United States Statutes at Large/Volume 4/18th Congress/1st Session/Chapter 187

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May 26, 1824.
Chap. CLXXXVII.—An Act explanatory of an act, entitled “An act for the relief of the officers, volunteers, and other persons, engaged in the late campaign against the Seminole Indians, passed the fourth of May, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-two.”

Provisions of the act of May 4, 1822, ch. 48, shall extend to the volunteer, &c. officers engaged against the Seminole Indians.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the proper accounting officer of the Treasury Department be, and he is hereby, directed to give such construction to the act of the fourth of May, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-two, as that its provisions shall extend to the claims of the volunteer, field, and staff officers, engaged in the campaign of eighteen hundred and eighteen, against the Seminole Indians, who lost horses or the necessary equipage thereof, in the manner mentioned in said act; and, also, to the claims of all the volunteer officers or soldiers engaged in the campaign aforesaid, who, without any fault or negligence on their part, respectively, lost horses, or the necessary equipage thereof, in battle.

The claims of all owners of wagons to be settled.
Proviso.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the proper accounting officer of the Treasury Department be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to audit and settle the claims of all owners of wagons and teams, and others, for any horse or horses, impressed into the public service during the said Seminole campaign: Provided, That such impressment, and the value of said horse, or horses, be satisfactorily proved, and that it shall, also, be satisfactorily proved that such horse or horses were not returned to their owners, and that any compensation which may have been allowed and paid for the service of said horse or horses, after the time of their impressment, be deducted.

To be paid out of the treasury.Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the amount of such claims, so audited and settled, when ascertained, shall be paid out of any money in the treasury, not otherwise appropriated.

Approved, May 26, 1824.