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yards in length to approach the pontoons. This was done by the First Michigan Engineers and Seventeenth Army corps pioneers.

Lieutenant Colonel William Tweeddale, with his regiment, the First Missouri Engineers, had charge of the pontoon train.

The pontoon train has most of the time been divided into two sections-one section moving with each army corps and each section being accompanied by a portion of the First Missouri Engineers.

The First Michigan Engineers moved with the Seventeenth Army Corps, but were under Captain Stickney's orders only on the occasion at the Roanoke River.

Following is a statement of places where pontoon bridges were laid:

April 14, over Neuse River, at Battle's Bridge, 160 feet.

April 29, over Neuse River, at Powell's Bridge, 200 feet.

May 3, over Roanoke River, at Robinson's Ferry, 740 feet.

May 13, over Pamunkey River, at Littlepage's Bridge, 200 feet.

May 18, over Occoquan River, at Occoquan, 280 feet.

Narrative collated from the report of Lieutenant-Colonel and Brevet Brigadier-General Comstock, of the Corps of Engineers, of the 27th of January, 1865, addressed to General Terry, and copy to General Delafield, Chief Engineer.*

WAR DEPARTMENT, PAYMASTER-GENERAL'S OFFICE, Washington, October 31, 1865.

Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

SIR: I have the honor to submit a report of the official transactions of the Pay Department of the Army for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1865.

The tabular statements herewith presented exhibit the details from which the following statement in gross is made:+

Balance in hands of paymasters and unissued

requisitions in Treasury at beginning of fiscal

year (July 1, 1864)................................. $86,039,808.87

Received from the Treasury during the fiscal

year (including unissued requisitions in

Treasury on June 30, 1865).......................... 337,200,000.00

Received by paymasters from other sources, exclusive

of sums transferred among themselves................ 6,815,946.50

Total to be accounted for........................... 430,054,946.37

Accounted for as follows:

Disbursements to the Regular Army................... 7,839,225.47

Disbursements to the Military Academy............... 153,099.11

Disbursements to the volunteers..................... 300,738,635.95

Total disbursement.................................. 308,730,960.53

Amount of unissued requisitions in the Treasury

on June 30, 1865.................................... 65,900,000.00

Balance actually in hands of payments on June 30,

1865................................................ 55,423,985.95

430,054,946.37

This large amount in the hands of payments at the end of the fiscal year was an unavoidable necessity from the fact that at that

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*Here omitted in view of the publication of full report in Series I, Vol. XLVI, Part I, p. 406.

+Tabular statements omitted in view of the general summary following.

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