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APPENDIX K LEGISLATION AFFECTING THE ARMY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT, MARCH 1815 TO APRIL 1818
March 1815: That there shall be . . . such number of hospital surgeons and surgeon's mates as the service may require, not exceeding five surgeons and fifteen mates, with one steward and one ward-master to each hospital. [This act also reaffirmed the ratio of one surgeon and two mates for each regiment.]
April 1816: . . . and that the apothecary general, as heretofore authorized, be allowed two assistant apothecaries.
That the medical staff shall be so extended that there shall be four hospital surgeons and eight hospital surgeon's mates, to each division, with as many post surgeons as the service may require, not exceeding twelve to each division; who shall receive the same pay and emoluments as hospital surgeon's mates. . . . . . and that the garrison surgeons and mates be hereafter considered as post surgeons.
April 1818: That so much of the act "fixing the military peace establishment of the United States," passed the 3d of March 1815, as relates to hospital stewards and ward-masters, and so much of the "Act for organizing the general
staff, and making further provision for the army of the United States," passed April 24, 1816, as relates to hospital surgeons, hospital surgeon's mates, ... be and the same is hereby repealed.
That there shall be one surgeon-general, with a salary of two thousand five hundred dollars per annum, one assistant surgeon-general with the emoluments of a hospital surgeon, . . . to each division . . . and that the number of post-surgeons be increased, not to exceed eight to each division.
SOURCES: Owen, Legislation, pp. 10-11; Callan, Military Laws, pp. 266, 273-76, 285.