Head Quarters Newburgh Friday December 27th 1782
|For the day tomorrow||Colonel Vanscaick Major Fish.|
|For duty tomorrow||the 7th Massachusetts regiment.|
Commanding officers of Brigades and Regiments are desired to meet the Contractors, who are to supply the army with Provisions from the first of January, at Majr General Howes Quarters, on Sunday next, at 11 o’clock A.M. in order to agree upon some points relative to the issues.
Regulations for the Quarter Master Generals Department.
By the United States in Congress Assembled October 23d 1782.
That the establishment of the Quarter Master Genls Department by the resolutions of Congress of the 15th July 1780 be, from and after the first day of January next repealed, and the following Regulations then adopted in its stead.
That there be one Quartermastergeneral, the present Qr Master genl to be continued in office; and hereafter as Vacancies arise, to be appointed by Congress. That the Quarter Master Genl with the approbation of the Commander in chief, appoint the following officers for the Armies of the United States vizt.
For the Main Army.
One Deputy Quarter Master
One Waggon master
One Commissary of Forage
One Director and one Sub. Director of a Company of Artificers.
For the Southern Army
One Deputy Quarter Master.
One Deputy Commissary of Forage
One Deputy Waggon Master
One Director, and one Sub Director of a Company of Artificers. And as many Assistants as the Service may require in the Main and Southern army, to perform the duties of Quarter Masters of brigades, Store keepers, Clerks and such other duties in the Quarter Masters departments as the service may require and also as many waggon Conductors.
That the pay per month of the officers in the Quarter master Generals Department, including their pay in the line of the Army shall be as follows:
|Quarter Master General||166||60|
|Deputy Qr Mr with the Southern Army||125||—|
|Deputy Qr Mr with the Main army||75||—|
|Commissary of Forage for the main army||60||—|
|Do for the Southern army||60||—|
|Deputy Waggon Master for the Southern Army||50|
|Assistants in the Quarter Mastr Depart. each||30|
|Waggon Conductors, each||20|
|Directors of Artifices each||40|
|Sub. directors of ditto each||26||60|
That the following be the proportion of Waggon & Bat. horses to the different ranks of officers; unless otherwise directed, in special cases by the Commander in chief, or Commanding officer of the Southern army.
The Commander in Chief, and Commanding officer of the Southern army, for their own accomodation, and for their families as many Baggage Waggons and Bat. horses as they may think necessary.
Major General & family, one covered four horse waggon, and one two horse Waggon.
Brigadier General & family one covered four horse Waggon.
Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel, & Major one covered Four horse Waggon.
Captains & Subalterns of a regiment for their baggage one covered four horse Waggon.
Surgeons Paymaster, Adjutant, & Quarter Master, regimental staff, one covered four horse waggon.
Brigade Quarter Master one Bat. horse.
For the Tents of a regiment, for every seventy five men (but this to be varied according to the weight of the tents & State of the roads) one open four horse waggon.
Quarter Master General, for his baggage, according to his rank: for his books, papers &c. as many as he shall find necessary.
Deputy Quarter Master with the Main Army or with a seperate Army, for his baggage and for his books papers &c. as one covered four horse Waggon.
Commissary of forage with the Main army his Clerks and Assistants, one covered four horse waggon.
Deputy Commissary of forage with a seperate Army, one two horse waggon.
Waggon Master and Clerks one covered four horse waggon.
Deputy Waggon master with the Southern army, his Clerks and Assistants, one two horse waggon, or two Bat. horses.
Inspector General, for his Baggage according to his rank; and for his papers as the Commander in chief may direct.
Inspectors, one two horse waggon.
Adjutant General, two covered four horse waggons—For the Baggage of his Assistants, Clerks & official papers, one two horse Waggon.
Judge Advocate one two horse waggon.
Deputy Judge Advocate for the Southern army, one two horse waggon.
Commissary of Prisoners, one two horse waggon.
Deputy Commissary of Prisoners, southern army one two horse waggon.
Provost martial with the prisoners, and guards one open four horse waggon.
Field Commissary of Military stores & his Deputy, with the Main and Southern army, each one Bat. horse.
Deputy Pay Master with the Main and Southern Army, each one two-horse Waggon.
Field Postmaster one Bat. horse.
Provided, that if the number of waggons stated above should prove insufficient, the Quarter Master Genl may occasionally furnish such additional Carriages as the Commander in Chief or Commanding officer of a seperate army; or the Secretary at War may direct.
That a ration of forage per day shall consist of fourteen lbs. hay & Ten quarts of oats for each horse.
That there be issued to the Commander in Chief, and to the Commanding officer of a seperate army, and those of their suite as many rations as the service may require.
That there shall be allowed for Saddle horses.
|To a||Major General & family||7|
|Brigadier General & family||5|
|Colonel of Infantry or Artillery||2|
|Lt Colonel do||2|
|Brigade Quarter Master||1|
|Quarter Master General||as the service may require.|
|Deputy Quarter Master with the Army||2|
|Captain of Engineers||1|
|Commissary of Forage||2|
|Deputy with the Southern army||2|
|Waggon master & Clerks three||3|
|Deputy waggon Master, seperate army||2|
|Inspector General agreable to rank.|
|Inspecter in addition to what he draws in the Line||1|
|Deputy with a seperate army||3|
|Commissary of Prisoners||2|
|Deputy with a seperate army||2|
|Deputy with a seperate army||2|
|Deputy with seperate army||2|
|Field Comy of Mility Horses||2|
|Deputy with seperate army||2|
Officers of Cavalry to be allowed to draw forage for the following, number of Horses provided they actually keep the same.
|Exclusive of allowance as officers in the Line each one|
That any of the officers entitled to Forage, who shall keep their horses, at their own expence, shall be paid therefor by the Quartermaster General, at the average price given by him for the forage of the army.
That the Quarter Master General with the approbation of the Secretary at War shall appoint so many Assistants to reside in the several States as the public service may require.
That all officers in the Quarter Master Generals Department of whatever denomination, shall take the Oaths of Allegiance and the Oaths of office prescribed by Congress before they enter on business.
That the Quarter Master General make a return of the names and station of each person to be appointed in his Department.
That in sittling the accounts of officers in the said Department, no pay or allowance whatever be granted to any person employed therin, when name and employment, together with a certificate of his having taken the aforesaid Oaths shall not have been returned within two months after his acceptance of such office.
In Congress October 29th 1782
That the Quarter Master General be allowed, fifteen rations per day.
That the Deputy Quartermaster with the Southern Army be allowed twelve rations per day.
That the Waggon master, Commissary of Forage for the Main army, and the Commissary of Forage for the Southern Army be each of them allowed five rations per day.
That the Deputy waggon master with the Southern army be allowed four rations per day.
That all assistants in the Quarter masters Department be each of them allowed two rations per day.
That the waggon Conductors be each of them allowed a ration and a half per day.
That the Directors of the Artificers be allowed, each of them three rations per day, and the Sub. directors, each of them two rations per day; and that the foregoing rations shall be inclusive of what the several officers aforesaid may be entitled to draw in the Line of the army.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.