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Btdes ana Articles,
Tor the belter government of the troops, raised, or to be raised, and kept in pay, by, and at the expense of the United States of America.
In Congress, September 20, 1776. RESOLVED, That from and after the publication of the following articles, in the respective armies of the United States,the rules and articles by which the said armies have heretofore been governed, shall be, and they are hereby repealed.
By order of congress,
JOHN HANCOCK, president.
A HAT every officer who shall be retained in the army of the united slates, shall, at the time of his acceptance of his commission, subscribe these rules and regulations.
Art. 2. It is earnestly recommended to all officers and soldiers, diligently to attend divine service. And all officers who shall behave indecently or irreverently, at any place of divine worship, shall, if commissioned officers, be brought before a general court-martial, there to be publicly and severely reprimanded by the president; if non-commissioned officers or soldiers, every person so offending, shall, for his first offence, fuifcit one-sixth of a dollar, to be deducted out of his next pay; for the second offence, he shall not only forfeit a like sum, but be confined for twenty-four Iwurs; and for every like offence, shall suffer and pay in like manner; which money, so forfeited, shall be applied to the use of the sick soldiers of the troop or company to which the offender belongs.
Art.. 3. Whatsoever non-commissioned officer or soldier, shall use any profane oath or execration, shall incur the penalties expressed in the foregoing article; and if a commissioned officer be thus guilty of profane cursing or swearing, he shall forfeit and pay for each and every such offence two thirds of a dollar.
Art. 4. Every chaplain, who is commissioned to a regiment, company, troop or garrison, and shall absent himself from the said regiment, company, troop, or garrison (excepting in case of sickness, or leave of absence) shall be brought to a court-martial,and be fincd,not exceeding one month's pay, besides the loss of his pay during his absence, or be discharged, as the said court-martial shall judge most proper.
SE CTION II.
Art. I. Whatsoever officer or soldier sh:ill presume to use traiterous or disrespectful words against the authority of the United States in congress assembled, or the legislature ot any of the United States, in which he may be quartered; if a commissioned officer he shall he
cashiered; if a non-commissioned officer or soldier, he shall suffer sneh punishment as shall be inflicted upon him by the sentence of a courtmartial.
Art. 2. Any officer or soldier, who shall behave himself with contempt or disrespect towards the general or other commander in chief of the forces of the United States, or shall speak words tending to his hurtor dishonor, shall be punished according to the nature ofliis offence, by the judgment of a court-martial.
Art. 3. Any officer or soldier, who shall begin, excite, cause or join in any mutiny or sedition in the troop, company, or regiment to which he belongs, or in any other troop or company in the service of the United States, or in any party, post, detachment, or guard, on any pretence whatsoever, shall suffer deaths or such other punishment as by a courtmartial shall be intlicled.
Art. 4. Any officer, non-commissioned officer, or soldier, who being present at any mutiny or sedition, does not use his utmost endeavor to suppress the same; or coming to the knowledge of any intended mutiny, does not, without delay, give information thereof to his commanding officer, shall be punished by a court-martial with death, or otherwise, according to the nature of the offence.
Art. 5. Any officer or soldier who shall strike his superior officer, or draw or shall lift up any weapon, or offer any violence against him, being in the execution of his office, on any pretence whatsoever, or shall disobey any lawful command of his superior officer, shall suffer death, or such other punishment as shall, according to the nature of his offence, be inflicted upon him by the sentence of a court-martial.
Of inlisting soldiers.
Aut. 1. Every non-commissioned officer and soldier, who shall inlist himself in the service of the United States, shall at the time of his so inlisting, or within six days afterwards, have the articles for the government of the forces of the United States read to him, and shall, by the ofliecr.who inlisted him, or by the commanding officer of the troop or company into which he was inlisted, be taken before the next justice of the peace, or chief magistrate of any city or town corporate, not being an officer of the army, or where recourse cannot be had to the civil magistrate, before the judge advocate, and in his presence shall take the following oath, or affirmation, if conscientiously scrupulous about taking an oath:
I swear, or affirm [as the case may be] to be true to the United States of America, and to serve them honestly and faithfully against all their «kmies or opposers whatsoever, and to observe and obey the orders of the continental congress, and the orders of the generals and officers set crcer me by them.
Which justice or magistrate is to give the officer a certificate, signifying that the man inlisted did take the said oath or affirmation.
Art. 2. After a non-commissioned officer or soldier shall have been duly inlisted and sworn, he shall net be dismissed the service without a discharge in writing; and no discharge granted to hi-m shall be allowed of as sufficient, which is not signed by a field officer of the regiment into which he was inlisted, or commanding officer, wh^reno fieht officer of the regiment is in the same state.
Musters and Furloughs.
Art. 1. Every officer commanding a regiment, troop or company, shall, upon the notice given to him by the commissary of musters, or from one of his deputies, assemble the regiment, troop or company, under his command, in the next convenient place far their being mustered.
Art. 2. Every colonel, or other field officer commanding the regiment, troop or company, and actually residing with it, may give furloughs to non-commissioned officers and soldiers, in such numbers, and for so long a time as he shall judge to be most consistent with the good of the service; but no non-commissioned officer or soldier shall by leave of his captain, or inferior officer commanding the troop or company (his field officer not being present) be absent above twenty days in six months, nor shall more than two private men be absent at the same time, from their troop or company, excepting some extraordinary occasion shall require it, of which occasion the field officer present with, and commanding the regiment, is to be the judge.
Art. 3. At every muster the commanding officer of each regiment, troop or company, there present, shall give to the commissary ccrtifi cates, signed by himself, signifying how long such officers, who shall not appear at the said muster, have been absent, and the reason of their absence. In like manner, the commanding officer of every troop or company, shall give certificates, signifying the reasons of the absence of the non-commissioned officers and private soldiers; which reasons, and time of absence, shall be inserted in the muster-rolls, opposite to the names of the respective absent officers and soldiers. The said certificates shall, together with the muster-rolls, be remitted by the commis« sary to the congress, as speedily as the distance of place will admit.
Art. 4. Every officer who shall be convicted, before a general courtmartial, of having signed a false certificate, relating to the absence of either officer or private soldier, shall be cashiered.
Art. 5. Every officer who shall knowingly make a false muster of man or horse, and every officer or commissary, who shall willingly sign,. direfcl or allow the signing of the muster-rolls, wherein such false muster is contained, shall, upon proof made thereof by two witnesses, before a general court-martial, be cashiered, and shall be thereby utterly disabled to have or hold any office or employment in the stnice of the United States.
Art. 6. Any commissary who shall be convicted of having taken money, or any other thing by way of graitfication on the mustering any regiment, troop or company, or on the signing the muster-rolls, shall be displaced from his oifice, and shall be thereby utterly disabled to have or hold any office or employment under the United States.