United States Statutes at Large/Volume 1/5th Congress/3rd Session/Chapter 37
March 2, 1799.
Chap. XXXVII.—An Act authorizing an augmentation of the Marine Corps.
See act of July 11, 1798, ch. 72.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President of the United States shall be, and he is hereby authorized to cause the marine corps in the service of the United States to be augmented, by the appointment and enlistment of not exceeding two first lieutenants, six second lieutenants, eight sergeants, one hundred and seventy privates and eighteen drums and fifes, who shall be respectively allowed the same pay, bounty, clothing and rations, and shall be employed under the same rules and regulations to which the said marine corps are or shall be entitled and subject.
Approved, March 2, 1799.