pennsylvania, was appointed by President Washington and confirmed by the Senate as Quartermaster General under this act. (Signed) TH. In 1987, he graduated with a history degree from King College, Bristol, Tennessee, and was commissioned a Quartermaster Second Lieutenant from East Tennessee State University. The United States, under existing orders, is divided into eight military departments, viz. Mail and Records.—This branchhas charge of all matters pertaining to the keeping of the records, and briefing, entering, and indexing of communications received in the office of the Quartermaster General, as well as the typewriting and mailing of letters and endorsement. This arrangement existed previously to the resolve of Congress for abolishing the Quartermaster General's Department, July 25, 1785. FROM AUGUST 20, 1866, TO JANUARY 1, 1894. The supply departments are the mainstay of an army. S. JESUP, They are under the immediate control of the Quartermaster General, and the officers in charge act under his sole direction. "In case the President of the United States should deem the employment of a major general, brigadier general, a quartermaster, and chaplain, or either of them, essential to the public interest, that he be, and he hereby is, empowered, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint the same accordingly. Sections 4 and 5, in order to enable the Quartermaster's Department to carry out the provisions of this act, provided for the appointment of two additional quartermasters and 10 assistant quartermasters, to be taken from the line of the army, to have the same rank and pay as authorized for like grades in the act of March 2, 1821. By act of Congress approved March 3, 1883, paragraph 4, it is provided that, "hereafter vacancies occurring in the Quartermaster's Department * * * may in the discretion of the President be filled from civil life.". A record of all proceedings is kept, and reports made to the Quartermaster General. Section 6 of the act of Congress approved March 3, 1869, provides, "That, until otherwise directed by law there thall [sic] be no new appointments in the * * * Quartermaster's Department. This recommendation does not appear to have received favorable consideration at that time, but on the 24th of April, 1816, an act was passed reorganizing the staff departments. November 18, 2020. General Batchelder assumed duty July 10, 1890, and is the present occupant of the office. The same Congress, on the 19th of July, 1775, adopted the following resolution: "Resolved, That the appointment of a Quartermaster General * * * be left to General Washington.". Under this act President Madison nominated William Jones, of Pennsylvania, to be Commissary General of Purchases, and Morgan Lewis, of New York, to be Quartermaster General, and they were confirmed by the Senate on April 3 and 4, 1812, respectively. 1861, were scattered by companies and detachments throughout the country. 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