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For classification of civilian employés authorized, see special field orders accompanying. Respectfully submitted.

S. B. HOLABIRD,
Deputy Quartermaster General United States Army,

Chief Quartermaster Department of Dakota.
Brevet Brigadier General 0. D. GREENE,
Assistant Adjutant General, Department of Dakota,

St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Civilian employés now at Fort Abercrombie, Dakota Territory, connected with the public train at that post, viz: 1 blacksmith, at $75 per month; 1 chief wagon-master, at $100 per month ; 2 wagon-masters, at $65 per month; 2 assistant wagon-masters, at $15 per month; 63 teamsters, at $30 per month.

Fort Snelling, Minnesota: 1 clerk, at $140 per month; 1 blacksmith, at $75 per month ; 1 forage-master, at $15 per month ; 1 laborer, at $30 per month ; 1 carpenter, at $75 per month; 14 teamsters, at from $25 to $30 per month.

Sioux City, Iowa: Office of assistant quartermaster: 1 chief clerk, at $150 per month; 1 laborer, at $50 per month.

S. B. HOLABIRD,
Deputy Quartermaster General United States Army.

Supplementary report.

DEPARTMENT OF DAKOTA,
OFFICE OF CHIEF QUARTERMASTER,

St. Paul, Vinnesota, October 23, 1869.

RESERVATIONS.

I have the honor to report that, so far as known, the reservations of the following posts have never been declared by his Excellency the President, namely: Fort Abercrombie, Dakota Territory; Fort Wadsworth, Dakota Territory; Fort Ransom, Dakota Territory; Fort Totten, Dakota Territory; Fort Stevenson, Dakota Territory ; Fort Rice, Dakota Territory; Fort Sully, Dakota Territory; Fort Buford, Dakota Territory; Fort Benton, Montana Territory; Fort Shaw, Montana Territory, Fort Ellis, Montana Territory. Upon all these posts, except Fort Benton, very heavy expenditures have been made, and the importance of immediate action cannot be too strongly represented. Until these posts have become set aside as legal reservations, and thus brought under the act of Congress in regard to squatters, the present order to eject this class of persons from the reservation can only be applied by post commanders at their personal legal risk, for they have no legal jurisdiction over any of the posts named.

Maps of the reservations are inclosed as follows: Fort Shaw, Fort Benton, Fort Buford, Fort Stevenson, Fort Rice, Fort Sully, Fort Ransom, Fort Totten.

Funds. It is my duty to report that we have been constantly embarrassed this season for want of funds. Since May 1, 1869, our estimates have asked for $364,985 15; we have received $60,000. (See schedule attached.)

From this it appears that estimates and requisitions may be made according to law and regulations to meet our exact wants, and although the inoney be in the Treasury there seems to be no corresponding obligations recognized by the department of supply to fill them. In this manner the public creditors in Montana and here have suffered sererely. The hauling (route No. 4) contractor's assignee, J. B. Wilson, has been compelled to pledge his vouchers and pay 1 per cent. per month to the Second National Bank, this season, to carry on his busiDess. The contract is very low, and this fact requires no comment.

The local military authorities in Montana constantly represent that the reason they pay seemingly such high rates for everything is the distrust of parties as to the time of payment. The public credit of the Quarterinaster's Department is thus seriously wounded. By the terms of the Jontana hauling contract the contractor should be paid in legal tenders at Fort Shaw, Montana Territory.

There are known to have been employés, hired by contract in St. Louis, who had served their contract terms in that distant region without being paid a cent of their pay. It is within your knowledge that a man who had worked fifteen months and had his vouchers with him, called upon me at Camp Cooke for payment; otherwise he had painfully to work his passage to St. Louis hence, with vouchers of some $1,500 in bis possession; (bad the present order about vouchers then been in existence, it is not seen what he could have done;) he could only part with his vouchers at a ruinous discount, thus tempting all the followers of the Army to enter into this sort of traffic.

As money is not furnished, the estimates necessarily increase in volume, and now is the time when all the contractors for regular supplies are tinishing their contracts and are clamoring for their first payment.

(pon this subject I have recently couversed with General Ekin, who was out here from the Quartermaster General's oflice inspecting. He stated that he had charge of the financial matters, and controlled the furnishing of money. I gathered from his remarks that he was not governed by the estimates, but exercised his judgment or discretion by sending only what he deemed necessary, upon an examination of the Feturns of funds. This may possess great advantages where extravacance is alleged; but where an economical expenditure of the public funds in their current use is acknowledged it seems uncalled for to have the revised and approved estimates of the department and division commanders thus set aside. I feel greatly encouraged that this state of things will not continue. General Ekin stated that there was plenty of money appropriated; that it was the desire of the Quartermaster General that the public creditors should have it, and for that reason the Quartermaster General had forbidden the issue of vouchers, &c., and further that he would see himself that we had money sent to us for cur

fent use.

The Qnartermaster's Department requires a depository in Montana, and an officer there who can be intrusted with sufficient funds to pay our debts. This without delay.

Such money as has been furnished has been distributed, as far as practicable, and this very distribution delays our requisitions for funds sent to the distant posts have to be borne on hand until receipts are returned, and this fact is construed to show that we are in funds; thus is the estimate in no way regarded as a foundation for correct action, but other evidence is taken that can only be interpreted with all the facts and circumstances stated. The estimates are required by the department commanders tbree months in advance; they are required in great detail, and in triplicate, and every paragraph of the regulations, especially 1056, is conformed to ; nothing further seems in our power at this time.

The orders transmitted to the Quartermaster General, which were published from time to time during your inspection, will demonstrate that abuses and neglects, so far as it was possible at this time, have been corrected. In many respects a happy improvement is manifest within the last two years.

The many changes in the reduction of the Army, however, has made new instructious and exertions necessary. Respectfully submitted.

S. B. HOLABIRD,
Deputy Quartermaster General, United States Army,

Chief Quartermaster Department of Dakota.

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* Received by Brevet Major A. G. Robinson, A. Q. M., U. S. A.

S. B. HOLABIRD, Deputy Quartermaster General United States Army.

[Indorsement.)

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSOURI,

OFFICE CHEF QUARTERMASTER,

Chicago, Illinois, Norember 20, 1869. Respectfully forwarded.

The following points mentioned within seem to be of much interest and the attention of the Quartermaster General is especially invited to them :

Fort Ellis : Large coal-beds of easy access within four miles. Best way to supply this post during the season of navigation, via Muscle shell River.

Fort Shaw: Coal within nine or fifteen miles.

Fort Benton: Storehouse needed. I will here remark that it is under stood by this office that arrangements are being made by General Han cock, commanding Department of Dakota, to lease for Government use the buildings at Fort Benton owned by the Northwestern Fur Com pany.

Camp Cooke : Large surplus of iron, rope, spare parts of wagons tools, &c., on hand. I have written to General Holabird on this subjee

to have these surplus articles properly disposed of. A copy of my letter is herewith inclosed, marked A. Wood enough on hand to last a year longer.

Fort Buford: A new officers' quarters required immediately, and, erentually, a new hospital and company quarters; also a shinglemachine. Fort Stevenson : Granary and magazine required.

Fort Rice : Government teams have hauled wood for the wood contractor for 65 cents per cord. A copy of my letter to General Holabird to have such additional amount as may be reasonable and just charged to contractor is herewith inclosed, marked B. Cisterns needed.

Fort Sully: Grain storehouse not properly supported; will fall to pieces if reinetly is not soon applied.

Fort Randall: Two sets company quarters must be erected as speedily as practicable, if the post is to be kept up, and next a subsistence storehouse; also a guard house and prison-room required. Ferry-boat needed.

Fort Abercrombie : Quarters required for chaplain and assistant quartermaster; arrangements needed to guard against fire.

Fort Wadsworth : Iron bedsteads required. Lieutenant J. D, Geoghegan failed to transfer about $900, which he received for sale of corn to Dr. Daniels, Indian agent. Lieutenant Geoghegan is now at Fort McIntosh, Texas. If he has failed to account for this money, I respectfully recommend the stoppage of his pay until he does account for it. It is presumed by this office that action has been or is about to be taken at Headquarters Department of Dakota, on such of the foregoing and otber items of this report as may be of due importance. If the suggestions of General Holabird, as to construction and repair of buildings, cisterns, &c., are approved by the commanding general Departinent of Dakota, it is expected that the proper plans and estimates will be prepared and forwarded in good season. So with regard to the shingle machine for Fort Bufort, the ferry-boat for Fort Randall, and the iron bedsteads for Fort Wadsworth.

I will to-day communicate a copy of this indorsement to General Holabird.

D. H. RUCKER,
Assistant Quartermaster General United States Army,

Chief Quartermaster Military Dirision of the Vissouri.

A.

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSOURI,

Office Chief Quartermaster, Chicago, I., November 19, 1869. GENERAL: In your inspection report of posts in the Department of Dakota, made kinker 15, 1-69, to the commanding general of that department, copy of which was burearded by you to the Quartermaster General, through this office, on the 12th intant, referring to affairs at Camp Cooke, you state, “A vast deal of property has also bera accumulated in the quartermaster's department, (at Camp Cooke,) especially iron, Tube, spare parts for wagons, tools, &c., ten times as much as ever conld be used.” If Sou bare not already done so, please have the proper papers prepared with a view of obtaining authority for the sale of such of the above stores as are unserviceable and not needed, and cause those articles that are of use to be distributed, on the opening of navigation, to such other posts on the Missouri River and in Montana as you may think for the best interests of the service.

The estimates for the year ending June 30, 1871, of posts to be thus supplied will, of course, be modified accordingly before transmitted to this oftice.

If there is a surplus of quartermaster's stores or clothing, camp and garrison equipage at any other post in the Department of Dakota that can be sent elsewhere to advantage, please see that it is done. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. H. RUCKER,
Assistant Quartermaster General United States Army,

Chief Quartermaster Military Division Missouri. Brigadier General S. B. HOLABIRD),

Chief Quartermaster Department of Dakota, St. Paul, Minnesota.

A true copy :

D. H. RUCKER, 18sistant Quartermaster General United States Army,

Chief Quartermaster Military Dirision Missouri.

B.

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSOURI,

Office Chief Quartermaster, Chicago, III., November 19, 1869. GENERAL: In your inspection report of posts in the Department of Dakota, made October 15, 1869, to the commanding general of that department, copy of which was forwarded by you to the Quartermaster General, through this office, on the 12th instant, referring to the existence of a contract for the delivery of 1,000 cords of wood at Fort Rice, Dakota Territory, at $5 70 per cord, you state that “Captain George W. Hill, succeeding temporarily to command in the absence of Lieutenant Colonel Otis, has ordered the public teams to haul the wood for the contractor at 65 cents per cord, justifying himself by Order No. 97, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, D. C., 1867; a most unjustifiable proceeding, since, if the public teams can haul the wood, he should merely hire it cut, which can be done for $2 or $3 at the post.” Paragraph VII of General Order No. 97, above mentioned, directs that full deduction shall be made for the service in cases where, from manifest necessity; public means of transportation is used on the written authority of the post commander to enable contractors to fultill their contracts.

If, in your opinion, 65 cents per cord is too small a sum for hauling the wood in question, and you have not already taken action in the premises, you are requested to cause to be deducted from any payments due, or that may become due the contractor for delivery of wood at Fort Rice, such additional amount for the Government hauling as in your conviction may be reasonable and just, reporting your action to this ottice. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. H. RUCKER, .18sistant Quartermaster General United States Army,

Chief Quartermaster Military Dirision Missouri. Brevet Brigailier General S. B. HOLABIRD),

Chief Quwtermaster Department of Dakota, St. Paul, Minnesota.
A true copy :

D. H. RUCKER,
Assistant Quartermaste General United States Army,

Chief Quartermaster Military Division Vissouri.

List of papers.

No. 1.-Plan of Fort Shaw, Montana Territory:

No. 2.- Plan of posts in district of Montana, including Fort Buford and proposed post at mouth of Muscleshell River.

No. 3.—Plan of posts in Middle District.
No. 4.- Tracing of country in vicinity of Fort Buford, Dakota Territory,
No. 5.-Reservation of Fort Shaw, Montana Territory.
No. 6.-Reservation of Fort Benton, Montana Territory.
No. 7.-Reservation of Fort Buford, Dakota Territory.
No. 8.—Reservation of Fort Stevenson, Dakota Territory.
No. 9.–Reservation of Fort Rice, Dakota Territory.
No. 10.-Reservation of Fort Sully, Dakota Territory.
No. 11.-Reservation of Fort Totten, Dakota Territory.
No. 12.- Reservation of Fort Ransom, Dakota Territory.

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