Congress authorizes the size and structure of the peacetime U.S. Army of 76,000 men.

After more than six months of debate, the U.S. Congress passed legislation on the size and structure of the peacetime U.S. Army. Smaller that the original January proposal by Senator Hanry Wilson, the force would consist of ten regiments of cavalry, including two new African-American 9th and 10th regiments, forty-five regiments of infantry, and five regiments of artillery, totalling around 76,000 men. Also authorized were funds for 1000 Indians scouts.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation

"Army of the United States," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events 0f the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 31-32.

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