United States Statutes at Large/Volume 2/12th Congress/1st Session/Chapter 10
Act of March 3, 1815, ch.
The military establishment to be completed.
Pay and bounty to officers and men.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the military establishment, as now authorized by law, be immediately completed.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That there be allowed and paid to each effective, able bodied man, recruited or re-enlisted for that service, for the term of five years, unless sooner discharged, the sum of sixteen dollars; but the payment of one half of the said bounty shall be deferred until he shall be mustered and have joined the corps in which he is to serve; and whenever any non-commissioned officer or soldier shall be discharged from the service, who shall have obtained from the commanding officer of his company,Non-commissioned officers and soldiers when discharged to have one hundred and sixty acres of land and additional bounty.
1812, ch. 77. battalion or regiment a certificate that he had faithfully performed his duty whilst in service, he shall moreover be allowed and paid, in addition to the aforesaid bounty, three months pay, and one hundred and sixty acres of land; and the heirs and representatives of those non-commissioned officers or soldiers, who may be killed in action, or die in the service of the United States, shall likewise be paid and allowed the said additional bounty of three months’ pay, and one hundred and sixty acres of land, to be designated, surveyed and laid off at the public expense, in such manner and upon such terms and conditions, as may be provided by law.
Approved, December 24, 1811.