27 April 1816 c. 127 3 Stat. 317

CHAP. CXXVII.- An Act providing for cases of lost military land warrants, and discharges for faithful services.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That when any soldier of the regular army having obtained a military land warrant shall have lost, or shall hereafter lose the same, or the said warrant shall have been or may be by accident destroyed, every such soldier shall, upon proof thereof, to the satisfaction of the Secretary of War, be entitled to a patent in like manner as if the said warrant was produced.

SEC 2. And be it further enacted, That in all cases of discharges from the military service of the United States of any soldier of the regular army, when it shall appear to the satisfaction of the Secretary of War, that a certificate of faithful service has been omitted by the neglect of the discharging officer, by misconstruction of the law, or by any other neglect or casualty, such omission shall not prevent the issuing of the warrant and patent as in other cases. And when it shall be proven as aforesaid, that any soldier of the regular army has lost his discharge and certificate of faithful service, the Secretary of War shall cause such papers to be furnished such soldier of the regular army as will entitle him to his land warrant and patent: Provided, such measure be justified by the time of his enlistment, the period of service, and the report of some officer of the corps to which he was attached.

APPROVED. April 27, 1816.

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