Buffalo Soldier Regiment: History of the Twenty-Fifth United States Infantry, 1869-1926

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APPENDIX D

War Department,
Adjutant General’s Office,
Washington, August 1, 1866.

EXTRACT

The following act of Congress is published for the information and government of allconcerned.

(Public—No. 181)

An Act to increase and fix the military peace establishment of the United States.

Be it further enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled—That the military peace establishment of the United States shall hereafter consist of five regiments of artillery, ten regiments of cavalry, forty five regiments of infantry, the professors and corps of cadets of the United States Military Academy, and such other forces as shall be provided for by this act, to be known as the Army of the United States.

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Section 4.—and be it further enacted, That the forty’five regiments of infantry provided for by this act shall consist of the first ten regiments, of ten companies each, now in service; of twenty-seven regiments of ten companies each, to be formed by adding two companies to each battalion of the remaining nine regiments; and of eight new regiments, of ten companies each, four regiments of which shall be composed of colored men, and four regiments, of ten companies each, to be raised and officered as hereinafter provided for, to be called the Veteran Reserve Corps, etc., etc.

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Section 30. * * One Chaplain may be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, for each regiment of colored troops, whose duty shall include the instruction of the enlisted men in the common English branches of education, etc., etc.

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Approved, July 28, 1866.

By order of the Secretary of War.
E. D. Townsend,
Assistant Adjutant General.

Official:

Assistant Adjutant General.

War Department,
Adjutant General’s Office.
Washington, Nov. 23, 1866.

EXTRACT

Under the Act of July 28, 1866, the designation and organization of regiments, by which the military peace establishment is increased and fixed will be as follows: The provisions of this order are in accordance with the condition of the army on, and are of effect from, the 21st day of September, 1866.

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II—The ten old regiments of Infantry will retain their designation. The first battalions of the three-battalion regiments to which they belonged, and, under the new

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