War of the Rebellion: Serial 126 Page 0140 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

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amount of compensation awarded loyal owners is $213,883. Twenty- five claims have been paid, amounting in the aggregate to $6,900, leaving 708 claims unpaid, amounting to $206,983. Nineteen thousand nine hundred and thirty dollars and forty cents have been expended in salaries of members of boards and to defray the current expenses of the same, including rent of rooms, purchase of fuel, stationery, &c., making the total expenditures to this date $26,830.40.

In closing this report it affords me pleasure to acknowledge the important services rendered the Bureau by Major F. W. Taggard, assistant adjutant-general of volunteers, in charge of rolls and returns, and Major A. F. Rockwell, assistant adjutant-general of volunteers, general assistant and disbursing officer. To their efficient and cordial co-operation may be attributed whatever of success has been attained in the management of the Bureau.

The employes of the office, all originally detailed from the volunteer service, have zealously and faithfully discharged the duties assigned them.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. W. FOSTER,

Assistant Adjutant-General Volunteers.

Bvt. Brigadier General E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.

WAR DEPARTMENT, ORDNANCE OFFICE,

October 20, 1865.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

SIR: I submit the following report of the principal operations of the Ordnance Department during the fiscal year ended June 30, 1865, with such remarks and recommendations as the interests of that branch of the military service seem to require:

The fiscal resources and the disbursements of the department during the year were as follows, viz:

Amount of appropriations remaining in the Treasury June 30, 1864 $4,978,791.97

In the Government depositories, to the credit of disbursing officers, on same date................................ 1,797,387.16

Amount of appropriations from June 30, 1864, to June 30, 1865, including the fixed annual appropriation for arming and equipping the militia.......................................... 38,800,000.00

Received since June 30, 1864, on account of damages to arms in hands of troops, from sales of arms to officers, and of condemned stores, and from all other sources not before mentioned............................................. 207,476.97

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--Total................................................ 45,783,656.10

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--Amount of expenditures since June 30, 1864........... 43,112,531.27

In the Government depositories, to the credit of disbursing officers, June 30, 1865.............................. 2,671,124.83

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--Total................................................ 45,783,656.10

The estimates for the next fiscal year call for appropriations only for continuing the armament of our permanent fortifications, and for the work already begun for increasing the manufacturing and storage capacity of the arsenals, including a distinct provision for the proper storage and care of gunpowder. These are all measures not confined to the necessities of war, but requisite for keeping up a suitable prep-