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PAYMENT OF BOUNTY, PRIZE MONEY, AND PENSIONS.
BOUNTY AND ARREARS OF PAY OF ARMY.
WHEN a claim for arrears of pay and bounty, or either, is audited by the Second Auditor, a certificate is passed to the Second Comptroller for examination, and when it receives his signature of approval, it is returned to the Second Auditor, and by him forwarded to the claimant, or the attorney of the claimant, if there be one.
This certificate is made payable to the claimant or his order, and it must have his signature thereto before it will be paid. The place for such signature and the manner of signing are fully described on the face of the instrument, and therefore need not be recapitulated here. Formerly these certificates were payable by any paymaster of the army, but late changes in the Pay Department make them payable in certain districts.
If the claimant wishes to transfer his certificate to another for convenience of collecting or otherwise, instructions for so doing will be found on the paper, and a blank form of assignment on the back thereof must be filled up, and the
, signature of claimant attested by two witnesses and a magistrate.
The certificate, when thus assigned, will be payable to the person to whom it is assigned, or to his order.
As will be seen by the following circulars, these certificates must be presented to the paymaster of the district from which the deceased soldier came, or the district in which the claimant resides. Thus it cannot be assigned to a person residing in a different district and by him collected therein. It will only be paid in the district of the soldier or that of the claimant.
August 27th, 1863. The large number of Auditor's certificates for arrears of pay and bounty due to deceased soldiers now being issued, requiring additional precautions in paying them, the following rules will hereafter be observed by all officers of this Department:
These certificates will be paid only by a paymaster belonging to the pay district from which such certificates are presented.
At the close of every month, each paymaster who has paid any of these certificates will forward, direct to the Paymaster-General, a list giving the number, amount, and name of person in whose favor issued, of each certificate so paid by him, and also name of person to whom the payment was made.
Where these certificates are presented by any paymaster outside of the district from which they come, he will refer them to the senior paymaster of the proper pay district for payment.
Where a paymaster is transferred from one district to another, he will forward the list as above required, made up to date of his changing his station, and commence a fresh list from time he enters on duty at his new station.
Where a paymaster resigns, he will make up and forward such list to date he closes his account.
T. P. ANDREWS, Paymaster-General U. S. A.
July 16th, 1863. The following arrangement of pay districts, as at present divided, is published for the information and guidance of all concerned :
Pay District of New England and New York-Consisting of the six New England States and the State of New York; in charge of Major Thomas J. Leslie, Paymaster U. S. A., at New York city.
Pay District of Pennsylvania–Consisting of the States of New Jersey and Delaware, that portion of the State of Pennsylvania included in the Military Department of the Susquehanna, all that portion of Maryland east of Chesapeake Bay and north of the line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, as far as Harper's Ferry, and the counties of Accomac and Northampton, in the State of Virginia ; in charge of Major B. W. Brice, Paymaster U. S. A., at Baltimore, Md.
Pay District of Washington—Consisting of that portion of the State of Maryland south of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad—not included in the pay district of Pennsylvania; the District of Columbia, and that portion of the State of Virginia east of the Alleghany Mountains; in charge of Major E. E. Paulding, Additional Paymaster U. S. A., at Washington, D. C. (The Army of the Potomac will be considered as belonging to this district, even if temporarily beyond its limits.)
Pay District of North Carolina–Consisting of the Military Department of North Carolina ; in charge of Major W. C. H. Sherman, Additional Paymaster U. S. A., at Newbern, N. C.
Pay District of the South_Consisting of the Military Department of the South, and including Key West and the Tortugas; in charge of Major Dwight Bannister, Additional Paymaster U. S. A., at Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Pay District of the Gulf-Consisting of the Military Department of the Gulf; in charge of Major H. O. Brigham, Additional Paymaster U. S. A., New Orleans, La.
Pay District of Western Virginia—Consisting of that portion of the State of Virginia west of the Alleghany Mountains, the State of West Virginia, that portion of the State of Pennsylvania included in the Military Department of the Monongahela, and that portion of the State of Maryland west of Harper's Ferry ; in charge of Lieutenant-Colo
; nel Hiram Leonard, Deputy Paymaster-General U. S. A., at Wheeling, West Va.
Pay District of Indiana aud Illinois—Consisting of the States of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin; in charge of Major Daniel McClure, Paymaster U. S. A., at Indianapolis, Ind.
Pay District of Kentucky-Consisting of all that portion of the State of Kentucky east of the Tennessee River; in charge of Major William Cumback, Additional Paymaster U. S. A., at Cincinnati, Ohio.
Pay District of the Cumberland—Consisting of that portion of Tennessee east of the Tennessee River, and of Northern Alabama and Georgia; in charge of Major William Allen, Additional Paymaster U. S. A., at Louisville, Ky.
Pay District of the Mississippi—Consisting of the portions of the States of Kentucky and Tennessee west of the Tennessee River, and the State of Mississippi; in charge of Major George L. Febiger, Paymaster U. S. A., at St. Louis, Mo. (The army of General Grant will be considered as
belonging to this district, even if temporarily serving beyond its limits).
Pay District of Missouri—Consisting of the States of Iowa, Missouri, and Arkansas ; in charge of Major Nathan W. Brown, Paymaster U. S. A., at St. Louis, Mo.
Pay District of the Northwest—Consisting of the State of Minnesota and Dacotah Territory; in charge of Major James H. Phinney, Additional Paymaster U. S. A., at St. Paul, Minnesota.
Pay District of Kansas—Consisting of the State of Kansas, the Indian Territory, and Territories of Nebraska and Colorado; in charge of Major F. E. Hunt, Paymaster U. S. A., at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Pay District of New Mexico—Consisting of the Territories of New Mexico and Arizona; in charge of Major John A. Whitall, Paymaster U. S. A., at Santa Fé, New Mexico.
Pay District of the Pacific—Consisting of the States of California and Oregon, and the Territories of Nevada, Washington, Utah, and Idaho; in charge of LieutenantColonel George H. Ringgold, Deputy Paymaster-General U. S. A., at San Francisco, Cal.
The officers in charge of these various pay districts will superintend the payments required of the Pay Department within their respective districts. Muster rolls of troops in the field and at posts where there are no paymasters stationed, should be forwarded to the chief paymaster of the district, who will place them in the hands of one of his subordinates for payment.
All questions and inquiries relating to the pay of officers and men, should be addressed to the chief paymaster of the district in which such officers or men are serving, who will take the necessary action on same; or, if it appears to be required, refer the case to the Paymaster-General.
T. P. ANDREWS,
Paymaster-General, U. S. A.