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received, or shall hereafter receive, public money or military supplies, and fail to take up and account for the same, and render proper returns therefor; or who has hired and employed, or shall hereafter hire or employ, persons and articles in the public service, and fail to make out and transmit reports therefor, as required by the Army Regulations. And the Paymaster General, upon the receipt of such notification, will give directions to the officers of his corps to make no payments to the delinquent officers until such delinquents shall have rendered the prescribed reports and returns, of which the Paymaster General shall be promptly advised by the Quartermaster General.

2.-When officers give or issue certified accounts for purchases made or services rendered in the Quartermaster's Department, they will immediately send an abstract of them to the principal officer of the Department in which they are serving, and to the Quartermaster General at Washington. Any officer failing to forward these abstracts will have his pay stopped until he sends them. BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR :

E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPARTMENT,

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,
No. 393.

Washington, December 9, 1863. All applicants for appointment as Second Lieutenant or for promotion to the rank of First Lieutenant and Captain in the Ordnance Department of the Army, who may be recommended by a Board of Ordnance Officers, pursuant to General Orders No. 138, of May 18, 1863, will be examined on the following subjects:

1. Each applicant will be examined as to his capacity and fitness for the correct and efficient discharge of the duties of an Ordnance Officer, physical, moral, and mental.

2. Under the first, as regards age, present state of healthfulness, soundness of vision and hearing, freedom from organic disease, and capacity of bearing fatigue and exposure; and no applicant for an ap pointment into the Corps shall be over twenty-eight years of age.

3. Under the second, habits, past and present, with full and distinct evidence of loyalty to the United States, and trustworthiness for employment in the service.

4. Under the third, candidates for a Second Lieutenancy of Ordnance will be expected to be perfectly familiar with the following subjects, viz:

Mathematics.

Arithmetic ; Algebra ; Plane, Descriptive, and Analytical Geometry; Trigonometry; Surveying; Elements of Calculus.

English Studies and Literature. Physical and Political Geography ; English Grammar and Composition ; Outlines of National and Military History.

National and Experimental Philosophy. Mechanics, Optics, Astronomy, and Electrics

Chemistry.
The Elements of Chemistry.

Drawing.
Linear and Topographical ; use of instruments.

Ordnance and Gunnery.
Principles of Ordnance and Gunnery.

Mineralogy and Geology. The elements of both sciences.

Civil Engineering. Elements of Civil Engineering ; especially those which relate to building materials and strength of materials.

Military Engineering. Elements of Field Fortifications.

Law.

The Constitution of the United States ; Rules and Articles of War ; the Law of February 8, 1815, organizing the Ordnance Department.

Tactics. School of the Soldier and Company; of the Squadron and of the Battery.

FOR A FIRST LIEUTENANT OF ORDNANCE.

He must be perfectly conversant with all that is required of a Second Lieutenant of Ordnance, and, in addition thereto, with the following subjects :

Civil and Military Engineering and Architecture. Elements of Permanent Fortification ; theory and practice of the Steam Engine ; general principles of Machines; general principles of Architecture ; familiar knowledge of all woods used in Ordnance constructions.

Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology. Familiarity with, and the process of reducing, the ores of all metals which enter into the fabrication of Ordnance stores.

Law, Regulations, and Organization. The General Regulations of the Army and the General Regulations of the Ordnance Department; all laws relating to the Ordnance Department since its organization ; Military Law, and the practice of CourtsMartial ; Kent's Commentaries ; Thackeray's Army Organization and Administration.

Tactics. Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery Tactics.

Technology. A thorough acquaintance with the resources and business of all the Arsenals at which, as a Second Lieutenant, he may have been stationed; As regards the kind of Ordnance supplies made at each ; the capacity for manufacturing; the cost of labor and material as compared with each other; the extent of store-room ; and the advantages or disadvantages, in a geographical and military point of view, for the business carried on at each.

Perfect familiarity with the method of enlisting, mustering, paying, and discharging soldiers; of receiving and issuing all Ordnance stores ; the technical names and uses of stores, tools, machines, and other articles used in the Ordnance service; of making all monthly returns to the Adjutant General, the Treasury, and the Ordnance ; of making quarterly and annual papers of all kinds ; in short, the whole method of administration in force at each post.

A thorough acquaintance with the duties and responsibility of an Assistant Quartermaster, or an Assistant Commissary, and all the duties and regulations of the Departments.

FOR A CAPTAIN OF ORDNANCE.

In addition to all required of a Lieutenant:

Application of Chemistry, Mechanics, and Engineering, to Metallurgy. Method of working ores of iron for making gun metal, including furnaces and other necessary appliances; the art of casting in all branches relating to military work; history of the experiments made by the Department on this subject.

Method of making steel and bronze, and of reducing lead, zinc, and tin ores, and all the necessary furnaces and fixtures used in the process.

Wrought iron: how manufactured; its uses and applications in the manufacture of Ordnance stores.

The alloys: familiarity with all those used in the manufacture of stores, and how prepared.

Application of Mechanics to Machinery. A thorough acquaintance with all the machines in use at all the Arsenals, Armories, and Foundries; how made; their object and use ; capacity, power required to run them, and all the details connected with the subject. (For general list of such machines see Circular No. 60, series 1863, Ordnance Office.)

Practical application of the foregoing knowledge to the uses of the Ordnance

Department. A thorough conversance with all the details of manufacture and subsequent critical inspection of cannon, with all the implements, equip

ments, harness, carriages, and projectiles (fitted and unfitted for service required for their use.

All the varieties of small arms used in the service, and the requisite ammunition pertaining to each; all accoutrements and horse equipments ; the whole subject of Powder in all its details ; general machines for the use of Artillery in field or garrison; and, finally, all the tools and materials furnished or in use by the Ordnance Department.

Law and Regulations and Administration. All the General Orders from the Adjutant General's Office since the publication of the then latest edition of the General Regulations of the Army.

All the Circulars from the Ordnance Office, bearing on the duties of an Ordnance Officer, published since the date of the then last edition of the Ordnance Regulations.

A perfect knowledge of the administrative duties of the Ordnance Office, its relation to the other Bureaus of the War Department, and a full acquaintance with the method of conducting the business of each division in that Office.

Theory of the duties of an Ordnance Officer at the Headquarters of an Army or Department.

Practical duties of an Ordnance Officer in charge of a depot in the field.

History. History of the Ordnance Department from its first organization up to the present time. BY ORDER OF THE SECRETABY OF WAR:

E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant General.

WAR DEPARTMENT,
ADJUTANT General's OFFICE,

Washington, D. C., December 12, 1863. SIR: The following instructions concerning the Invalid Corps are furnished for your information and guidance :

A Muster and Descriptive Roll of the Officers and Enlisted Men will

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