CHAP. CVII.- An Act to amend an act, entitled “An act making further provision for military services during the late war, and for other purposes.”
|Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That the widows and children of soldiers, of the militia, the volunteers, the rangers, and the sea-fencibles, who served during the late war, and for whom half pay for five years was provided, by an act passed the sixteenth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, entitled “An act making further provision for military services during the late was, and for other purposes,” shall be placed on an equality as to their annual allowance, that is to say: Such widows, and in case of no widow, such children as may be embraced in the before recited act, shall be entitled to receive, (as the half pay to which they are entitled,) at the rate of forty-eight dollars per annum, and no more; and the widows and children, aforesaid, of the officers of the different corps, aforesaid, shall be entitled to the half pay of the officers of the infantry.
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the provisions contained in an act, entitled “An act fixing the military peace establishment of the United States,” passed on the third of March, one thousand eight hundred and fifteen, granting to the commissioned officers of the regular army, who were deranged by said act, three months’ pay in addition to the pay and amoluments to which they were entitled by law at the time of their discharge, shall equally be extended to wagon-masters, forage-masters, barrack-masters, and other warrant officers of the staff of the regular army, who were deranged by the before recited act, except those provisionally retained by th President of the United States.
SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the further time of two years shall be allowed to the guardians of the minor children of deceased soldiers, to relinquish their claims to bounty lands for five years’ half pay, according to the second section of the before recited act, to which this is a supplement, passed the sixteenth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen.
SEC. 4.And be it further enacted, That the widows and children of the non-commissioned officers of the rangers, shall be placed on the same footing as to half pay, for five years, with the widows and children of the infantry.
SEC. 5.And be it further enacted, That the provisions of the second section of the act to which this is a supplement, shall be, and and the same are hereby, extended to all cases where either of the children therein mentioned shall have been under sixteen years of age at the time of their father’s decease: Provided, The guardian of such minor children shall, in addition to the relinquishment by said act required, file, in the office of the Department of War, evidence of the assent of all the other heirs, if any there be, of said deceased soldier, or of their guardians, to such relinquishment.
SEC. 6.And be it further enacted, That in all cases where the child or children of a regular soldier, deceased, have the right, under the laws of the United States, to relinquish their bounty land, for five years’ half pay, the said child or children shall be entitled to the same amount as if given by the act to the widows of the militia soldiers who died in service during the late war, viz: four dollars per month.
APPROVED. March 3, 1817.