War of the Rebellion: Serial 126 Page 0783 UNION AUTHORITIES.

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Appointments under this Bureau have been to a great extent filled by discharged soldiers - they being always preferred when found capable of performing the duties.

Appendix No. 2 will show the number and classification of all persons employed in the offices of provost-marshals and acting assistant provost-marshals-general throughout the States on the 31st day of October, 1864 and 1865.*

PAYMENTS.

The principal business of this branch, with its division and subdivisions as heretofore described, may be divided into the two classes - payments of employes and payments of all other accounts. All persons employed by provost-marshals and acting assistant provost-marshals-general, with the exception of commissioned officers and enlisted men, are paid monthly on receipt rolls, or on vouchers in cases where it has been found impracticable to bear their names on the receipt roll for the month in which the services were rendered. The rates of pay allowed the several grades of employes of this Bureau are as follows:

Clerks........................per month.. $75.00 to $150.00

Deputy provost-marshals..........do.... 100.00

Special agents...................do.... 65.00 100.00

Assistant surgeons...............do.... 100.00

Janitors.........................do.... 40.00

Clerks, temporary............per day... 2.00 3.00

Enrolling officers...............do.... 3.00

Civilian guards..................do.... 1.50 2.50

In consequence of the very high rates of all kinds of labor, cost of living, &c., in the States and Territories on the Pacific Coast, and in order to maintain some degree of uniformity with the same class of expenditures in the Eastern and Western States, instructions were given in August, 1864, to pay all employes in gold at the rates above mentioned.

The total amount disbursed by this branch from date

of organization to January 1, 1866, was, on account of

enrollment and draft................................. $8,069,437.27

Incidental expense Quartermaster's Department....... 119,204.89

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Total................................................ 8, 186,642.16

Of this amount there was paid-

For services........................ $6,205,944.73

For rent............................ 210,680.97

For transportation................... 508,942.93

For purchase of public property..... 144,733.22

For incidental expense Quartermaster's

Department.......................... 119,204.98

For advertising..................... 159,466.85

For stationery and printing......... 308,025.31

For miscellaneous accounts.......... 529,593.26

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8, 186,642.16

The amount paid for services as above set forth does not include the pay of provost-marshals, commissioners, and surgeons, who were paid by the Pay Department of the Army to the extent of about $1,740,000.

For amounts received and disbursed by each disbursing officer of this branch, see Appendix No. 3.+

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*Statement (here omitted) shows 3,243 on October 31, 1864,and 306 on October 31, 1865. "On December 31, 1865, all these employes were discharged with the exception of a limited of clerks transferred to the offices of the several acting assistant provost-marshal-general."

+Omitted. The total amount disbursed was $8, 186,642,16, as shown above.

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