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JOURNAL

OF THE

CONGRESS OF THE CONFEDERATE


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STATES OF AMERICA,186 1..1865.
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VOLUME VII.

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JOURNAL
OF T H E

H O U S E OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE S E C O N D C O N G R E S S
O F T H E C C N F E D E R A T E STATES
OF AMERICA.

Eirst sc.iSie7~.

Held at Richmond, Va., May 2, 1864, to Jcne 14, 1W.


.~0condX l o d ( i / i l .

Held at-Richmond,

Xioremher 7, 1%i. tcJ >fan.); IS, 1865.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
OF

T H E CONFEDERATE STATES.
PEGOSD COSGRRSR. F I R S T RESSIOS, MBP 2. 186j. TO J7-3-E: 14, 186).

FIRST DAT--JOSD,AT, MAY 2, 1864.


O P E S SESSIOS.

Journal of the Ilouse of Representatives. Congress of the Confederate States, begun and held at the Capitol, in the city of Xiclimond, on Monday. the 2d day of May. lSG4, being the fird s e & w of
the Second Coiigre5s held under the Conhtution of the (;owrimtiit
of the Confederate States.
On which day, being the day fixed LJ- law for tlic nieeting of
Congress, at 12 o'clock m., the nieniberq-elect of the I-Ioupe of R e p
resentatives were called to order by A. R. Laniiil-. the Clerk, a r i d tlir
roll of members being called. it appearc-'d tha t R quoruin. consistiiig
of a majority of the whole numbcr of the n1ember.i of the ISoti>e.
xere present, as follows :
From the S f a t e ofALABAXA
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Marcui H. Cruikshank.
William I?. Chilton.
David Clopt on.
J a m s L. Pngh.
J. S. Diekinson.
ARK-\SSAS
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Aiigmtii> 12. Garland.


Thorns+ 13. Hanly.

FLORIDA
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Robert B. TIilton.

~ ~ ~Hartridge.
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.Tirlian
William E. Smith.
Marl< 11. T3lnnclford.
Clifford ~ h d e r m i .
J . T. %rwniakc.
.J. 1. Echols.
James JI. Smith.
George S. h s t e r .
3. P. Bell.
Warren Akin.

GEORGIA
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LOUISIANA
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Charles J. VillerC.
Charles M. Conrad.
Lucius J. Dupri..
Jolin Perkins, jr.

MISSISSIPPI
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - - _ - Jehu A. Orr.

Israel Welsh.
Henry C. Chambers.
Fthelbert I3a rlcsdale.
J. T. Lkmkin.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ Sfilliam X. H. Smith.

James T. Leach.
Josiah Turner, jr.
John A. Gihner.
James Jf. Leach.
B. is. Gaithrr.
George W.Logan.
J. (3. Ranisay.
Thoinas C. Fuller.
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ TTilliam Porclier Niles.
Willinni D. Simpson.
James Farrow.
TIXliani IT. Bogce.

TEXXESSEE_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - - _ _ doseph B. Iei~kell.


William G. Swan.
Arthur S.Colyar.
John P. Murray.
Henry S. Foote.
E. A. Kwble.
Thomas Menees.
J. D. C. Atlrins.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Anthony 31. Branch.

Fraiikliii R. Sexton.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Robert L. Nontague.
R. H. Whitfield.
T.S.Gholson.
Thomas S. r2octx-k.

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VIRGISIA(continued) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ William C. Rives.


D. C. De Jarnette.
John B. Baldwin.
Waller R. Staples.

Fayette XfcilIullin.
Robert Johnston.
Charles W. Russell.
The first.business in order being the election of a Speaker,
Mr. Conrad nominated Hon. Thomas S. Bocock, of Virginin : a n d
on motion of Xfr. Welsh. Mr. Bocock was iulaniniously e1ectc~l
Speaker of the H o u s e of Representatives for the Second Congrcsq.
JLr. Bocock was then conducted to the chair by Messrs. Conrad, of
Louisiana, and Farrow, of South Carolina, and the oath to support tht.
Constitution of the Confederate States was administered to thc
Speaker by Mr. William S. H. Smith, one of the Representatives
from the State of Sorth Carolina.
The usual oath was then administered by the Speaker to all the
other Members and Delegates froin the Territories who had answered
to their names.
Mr. Garland offered the following resolution : which was adopted :
Resolced, T h a t the rules for the IIouse of Reitresentatires of t h e last Congress be, and the same a r e hereby, adopted. and they shall govern this House
in the conducting of business until other rules be adopted.

The House then proceeded to the election of Clerk.

Mr. Chambers nominated A. R. Lamar, of Georgia; and on


motion of Mr. Sexton, Mr. Lamar vas unanimously elected Clerk of
the House of Representatires.
Mr. Lamar appeared, and the oath of office was administered to him
bj- the Speaker.
The election of Doorkeeper being next in order,
Mr. Russell nominated R. H. Wynne; and on motion of Mr. Garland, Mr..T y n n e n-as unaninioiisly elected Doorkeeper.
Mr. Wynne appeared and took the oath of office; which was administered by the Speaker.
Mr. Sexton sublnitted the following resolution :
Resolced, That the Clerk of this House inform the Senate t h a t a cluoriini of
the House of Representatires has assembled and organized by the election of
T h o n i ~ sS. Bococl;. of Yirginia, Speaker, and A. R. Laniar, esquire, of Georgia,
Clerk. and t h a t t h e House is ready t o proceed to business ;

which was adopted.


d message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Sash, their Secretary ; which is as folloiys, riz :
V r . SpeaLer: I am directed to inform t h e Home of Repreesentatires t h a t n
cluorum of t h e Senate has assemble&; t h a t they hare elected Hon. R. 31. T.
Hunter, a Senator froiu t h e State of Virginia, President pro tempore, arid
.James H. Sash, Secretary : and t h a t t h e Senate is ready to proceed to business.

Snother message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Sash, their
Secretary ; which is as follows. riz :
$61. Speaker: I am directed to inform the House of Representatives t h a t t h e
Senate have appointed a committee, to join such committee as may he appointed
by the House of Representatires, to wait on t h e President of the Confederate
States and inform him that a quorum of each House has assembled, and t h a t
Congress is ready t o receire any communication he may be pleased to make;

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:,nd t h n t ~ 1 Johnson
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of -krl<nnsas, ~ r Seninics.
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an4 Mr. I ~ I v1 K1 ~
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appointecl the said committee on the Dart of ttw S ~ l a t e .
UPmotion of jjfr. SexkoIi, it \Tas ordered that 1 comniittw

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poiri~edon the part of the House, to join a siniilar COlllnlitt(~>thiCh


had been appointed by the Senate, to 1V:ijt Up011 the ItCSJdellt of
Confederate States and inform him that a quonun of the two ~ ~ O ~ I s
is assembled, and that Congress is ready to receire ally conl1n11llications he may be pleaFed to make.
The SpealCgr appolntecl Mr. Sexton, Ah*. Rives, and Jh. r*ihiel. the
committee on the part of tlre House.
The Spealrer laid before tho House a communication from the clrrk
of the Virginia house of delegates, inclosing a copy of R resolution
adopted by the house of delegates, tendering the use of their hall to
the House of Representqt.ives.
3fr. BaldTTin moved that when the House meet on Thursday morning next, it meet in the hall of the house of delegate>; which was
agreed to.
&fr.Foote offered the following resolntion; which mas adopted. riz :
Resolued, That t h e Speaker be requested to proceed to the appointment of
the standing committees of the House.

On motion of Jlr. Smith of North Carolina, leave of absence was


granted his colleague, Mr. Bridgers (detained from his seat by the
indisposition of a member of his family).
On motion of Mr. htliins, leave of absence was granted his colleague, Mr. TYriglit (detained from his seat by indisposition i n his
Pamily) .
Mr. Sexton, from the committee appointed to wait upon the Iresident, reported that the committee had performed their cluty. and that
the President had requested the committee t o inform the House that
he mould send a communication to the two Houses immediately.
A message was received from the President, by Mr. Harrison, his
Private Secretary, and read as follows, r i z :
70 the Xeiinte a n d House of Representntizes of the Gonfedcrrrte ,States of

Anzcrica:
You are assembled under circumstances of deep interest ts your country. and
i t is fortunate that coming, as you do. newly elected by the people and familiar
with the condition of the various localities. you xi11 be the better able to devise
measures adapted to meet the wants of the public service nTithout imposing
unnecessary burtbens on the citizen. The brief period n-hich has elap-sedl
since the last adjournment of Congress has not afforded sufficient opportunity
to test the efficacy of the most important lam then enacted, nor hare t h e
wents occurring in the interval heen such as materially to change the state of

the country.
The unjust war commenced against us in violation of the rights o f tllc States,
and in usurpation of power not delegated to the Government o f tile United
Stntes, is still characterized by the barbarism with .ivhich it has heretofore
heen conducted by the enemy. Aged men. helpless women and chi;(1rpn. ;>i>I>eal
in w i n to the 11umanity which should be inspired b y their condition for imnmnitY from alrest. inCRrteratiOn, or banishment from their homes. plunder and
dev2Mation of the DroDerty of noncombatants. destruction of private dmellinp
~ n even
d
of edifices devoted to the worship of God, espeditioils ()rganiz;e<1for
the sole PurIsosP of saclring cities, consigning them to the flames, killing tile unarmed inhabitants, and inflicting horrible outrages on women and chililren. are
Sonle of the collstantly recurring atrocities of the invaifpr. I t pfin not re:lsonably be pretended that such acts conduce to any end 1l-hic.h their. ~ 1 , t l l o ~
CIXT RVOK before the civilized world,
r Christendom must
iiieie out to them the condemnation +ndeserves. The suf-

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fering thus ruthlessly inflicted upon the people of the invaded districts has
serred but to illustrate their patriotisui. Eutire unanimity :iid zeal for
their country's cause hare been preeminently consgicuous iinioiig those whose
sacrifices have been greatest. So the Arniy. which has borne t h e trials and
dangers of the war, which has been subjected to privations and disappointments
(tests of nianly fortitude far more severe than the brief fatigues and perils
of actual combat), has been the center of cheerfulness :ihd hope. From the
camp comes the voice of t h e soldier patriots iiiroking each who is at home. in
the sphere he best may fill, to devote his whole energies to the support of a
cause in the success of which their confidence has never faltered. They, t h e
veterans of many a hard-fought field, tender to their country, without limit of
time, a service of priceless value to us, one which posterity will hold in grateful
remembrance.
I n considering the state of the country, the reflection is naturally suggested
that this is the Third Congress of the Confederate States of America. T h e
Provisional Gorerniiient TWS formed, its Congress held four sessions, lived its
appointed term. and passed away. The Pernianent Gorernment was then
organized, its different departments established, a Congress elected, which also
held four sessions, serred its full constitutional term, and expired. You, t h e
Second Congress uiider the Permanent Government, are now assembled at t h e
time and place appointed by Ian- for commencing your session. All these
events h a r e passed into history, notrithstanding the threat of our prompt
subjugation, made three years $go, ')y a people that presume to assert a title to
govern States whose separate and independent sovereignty was recognized by
treae with France and Great Britain in the last century and remained
unquestioned for nearly three generations. Y e t these rery Governments, in
disregard of duty and treaty obligations which bind them to recognize as independent Virginia and other Confederate States, persist in countenancing by
moral influence, if not in aiding by unfair and partial action, the claim set up
by the Executive of a foreign Government to exercise despotic sway over the
States thus recognized and treat t h e invasion of them by their fornier Iiiiiited
and special agent as though it were the attempt of a sorereign to suppress a
rebellion against lawful authority. Ungenerous advantage has been taken of our
present conditioq and our rights hare been violated, our vessels of war detained
in ports to which they- hare been invited by proclamations of neutrality, and in
one instance our flag also insulted where the sacred right of asylum was supposed to be secure; while one of these Gorernments has contented itseli: with
simply deprecating, by deferential representations, the conduct of our enemy in
the constantly recurring illstances of his contemptuous disregard of neutral
rights and flagrant violations of public law. It may be that foreign governments, like our enemies, hare mistaken our desire for peace, unreservedly
expressed, for erideuce of exhaustion, and hake thence inferred the probability
of success in the effort to subjugate or exterminate the millions of human
beings who in these States prefer any fate to submission to their savage
assailants. I see no prospect of an early change in t h e course heretofore
pursued by these Governments; but when this delusion shall have been dispelled,
and when our independence, by the ralor and fortitude of eur people, shall have
been won against all the hostile influences combined against us, and can no
longer be ignored by open foes or professed neutrals, this war will hare left
with its proud memories a record of mapy wrongs which it ruay not misbecome
us to forgive, some for which Tve may not properly forbear from demanding
redress. In the meantime it is enough for us to know that every avenue of
negotiation is closed against us: t h a t our enemy is making renewed and
strenuous efforts for our destruction, and that t h e sole resource for 11s a s a
people secure in the justice of our cause, and holding our liberties to be more
precious than all other earthly possessions, is to combine and apply every
available elemerit of power for their defense and preservation.
On the subject of the exchange of prisoners I greatly regret to b e uiiable to give
you satisfactory information. The Government of the United States, while
persisting in failure to execute the terms of the cartel, make occasional deliveries
of prisoners and then suspend action without apparent cause. I confess my
inability to comprehend their policy or purpose. The prisoners held by us, in
spite of humane care, are perishing from the inevitable effects of imprisonment
and the homesickness produced by t h e hopelessness of release from confinement.
The spectacle of their suffering augmeiits our longing desire to relieve from
similar trials our own brave men .vvho liare spent so many weary months in a
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after a suspensiori of some \\eelis, has just been resunied 1)s the c ~ c . t r t y: ilut Athey give no assurance of intent to carry out the cartcl, an intcrrnl)ti(~itof Cllc
exchange may recur a t aiiy moment.
The reports of the Departments, herewith submitted, a r e referred t0 for f u l l
information in re1;ition to the matters iippertaining t o encli. There ;11c t n i l of
them on .cvhich I deem i t necessary to make special 1eiilarli. The rtYort nf
the Secretary of the Treasury states facts justifying the coiwlusioll tl
lam, passed a t the last session for t h e purpose of XithdraKillg fr01ll (
tior1 ihe large excess of Treasurj- notes heretofore issued hils bad tlic tie-i t t ~ l
effect, ancl that by the 1st of July tlic amount i n circulation will lr:t\c> 1)cwi
reduced to a sum not exceeding $230,000,000. I t is believed to be of ])riiii:tr,y
importance that no further issue of notes should take place, rind thnt tilt.
of the credit of the Government should be restricted to the two other niotle\
provided by Congress, riz, the sale of bonds and the issue of certificates li(wriiic
interest for the price of supplies purchased within our limits. The law :IS it
now stands authorizes t h e issue by t h e Treasury of i ~ notes
w
t o t h e extent uf
tno-thirds of the amount received under its pro1 isioiis. The estimate of tlicb
amount funded under the law is shown to be $300,000,000, and if two-thirds of
this sum be reissued, we shall have a n addition of $200.o00.000 to our circulfttioii.
believed to be already ample for the business of t h e countrj-. The atldition of
this large sum to the rolume of the currency would be attended by disastrous
c>ffects and would produce the speedy recurrence of the erils from which the
funding law has rescued t h e country. I f our arms a r e crowned with t h e
success which we have so much reason to hope, we limy well expect that this
war can not be prolonged beyond the current Fear, and nothing \x*oulCl so inuch
retard the beneficent influence of peace on all the interests of our country as
tlie existence of a great mass of currency not redeeniable in coin. With our
vast resources the circulation, if restricted to its present volume, \x*onltl he
easily manageable, and by gradual absorption in payment of public dues \~oulcl
give place to the precious metals, the only basis of a currency adapted to coinnierce with foreign countries. I n our present circumstances I know of no mode
of pruiicliiig for the public wants which n-ould entail sacrifices so great as a
fresh issue of Treasury notes, and I trust t h a t gou will concur in the propricat)
of absolutely forbidding any increase of those iiow in circulation.
Officers have been appointed and dispatched to t h e Trans-S~ilississip~i
States
and the necessary measures talien for the execution of the 1iirr.s enactrrl to
obviate delays in administering the Treasury and other Executive Departments
in those States, but sufficient time bas not elapsed to ascertain the rcwil ts.
I n relation to the most important of all subjects a t the present time-the
efficiency of our armies in the field-it is gratifying to assure you t h a t tlir &,cipline and instruction of the troops have kept pace with the iinproieineiit iri
material and equipment. We have reason to congratulate ourselves on the
results of the legislation on this subject, and on the increased adniini-tr2iti.i e
energy in the different bureaus of the War Department, and may not nnre;asol1ably indulge anticipations of commensurate success in the ensuing cnmpnign.
The organization of reserves is in progress, and it is hoped they will be valuaide in affording local protection without requiring details and detachinents
from active force.
Among the recommendations contained i n the report of t h e Secretarg of )Tar,
your attention is specially invited t o .those in which legislation is suggest&
on the folloTTing subjects, viz :
The tenure of office of the general officers in the Provisional .\rmy, and a
proper discrimination in the compensation of the different grades.
The provision required in aid of invalid officers who have resigiied in corisequence of wounds or sickness contracted while in service.
The amendment of the law which deprives officers in t h e field of t h e privilege of purchasing rations, and thus adds to their embarrassrne~it. instend of
conferring the benefit intended.
The organization of the general staff of the Army, in relation t o RFhich a
special message will shortly be addressed to you, containing tlie reasons \\-11ich
compelled me to withhold my approval of a bill passed bj- your predecessors
at too late a period of the session to allow time for returlling it for tlieir
recoiisideratiorr.
The necessity for an increase in the allowance no\\- made for the tr;lIisportation of officers traveling under orders.
The mode of providing officers for the execution of the conscript ia\v.t.
The means of securing greater dispatch and nlore regular administratioll of
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jnstice i n emmining and tiisposing of tlie rccorcls of ?:ISCS reported frou\ tlic
courts-martial and niilitnry courts in the Army.
The recent erents of the war are highlr creditable to our troops, eshibitin,energy and vigilawe cwmhined xrith the liabitwl gallantry svhich they h:irr
taught us to expect on all occasions. TVe have been cheered bj- important and
valuable successes in Florida, northern Uississippi. western Tennessee, and
Kentnclcr. 13-estern Lonisiana and eastern Kosth Carolina, reflecting the highest honor on the skill and conduct of our commanders. aud on the incomparable soldiers n-hom it is their privilege to leail. A uaral attack on Mobile
\\as so successfully repulsed at the outer works that the attempt mas abandoned, and the nine months' siege of Charleston has been practically su+
pended, leaving t h a t noble city and its fortresses imperishable luonuments to
the skill and fortitude of its defenders. The arniies in northern Georgia and
northern Virginia still oppose with unshaken front a formidable barrier to
the progress of the incader, and our generals, armies, and people are animated
by cheerful confidence.
Let us, then. while resolute in devoting all our energies to securing the
realization of the bright auspices which encourage us, uot forget that our
humble and most grateful thanks are due to Him, without whose guidance and
protecting care a l l human efforts are of no avail, and to whose interposition
are due the manifold successes n-ith which ~ v have
e
been cheered.
JEFFERSOS DAVIS.
RICHUOSD,
JIa.z/ 2, 1 8 6 i .

O n motion of M r . Atkins, tlie iiiessage of the President was laid


table and, under a suspension of the rules, 2,500 copies ordered
to be printed.
On motion of Xr. Conrad, the report of the Secretary of the S a v y
v a s referred to the Committee on S a v a l Affair?, to inquire into the
Ix-opriety of its piiblication.
On motion of Mr. Sexton, the report of tlie Postmaster-General
was laid on the table and ordered to be printed.
On motion, the report of the Attorney-General m-as laid npon the
table and ordered to be printed.
On motion of A h . Xiles, the report of the Secretary of TT7ar was
h i d upon the table and ordered t o be printed.
The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Secretary of the Treasury; -n-hich, on motion of Sfr. Swan. was laid npon
t h e table and ordered to be printed.
On motion of Mr. XcMullin, it was ordered that the daily hour of
the meeting of this House be 12 o'dork m. until o t h e r ~ i s eordered.
And the House, on motion of Mr. Hilton, adjourned.
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O P E S SESSION.

The House met pursuant t o adjournment, and was opened with


praj-er by Rev. Dr. Duncan.
Several other members appeared, were svorri to support the Con ytitution of the Confederate States, and took their seats in the House,
riz:
From the State ofTEXXESSEE
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James ;?iicCallum.

FLORIDA
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Siunuel St. George Rogers.

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&tr.Chilton submitted the following resohition :


Whereas reports a r e in circulation and have found their T a g into tllc pul>lic*
prints impuglling the loyalty of the Honorable Williamson R. IT. Cobl). n l c l ~
ber-elect to this House from the Third Congressional district of tllc State of
-&iabama, and tending to shon- that he js in complicity with nnd girillg a111 mi1
caomfort t o the eneu~iesof the Cqrifedernte States. arid is therefore uufit to Itc
the representative of a loyal constituency : Therefore,
Resolzed, That a committee of fire meniberb b e dppoiiltecl by the SPeal;rr t o
inquire into such reports arid to collect and report the testimony 1)enrin:: upou
the loyalty or disloyalty of said member, and to report the smne t o this EIourtx
wit11 suck1 recommendation as to its further a c t h l i n the greIIliSeS LlS to S:lid
colnmittee shall seem proper, and t h a t Nr. Cobb be notified by t h e columittee,
if practicable, of the sitting of the committee, and that said committee hrlrc
power to send for persons and papers.

The question being on the adoption of the resolution,


Mr. Chilton demanded the yeas and naps;
Which mere ordered,
Yeas ........................
And recorded as follows, viz: Nays .........................

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Yeas : Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Baldwin, Barksdale, Bell, Blandford, Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce,
Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clopton, Colyar, Cruikshank,
De Jarnette, Dickinson, DuprB, Echols, Farrow, Foote, Funsten,
Ciaither, Gholson, Gilnier, Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, Heisliell. Hilton, Johnston, Keeble, Lamkin, J. X. Leach, Lester, Logan, Xachen,
DlcCallum, McMullin, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Moore,
Murray, Perkins, Pugh, Ranisay, Read, Rives, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, Shemmake, Simpson, J. M. Smith, 111.E. Smith, Smith of Sort11
Carolina, Staples, Swan, Triplett. Turner, VillerG, Telsh, and
Tlhitfield.
Nays: Conrad, Fuller, A. H. Garland, J. T. Leach, XlardiaIl. nncl
Orr.
So the resolution mas adopted.
Mr. Cruikshank introduced
A bill providing for the repeal of the act: suspending the jwix-ilqe
of the writ of habeas corpus ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Coninlittee
on the Judiciary.
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Mr. Pugh submitted the following resolution :
Resolve& That the Committee on Ways and Means be instructed to inquire
into the necessity of so itmending the act to levy additional tares for thc
common defense and support of the Government, passed a t the last session of
Congress, as to provide1. That the tithe produced in eighteen hundred and sixty-four. and not t h r
tithe of eighteen hundred and sixty-three, is to be credited on the fire per cent
t a x levied on property employed in agriculture.
2. That the five per cent tax levied 011 property employed jn agriculture is
not to be collected until the ralue of the tithe to be deducted therefro111 is
assessed.
3. That the t a x upon profits made by selling anything enumerated in the
fourth section of said act, between the seventeenth of February last and the
first day of July next, be increased fifty per cent on the amount of the profits
and collected under said act.

Mr. Conrad moved to amend the resolution by striking out the


words Ways and Means and inserting in lieu thereof the \vords

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a special committee to be called A Special Committee on Currency


and Taxation, to be a pointed by the Chair.
Mr. Foote moved to ay the amendment of Mr. Conrad on the table;
which latter motion was agreed to, and the resolution of Mr. Pugh
was adopted.
Mr. Puigh also submitted the following resolution; which was
adopted, viz :

Resolved, That t h e Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire


into t h e expediency of so amending the existing law a s to allow commissioned
officers of the Army and Nary t o drawone ration and purchase another from
t h e Government.

Mr. Clopton submitted the following resolution ; which was adopted,


:
Resolzed, That t h e impers relating to t h e claim of Wellington Goddin be withdrawn upon copies being filed and referred t o the Committee on Claims.

VlZ

Mr. Hanly presented the memorial of Maj. IT.H. Govan,.quartermaster, Hindmans division, Army of Tennessee, with Exhibits A, R,
C, setting up a claim for $400; which was referred to the Committee
on Claims.
Mr. A. H. Garland introduced
h bill (to provide for the redemption of the old issue of Tre:tsury
notes held by certain Indian tribes;
-\.ihichwas read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
Also, a bill for the relief of A. L. Witherington. of Union County,
in the State of Arkansas; which was read a first and second time
and referred to the Committee on Claims.
Also, a communication from Maj. Gen. Cadinus N.Wilcox, recommending the amendment of the law allowing rations to officers;
which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
h9r. Hartridge introduced
h bill to amend an act entitled An act to levy additional taxes
for the cvmmon defense and support of the Government ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
Mr. Hartridge submitted the following resolution ; which mas
adopted, viz :
Resolved, That the Committee on Ways and Meanr be instructed to inquire
whether, under t h e provisions of the act to regulate the exportation of cotton,
tobacco, etc., the Secretary of the Treasury has the right to prevent the sailing
owned or chartered by any of the States
from a Confederate port of any v
of the Confederacy, because said
el has not complied with t h e regulations
established by virtue of t h e pror
s of said act, arid whether said act does
not expressly exempt from the operation of its provisions all vessels owned or
chartercd by t h e Confederate States or any of them.

Mr. Echols introduced


A bill ; to increase the pay of the officers and soldiers of the Army
of the Confederate States;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Also, a bill to increase the salaries and compensation of certain
vil officers of the Confederate States and the members and officers

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t x ! \ .:, t ~ ; ! .

of the Congress of the Confederate States; which 1~:)- IY:I<~ :I l i t - (


alld second time and referred to the Committee 011 Tl':~?s : t ~ l t ll h n s .
Mr. Akin introduced
,\ bill (H. R. 7) to amend an act entitled '-in act to la!. a~1ditioIi:d
taxes for the common defense and support of the Gorernnwnt,' approved February seventeenth, eighteen hunclrecl and sixty-foul.."
The bill was read a first and second time, referred to the Committefi
on Ways and Means, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Anderson introduced
A bill " to authorize the judges of the district court for tlir northern district of Georgia to change the place of holding said court :"
which mas read a first and second time and referred to the Comuiittec
'on the Judiciary.
Mr. Moore submitted the following resolution ; which mas adopted,
viz :
R p s o l v p d , That the claims of William Cardwell and John Randolph Cardwell
be withdran-n and referred to the Committee 011 Claims.

Mr. Perkins submitted the following resolution ; which was adopted,


viz :
Resolved, That it be referred t o the Committee on Ways and Means to inquire
and report as to the best means of having audited and paid the clnims of persons
in the Trans-Mississippi Department against the Confederate Goverrimcnt. witliout the delay and expense of having them transmitted to Richmoiicl. Tirglnia.

Mr. VillerB presented a series of joint resolutions of the legislature


of Louisiana in relation to the further prosecution of the war.
The resolutions, upon motion of Mr. McAfullin, were ordered to be
spread upon the Journal, and are as follows, viz :
Jolnt resolutions of the legislature of Louisiana in relation to the further probecution of
t h e war.

Whereas the United States continues to m g e war against the Confederate


States with ruthless barbarity and an utter disregard of the rules of civilized
warfare ; and
Whereas the despot who wields with absolute power the destinies of t h a t
Government has manifested in all his messages and proclamatioiis A m,iligriant
hatred of the people of the South, and R disposition to heap insult upon injury
and outrage; and
T h e r e a s this course of conduct has strengthened us in our determination to
maintain our separation from the Gorernment and people of the S o r t h :
Therefore,
(1) B e it resolbed b y the senate und hou6e o f representatiLes of tlw h'tutc of
Louisiaiiu in gcizcral assonbly coizceticd, That the barbarous manner in which
our enemies hai-e waged war against u s deserves the execration of all nic~i.a r i d
11:isconfirmed and strengthened us in t h e determination to opp
extremity a reunion with them, and t h a t the spirit of our people
the resolution to resist erery attempt a t their subjugation.
( 3 ) Be it further resolved, etc., That, relying upon the ability of onr Chief
Magistrate, the skill of our military leaders, the bravery of our soldiers. the
heroic devotion of our women, the ardent patriotism of our meu, arid. nbote a l l ,
upon the justice of our cause, invoking the blessing of Almighty God upon onr
efforts, we confidently abide the result.
(3) Be it flirther resolved, etc., That in this hour of trial the State of I.ouisiana tenders to her Government and sister States her warmest sympatliy and
cordial cooperation : and she herebv declares her unfaltering determintition to
spare no expense of blood or treasire in defense of the Confederate States of
America as a free and independent republic.
(4) Be it furthev resolued, etc., That his excellency the governor be, a n d he

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is hereby, requested to transmit copies of these resolutions to our Seliators mid


Representatives in Congress, and to the governors of our sister States.
J. 1%. I3LAJ1,

Speakey of the House of ILeyrcsentatives.


A. H. ISAACWS,

Clerk of the House of Representat$ves.

n'U. F.

WAGNER,

Secretary of the Senate.


Approved February 8, 1864.

HENRP IT. ALLEX,


Covermr of tlje State of Lwisiana.

Mr. Perkins introduced


A bill (H. R. 9) " to organize a corps of scouts and signal guards
to facilitate coniiniinication with the Trans-Mississippi Department."
The bill was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs, and ordered to be printed.
Also, a bill " to amend 'An act to allow commissioned officers of the
Army rations and the privilege of purchasing clothing from the
Quartermaster's Department,' approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ;',
which mas read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs and ordered to be printed.
Xr. Duprb. introduced
A bill " to provide for the settlement of claims for property ilkgally impressed in the Trans-Mississippi Department ; "
which 11-asread a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary.
Also, a bill '* to provide for the enrollment and conscription of certain noncommissioned officers and privates in the Trans-Nlississippi
Department; " vhich was read a first and second time and referred to
the Committee on Xilitary Affairs.
Also, a bill " for the relief of James TVilson Dennett, assistant
quartermaster of the Confederate States; " 1d~ichwas read a first a d
Lecond time and referred-to the Committee on Claims.
Also, a joint resolution of the legislature of Louisiana relative to
claims against the Confederate Government; m-hich was referred to
the Committee on the Judiciary.
Jfr. Barksdale introduced
A bill making appropriation to supply a deficiency in the appropriation for the Department of Justice for the fiscal year ending the
thirtieth June. eighteen hundred and sixty-four ;"
I\-hich was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on K a y s and Means.
Mr. Barksdale also submitted the following resolution ; which mas
adopted, viz :
'&

Resolred, That t h e Committee on Ways and Xeans be instructed to inquire


into t h e expediency of so amending the fifth section of the act entitled "An act
to levy additional taxes for the common defense and support of the Gorernment," appro\ ect February se\ enteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, as to
define more clearly the meaning of the fourth article of said section and to
providc more effectual means for the relief of the owners of such property a s
has been injured or destroyed by the enemy or of the use of which they haye
been temporarily deprired by his presence or proximity.

Mr. Welsh submitted the following resolution ; which was adopted,


\-iz :
Resolved, That the Committee 011 Ways arid Means be instructed to prepare
B bill, at as early a day as practicable, to prevent frauds on the Treasury now

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about t o be perpetrated b ~ persotis


who itre bugiiig Coiifcder:ltc 'fr(':l-rlr\. uotcs
eastof t h e lfississjppi River with a view of funding the SilUlC J V w t

Mr. Welsh introduced


A bill " to amend the law levying a tax in kind : "
which was read a first and second time and fefcrrccl to the C'olulnittw
on Ways and Means.
Mr. Chambers presented the memorial of Flag Officer Co111nio(lore
Forrest, asserting a claim for coal for office tibe; which \\ refcrrvcl
to the Committee on Claims.
Mr. Ramsay introduced
li joint resolution " of thanks to the Thirty-fourth and Thirtgeighth Regiments of Xorth Carolina troops; "
which was read a first and second time.
The rule having been suspended requiring it to be referred t n x
committee, the joint resolution was engrossed, read a third time, xntl
passed unanimously.
BIr. J. 31. Leach submitted the following resolution ; which was
adopted :
ResoZz;ed, That the Committee on Waxs and Jfeaiis he instructed to iuquire
and report, by bill o r otherwise, into the expediency of so amending the currency act a s to put the five-dollar Treasury notes heretofore issued on the same
footing of the new issues.

Mr. Smith of S o r t h Carolina submitted the following pi~~iiiii)lc


and resolution ; which was adopted :
Whereas doubts are entertained as to t h e true iuteiit aud nieaiiiiig o tlic act
elititled "An act to levy aclditioual taxes for the commoii defense iind support
of tlie Go\ erumeiit," approved February sereuteenth, eighteen liuridred and
sixty-four, in its application to the propertj- of corporations, mil n hctlirr xiid
act, besides imposing a tax upon tlir shares of stoeliliolders therein, does not
again impose the tax upon the credits and property of the corimratitm itself.
in which cousists the value of such shares, aud tliercbr levy a doul~let i n :
Resolued, That the Committee 011 Ways and Jleans be Airectetl to iricluire
whether any and what legislation is necessary in the premises, and to report
by bill or otherwise.

Mr. BoyTTce introduced


A bill " t o provide rations for the officers of the ,\rm;v: *'
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Miles presented tho memorial of employees and detailed nien a t
Columbia, S. C., asking increase of compensation ; which was referred
to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Also, the memorial of Capt. It. Press. Sntith, assistant qimrtermaster, Twenty-seventh Regiment South Carolina Volunteers; praying
relief for money stolen; which was referred to the Committee on
Claims.
Also, a communication from Gen. C. H. Stei-ens, offering wgges.
tions on the siibject of officers' rations; Khich was referred to the
Committee on Military Bffairs.
Also, a communication from Xrs. Sarah Porteous Chisolm, touching the operation of tlie tax law on refugees; which Tws referred to
the Committee on XTays a6d Means.
Mr. Jiurray introduced
A joint resolution " of thanks to Major-General N. B. Forrest :lIld
the officers and men under his command ; "

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17

which
yead a first and secoiid tiiiie and referred to tlie Committee
on Military Affairs.
Xr. Colyar introduced
h bill (H. R. 18) (to levy additional taxes aiid to aid in carryii:g
into effect the two lai-is passed on the seventeenth of February, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, w e entitled An act to levy additioizil
taxes for the common defense and support of the Governincnt, and
the other entitled An act to reduce the currency aiid to anthorize Y
new issue of notes and boiids.
The bill mas read a first and second time, rcfcrred to the Committee
on Ways arid Means, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. htkins introduced
X bill (to amend the act entitled An act to reduce the currelic>
and to authorize R lien- issue of notes and bonds, approi-ed Febriiary
seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on TVays and Means.
Mr. Heiskell sirhniitted the following resolution ; which was
adopted, viz :
Resolced, That the Committee on Jlilitnry Affairs be instructed to inquire and
report upon the propriety of giving power to brigs\dier-jieiierals to call courtsinartial to try all privates and officers under the grade of field officers.

Xr. Foote submitted the following resolution ; which was adopted,


viz :
Resolced, That t h e Committee on Foreign Affairs be instructed to inquire
into the expediewy of bringing in a bill providing >is effectually as practic:ihle
against the future possession a n d enjojrnent of the rights of citizenship b j
persons of foreign birth .;-!lo shall have had no active participancy in our
present struggle for independence a t any time during the progrehs oL the same.

Also, the following resolution ; which lies over two clays under
the rule:
Hesolued, That hereafter all t h e proceedings of this House hliall be ill open
session unless it be otherwise ordered by a t-ote of S C V C I ~eighths of tlie bod>-, or
the subject under consideration be connected in some way with tlw iiwvrments
of our armies in the field or t h e diplomatic concerns of tlic Confederate States.

Also, the folloming resolution ; which was adopted, viz :


R e s o l v e d , That the Committee on Illegal Searches and Seizures, organized at
t h e last session of this body, be brought into renewed existence by the

ment of the Speaker, and be invested with the same powers in ill1 rwpec.
former committee of t h a t character possessed, and all the unfinished
of the late committee aforesaid shall be transferred to that now proposed to bc
organized.

Also, the following resolution : which was adopted, viz :


Resolved, That the Committee on Ways and Means be instructed to inquire
into the expediency of so amending the existing t a x laxT; 21s to exempt from t a m tion property held exclusirely for religious and benevolent purposes and 11-here
no individual or private gain accrues from t h e proceeds or use thereof.

Mr, Baldmin submitted the following resolution ; which i-ias


adopted, viz :
Resolved, T h a t the Committee on Ways and Means inquire into the expediencyFirst. Of impressing by law an additional tenth of all products taxed in kind,
to be paid for at assessment prices and to be collected by the agencies provided
t a x in kind.
d. Of prohibiting all impressments except through the officers charged

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tvith the collectioll of the tax in kitid. i ~ ofd equalizing :I<


the operntioiis of iuipressment~for tlie snpl)ly of I hr .trn~y.

l\ll\
;I\

.: I \ , ; $ ,

I Y I .t~i t ~,111it.

Aklso,thc follo~yingresoliitioii ; which I Y i t G iIdoptctl. vix :


Reso[ce(l, That tlie Comiiiittee 011 Ni1it;lry .lffnirs illilUiLcb I l l t o 1 L 1 t . (\11(d1enc-y of ailowing the ~i~ipointiuent
into the I n v a l i d (or11
1~11
e resigned froiv the Alriiiy in consequence of ~ t e n i ~ ; ~t ~ ~ r ~ i t
in the scrrice; and of allom7ing the cnlistillellt into wit1 ( 0 1
Eioned officers :ind I r i r a t e s who h a r e bcen diacltarged fro111 the ~ c ~ r v ~
tor
c ct1w
same reasons.
Also, the following resolution : which W:I\ adoptel. vix :
Resoloetl, That the Doorkeeper be directed tu IuririAi to tile p r o ] i ( ~ofhc.c,r of
the Senate, tor distribution iri that bod^-. (epic-s rtf d l bill.: ;iiitl otliw ] L I ] I ( ~ I ~
printed for the use of the House, and t h a t tlie Senate be reclueetcd t i ) *Ido!)t :I
Jihe rule as to papers printed for tlie use cf the SenAte.

Also, the following resolution ; which \xis acloptecl, 1-iz:


Re8071 ed, That the Coiiiniittee on T1-nys and Jleanr inquire iiito tlie cxpediency of amending the tax 011 vr-001.

Mr. Baldwin also submitted the following resolution :


ReroZced. That the Doorkeeper be authorized to ap1)oint
assistant.

ail

additional

Mr. McMullin moved that the consideration of the resolution be


postponed until to-morrow.
The motion w a s lost, aiid the resolution of Xr. 13alrl.i\-iii n-as
adopted.
Mr. Staples submitted the following resolutioii : which was
adopted, viz :
Resolved. Thxt the Committee oil Ways and Means inquire into tltc f?siietllellcF
of aillending the tenth section, fourth paragrayh. of An act to :tiiieiicl tlir act
for the collytion of taxes, so as to provide t h a t the i1icre:isetI pennIty rlicwiii
prescribed for R failure to delixer t:is in kind shnll only apply to such t a x iii
kind as iuaj be hereafter assessed and collected.

A h . Staples also presented the memorial of Gen. G. Tochinan. prtiyiiig relief for expenses incurred in raising the Polish Brigade. etc. ;
which was referred to the Committee 011 Claims.
31r. Russell presented the memorial of the governor. treawrer, aiid
auditor of Virginia, relative to Confederate Treasury note5 held by
the State: xhich was referred to the Committee on TVays and Means
and orclered to be printed.
Mr. Goode submitted the follon-ing resolution ; which w a s :Idopted.
riz :
Resolwc;, That the President be requested to inform this House whether any
instructions hare been issued to impressing officers and agents in addition to
or different from those contained in General Orders. iiumbered thirtyv.from the
Adjutant aiid Inspector Generals Office, bearing date JLarch sei-eiitli, eighteen
liundred and sixb-four, and if so, that he be respectfully requested to coitiniuilicate the same to this House.

Mr. Thitfield submitted the following resolution : which was


adopted, viz
Ifesoked, That the Committee on Ways and Means be iiistructed t o inquire
into the expediency of so amending the tax law as to provide for the e x e m p
tion of those sections of the Confederacy ~ h i c hh a r e been. or intis hereafter be,
despoiled by the public enemy.

Mr. Macwillie presented the memorial of Manuel and Rafael


Armijo, praying relief for property taken by the military authorities ;
which was referrcd to the Committee on Claims.

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Mr. Bouclinot introduced


h bill -'for the relief of the C'heroliec Sation: *'
which was read a first and second tiine a n d referred to the Committee
011 Indian Affair>.
On motion of Rlr. Boyce.
The House adjourned until to-inori-ow : k t 1.' o'clock.

THZRD DhY-TTEDKESDAY.

MIAX4, 1864.

OPEN SESSIOS.

The Home met yursuant to acljourimient, and mas opened with


prayer bj7 Rev. L h . Duncan.
Sereral other members appeared. were cn-orn to support the Constitution of the Confederate States, and took their seats in the House,
viz :
From the State ofALABAJIA
___________

_______________

MIssrssiPrI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

.
7
Francis
b.
Lyon.

Williani D. Holder.

T ~_ _ _ _~_ _ _ _~_ _ _ _~_ _ _ _~ _ _ __~_ _ _ _~_ _ Fredericli


i
W. 31. Holliday.
Mr. Hanly suhmittecl the following resolution : which \\-as adopted,
viz :

Resolred, That the Couiuittee 011 Militmx Affairs be. and they a r e Iiercby,
instrncted to inquire into the espediencj- of reporting a bill to this House 1)rovidiiig for the consolitlation of reqinients reduced below the legal stanc1:ird of
iiunibers, and itrescribing a rule -)1 which supernuinerary officers occasioned by
such consolidation inay be equitably and fairly retired :tiid disposed of.

Mr. Rogers inti-ocluced


h bill .* supplemental to an act entitled ,A!n a c t to rcilucc the ciirrency anct to authorize R new iqme of notw :31i(l bonds; ' ''
which 11 IS read a first a i d second time and referred to the Coniiiiittee
on Ways and Means.
Mr. Hilton submitted the following resolution ; which i n i s adopted,
viz :
Resolred, That thp C'oiiimittw on \Tars and Means he instrncted to inquire
into the expediency of amending t h e tax act of Februarq- seventeenth, eighteen
hundred and sixty-four, so as to harmonize the provisions of the first and
second sectioiiu b) coiiforniing the basis of 1 nluatton of property embraced in
the one to that enibrxed i n the other. or i f they shall deem this un~i-ise.to
report the reiisoiis n 11) ltrv rt) riienlionrtl iii the second srction should be
luatioii iii eighteen hnudred and sixty-four, and
assessed 011 the basis of its
thiit incntioned in the first section, on the b a s i i c;f its raluatioii i n eighteen hundred and sixty.

Xr. Bell submitted the following resoltrtioii : which was adopted :


Whereas by the ninth clausc of t h e ninth section, article first of t h e Constitution of the Confederate States, it is niade the dutx of Congress to establish by
law a tribunal for the investigation ot cl~inisaqainst the Go1 eriiinent ; and
%Thereas applications a r e niade to Congress tor the ectnblishnient and priyment of claims of ~ a r i o u ssorts. coiltrnr> to tl,e true intent and meaning of
said provision of the Constitution : Tlirrefore.
Resolved. T h a t t h e Coiiimittce on the .Tudicinry be, nnd i t is hereby, instructed
to report a bill providing for the e.;tabliuliinrnt of a court t o investigate the
justice of claims against t h e Confederate States.

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Hartridge submitted tlic followiiig resolution :
Resozz;ed, That the p:+pers in reference to t h e claini of George IVliit
gia, referred to tlie Committee on Cliiiiiis itt the lust srssiori of C O W ~ P
acted 011, be Witlidra\\-n and referred to the COmlllittCe 011 CfailllS O f t
Congress ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Blaiidford submitted tlie following resolution :
Reso7,?;e(l,That the Coninlittee 011 POst-OfkeS illid lOst-ROadS b C illht rllc.tc31 to
inquire illto the propriety of estab~is~iiiig
a post route froul - & w I ~ u * , 111
County, Georgia, by way of Ellarille, i n Scliley County. an& Ilnena V
Marion County, to Genera, in Talbot County. and report b3- bill or other\\

which x a s adopted.
Mr. Blaiidford introduced
A bill to authorize persons wlio h are been detailed to ~ o r for
k the
Confederate States t o receive the same rations as are allowcl t o soldiers in tlie Army ;
which was read a first and second tiiiie arid referred to the Coininittee
on Jf ilitary M a i r s .
Mr. Akin submitted the following resolution :
ResoZz;ed, That the Committee on Military Affairs be iiistructed to inquire into
and report to this House as early a s practicable, rvhnt legislation. if ,iny, is
necessary to provide for the payment of officers appointed to the staff duties
required of them without being commissioned; and that they report by bill or
otherwise ;

which ivas adopted.


Mr. Akin also siibmitted the following resolution :
Itesolwtl, That the Committee ou Mlikary Affairs are lierebr directed to
inquire into thc propriety of SO amending the second section of a n net eutitled
* An act to abolish supernumerary offices in the Commissary and Quartermasters Departments. approred t h e first day of May, eighteen hundred and sistythree, as to gire the raiilr and pay of second lieutenant to the noncoiumissioned
otijwr or private n-ho is detailed to perform the office of couiiiiissary-ser~e:eiint,
:ud to nllow hiiu to draw forage for oite horse, and that the>- report. by bill or
otherwise, as early as practicable.

A h . William E. Siiiith introduced


h bill * * to aineiid an act entitled An act to fund. limit, arid tax the
currency ;
which was read a first and second tirile and referred to the Committee
o n Ways and Means.
Also, a bill to amend an act entitled An act to provide a n invalid
corps, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hi~iiclredant1 sixtjfour; which was read a first and second time and referred to the
Coniiiiittee on Xilitary Affairs.
Mr. Read submitted the following resolution :
l?esolaed, That the Conmiittee on Military Affairs be iustructecl to inquire into
tlir expediency of so amending the law retiring from service n ouiided mcl elkabled soldiers (with their pay proper) so as to make the prorisioiis of said Imv
apply to persons SO disabled and retired from t h e service before t h e i,ass;age of
said law.

Mr. Perkins introduced


h bill to continue iii force the provisions of an act approved J a n uary thirtieth, eighteen hundrcd and sixty-four, increasing the compensation of certain officers and eniployees in the civil and legislative
departments in Richmond;

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n-hich was read a first aiid second time aiid refcm-ttl to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
Also, a bill (to amend the law levying additional taxes for the support of the Government, approved February serente(~nt11,eighteen
hundred and sixty-four, so as to protect refugees from the enemy who
have purchased property for their own use and not for speciilatiori ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Conmiittee
on Ways and Means.
&o, a bill to provide a fund to be employed for the relief of disabled soldiers and seanicii after the termination of the existing war :
which mas read a first and second tinie and referred t o the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Also, a bill to amend a n act entitled (An act to provicle for transportation of persons who have been mustered into the service for the
war, approved February seventh, eighteen htindrecl and sixty-three,
so as to allow the coninintation prorided for the soldier ~ v h oreenlisted
after twelve months serrice; vihich m a s read a first and second time
and referred to the Committee on the Commissary and Quarterinasters Departments.
Also, a bill (to establish a burean of foreign supplies in the War
Department, with an agency in the Trans-Ifishissippi Department ;
which was read a first and second time, referred to the Coininittee on
Ways and Means, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Smith of Korth Carolina submitted the following resolution :

Resolved, T h a t the Secretary of the Treasury Ire reque*ted to inform illis


HouseFirst. Whether any demaiids against the Goi-ernment, ascertained or accruing previous to tlie first d q - of April last a n d presented for payiileut sinre.
h a r e been paid in Treasury notes of t h e old issue mted n t the :inionnt specified
on their face, or
Secoud. I n Treasury notes of the new issue on conditioc of the nl?atement of
one-third of t h e claim and the acceptance of two-thirdc; i n satisfaction thereof.
Third. And if so, under whose and what orders, and I)$ mllnt authority of
lam, such payments have been made and such notes of llie old emission been
reissued since said date.
Fourth. And i f any such orders have been given, wliether the saiiie have beeir
iflade applicable to claims made by t h e States as well as to those due individuals ;

which was adopted.


Ur. d. T. Leach submitted the following resolution :

Zesolced, That the President be requested to transinit to this House tlie


number of officers and privates each State of the Confederacy has furnished,
either b y volunteering or nnder the conscript acts, the number t h a t h a \ e been
Billed or have died of i ~ o n r i d srereiled upon tlie bdttlefield, tlie number that
liave died of disease. and tlie nmiiber now in the serrice of the Confederate
Gorernment ; also the number of deserters from each State ;

which was referred to the Committee on Militarp ,iffairs.


Mr. Farrow presented a communication from Capt. Samuel C.
Ileans, of the Commissary Department, npon the present system of
impressments; TThich n-as referred to the Committee on the Jitdiciary.
Mr. Simpsoii snbmitted the following resolution :
R e s o k e d , That i t be referred to the Cornriiittce on J f i l i h r ~Affairs to inquire
and report what relief. if any, should be afforded to those perwns who, by the
payment of fire hundred dollars into the Treasury, obtained eseniption froln
military service for their overseers for twelre niontlis, and whose overseers
have subsequently, and before the expiration pf the twelve months, been called

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[X:iy 4, 1864.

into service by j-irtue of the Act to organize forces to serve during the war,
approved B-ebruary seventeenth. eighteen huBdre(1 and SistX-foW ;

which mas adopted.


Mr. Miles introduced
A bill CL to anlend an act entitled h n act to continue in force an act
entitled :A11 act to provide for the compensation of certain persons
therein named, approved May Erst, eighteen hundred and sixtythree, approved January sixth, eighteen hundred and sixty-fonr ;
xvhicli was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Also, f~ bill t o authorize the appointment of commissaries for
regiments of cavalry; which was read a first and second time and
referred to the Conimittee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Miles submitted the following resolution :
Itcsolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire
into the espedicncy of authorizing by l a w t h e appointment of. quartermasters
a n d coininiss:iries for divisions and army corps :

which was adopted.


Mr. Menees presented the memorial of Charles W. IVilkinson, asking coiiipensatiqn for services as drillmaster ; which was referre
the Committee on Claims.
Mr. Swan submitted the following resolution :
Aesolved, That i t \vould h e inexpedient to pass a u k act placiug five-dolhr
iiotes of the old issue om a n equality vitli Treasury notes of the nen- issue.

Xr. J. M. Leach moved that the resolution be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Swan deinanded the yeas and nays thercon;
Which werc ordered,
....................
33
Arid are rocorcled as follows,viz: Nays .....................
45
Y e ~:sAnderson, Baldwin, Bell, Branch, Burnett, Conrad, Cruiksliiink, I)ickinsoim, Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Gaither, A. K. Garland,
Gilnicr, Iiartridge, Hilton, Holder, Jolrnston, Imnkizi, J. 31. Leach,
d. I?. IAYIC~~,
Lester, Logan, ,Ilnrshall, Menees, Jlontague. Ramsay,
Rives, Rogers, Shewmake, Smith of Sort11 Carolina, Triplett, and
r ,
I llrllcr.
S a y s : Alcin, ,itliins, Barlisdale, Bla
11. Ilrucc, IIoratio 1V. Bruce, Chambers,
C:olgitr, I>eJitrnette, Duprk, Echols, Fun
flcisltcll, E-Iollid:ty, Iceeble, Lyon, Mac
Milcs, Miller, Moore, Murray, Orr, Perk
Sexton, Simpson, J. &I.Sniith, W. E. Smit
IVclsh, and WhitfielcI.
SOthe motion to ref(1r was lost.
The question rccrirring on the adoption of the resolLltion,
Nr. S F V i ~demanded
~ ~
the yeas ancl nays thereon ;
Vliich mere ordered,
And m e recorded as follows, viz: j Yeas.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Na
I7ms: A1<in, Anderson, htliins, Bald
Iso~yc(~,
Bradley. Eli M. Bruce, EIoratio

, Cliiltoii, Chrisrnan, clo ton,


tl;irnette, nickinson, nnprc, j&hols, liarrow,
c ~ I J T ~ ~ - ,

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I-IOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

23

Gaither, A. H. Garlancl, Gholson, Goode, ITaiily, Hartridge, Heiskeli.


Hilton, Holder, Iiolliday. IZeeble, Lester, Lyon, Machen, McCallum,
&Mullin, Jfenees, Miles, Miller, Montagnc, Moore, Nurray, Ckr,
I'erliins, Pngli. Read, Rives, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, Shewmalie,
Simpson, J. 3f. Smith. W. E. Smith, Smith of Sorth Carolina,
Staples. Svian, Turner, Viller6, Welsh, and Vliitfield.
Nays: Bell, Gilmer, Johnston, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Logan,
Ramsay, and Triplett.
So the resolution was adopted.
Mr. Sexton introduced
A joint resolution " of thanks to the Texas Brigade in the hriiiy of
Northern Virginia ; "
which was read a first and second time.
The rule having been suspended requiring it to be referred to a
committee, the joint resolution was engrossed, read a third time, and
passed unanimously.
The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Treasurer of the Confederate States relative to the pay of nieinbers;
which 11-as referred to the Committee on P a y arid Mileage.
Mr. Sexton introduced
A bill " to allow commissioned officers of the Xrriiy to purchase
rutioiis ;
which was read a first and seconcl time and referred to the Conmiittee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Sexton also presented a joint reboltition of the legislature of
Texas in regard to the purchasing of beeres and other Gorernment
.applies in Texas by the Xessrs. Payiie & Co., on Government RCcount, with counterfeit Confederate money ; which was referred t o
the Coininittee on the Judiciary.
Also, a joint resolution of the legislature of Texas in rclation to
the war ; d i i c h as lait1 upon the table and ordered to be printed.
))

e a m for the needful expenditures of the


Governiiient withoiit i x r e a s i n g the amount of Treasury notes ; "
which was read a first ancl second time and referred to the Committee
on TTTays and mean^. aiid ordered to be printed.
Mr. Gholson presented the memorial of H. D. Taliaferro and
others, asking a repeal or modification of the act of 15th Pebrunr?.
1364, entitled "An act to allow commissioned officers rations ; *' n-hich
was referred to the Committee on MilitarJ- Affairs.
JIr. Goode introduced
A bill .' to provide for the payment of horses killed, captured, lost,
or permanently dixtbled in the Confederate States service ; "
which was read a fir>t ancl second tirile and referred to the Committee
G I ~the Cornmissary and Quartermaster's Departmenti;.
M r . Goode submitted the following resolution :
Resolced, That the Committee on Xilitarj- A'df:airs he instructed to inqnire
into the expediency of so amending the act entitled "An act to organize forces
to serve during the n ar.*' approved Februarx seventeenth. eighteen hunclretl
and sixty-four, as to exempt froni military sewice such State officers as nrity
be esempted b . ~ State la\\ ;

which \I-as adopted.


And the Hoitse. on motion of JIr. Read,
Adjourned until 12 o'clock to-morrow.

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FOURTH DhY-THURSDAlf,

ISIas

hfAY

z,

1YO-I.

5. 1864.

O P E S SEssIOh-.

The House met plxrsuant to adjournment, a l l t l \\.$IS O P C I i C d with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Duncan.
All-. Jaines H. Witherspoon. nicinber fro111 Sot1t.h C l i f O l i l l i t , :ti)peared, ~ y a ss\~-oriito support the Constitution of the Coiif(.tIt1r;rt(~
States, and took his seat in the House.
A message n-as received from the Senate, by Mr. Sa51: 1, their Src.rPtary, as follows, viz:
111..,ypeokpr: The Senate hare passed joint resolntions o f tile following titles.

riz :

S. 1. Joint resolution of thanks to Major-Geueral Ilolre nnd C'oniiii;iridrr


Coolce :Ind the officers and men under their command for the brilliant rictorx
over the enemy a t Plymouth, N. C . ; and
S. 2. Joint resolution of thanks to General Fitiegari a r l d the officers a ~ l diiieii
of his co~iimaiid;
I n xv11ic.h I arii directed to nsl; the coiicurreiice of this Rouse.

Mr. Chilton submitted the following resolution :


ReSoll'ed, That this House proceed to &raw for seats, and tlint in dr;~wingthe
Clerk will put in the box t!ie iiuinbers of the Congressional districts, respectively,
in Missouri, and such numbers when drawn shall represent the seats of the
niembers froin such districts, respectively ;

which was adopted.


I n pursuance of said resolution,
seats, with the following result :
27 Akin.
63 Anderson.
53 A4tliins.
31 dyer.
33 Raldwin.
104 Rarksdale.
58 Batson.
18 Raylor.
69 Bell.
88 Blandford.
13 Boudinot.
120 Royce.
65 Bradley.
119 Branch.
99 Bridgers.
113 Briice, Rli JI.
39 Bruce, Horatio W.
73 Burnett.
37 Chambers.
46
Chilton.
*
i2 Chrisman.
74 Clopton.
94 Cobb.
64 Colyar.
71 Conrad.
33 Cruikshank.
116 I k ,Jarnette.
114 Dickinson.

the Houpe proceeded to clraw for


55 Dupr6.
2s Echols.
53 Elliott.
17 Exying.
110 Barroni.
62 Footc.
23 Foqter.
44 Fuller.
49 Funsten.
43 Gaither.
101 Garland, Aii ustn.;: I.
92 Garland, RLI LIS I<.
(if3

(~1101S011.

46 Gilmer.
70 Goode.
54 I1anly.
1-2Hartridge.
30 Heiskell.
77 Herbert.
113 Hilton.
108 Hodge.
86 Holder.
24 Holliday.
103 Jones.
112 'Johnston.
S5 Keeble.
16 Kenner.
78 Lamkin.

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HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

S4 Leach, James 11.


79 Leach, James T.
67 Lester.
93 Logan.
89 Lyon.
48 Machen.
38 Marshall.
102 McCallum.
34 &fcMullin.
121 Macwillie.
118 -Menees.
87 Miles.
88 Miller.
111 Montague.
40 Moore.
29 Morgan.
107 Murray.
68 Orr.
97 Yerkins.
S1 Pugh.
100 RStmsay.
36 Read.

25

20 Rives.
41 Rogers.
50 lhssell.
98 Sexton.
95 Shewmalie.
26 Simpson.
19 Singleton.
90 Smith, James M.
91 Smith, Williain E.
61 Smith, William N. H.
'75 Smith, William R.
56 Staples.
32 Swan.
80 Triplett.
42 Turner.
47 VillerB.
57 Welsl1.
96 V7hitfield.
117 Wi clrham.
GO Wi therspoon.
22 llTright.

Missouri : First district. 81 ; Second district, S9 ; Third district, 82 ;


Fourth district, 122 ; Fifth district, 26 ; Sixth district, 52 ; Seventh
district, 106.
Jf r. Chilton i ntrodu cecl
A bill '' to continue in force an act to increase the compensation of
certain civil officers and employees in the President's office and i n the
execative and legislative departments at Richmond for a limited
period, approred January fifth, eighteen hiindred and sixty-foiir."
Mr. Chilton moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be
referred to a Committee ; which motion prevailed.
Mr. Hilton submitted the follon6ng amendment :
Add the following as a n independent section :
'' SEC.2. That the p r o v i s i o ~ ~ofs the act hereby continued in force shall be
extended t o the derli of the board of commissioners under the sequestration
act ; "

which was agreed to.


Mr. Chilton moved to amend the bill by inserting after the word
" Richmond '' the words
and Columbia, South Carolina ; " which
was agreed to.
Mr. Read moved to amend the bill by striking out the -n;ords'' Richmond and Columbia, South Carolina ; '' which was not agreed to.
Mr. Chilton mored to reconsider the vote by JI hich his amendnient
\\-as agreed to.
The motion prevailed, and Xr. Chilton withdrew his amendment
by unanimous consent.
On motion of Jfr. Marshall. the bill and amendment mere referred
to the Committee on MTaysand Means.
Mr. Clopton submitted the follon~ingrei.olntion :
"

Eesolced, T h a t the Committee 011 llir Quartermaster's and Commissary Departnients be instructed to inquire whether any legislation is iiecessmy1. To secure x correct return of a11 tlir property iuipressrd and to 1)rerelit a
fraudulent me thereof by the inipvessing officer.

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l\[i\

2. TO charge impressing officers with the full clu:intitr ant1 .1.:1lnc%ot'


ticulnr property inlpressed, 80 as to hold theil1 tO
beell delivered to the proper Officers and for the I)Ur
3. T~ coInpel quarternlasters and commiss:wies
property from jnIpressi11g oacers to render a correct &CCOttilt O f t h ' '.lIIl

-+,

t l r c b

1\r;4

lb,\1.-

which mas adopted.


Mr. DiclCinson presented the petition of sutldrp citizcnh of 1Eol)iI<>,
praying certain modifications and amendinenrs of the tax l a u ..:
Jyhich ~ v a referred
s
to the Committee on TTraps and Ncarl*.
Mr. Cruikshank presented the memorial of John Jlc(+iiire,
ing a. claim for horses impressed; which was referred to t h
mittet? on Claims.
Mr. A. H. Garland introduced
A bill " to provide for the investigation and settlement of the transactions and accounts of quartermasters, commissar it^.;. contravtor-,
and other financial and disbursing officers, agents, and employe- of
the Confederate States; "
vhich was read a first and second time and referred to the Coiiiniittcr
on the Judiciary.
Also, a bill " to organize the Supreme Court of the C'onfetlcrate
States; " which was read a first and second tinie and referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.
BIr. EIilton noved that the papers of WalBer -1nderioii I)c \f ithdranm from the files and referred to the Coinmittec on Claiin~.
The motion prevailed.
Mr. Moore submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That i t be referred to the Coniinittee on Ways and Jleuns to inquire
into the necessity and proprietr of increasing the conipensation of t h e tlistrict
collectors of the Confederate tuxes ;

rrhich was adopted.


Mr. Dupr6 introduced
h bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act for the relief of taxpayers
in certain cases,' approved thirteenth February, eighteen 1i1111drd
arid sixty-four ; "
which was read a first and second time and referred to the C'oniinittee
on Ways and Means.
Mr. Perkins introduced
A bill " to proride for placing in the military service of the Confederate States citizens of the United States residing or \ojoiii*iiing
within the limits of the Confederate States; '*
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
On motion of Mr. Perkins, the bill " to provide a fund to be employed for the relief of disabled soldiers and seamen after the
termination of the existing war," introduced by him yesterclaJ-, as
ordered to be printed.
Mr. Orr presented the claim of Samuel Miller, of Talobu&t
CoL1W, Miss., for property destroyed by General Rust's coiiiiriand,
General Waul's (Texas) Legion. and General Jackson's c:~v:~lry
:
which was referred to the Committee on Claims.
Also, the claim of Weldon E. Persons. of Yalobuslla County. JIiss.,
for Property destroyed by soldiers of the Confederate States A r 1 1 l ~;which was referred to the Committee on Claims.

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HOCSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

27

Jfr. Orr also introdiiced


A bill to strengthen the Ariiiy, discoiirage speculation, and pro-

tect the currency ;


which was read a. first aiicl second time and referred to the Coniniittee
on Military Affairs.
Ah-. Fuller subniitted the following resolution :

ResoEved, T h a t t h e Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire and


report whether by requiring the opinion of the Attorney-General to be giren,
by the establishnient of a board of construction, o r by ally ot1rt.r rrieans, greater
accuracy and uniformity may not be obtained in the coilstruetion and administration of the titlic and t a x laws of Congress;

which n7as adopted.


Also, the follom-iiig resolution :
Resolccd, Tlint the Committee on Ways and lieans be instructed t o inquire
and report by bill or o t h e r w i s e
1. Whether the act of serenteenth February, eighteen hundred and sixtjfour, exacting the firefold penalty, applies t o the crop of eighteen hundred and
sixty-three.
2. If so. whether the benefits secured to planters by the said a c t of eighteen
huntired and six13 -<our lihev ise applj- to the crop of eighteen hundred and sixtythree, and if not. why not?
3. Whether the tithe lair- should not be so amended as to provide t h a t when
R person ran not pay t h e tithe wit1iont a1,solute want in his family produced
thereby, he may pay the neighborhood price instead of the tithe;

which was adopted.


Also, the following resolution :
Resoked, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire
and report by bill or otherwise n-hether other :ind further legislation is not
required to secure the more speedy payment of the amounts clue deceased
soldiers to their representatives ;

which was adopted.


Jfr. J. T. Leach subniitted the following resolution :
Resolzed, That the tithing law be so amended as to exempt soldiers families
from the payment of the tithes when there is not more than is iicccssary for
the comfortable support of the faniilg ;

which, on motion of Mr. Conrad, was referred to the Committee on


Ways and Means.
Also, the following resolution:
Resolzed, That the Committee on Military Affairs he instructed t o inquire
into the expediency of permitting persons belonging to tlic cavalry arm of the
service of the Confederate Government the right of purchasing rations for
their servants from the Oorerniiiciit a t such prices as may be fixed by the
proper authoritim ;

vhich iras adopted.


Nr. Logan introduced
h bill * to protect citizens of the Confederate States from unjust
and illegal inipressments:
XI hich was read a first and second time and referred t o the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Farrow presented the memorial of the officers and men of
Company K, Twenty-seventh Regiment South Carolina Volunteers,
praying relief from certain orders froni the War Department dishinding their company; which was referred to the Committee on
Xilitary Affairs.

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[ J I : I ~3, lb(i I.

Mr. Farrow introduced


A bill " to legalize the organizing of Colui>a1ly K, of the Tw-cntyseventh Regiment South Carolina Volunteers J "
which was read a first and second time and referred to the CoInniittce
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Farrow submitted the following resolution :
IZesolved, That the President be, and he is hereby, requested, if not inconi1):ltible with the public interest, to conimnuicate to this House bF what nntllority and under whose orders Company K of the T\~-enty-severitliIZeginithiit Sol1tll
~ d
wliic 11
Carolina Volunteers was organized; also copies of all orders i ~ p:~pt'r*
may be 011 file in the Adjutant-General's Office relating t o the orgaxiiziiig or
disbanding of said company :

which was adopted.


Mr. Farrow introduced
A bill " to legalize certain companies of the Palmetto Battalion of
Light Artillery, of the Department of South Carolina. Georgia, ant1
Florida ; ')
\\,hich mas read a first and second time and referred to the Coininittec
011 Military Affairs.
MI-. Farrow submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That the President be, and he is hereby, respectfully requested to
communicate to this House, if not incompatible with the publica interest. i i
statement of the date of organization of the Palmetto Battalion of Light Artillery
in the Department of South Carolina, Georgia. and Florida, with the date of the
organization of each company composing said battalion ; also by what authority
and under whose orders said companies were organized; also copies of all
orders commanding the disbanding of said companies or any of them;

which was adopted.


Mr. Farrow presented the memorial of officers of the infantry portion of the Holcombe Legion, South Carolina Volunteers, praying a
severance from the cavalry portion of said command ; which was
referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Farrow introduced
A bill ('to authorize the Secretary of War to separate the infantry
from the cavalry portion of the Holcombe Legion, South Carolina
Volunteers ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Conunittee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Farrow submitted the following resolution :
))

Eesolued. That the President be, and he is hereby, requested to communicate


to this House, if not incompatible with the public interest, whether t h e caralry
and artillery portions of the Nolcombe Legion of South Carolina 1-olunteers
are now serving together or separate; if separate, how long have they been so
separated, and for what reason they were separated; and whether there exist
arig commands in the Confederate Army now doing duty under legionary
organization :

which w a s adopted.
Mr. Sexton submitted the following resolution :
I

Resolved, That the papers in the case of the claim of C. J. Field be lvitlidmwn from the files, upon leaving copies thereof, and referred to the Coxnmittee
on Claims ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Rives presented the memorial of a convention of banks of
Virginia and North Carolina, a t Richmond, May 2 , 1864; which was
referred to the Committee on Ways axid Means.
Mr. Molltague prese
memorial of F. W. Bass, asking f o r

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02

29

REPRESENTATIVES.

the reissue of certain coupon bonds clestroged by fire; which was


referred to the Committee on Claims.
A h . Montagne submitted the following resolution :
Whereas i t is represented t h a t the soldiers of the Confederate States recently
received as paroled prisoners from the enemy h a r e in their possession coiisiderable amounts of Confederate States Treasury notes, which they, in consequence
of their imprisonment, could not fund on or before the first of April l a s t :
Therefore,
B e it resolved, T h a t t h e Committee on Ways and Means inquire what legislation. if any, is necessary to secure these soldiers against the loss of one-third of
t h e ralue of t h e said notes, and report by bill or otherwise ;

which was adopted.


Also, the following resolution :
Resolced, That t h e Coiumittee on the Judiciary inquire what further legislation is necessary to secure payment to t h e owners of slaves impressed by t h e
Confederate authorities. or under State laws for tlie w e of the Confederate
Government. and who, while in t h e employ of t h e Go.r-ernnient, have eloped to
the enemy, or died. or contracted diseases which have, a f t e r their discharge,
resulted fatally :

which Tcas adopted.


Mr. Russell submitted the following resolution :
ResoZved, T h a t t h e Committee on t h e Judiciary inquire into the expediency of
increasing the compensation of marshals and of jurors and witnesses in the
Confederate courts ;
I

which was adopted.


Mr. Miller submitted the following resolution :

Resolaed, That t h e Committee 011 t h e Judiciary be instructed t o inquire into


the expediency of repealing a n act passed by tlie Provisional Congress of the
Confederate States, approved February twenty-fifth, eighteen hundred and
sistT-one, entitled An act to declare and establish the free navigation of the
Mississippi River,. or so much thereof as declares t h e navigation of the Xississippi Rirer free to the citizens of any of t h e States upon its borders, or upon
the borders of any of its tributaries, and report to this House its action ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Funsten presented the petition of Charles E. Stuart and other
patentees for compensation for an invention now in use in the Ordnance Department of the Confederate States; n-hich, on motion, was
referred to a special committee of three, to be appointed by the Chair.
Mr. Boudinot submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That one hundred a n d five copies of the acts and resolutions of the
Provisional Congress, and treaties, with tlie table of contents, be bound by t h e
Public Printer in pamphlet form, a n d furnished to the House of Representatives
for the use of its ,Ifembers and Delegates, out of the three thousand copies
required to be printed tmd published by t h e act of August fifth, eighteen hundred
and sixty-one ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Foote called up the resolution submitted by him on Tuesday
last to change a rule of the House; which, by unanimous consent, he
modified so as to make it read as follows, viz :
ResoZveC, That hereafter all t h e proceedings of this House shall be in open
session unless i t be otherwise ordered by a vote of two-thirds of t h e body, or the
subject under consideration be connected in some way with the movements of
our armies in the field or t h e di[)lomatic concerns of the Confederate States.

Mr. Perkins moved that it be referred to the Committee on Rules


and Officersof the House.
Pending which,
The House, on motion of Mr. Garland, adjourned.

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OPEN SESSIOW.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and wac; opcnccl with


prayer by the Rev. Dr. Duncan.
On riiotion of Mr. Colyar, leave of absence T V : I ~ p 1 1 1 t t l t l Ili. colleague, Mr. Atkins (detained from his seat by indisposition).
The Ilon. Thos. J. Foster, member from Alabama, appcarecl. was
sworn to support the Constitution of the Confederate State>, and
took his seat in the House.
The Chair laid before the House a communication from the lychident ; which was read as follows, viz :
RIcHIvfOXD, -Val/ 5, 1SGi.
To the Benate and H o m e of Representatices:
I herewith transmit for your consideration two colnlnunicntions from thc Secre
t a g of the Treasury, submitting estimates of additional approprintions rrcluired
for the support of the Government.
JEFFERSOS DAYIS.

which mas referred to the Committee on Ways and Means and orclered
to be printed.
Also, the following communication from the President :
RICHMOSD,
.Uag 4. l S S $ .
To the Xelzate and House of Representatices:
I herewith transmit a cornmunicatioii from the Secretary of the S a r y , and
invite your attention to his request for a n early consideration of it.
JEFFEBSOS DAVIS.

which was referred to the Committee on T a y s and Means.


Also, a Senate joint resolution of thanks (S. 1) to Jlajor-General
Hoke and Commander Coolie and the officers and nien under their
command for the brilliant victory over the enemy a t P l ~ m o u t h ,
Xorth Carolina; which was read a first nncl second time a n d
referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Also, a Senate joint resolutiori (S. 2) of thanks to General Finegan and the officers and men of his command; wliicli was read it
first and second time and referred to the Committee on Military
Affairs.
The Chair announced the appointment of the Standing Committee
on P a y and Mileage as follows, viz :
Mr. Burnett of Kentucky, Mr. Hanly of Arkansas, and Mr. Echols
of Georgia.
Mr. Gilnier submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That i t be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means to inqnire
into the propriety of so amending the law as t o confine the penalty of fire h u m
dred per cent for the nondelivery of tithes to such articles as by 1:iv were
required to be delivered after the passage of the law creating such pentilt? ; and
that they report by bill or otherwise;

which was adopted.


Mr. Hartridge presented the memoriai of the banking institutions
of the city of Savannah, Ga., on the subject of the tax act of Febraary 17, 1864; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and
Means.

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h inessage was received from the Senate, by Jlr. Sash. their Secrctary ; which is as follows, viz :
U r . flpenket: The Senate h a r e passed a bill of the following title, r i e :
S. 8. An act to appropriate money for the payment of certain printing cloiic
by the authority of Congress ;
In which I am directed to asli t h e concurrence of this House.

Mr. Russell presented the petition of William S. Thaw, clerk of


the military court of the Department of Virginia aiid North Carolina,
asking for increase of compensation; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. H. W. Bruce submitted the following resolution :
Rcso7ccd. Thnt whcn the rules for the House shall be printed, tliere shall
:lIso be priuted in the same pamphlet the Coristitution of the Confederate States ;

which was referred to the Committee on Rules arid Officers of the


House.
Xr. Conrad presented the memorial of the Virginia Volunteer S a v y
Company, praying for exemption from taxation ; which was referred
to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Also, the memorial of the Virginia Volunteer Savy Company,
praying for officers and men; which TTS referred to the Committee
on Saval Affairs.
The House then resumed the consideration of the unfinished business of yesterday; which was the resolution of Mr. Foote to change
tlie rule of the House relating to secret sessions.
The question being on the motion of Mr. Perkiris to reer the resolution to the Committee on Rules and Officers of the House,
Jfr. Heiikell called the question ; which n.as ordered, and the
motion to refer prevailed.
JIr. I-Ianly introdneed
A bill * * providing for the consolidation of regiments reduced below
the legal standard of numbers. and prescribing the manner in which
supernumerary officers may be retired ;
m-l-hichwas read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
A h . A. H. Garland introduced
A bill to establish the court for tlie investigatio1-hof claims against
the Confederate States;
which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary, and ordered to be printed.
hlr. Hiltoii introduced
A bill to increase the rank and pay of acljutallts of regiments and
indepeiiclent battalion;:
~hich
was read a first and second time and referred t n the Coininittee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Lester introduced
A bill t o amend the law of the Confederate States regulating
impressments ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary.
Mr. Bell introduced
A bill to compensate the owners of slaves in certain cases therein
mentioned ;
n-hich was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
011 Claims.

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AIlderson submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee 011 \\a~-s 311d AIenns to inquire
thwt whell O t t i V W S :Uld SOldiCrS ill the
illto the eipediellcy of providing by
military service of the Confederate States have been pakl off betv\-tlcn the SCT enteenth &y of F e b r u a r ~alld the first day of April. ciglitctw ltullclrcd it~itlsixtgfour, in Treasury notes of a higher denomination th:w five doll:lrs, or sinc.c the
said first day of April in Treasury notes of the old issue of the denominiition of
five dollars, such officer and soldier sliall be entitled to receive in tllc ne\v currency an amount equal to one-third of the same so paid them, and t h a t said
committee report by bill or otherwise ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Perkins submitted the folloming resolution :
Whereas an impartial publication of the debates in Congress, stating iiccurately their legislative measures and the reasolIs Urged for tlild :lg:liUbt tlleni, is
a desirable object, inasmuch as it may aid the Executive in adininistering the
Government, the judiciary in expounding the laws. tlie poverliors :lnS ctitizeus
in the several States in forming i i judgment of the conduct of their ICeprrsrntatives, and Congress theniselves in reversing and iimending their legislative proceedings ; and
Whereas from the want of proper arrangeiiients such publication has not
been accomplished :
Resolred, That a corninittee of live members be nppointed 1)y the Speaher to
inquire and report if suitable persons, skilled in stenographg, van be secured to
make accurate and impartial reports of the subjects submitted to tlie eonsideration of this House, and the debates thereon ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Chambers introduced
A bill (to amend an act entitled An act to regulate impressment.;.
approved March twenty-sixth, eighteen hundred and sixty-three, and
an act amendatory thereof, approved February sixteenth, eighteen
hundred and sixty-four ; ?
which was read a first and second time, referred to the Cominittee on
Military Affairs, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Orr introduced
A bill to amend an act entitled (An act to increase the efficiency
of the Army by the employment of free negroes and slams in certain
capacities, approved February seventeenth. eighteen hundred and
sixty-four, and to repeal an act for the enlistment of cooks in the
Army, approved April twenty-first, 6ghteen hundred and xistytwo ;
which ~ 7 a read
s
a first and second time, referred to the Coininittee on
Military Affairs, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Rarksdale introduced
A bill to amend an act entitled An act to reduce the currency and
to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds, approved February
seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ;?
which was read a first arid second time and referred to the Coininittee
on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Farrow submitted the following resolution :
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Resolved, That the papers relating to the tlairn of 3 % ~Tf.


. A. Rice be allowed
to be withdrawn from the files of this House and referred to t h e Committee
on Claims;

which was adopted.


Mr. Witherspoon
Resolved, That it be referr
into and report upoil the pr

on Ways and Means to inquire


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t a x in kind as may be necessary for the support of the families of soldiers and
the necessitous nonproducer; the same to be sold a t the prices fixed by the
commissioners under the impressment :

which was adopted.


hlr. Foote presented the memorial of N. Carroll, military and civiI
cngineer, touching the defenses of Richmond ; which was referred to
the Committee on Military Affairs.
Also, a communication from Beverly Kennon relative to prize
iiioney; which mas referred to the Committee on Saval Affairs.
Mr. Heislrell introduced
A bill '' to provide for holding elections in case of vacancy in the
representation of any State in the Congress of the Confederate
States; ''
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary.
Also, '(a bill to aniend an act to provide for holding elections of
Iieprewntatives in the Congress of the Confederate States from the
State of Tennessee; " which =as read first and second times and referred to the Coinmittee on Elections.
Jfr. Smith of Sorth Carolina mored to reconsider the vote by which
the bill introduced by Xr. Heiskell: " to provide for holding elections
in case of vacancy in the representation of any State in the Congress
of the Confederate States," was referred to the Coinniittee on the
Judiciary.
The motion prevailed.
-The question being on the motion to refer the bill to the Committee
on the Judiciary,
It was decided in the negative, and, on motion of Mr. Smith of
Sorth Carolina, it m-as referred to the Committee on Elections.
ah. Foote mored that a special committee of three be appointed
to confer with the exemtire of the State of Virginia, for the purpose
of securing exemptions from service in the State militia [for] a sufficient nwnber of printers to do the necessary printing of Congress.
The motion prevailed, and
The Chair appointed Messrs. Foote of Tennessee, Baldwin of Virginia, and Chambers of Mississippi.
hfr. Baldwin introduced
A bill '(to establish a department of inspection ; "
v-hich was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Jfilitary hffairs.
31r. Montague introduced the follon-ing resolution :
Reso7md, That the Committee on Vays and Means be instructed to inquire
into and report upon the expediency of exempting arid releasing from import
duties machinery and materia1 for repairing the same imported during the
existing mar by railroad companies ;

which was adopted.


Also, the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Committee on WAFS and Means be instructed to inquire
and report what auiend~iielits,if any, should be made to the act to levy additional taxes for the C O I ~ I I I I O I I defense and siipport of the Government, passed
February seventcentli. eighteen Iimidred and sixty-four, in relation to the
taxes imposed upon the property and stock of railroad couipanies ;

which

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Mr. Staples submitted the follo~vi~ig


rcdutioll:
Resolved, That t h e ~oniinitteeon Military Affairs inquire into the es1,cdiencg
of reporting a bill so amending the act entitled An act to proride a n illvalid

corps, SO as to elllbrace within the provisions of said :Kt officers and prirates
who have heretofore resigned or been discharged from the service in conqpquence of wounds received or disease contracted in the service of the Conrederate States ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Gholson presented the memorial of Thos. S o r t h Middleton,
praying relief for moneys charged against him as acting cluartermaster, but not actually drawn from the Treasury ;
which was referred to the Committee on Claims, without beiug read.
Mr. Funsten introduced
A bill t o amend an act entitled ,4n act to organize military
courts to attend the a r m y of the Confederate States in the field, and
to define the powers of said courts;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Also, a bill to amend an act to allow commissioned officers of the
a r m y rations and the privilege of purchasing clothing from the
Quartermasters Department, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ; which was read a first and second time.
Mr. Funsten moved that the rules be suspended requiring the bill
to be referred to a committee; which motion was lost, and the bill
was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
The Chair laid before the House a communication of Geo. 1.
Evans, asserting a claim for printing for a committee; which was
referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 8 ) * to appropriate moiiey for the pagnient
of certain printing done by the authority of Congress; ? which, 011
motion of Mr. Heiskell, was laid upon the table.
hlr. Foote, from the committee to wait upon the governor of Yirginia, reported that the committee had performed their cluty, and
that the governor had informed them that he had alreRdy inadc
arrangements to exempt the printers for the purpose indicated.
And the House, on motion of Mr. Russell, adjourned.

SIXTH DAY-SBTURDAY,

31.11-7. 186-1.

OPEN SESSIOS.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened wit11


prayer by Rev. Dr. Duncan.
The Chair announced the appointment of the standing committees
of the House as follows :
1. Elections.
1. Mr. Gilmer of North Carolina,
9. Mr. Heiskell of Tennessee.
X Mr. Miller of Virginia.

1. Mr. Chrisman of Kentucky.


5. Mr. Hilton of Florida.

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(5. Mr. Sinipson of South CaFolina.

7. Xr. Holder of Mississippi.


8. Mr. Branch of Texas.
9. Mr. Bell of Georgia.

2. Tlccys and itleans.


1. Mr. Lyon of Alabama.
2. Mr. Baldwin of Virginia.
3. Mr. Conrad of Louisiana.

4. Mr. Gilmer of North Carolina.


5. hlr. Barksdale of Mississippi.
6. Mr. E. M. Bruce of Kentucky.
7. Mr. Sexton of Texas.
8. Mr. Colyar of Tennessec.
9. Mr. Anderson of Georgia.
3. U iZita7.y ,I fairs.

1. Mr. Miles of South Carolina.


2. Mr. Pugh of Slabama.
3. Mr. Marshall of Kentucky.
4. Mr. Chambers of Mississippi.
5. MI-. Nilton of Florida.
6. Mr. Swan of Tennessee.
7. Mr. Staples of Virginia.
8. Mr. Bridgers of Sorth Carolina.
9. Mr. VillerB of Louisiana.
10. Mr. Wanly of Arkansas.
11. Mr. J. M. Smith of Georgia.
12. Mr. Branch of Texas.

8. Foreign Afiuirs.
1. Mr. Rives of Virginia.
2. Mr. Perkins of Louisiana.
3. Mr. Foote of Tennessee.
4. hfr. W.R. Smith of Alabama.
5. Mr. De Jarnette of Virginia.
6. Mr. H. W.Bruce of Kentucky.
7 . Mr. Orr of Mississippi.
8. Mr. Turner of Sorth Carolina.
9. Nr. Witherspoon of South Carolina

5. Naval Affairs.
1. Mr. Boyce of South Carolina.
2. A h . Clopton of Alabama.
3. Mr. Funsten of Pirginia.

4. Blr. Shewmake of Georgia.


5. h h . Wright of Tennessee.
G . Mr. Ramsay of Sorth Carolina.
7. Rfr. Rogers of Florida.
8. Mr. Holder of Mississippi.
9. Mr. Whitfield of Virginla.

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6. JV dichy.

1. Mr. Russell of Virginia.


2. Mr. Chilton of Alabama.
3. Mr. A. H. Garland of Arkansas.
4. Mr. Moore of Kentucky.
5. Mr. Gaither of Korth Carolina.
6. Mr. Keeble of Tennessee.
7, Mr. Blandford of Georgia.
8, Mr. Gholson of Virginia.
9. Mr. Dupr6 of Louisiana.

7 . Accounts.
1. Mr. Welsh of Mississippi.
2. Mr. Johnston of Virginia.
3. Mr. Farrow of South Carolina.
4. Mr. Shewmalie of Georgia.
5. Mr. McCallum of Tennessee.
8. Rules and Oficers of the Irioue.

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Mr. Perkins of Louisiana.


Mr. Montague of Virginia.
Mr. Smith of North Carolina.
Mr. Chilton of Slabama.
Mr. Lester of Georgia.
9. Pay and Nileuge.

1. Mr. Burriett of Kentucky.


2. Mr. Hanly of Arkansas.
3. Mr. Echols of Georgia.

10. Zrintiny.

1. Mr. Dupr6 of Louisiana.


2. Mr. Goode of Virginia.
3. Mr. Cruikshank of Alabama.
4. Mr. Logan of North Carolina.
5. Mr. Swan of Tennessee.

11. Public Buildinys.


1. Mr. McMullin of Virginia.
2. Mr. Pugh of Alabama.
3. Mr. Conrad of Louisiana.
2%.Flag and X e d
1. Mr. Chilton of Alnbnmil.
2. Mr. Rives of Virginia.
3. Mr. Chambers of Mississippi.

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13. Ueclical Deportment.


1. Mr. Clopton of Alabama.
2. Mr. Farrow of South Carolina.
3. Mr. Read of Kentucky.
4. Mr. Menees of Tennessee.
5. Mr. De Jarnette of Virginia.
6. Mr. Ramsay of North Carolina.

7. Mr. Echols of Georgia.


8. Mr. Holder of Mississippi.
9. Mr. McCallum of Tennessee.
14. Quarte~master'smzcl Commissary Departments.
1. Mr. Machen of Kentucky.
2. Mr. Johnston of Virginia.
3. Mr. Foote of Tennessee.
4. Mr. Lester of Georgia.
5. Mr. J. M. Leach of North Carolina.
6. Mr. Orr of Mississippi.
7. Mr. Simpson of South Carolina.
8. Mr. Read of Kentucky.
9. Mr. Holliday of Virginia.

16. Orclnmce ci.r?rl Orclnaizce Stores.


1. Mr. Atkins of Tennessee.
2. Mr. Montague of Virginia.
3. Mr. W. E. Smith of Georgia.
4. Mr. Barksdale of Mississippi.
5. Mr. Cruikshank of alabama.
6. Mr. Witherspoon of South Carolina.
7. Mr. Logan of North Carolina.
8. Mr. Bradley of Kentucky.
9. Mr. Murray of Tennessee.

16. Enrolled Ril7s.


1. Mr. Cruikshank of Alabama.
2. Mr. Rogers of Florida.
3. Mr. Fuller of Sort11 Carolina.

27. Commerce.
1. Mr. Hartridge of Georgia.
2. Mr. Goode of Virginia.
3. A h . Burnett of Kentucky.
4. Mr.Farrow of South Carolinst.
5. Mr. Tlamkin of Mississippi.
6. Mr. Dickinson of Alabama.
7. Mr. Fuller of Sorth Carolina.
8. Mr. Atkins of Tennessee.
9. Mr. Perkins of Louisiana.

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18. Post-Offices and Post-Roncls.


1. Mr. Sexton of Texas.
2. Mr. McMullin of Virginia.
3. Mr. Withers oon of South Carolina.
4. Mr. Foster o Alabama.
5. Mr. Lamkin of Mississippi.
6. Mr. Bradley of Kentucky.
7. Mr. J. T. h a c h of North Carolina.
8. Mr. McCallum of Tennessee.
9. Mr. Bell of Georgia.

19. Territories and Public La7zd~.

H. Garland of Arkansas.
Mr. McMullin of Virginia.
Nr. Menees of Tennessee.
Mr. Foster of Alabama.
Mr. Branch of Texas.
Mr. Chrisman of Kentucky.
Mr. Hilton of Florida.
Mr. J. T. Leach of S o r t h Carolina.
Mr. W. E. Smith of Georgia.

1. Mr. A.

2.
3.
4.
5.
G.

7.
8.
9.

30. Indian Affairs.

1. Mr. Singleton of Mississippi.


2. Mr. Hanly of Arkansas.
3. Mr. Miller of Virginia.
4. Mr. Foster of Alabama.
.iMr.
. Murray of Tennessee.
6. Mr. Chrisman of Kentucky.
7. Mr. Turner of North Carolina.
8. Mr. Echols of Georgia.
9. Mr. Rogers of Florida.
Mr. Boudinot, corresponding member.
21. Patents.

1. Mr.
2. Mr.
3. Mr.
4. Mr.
5. Mr.
G . Mr.

Heiskell of Tennessee.
Fuller of Korth Carolina.
Whitfield of Virginia.
Lamkin of Mississippi.
Bell of Georgia.
H. W. Bruce of Kentucky.
7. Mr. Chilton of Alabama.
2%. Claims.

1. Mr. Smith of North Carolina.


2. Mr. Welsh of Mississippi.
3. Mr. Akin of Georgia.

4. Mr. Holliday of Virginia.

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5. Mr. Dickinson of Alabama.


6. Mr. Heislrell of Tennessee.
7. hlr. Tripletk of Kentucky.
8. Mr. Farrom of South Carolina.

fipecial Committee o n Illegal Seizures.


1. Mr. Foote of Tennessee.
2. Mr. Clopton of Alabama.
3. Mr. Hartridge of Georgia.
4. Mr. Funsten of Virginia.
5. Mr. J. M. Leach of North Carolina.

Special Committee t o Inquire into the Charges Against Nr.


R. w.Cobb.

w.

1. Mr. Chilton of Alabama.


2. Mr. A. H. Garland of Arkansas.
3. Mr. Montague of Virginia.

4. Mr. J . T. Leach of North Carolina.


5. Mr. Murray of Tennessee.
Special Committee Under Xr. Funstens Resolution Relative to
Compensation for Patent.
1. Mr. Funsten of Virginia.
2. Mr. Fuller of North Carolina.
3. Mr. Heiskell of Tennessee.
4. Mr. Read of Kentucky.
5. Mr. Welsh of Mississippi.

Xpecial Committee Under Mr. Perkins Resolution in Relation to


Reporting Proceedings of Congress.
1. Mr. Perkins of Louisiana.
2. Mr. Barksdale of Mississippi.
3. Mr. Gholson of Virginia.
4. Mr. Akin of Georgia.
5. Mr. Gaither of Korth Carolina.
Mr. Chilton submitted the following resolution :
IZesolced, That t h e President be requested to furnish for the information of
this House an alphabetical list of all the disbursing officers of the Government
who are in default or hare failed to render their accounts within the time
prescribed by law or the regulations of the Departments respectively to which
they belong, showing1. The rank and Department to which such persons respectively belong.
2. The amount of public moneys in the hands of each unaccounted for.
3. The $ate of the last accounting of each of such persons.
4. What steps, if any, have been taken to compel such persons to furnish
their accounts, with
5. Such explanatory remarks as may tend to s h o ~a reasonable excuse (if

any exists) for the failure to account.


( 2 ) Resolved, That this information be caused to be furnished a t the next
session of this Congress, and that the President select any period between this
and the Erst Monday in December next as the period from which the information shall date;

which was adopted.

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t m y 7, 1864.

M. Clopton presented the memorial of no. H. Wynne. asserting a


claim for assessing the tax in kind; which was referred to the Committee on Claims.
MY. Pug11 presented the memorial of sundry citizens of the Eighth
Co11gressional district of Alabama, praying relief for Lietit. Col. I. B.
Feagin; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. Blandford presented the petition of sundry citizens of Chattahoochee County, Ga., praying relief from the 500 per cent forfeit
for failure to deliver the tax in kind; which was referred to the Cornmittee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Orr presented the memorial of the field officers in Featherstons brigade, Lorings division, asking a modification of the law
allowing officers to dram rations; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Farrow presented the memorial of Captain Hewetson: asking
relief in relation to certain money captured by the enemy ; which was
referred to the Committee on Claims.
Mr. Farrow submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Committee on Ways and Means bc instructed to inquire
and report upon the expediency of so amending the sixth section of an a c t entitled An act to reduce the currency and to authorize a new issue of notes and
bonds: approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixtyfour, as
that the duties laid upon imposts, and thereby pledged, may hereafter be payable in foreign instead of in sterling exchange as now required by law ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Farrow introduced
A bill t o secure a more extended publication and circulation of
the general orders issued from the Adjutant-Generals Office ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Printing.
Mr. J. T. Leach introduced
A bill to increase the pay of officers and soldiers of the Confederate States;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Comniitteo
on Quartermasters and Commissary Departments.
Mr. Heiskell submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Comniittee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire and
report what legislation is necessary to prwent and correct the inequalities in
the prices paid to citizens of different States under the impressnlent la~x-s,and
the abuses of those laws by officers of the Army ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Heiskell presented a communication from General Buckner,
lnaking suggestions as to courts-martial; which was referred to the
Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Poote introduced
A bill to facilitate the detection and punishment of frauds in
the Commissary and Quartermasters Departments among the disbursing officers of the Government generally ; >
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Quartermasters and Commissary Departments.
Mr. Simpson submi
following resolution :
Resolved, That the
the files of the House

e of Robert Y. Jones be rnithd1,an.n froni

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Chambers introduced
A bill (to amend an act to provide a staff and clerical force for
any general who may be assigned by the President>to duty a t the seat
of government, approved March t-rventy-fifth, eighteen h n d r e d and
sixty-two.
Mr. Chambers moved that the rule be suspended requiring the bill
to be referred to a committee.
The motion was lost, and the bill was referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
And the House, on motion of Mr. Chilton, adjourned.
SEVEKTH DAY-MONDAY,

MAY 9, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Duncan.
On motion of Mr. Whitfield, leave of absence was granted his colleague, Mr. Goode.
On motion of Mr. Funsten, leave of absence was granted Mr.
Welsh (detained from his seat by indisposition).
Mr. 0.R. Singleton, member from Mississippi, appeared, was
sworn to support the Constitution of the Confederate States, and took
his seat i n the House.
Mr. Echols, under a suspension of the rules, introduced
A joint resolution of thanks $0 General Lee and the officers and
soldiers engaged in the defense of Richmond ;
which mas read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Hanly introduced
A bill providing for the payment of the expenses incident to the
transmission of election returns from the Army to the governor of the
State for which such election may be held;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Elections.
Mr. Hanly submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, T h a t t h e papers i n the case of A. H. Dobbin be withdrawn from the
files and referred t o the Committee on Claims ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Hilton introduced
A bill to increase the pay of the noncommissioned officers and
privates of the Army of the Confederate States;
which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee on
Military Affairs, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Rogers submitted the following resolution :
Resolved by the House of Representatives o f the Confederate Congress, T h a t
the members of this body organize themselves into a company by the election of
officers, etc., a n d tender their services to t h e commanding officer of this depnrtment, for the defense of the city of Richmond.

Mr. Orr submitted the following amendment to the resolution :


Strike out the whole and insert in lieu thereof t h e following, viz :
Resolved, That while the enemy threatens this city the members of Congress
wiIl attach themselves to the military engaged in t h e defense of this city.

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Mr. Barltsclale snl>mitted the followiiig ainridnient t o tlie amendment :


Strike out the .ivhole thereof and insert the f o l l o ~ ~ - i:%

Resolved, T h a t leave of absence be granted to each iiieutber who desires to


attach himself to military organizations for the defense Of the city of Richmon d.

Mr. Blandford moved to lity the resolution and arrieridrrieiits on the


table.
Nr. Rogers demanded the yeas and nays tliereoii ; n-hich were not
ordered, and the motion to lay on the table prevailed.
The Chair laid before the House the following comiiiunication ;
which was read and laid upon the table :
Hon. THOMAS
S. BOCOCK,
Speaker of the House of Representatiaes.
SIR: The members of the House of Representatires a r e rCSpeCtfully invited
to attend the funeral obsequies of the late Brigadier-General .Jenkins, from
Relrins, east end of Bank street, to the Capitol, this eTening a t G oclock.
Very respectfully, etc.,
1 n i . IV. BOYCE.

Mi,. Lester submitted the folloving resolution :


Thereas many of the religious denominations of the South have sent forth
missionaries from their churches to labor for the religious instruction and
spiritual good of the Ariiiy and inmates of hospitals of the Confederate States;
and
Whereas the labors of these missionaries have resulted in much good t o t h e
officers and soldiers of the Army and deserve encouragement and support from
a Government t h a t acknowledges the providence of God in its struggle for
freedom and independence : Be i t therefme
Resolved, That the Committee on Nilitary Affairs be, and i t i s hereby,
instructed to consider the propriety of allowing said missionaries, whilst
engaged in discharging their duties as such, either t o draw free of charge or to
purchase from the Commissary Department the same rations drawn by soldiers
in the Army:

which was adopted.


Also, the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be, and i t i s hereby,
instructed to consider the propriety of allowing all substitutes in t h e Army o!
the Confederate States above t h e age of Efts years t o be discharged from
service, and that said committee report thereon by bill or otherwise;

which was adopted.


Mr. Marshall submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That the members of the House of Representatives n-ill, as a body,
atteiid the funeral obsequies of Brigadier-General Jenkins at six postmeridian,
in compliance with the invitation of the Honorable hIr. Boyce ;

which was adopted.


Mr. E. M. Bruce introduced
A bill to amend an act entitled An act to reduce the currency and
to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ;
which mas read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
Mr. Perkins submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, T h a t i t be referred to the Committee on Rules to report what additional rules or amendments to the existing rules should be added to the present
rules of the House;

which was adopted.

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Mi.. Chambers submitted the following resolutioii :


Resolaed, That the Secretary of the Treasury be requested to furnish this
House with a copy o f t h e report of J. D. n. De Row, general agent of t h e
produce loail, on the condition of Goreriiiiient cottons contiguous to the Mississippi and its tributaries, dated Columbus, April ninth, eighteen hundred and
sixty-four ;
I

which was adopted.


Mr. Chambers introduced
A joint resolution in relation to copies of the acts of Congress oil
deposit in the Department of Justice.
The rule having been suspended requiring the bill to be referred
to a committee,
Mr. Miles moved to amend the bill by striking out the word one
and inserting in lieu thereof the word five.
Mr. Garland moved to refer the bill and amendment to the Committee on Printing ; which latter motion prevailed.
Mr. Smith of North Carolina introduced
A bill more clearly to define the duties of persons between the
ages of seventeen and eighteen years and between forty-five and
fifty years, enrolled under the act entitled An act to organize forces
to serve during the war, approved Eebruary seventeenth, eighteen
hundred and sixty-four ;
which mas read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military hff airs.
Mr. Withcrspoon presented the memorial of Arthur Morgan, of
Georgetown, S. C., asking payment for losses sustained under the
authority of officers of the Confederate Government; which was referred to the Committee on Claims.
Mr. Murray introduced
A bill to prevent the malicious arrest of officers of the Army;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary.
Also, a bill to increase the rations of noncommissioned officers
and privates; which was read a first and second time and referred
to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Foote submitted the following resolution :
Eesolved, T h a t t h e Committee on Foreign Affairs be instructed t o inquirc
into the expediency of withdrawing all diplomatic agents or commissioners
heretofore sent abroad for the purpose of obtaining the recognition of our
national independence, unless there shall he good a u l special reason to believr
t h a t such recognition will be made within the next ninety days ;

which was adopted.


Also, the folloving resolution :
Besolced, T h a t the President be requested, if, in his judgment, compatible
with t h e public interest, such information as he may possess touching the disposition of foreign powers t o recognize t h e iudependence of the Confederate
States of America, and also such special information as he shall possess in
regard to any negotiation mhifh may be now pending with the newly organized
Imperial Government of Nexico, and t h a t all such information shall be communicated to this House, either i n confidential session or otherwise, as the
President shall deem most practicable.

Mr. Hilton moved that the resolution be referred to the Committee


on Foreign Affairs ; which motion prevailed.
Mr. Foote also submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, T h a t the Coniiiiittee on the Commissary and Quartermasters Departments h a r e t h e siiine Imwrs of inrestigntioii and scrutiny as mere gireii

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it at the last session, including the appointment of a clerk


send for persons and papers ;

311d

$1, 1864.

uuthority to

which was adopted.


Mr. Sextoll suhmittcd thc follO\viIlg Yt.SOhti011:
Resolved, That i t be referred to the Committee on JIilitRrS .lA)RiIS to inquire
into the expediellcg of so amending the la\y creating : ~ I I inwlitl cwrlrs
to
provide that &jeers or soldiers in hospitals and separated from their winman& may be exalnined \yithout being required to formard their :lpplicutions
through their comniandiug officers ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Sexton introduced
A bill to extend the franking privilege;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Post-Offices and Post-Roads.
Mr. Baldwin submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That the subject of impressment of supplies for the use of t h e
Army and for other public purposes be referred to a select committee. to \ ~ l i m i
all resolutions and niernorials on that subject a t the present session heretofore
or hereafter presented be referred ;

which was adopted.


Mr. De Jarnette submitted the folloving resolution :
Resolved, That the papers of Captain William H. Brown. askina coini,ensation
for a slave impressed and lost in Confederate service, be withdrawn, and
referred to the Committee on Claims;

which was adopted.


Also, the following resolution :
Resolved, That the papers of Nrs. Eliza Jlaurg, asking a restoration of her
pension, be withdrawn, and referred to the Committee on Claims :

which was adopted.


Mr. Baldwin, from the Committee on Wags and Means, to vhom
had been referred
A bill t o continue in force the provisions of an act approved
January thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, increasing the
compensation of certain o6cers and employees in the civil and legislative departments in Richmond,
reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it do lie upon
the table; which was agreed to.
Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, to whom had been referred
the following resolution:

reported back the


ion that the committee
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it be referred
to the Committee on Co

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Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, to whom had been referred
A bill to establish a bureau of foreign affairs in the M7ar Department, with an agency in the Trans-Mississippi Department,
reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it be referred
to the Conunittee on Commerce; which was agreed to.
Mr. Baldwin, from the same committee, reported
A bill to continue in force and amend the provisions of an act
approved January thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, increasing the compensation of certain officers and employees in the
civil and legislative departments in Richmond ;
which was read a first and second time.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
Mr. H. W. Brnce sitbmitted the following amendment:
))

Add a t the end of the bill the words and such other clerks as may be there
employed ;

which was agreed to.


The bill was then engrossed, read a third time, and passed.
The title mas read and agreed to.
Mr. Chilton moved to reconsider the vote just taken, by which the
bill was passed.
The motion was lost.
Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, to whom had
been referred
A resolution of inquiry relative to the best means of auditing claims
in the Trans-Mississippi Department,
reported back the same v i t h the recommendation that the committee
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it be referred
to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. Perkins Submitted the following resolution :
Resoleed, T h a t so much of the Presidents message and accompanying documents as relates t o matters properly within t h e inquiry of t h e different committees of this Rouse be referred t o the respective committees under the direction
of the Speaker ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Heiskell submitted the following resolution :
Resoleed, T h a t the Committee on Rules report by rule t o t h e House what
standing committees shall be entitled to employ clerks ;

which was referred to the Committcc on Rules and Officers of the


House.
On motion of Mr. Lyon, it was ordered that the Committee on
Ways and Means be allowed to employ a clerk under such regulations
as the House may hereafter adopt in regard to the appointment and
pay of clerks.
On motion of hlr. Miles, it was ordered that the Committee on Military Affairs hc allowed to employ a clerk under such regulations as
the House may hereafter adopt in regard to the appointment and Day
of clerks.
Mr. Swan moved that the Rouse take a recess until 8 oclock.
Pending which,
The House, on motion of Mr. Machen,
Adjourned until 12 oclock tomorrow.

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[Afar 10, 18G4.

EIGHTH DAY-TUESDAY, b f s Y 10,1864.


OPEN SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournnient, and was opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Moore.
Mr. Lyon, from the Gomiittee on Ways a i d Means, reportccl
A bill to release certain duties to railroad COlrIpanieS ; "
\iTliich was read 2% first and second time.
'rhe question being on postponing the bill and placing i t on the
Calendar,
I t was decided in the negative.
'The bill was then engrossed, read a third time, and passed.
Mr. Conrad moved to amelid the title by striking out the same and
inserling. 111 lieu thereof the following, viz :
((

biil to exempt railroad companies from the l)ayuleir: of C C * ~ T : I I Iduties.


I

The amendment T a s agreed to, and the title as amended was read
and agreed to.
9 message mas received from the Senate, by Xr. Sash, their Secretary ; which is as f o l l o ~ sviz
, :
M)-. speaker: The Senate have passed fl bill alld joint resohtioiis of tlie following titles, riz :
8. 5. An act to provide passports for Senators and Representati,es iri Congress
when traveling in the Confederate States :
S. 3. Joint resolution of thanks to Missouri officers and soldiers iii the Confederate service east of the Xississippi River : and
S. 4. Joint resolution for the relief of John D. Southerland;
In which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this Ilonse.

The Chair announced the appointment of the Special Conimittee


on Impressments as follows, viz :
Mr. Baldwin of Virginia, Mr. Conrad of Louisiana, RIr. Chilton
of Alabama, Mr. Hartridgc of Georgia, Mr. Mnrray of Tennesee,
Mr. Sinipson of South Carolina, and Mr. Gaither of S o r t h Carolina.
Mr. Miles, from the Committee on Military Affairs. to whom had
been referred a joint resolution of the Senate " of thanks to General
Finegari and the officers and men of his comniand," reported back the
same with the recommendation that it clo pass.
The question being on postponing the joint resolution and placing
it on the Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
The joint resolution was then read a third time and passed unanimously.
Mr. Miles, from the same committee, to whom had been referred a
Senate joint resolution (S. 1) " of tl1anks to Major-General Hoke and
Commander Cooke and the officers and men under their con~nlandfor
the brilliant victory over the enemy a t Plymouth, Sorth Carolina."
reported back the same with the recommendation that i t (30 pass.
The question being on postponing the joint resolution and placing
it on the Calendar,
It
decided in the negative, and the joint resolution was read w
third time and passed unanimously.
Mr. Russell, from the Committee on the .Judiciary, to whom had
been referred sundry resolutions on the subject of impressments,
reportecl back the same with the recommendation that the committee

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be discharged from their further consideration, and that t h y be


referred to the Special Committee on Imprcssnients.
Mr. Russell, from the same committee, to whom had been referred
A bill to authorize the judge of the district court for the northern
district of Georgia to change the place of holding said court,
rcported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decidcd in tho negative.
The bill was then engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the
title was read and agreed to.
Mr. Russell, from the same committee, to whom had been referred
the following resolution :
Resolred, That the Committee on the Judiciary he instructed to inquire and
report n-Iiether by requiriiig the opinion of the Attorney-General to be given, by
the establishment of a board of construction, or by any other means, greater
accuracy and uniformity may not be obtained in the construction and administration of the tithe and tax law of Congress,

reported back the same with the reconimendation that the committee
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it do lie upon
ths table; which was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Machen. leave mas granted hiin to withdraw
from the files of the Clerks office the papers referred to the Committee on the Commissary and Quartcrniasters Departments a t the last
Congress.
Mr. Clopton introduced
A bill to authorize the revision of the criniiiial statutes ; )
m-hich was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary.
Mr. Hilton introduced
h bill to regulate filling vacancies which may occur among officers
of the ,4rniy ;
which was read a first and second time aiicl referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. William E. Smith introduced
h bill to protect private property against illegal impressments,
and to prevent coiiflicts between the civil and military authorities; )
which was read a first and second time, and, together with a copy of
orders from the military authorities on that subject, referred to the
Special Committee on Impressments.
Mr. Moore submitted the follon-ing resolution :
ResoZced, That the Conmiittee on Ways and Jlcaiis inquire into the liecessity
and propriety of so amending an act entitled An act $ leyy additional taxes
for the common defense and support of the Gorernnient, as to eseinpt from taxa tion the produce and prorisions of eighteen huiidrecl and sixty-three, which
hare been subject to a tithe of one-tenth in kind;

which was adopted.


Mr. Burnett submitted the follom-in8 resolution :
Resolved, That the Committee on Xi1it:tr~ Affairs inquire into t h e expediency of amending the law imposing punishnierit upon soldiers for absence
without leave froin their companies and regiments, and for exceeding the leave
giren, and that the committee report by bill or otlirrvise;

which was adoptcd.

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t m y 10, 1x64.

DuprB, it \ V ~ S ordered t h t the c'l~rlitlrlivcr to


0 x 1 motion of
t]ie chairman of the Committee on Printing all papers referred to
that committee at the last Congress.
Mr. Lamkin introduced
A bill '' to provide for the payment of claims for certain property
informally impressed for the use of the Confederate States Government ; "
\\T.;hich was read a first and second time and referred to the Special
Committee on Impressments.
Mr. Chambers moved that the resolution bc rescinded, which Tvas
adopted yesterday, appointing a special committee on impressments.
The motion prevailed.
Mr. Chambers introduced
A joint resolution "providing for the a pointinelit of a special
committee of the Senate.,and the House o!i Representativcs on the
subject of impressments;
vhich was read a first and second time.
Mr. Chambers moved that the rule be suspended requiring the
joint resolution to be referred to a committee.
The motion prevailed.
Mr. Heiskell moved that the joint resolution be referred to the
Committee on Rules.
Mr. Foote called the question ; which was ordered, and the motion
to refer was lost.
The joint resolution was then engrossed, read a third time, and
passed, and the title was read and agreed to.
A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Sash, their Secretary, as follows :
V r . Bpeaker: The Senate h a r e passed bills of the following titles, t-iz :
S. 11. An act to extend the franking privilege; and
S. 12. An act to authorize the withdrawal from the Treasury of 1uoney coutributed to build an ironclad gunboat by ladies of the State of South Carolina,
m d deposited therein ;
I n which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House.

Mr. Smith of North Carolina introduced


A bill " to repeal an act regulating the granting of furloughs and
discharges in hospitals, approved May first, eighteen hundred and
sixty-three, and for other purposes ; "
xhich was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Medical Department.
Mr. Miles introduced
A bill " to provide for the speedy adjustment of the accounts of
disbursing officers and agents who are charged n-ith checks alleged
to be forged or erroneously paid ; "
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary, accompanied by sundry papers relating to that
subject.
Mr. Miles presented the memorial of the officers of the First Army
Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, asking that the laxi- allowing
officersto draw rations be amended; which ah referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Miles introduced
A bill " to provide uniform rates of compensatioli f o r mechanics

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and laborers employed by the various Executive Departments of the


Government ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Coinniittcc
on Military Affairs.
Mi-. Foote presented the memorial of R. S. Parham and W. S.
TWkinson, of Tennessee, asking increase of compensation for detailed soldiers performing clerical duty in the Departments a t Richmond; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Heiskell introduced
A joint resolution directory to the Postmaster-General of the
Confederate States;
which was read a first and second time.
Mr. Heislcell moved that the rule be suspended requiring it to be
referred to a committee.
The motion was lost, and the joint resolution was referred to the
Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads.
Mr. Heiskell submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, T h a t a select committee be appointed, to consist of three members
of this House, t o inquire into a n d report upon the iiianner in which the laws
authorizing impressments h a r e been executed in the Department of East Tennessee a n d Southwestern Virginia, and whether any, and what, abuses have
been committed under color of such laws ;

which mas adopted.


hfr. Sexton introduced
A bill to extend the time for funding Treasury notes west of the
Mississippi River ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Coniniittee
T4
. eans.
on K a y s and ,
Mr. Baldwin submitted the following resolution :
Resolzed, T h a t the President be respectfully requested to take such steps as
niay be necessary to insure the regular transmission and delivery of the correspondence of this city and of Congress, now represented to be delayed in the
Richmond post-offiee..

Mr. Smith of Xorth Carolina moved to lay the resolution on the


table.
The motion was lost.
Mr. Sexton moved that the resolution be referred to the Committee
on Post-Officcs and Post-Roads.
The motion mas lost, and the resolution was adopted.
Mr. McMullin submitted the following resolution :
Ziesolced, T h a t the Committee on the Commissar)- a n d Quartermasters
De1)artments be instructed to inquire into the espeAiency of providing effectually by law that persoiis in the eruploymeiit of the two departments aforesaid
shall not be allou ed hereafter to receive any pecuniary recompense for official
services until they ahnll huve satisfactorily shown t h a t they a r e not within t h e
conscript ages or h a r e been disabled in war for the active performance of
military duties in the field, and report by bill o r otherwise ;

d i i c h was acloptecl.
Mr. McMullin also presented several coiiiniuiiications on the same
subject; which were referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Perkins introduced
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A bill '' to facilitate the settlement of claims of deceased officers


and soldiers ;"
which was read a first and second time and referred to a special committee on deceased soldicrs' claims.
Mr. Foster introduced
A bill " for the relief of the taxpayers of the First Congressional
district of Alabama ; "
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
Mr. Swan moved that the House take a recess until 8 o'clock p. m.
Pending which,
The House, on motion of Mr. Boyce,
Adjourned until 12 o'clock to-morrow.
NINTH DAY-WEDNESDAY,

MAY 11, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and w a s opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Moore.
The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Secretary of the Treasury in response to a resolution of the House relative
to the payment of demands against the Government, ascertained or
accruing previous to the first day of April last, in Treasury notes of
the old issue, etc.
Mr. Smith of North Carolina submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That the communication be referred to a select committee, with
instructions to inquire into the facts sought to be elicited by the resolution submitted to the Secretary of the Treasury, and report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Swan moved to lay the resolution on the table; which motion
was lost, and the resolution was adopted.
The Chair laid before the House a resolution of the Senate; which
was read as follows, viz :
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit to the Clerk of the House
of Representatives, for distribution in the House, one hundred and twenty
copies of every bill, resolution, and report printed for the use of the Senate,
except resolutions adopted or reports made in executive session,

and laid upon the table.


Also, a Senate bill (S. 12) " to authorize the withdrawal fro
of money contributed to buil
ladies o the State of South Carolina, and
was read a first and second time and re
Ways and Means.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 5) " to provide passpor
Representatives in Congress when tra
States; " which mas read a first and secon
Committee on Military Affairs.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 11) '' to extend
which was read a first and second time an
on Post-Offices and Post-Roads.
Also, a Senate joint resolution (S. 4) " for
Southerland ;" which was read a first and secon
the Committee on Claims.
Also, a Senate joint resolution (S. 3) " of

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wrs :uid soldiers in the Confederate sclrvice east of the Mississippi


River; which ~vasread a first arid second time and referred to the
Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Chilton submitted the folloving resolution :
Resolved, That the Coniinittee on Ways and Neans inquire into the expedieucy
of adopting some amendmeut of the law confiscating the effects of alieu eneinies
\\-liich \\ill enable the Confederate States t o confiscate the debts due from the
banks, respectirely, in the Confederacy to alien enemies by reason of the holding
of the notes of such banks by such alien enemies: also to inquire whether any
and \\-hat legislation on the part of the Stiites in which such banks may be
located i s necessary as auxiliary to such confiscation, and that said committee
report by bill or otherwise;

which was adopted.


Also. the following resolution :
Kesolced, T h a t the papers in the claim of the Central Warehouse Company
of Selma, Alabama, for damages sustained by the launching of the gunboat
Tennessee, which were presented to the last Csngress, be withdrawn from the
files of the House and referred t o the Committee on Claims;

xhich was adopted.


Mr. Foster submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That the papers in the claim of J. E. Johnson for the loss of the
steamboat W. B. Terry, which were presented to the House at the last session
of Congress, be withdrawn from the files and referred to the Committee OLI
Claims :

which was adopted.


A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secret ary ; which is as follows, viz :
U r . Speaker: The Senate have passed a bill (S. 4) to provide means of
transit across the Mississippi Rirer for members of Congress residing west of
w i d river in going to and returning from t h e Confederate States Congress; in
which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House.

Mr. Hilton introduced


h bill t o amend an act entitled An act to allow conimissionecl
officers of the Army rations and the privilege of purchasing clothing
from the Quartermasters Department.
The bill having been read a first and second time,
Mr. Hilton moved to suspend the rule requiring it to be referred
to a committee; which motion prevailed.
Mr. Atkins submitted the following amendment :
Add a t the end the following proviso : Provided, That each commissioned
officer be allo\ved to draw one ration for his servant.

Mr. Miller moved to refer the bill and amendment to the Coniiriittee on Military Affairs; which motion was lost.
Mr. Baldwin submitted the following amendment :
Strike out after the enacting clause the words
T h a t the third and last proviso to t h e second section of a n act entitled
An act to allow commissioned officers of the Army rations and the privilege of
purchasing clothing from the Quartermasters Department, approved Februs r y seventeenth, eighteen Lundred and sixty-four, be, and the same is hereby,
repealed,
and insert in lieu thereof the folloffing, viz :
That the third and last proviso to the second section of an act entitled An
act to alIow commissioned officers of the Army rations and the privilege of
purchasing clothing from the Quartermasters Department, be amended and
reenacted so as to read as follows: Provided, T h a t no law or &my regulation
shall hereafter be construed to allow an officer to purchase from subsistence

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a day or for less price than the cost thereof,

Pending which,
The House, on motion of Mr. Heiskell? resolved itself into secret
session ; and having spent some time therem, resolved Itself into open
session, and
On motion of Mr. Chilton,
Adjourned until 12 oclock to-morrow.
SECRET SESSION.

The House being in secret session,


Mr. Heiskell introduced
A bill to declare the Department of Richmond in a state of siege,
and to provide for a levy en masse of all persons found within said
department ;
which was read a first and second time.
Mr. Heiskell moved that the rule be suspended requiring the bill
to be referred to a committee; which motion prevailed.
Mr. Conrad submitted tlie following amendment :
Strike out the whole of the bill, which reads as follows, viz:
tlke Confederate States of America do enact, That t h e city
aud Department of Richmond are declared to be in a state of siege; t h a t all
eseniptions from military service are hereby suspended during tlie continuance
of such siege, and every male person capable of bearing arms, ~ l i onow is, or
sliall come within said department, excepting the members of the Government,
Is placed under the control of the military authorities for t h e defense of the
city until the present dangers are removed,
and insert in lieu thereof the following, viz :
Whereas the safety of this city is seriously threatened:
T h e Coiigress of the Corbfedcrute States of America do e m c t . T h a t the
President is authorized to suspend, for such length of time as t h e safety may
require, all laws or parts of laws creating exemptions from military service,
except such persons as may be connected with the Government of the Conftderate States and of the State of Virginia.

The Congress of

Mr. Barlrsdale submitted the following amendment to the amendinent of MI-.


Conrad:
Strike out the whole of said amendment and insert in lieu thereof the
following :
The Cotcgrcas o f t
(10 eiiact. That, with a
:iem to tlie protection
States from threatened
invasion, pillage, and
President be authorized to declare martial
ltiw in the city arid
of Richmond, i t being hereby declared that
such declaration shall not apply to the members of the legislative department
oflithe Government and to the officers of the government of Virginia.
SEC.2. That this act shall continue in force for ten days after the passage
thereof

bill and amendm the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secre-

e appointed, whose

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or other, touchiiig any iiiovemeiit of the enemy threateiiiiig a forcible iuterriq)tion of the cleliberittioiis of Congress, ;iiicl to coiicert and report seasonable
nicnsures for ;iroidhig a surprise t h a t odd i i i w l w an iiitcrrc.guuui i n that
delmrtnient of the Government. a cwiitiiigency grciltly to bc deprecated for
musiderations intimately couuectecl with t h e public safety and iuterest ;

hich was adopted.


Mr. Perkins moved to reconsider the vote by which the resolution
was adopted.
The motion to reconsider was lost.
The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 16) to fix the
time for the assenibling of the Congress at its next regular session,
and to authorize the President to convene the Congress a t any place
other than the seat of governmcnt; which was read a first and second time.
Mi.. Foote moved that the ride be suspended requiring the bill to
be referred to a committee.
The motion prevailed.
Mr. Perkins moved that the bill be referred to the Committee on
the Judiciary.
Pending which,
The House, on motion of Mr. Chilton,
Resolved itself into open session.

I\

T E N T H DAY-THURSDAY,

MAY 12, 1864.

OPEN SESSIOS.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and mas opened with


prayer by the Rev. Dr. Moore.
The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 4) to provide
means of transit across the Mississippi River for members of Congress residing west of said river in going to and returning from the
Confederate States Congress; which was read a first and second
time and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr, Heiskell moved that the House resolve itself into secret session.
The motion was lost.
Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Xcans, reported
A bill t o make an appropriation for a return of certain money
paid into the Treasury by the Navy Department ;
which was read a first and second time arid laid upon the table.
Mr, a y e r , member from the State of South Carolina, appeared,
-7as sworn to support the Constitution of the Confederate States, and
took his seat in the House.
Rfr. Russell, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom had
been referred the petition of sundry citizens of Alabama, asking relief
for Lieut. Col. Isaac B. Feagin, reported back the same with the
recommendation that it do lie upon the table; which was agreed to.
Mr. Russell, from the same committee, also re orted back
A bill to prevent the malicious arrest of o cers of the Army,?
with the recommendation that the committee be discharged from its
further considrration, and that it be referred to the Committee on
Hilitary Affairs; which was agreed to.
Also, a bill to provide for the settlement of claims for property
illegally impressed in the Trans-Mississippi Department, with the
recommendation that it do pass with sundry amendments.

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IMinY 12, 1864.

the Calendar. ant1 ordered to he


ussell, froin the same coiiimittee, d s o YepOteCl back
(6 providing for the repeal of the act suspending the plivilege
of the writ of habeas corpus,
with the recommendation that the committee be discharged from its
further consideration, and that it do lie upon the table.
The question being on laying the bill on the table,
Mr. J. M. Leach demanded the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered,
58
And are recorded as follows, viz : Yeas--------------------Nays______--__----___-___
20
Yeas : &in, Anderson, Atlcins, Barksdale, Blandford, Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers,
Chilton, Chrisman, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, De Jarnette, Dickinson,
Duprb, Foster, Funsten, Gaither, A. H. Garland, Gholson, Goode,
Hanly, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble,
Lyon, Machen, McCallum, McMullin, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Moore, Perkins, Pngi, Rives, Ilogers, Russdl, Sexton, Shewmake, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Swan, Triplett, Turner,
VillerB, Whitfield, and Witherspoon.
Nays : Ayer, Baldwin, Bell, Crnikshank, Echols, Farrow, Boote,
Fuller, Gilmer, Holder, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lester,
Logan, Murray, Orr, Ramsay, Simpson, and Smith of North Carolina.
So the bill was laid upon the table.
Mr. Russell, from the same committee, also reported back
A bill to authorize the revision of the criminal statutes,
with the recommendation that the committee be discharged from its
further consideration, and that it do lie upon the table; which was
agreed to.
Also, a bill to provide for the speedy adjustment of the accounts
of disbursing officersand agents who are charged with checks alleged
to be forged or erroneously paid, with the recommendation that it
do pass.
The bill W i i S postponed and placed on the Calendar.
Mr. Perkins, from the Committee on Commerce, to whom h a d been
referred
A bill t o establish a bureau of foreign supplies in the War Department, with an agency in the Trans-Mississippi Department,
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass wit11
sundry amendments.
The bill was postponed, placed upon the Calendar, and ordered to be
printed.
ttee on Ways and Means, to whoni had
12) (to authorize the mithclrawnl

(s.

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The House then resumed the consideration of uiifinishecl brisiiirss


of yesterday; which was the bill to amend an act entitled An act
to allow commissioned officers of the hriiiy rations and the privilege
of purchasing clothing from the Qnartermasters Department.
Nr. Mchlullin moved that the bill be referred to the Committee on
XIilitary Affairs; which motion prevailed.
Mr. Rogers introduced a bill with the same title; which was read
a first and second time and referred to the Committee on ;Military
Affairs.
Mr. Akin introduced
A bill t o provide or the appointment of commissioners in the
seaeral States of the Confederacy to inquire into and report upon
the claims of citizens against the Government of the confederate
States for property talien, used, injured, o r destroyed by the Army,
or any part of it, of the Confederate States, and to provide for the
punishment of perjury and for presenting fraudulent claims ;
which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee on
Claims, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. E. M. Bruce introduced
A bill to amend an act entitled An act to reduce the currency and
to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
Mr. Perkins introduced
A bill to transfer the feeding of prisoners froin the Quartermasters to the Commissary Department ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Commissary and Quartermasters Departments and Military
Transport a tion.
Mr. Orr submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Committee on Ways and Jfeans be instructed to inquire
into the expedieiicx of requiring the officers and agents of the Treasury Department to issue four per cent bonds in sums corresponding with the amount of tax
due from the depositor, on his request, and making affidavit as to the amount of
his tax ;

which was adopted.


Also, the following resolution :
Eesolved, That the Committee on Ways and Means be instructed to inquire
into the expedienc1 of reporting a bill providing that the four per cent bonds
shall never be transferable or assignable ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Orr also presented joint resolutions of the legislature of Mississippi in relation to the recent act of Congress suspending the privilege
of the writ of habeas corpus; which were laid upon the table and
ordered to be printed.
Mr. Orr also submitted the following resolution :
Resolued, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to report a bill
repealing the act of the last Congress suspending the writ of habeas corpus.

Mr. Russell moved that the rcsolution bc referred to the Committee


on the Judiciary.
Mr. Hartridge mwed to lay the resolution on the table; mhich
latter motion prevailed.

Mr. Lamkin introduced


A bill (6 to amend an act of the Provisional Congress entitled l&!
act relating to the prepayment of postage in Certihl cases, approved
July twenty-ninth, eighteen hundred and sixtg-olie ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Colnmittee
on Post-Officesand Post-Roads.
Mr. Smith of North Carolina introduced
A bill to amend an act entitled An act to reduce the currency and
to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
Mr. Logan introduced
A bill to repeal the tenth and eleventh sections of chapter sixtysix of the acts passed at the fourth session of the First Congress of the
Confederate States of America, known as the tithing lam ;
which was read a first and second time.
Mr. Logan moved that the bill be referred to the Joint Committee
on Impressments, when appointed.
Mr. Akin moved to amend the motion of Mr. Logan by striking out
Joint Committee on Impressments, when appointed, and inserting
in lieu thereof Committee on Ways and Means.
The amendment was agreed to, and the motion a s amended pre-9
vailed.
Mr. Witherspoon submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads
to inquire and report upon the expediency of establishing a daily mail route
from Camden to Lancaster Court-House, South Carolina ;

which mas adopted.


Mr. Miles introduced the f o l l o 6 i g bills :
A bill to regulate the pay of men detailed from the Army, or after
enrollment, on special or extra duty;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Cominittee
on Military Affairs.
A bill for the appointment af quartermasters and commissaries
for armies in the field and for corps and divisions, and as purchasing
and transportation agents, and to increase the number of chaplains
for the Army;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
President to confer temporary rank and
ho may be assigned
to the Committee
instructed to inquire
the impressxnent

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law so as to require the iuil)ressiueut coiiiniissiourrs to meet in convention


quarterly. and thiit said cornmissioners shall fis the priiiie cost of all articles
included iii tlie schedule. m d t h a t in 110 case shall a greater per centuni t h a n
d f t r per centuiu be allovc.ed upon t h e prime cost thus fixed ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Foote submitted the following resolution :
Resolred. T h a t in accordance with the preamble and resolutions recently
adopted by the legislature of the State of Xississippi, and just presented in
this House, i t be declared a s the sense of this body t h a t the act of t h e Congress
of the Confederate States providing for t h e suspension of t h e privilege of the
w r i t of habeas corpus in certain cases is, for the retisons stated in said preainble
and resolutions, dangerous to t h e liberty of the citizens, unconstitutional in
some of its features, tcnds to make the civil power subordinate to t h e military,
establishes a precedent of n doubtful and dangerous character. and should be
repealed.

On motion of Mr. Miles, the consideration of the resolution was


postponed until Thnrsday morning next, and made the order of the
d a y f o r the morning hour.
The Speaker announced the Special Committee on Deceased Soldiers Claims as follows, 1-iz:
Mr. Perliins of Louisiana. Mr. Clopton of Alabama, Mr. Farrow of
South Carolina, Mr. O r r of Mississippi, and Mr. Foster of Alabama.
On motion of Mr. Goode,
The House adjourned until 12 oclock to-morrow.
E L E V E K T H DAY-FRIDAY,

Mar 13, 1864.

OPEN SESSIOS.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with


prayer by Re17. Dr. Moore.
The Speaker announced that the funeral of Gen. J. E. B. Stuart
would take lace this afternoon from St. James Church, and that
the House o Representatives was invited to attend.
Mr. Goode submitted the following resolution :

Resolved, T h a t in response to the invitation just given the members of the


House of Representatives will attend the funeral of t h e late General Stuart in n
body ;

which. was adopted.


The Chair announced the special committee on the communication
of the Secretary of the Treasury, under the resolution of Mr. Smith
of Sorth Carolina, as follows, viz:
Mr. Smith of Sorth Carolina, Rfr. Johnston of Virginia, and Mr.
Singleton of Xssissippi.
X message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their
Secretary; which is as follows, viz :
X r . Speaker: T h e Senate have passed, without amendment, joint resolutiolls
of this House of t h e follon-ing titles, viz:
H. It. 1. Joint resolution of thanks to the Thirty-fourth and Thirty-eighth
regiments of S o r t h Carolina troops ; and
H. B. 2. Joint resolution of thanks to the Texas Brigade in t h e Army Of
Northern Virginia.

Mr. Cruikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported


as correctly enrolled

H. R. 67. An act to continue i n force nnd amend the provisions of


an act approved Janiiary 30. 1864, illcreasing the compensation of

[bfny 1.3, 1864.

civil a i d legislative departinents


n of Bennett G. Burley and John
States Navy, asking compensa.
tion for the capture of vessels of the enemy; which was referred to
the Committee on Naval Affairs.
Mr. Goode presented the memorial of certain employees of the
Government in the Quartermaster's and Commissary Departments at
Danville, praying an increase of compensation ; which was referred
to the Committee on Military Afl'airs.
The Chair laid before the House the petition 018. Bassett French,
treasurer of the Jaclrson Statue Association, praying that the cotton
and 8 per cent stock of the Confederate States purchased by him be
relieved from taxation and export duty; which was referred to the
Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Chilton introduced
A bill " l o require payment for horses impressed for the command
of General Wheeler under orders from the general commanding the
Army of Tennessee ; ?)
which was read n first, and second time and referred t o the Committee
on Claims.
Mr. Shewmake submitted thc following resolution :
Resolved, That the President be requested to inforin the House, if not incompatible with the public interest, whether the reasoils given in his special message for suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus still exist, and
~vhetherany, and what, ndditional reasons now exist to such extent t b s t the
public safety requires lhe continuance of the suspension thereof ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Chrisman submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Comiiiittee on Military Affairs inquire what further
legislation inay bc ricccssary to protect Confederate prisoners a t Point Lookollt
and other Federal prisoiis from the inhuman and brutal t r e a t m e ~ ~tot which
they are exposed ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Chrisman also presented a cominunicatioll touclling the treat lnent of prisoners by the enemy; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Singleton presented joint redtitions of the legislature of Misqisc;ippi, relating to the tax on property, etc.; tvhicll 7.vere referred
to thc Conmiittee on M7a.\isan(1 Means.
Mi?. Holder introduced
A bill " for the relief of T. Ll. &Iitchell; )'
- \ v h i C h ~ 2 1 srC%tl first alld second time ancl referred to the Committee
Congress to repea]
iyilege of the writ

red to the Cornn of the resolution be

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59

Pen ding which,


The House, on motion of 3Ir. Singleton, resolved itself into secret
session ; and haring spent some time therein, resunid business in
open session.
Mr. SKan moved that the House take a recess until 8 oclock.
Mr. Hartridge moved that the Home adjourn.
Upon which latter motion Mr. Swan demandccl the peas and nays;
Which were ordered,
reas--------------------39
And are recorded as follows, viz : Savs_-------------------31
Yeas : anderson, Ayer, Baldwin, Rarlisdale, Blaiidford, Iloratio
TV. Bruce, Clopton, Conrad, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, nickinson,
Dupr6, Echols, Foote, Fuller, Funsten, A. H. Garland. Gilmer,
Hanly, Hartridge. Holliday, Lamkin, J . M. Leach, J. T. Leach,
Logan, Marshall, Xiles, 51iller, Murray, Perkins, Pugh, Ramsay,
Rives, Russell, Simpson, J. M. Smith, Smith of Sorth Carolina, Viller6, and Witherspoon.
Kays: Akin, Atkins, Bell, Bradley, Branch, Eli M. Bruce. Cliil,
Heiskell, Hilton, Holder,
ton, Chrisman, Coljar. F a r r o ~ Gholson,
Keeble, Lester, Machen, JlcCallum, McMullin, Menees, Moore, Orr,
Rogers, Sexton, Sliewnake, Singleton, TIT. E. Smith, Swan, Triplett,
Turner, and Whitfield.
So the motion prevailed, and
The Chair announcecl that the House stood adjourned until tomorrow, 12 oclock.

iT

SECRET SESSIOW.

The House being in secret session,


A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Kasli-, their Secretary; which is as follows, viz:
Jfr. Speu7w: The Senate hare agreed t o n resolution of this House providing
for the api)ointnient of a joint committee of the two Houses to collect iiitelligence touching the morements of the enenig, etc., with amendnients ; in which
1 am directed to ask the concurrence of this House.

The Chair laid before the House the amendments of the Senate;
which are as follows, r i z :
1. After t h e word Resolced insert the Renate eonciirri?~~~.
2. Ada the following:
Resolved. T h a t the committee consist of,,three members on the part of the

Senate and

on the part of the House.

The first amendment of the Senate was concurred in.


Xr. Chilton movccl to amend the second amendment by filling up
the blank v i t h the word three.
The arnentliiierit \\a\ agreed to, and the amendment of the Senate,
ns amended. was concurred in.
The Chair announced the committee on the part of the House as
follows :
Mr. Chambers of Nississippi, Mr. Lyon of Lilnban~x,and Mr. Montague of Virginia.
The House then resnmed the consideration of unfinished business ;
which was the bill of the Senate ( S . 16) to fix the time for the
Rssembling of the Congress a t its next regular session, and to authorI

r h h S 13, lSG4.

to convcnc the Congress at

R ~ I Yplace

other than the

&lr.11. $v. Bruce moved that the rule be susyeiideil requiring the
bill to be referred to a committee.
The motion prevailed.
Mr. Miles nioved to amend the bill by striking out the words
* Monday, the seventh of November, and inserting in lieu thereof
the words bb first Monday in October.
Mr. McMullin moved to amend the amendment of Mr. Miles by
strilring out the word (October and inserting in lieu thereof the
word December.
Mr. Garland moved to amend the bill by striking
- out the whole of
the first section.
Mr. Chilton delnanded the previous question ; which mas ordered.
The question being on the amendment of Mr. McMnllin to the
amendment of Mr. Miles,
It was decided in the negative.
The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Miles,
It was decided in the negative.
The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Garland,
It was decided in the negative.
The question recurring on ordering the bill to a third reading,
It was decided in the affirmative.
Mr. Baldwin moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill wa;
ordered to a third reading.
The motion prevailed.
Mr. Baldwin submitted the following amendment to the bill (in
the nature of a substitute) :
((

SECTION
1. Ilhe Congress of the Confederate States of Amsriccc do s m c t ,
That if at any time the Congress shall be compelled by the casualties of the war
to abnndon its present place of meeting, without fixing a time and place of
rc~:issembling, it shall meet a t such time arid place as the President shall by
proclamation appoint.
SEC.2. If a t the time appointed by the Constitution or by law for a regular
meeting of the Congress, or by the President for an extra session, it shall, in
the judgment of the President, be unsafe or improper for it to meet at its
present place of session, it shall be lawful for the President 1)s proclaination
to irppoint a time and place for such meeting.
SEC.3. The President is liereby authorized, in case circumstances should, in
his j~icllrlgnient,render such measure necessary or advisable, to cause to he
rmoveil to sac11 place the puhlic archires and Treasury and other public
Droperty so far XS Such removal may be practicable.
SEC.4. If tlieCongress shall adjourn a t its present session ~ ~ i t h o apgointut
illg a day for the commencement of its next session, sucb nest scssion shall
Iic%in on the first hfonday of November, eighteen hundred and sixty-four.

Mr. Perkins moved to refer the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary ; which motion mas lost.
Mr. Marshall movecl to amend the bill by adding the following as
an independent section :
SEC. 3. That if a t any time the Congress shall be compelled by the casualties
of the war to abandon its present place of meeting, without fixing a time and

Place of reassembling, it shall meet a t such time and place as the Presiclent
shall by proclgmation appoint.

Hilton moved the previous question ; which was ordered.


The question being
dment of Mr. Marshall,
It was decided in t
e.

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61

The question recurring on the anieiidmerit of Mr. Riiltlwin,


It was decided in the negative.
The question recurring on ordering the bill to a third reading,
It was decided in the affirmative.
Mr. Sexton called the question; which was ordered.
The question being put,
Shall the bill pass?
It mas decided in the affirmative, and the title was read and agseed
to.
Mr. Atkins moved to reconsider the 17ote by which the bill mas
passed ; which motion was lost.
And the House, on motion of Mr. Rarnsa-y,
Resolved itself into open session.

TWELFTH DAY-SATURDAY,

MAY 14, 1864.

OPES SESSIOK.

The House met pussuant to adjournment, and was opened with


prayer by Bev. Ur. Moore.
Afr. Sexton, from the Comiiiittee on Ways and Means, to whom had
been referred
A bill to provide for the redemption of the old issue of Treasury
notes held by certain Indian tribes,
reported back the same with the reconiineiiclation that it do pass with
an amendment.
The question being on postponing the bill ancl placing it on t E
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
The amendment of the committee was read as follows, viz :
In line 3. after thc n-ord treasurers, insert the words o r other dull
authorized agents,

and agreed to.


The bill was then engrossed, read a third time, ancl passed, and the
title was read and agreed to.
Mr. Sexton moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was
passed.
The motion was lost.
Mr. Miles, from the Committee on Military Affairs. to whom had
been referred
A joint resolution * * of thanks to Major-General S. B. Forrest and
the officers and men under his command.
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass with
an amendment.
The question being on postponing the joint resolution and placing
it on the Calendar,
It was decided in the negatiye.
The amendment of the committee having been read as follows:
Strike out the whole of the joint resolution and insert in lieu thereof the
following :
Resolved bu the Congress of t h e Confederate Stutes of America, That the
thanks of Congress are eminently due, and are hereby cordially tendered, to
Major-General N. B. Forrest and the officers and men of his command for
their late brilliant and successful campaign in Mississippi, west Tennessee, and
Kentucky.

JOURNAL O F THE

~
~~ h
~ the~ presidelit
~ t ~
be
~ requested
~
~ to COLUmUnicate
d
,
this resolutioil to
General Forrest and his command.

Mr. Foster called the question ; which was ordered, and the amendment of the committee was agreed to.
The joint resolutioll was then engrossed and Fead a third time.
Mr. Orr nloved to reconsider the vote by wl?lch the joint resolution
\ v a ~ordered to be engrossed and rend a third t m e .
&lr.&&sda]e called the question ; which mas ordered.
&Ir. Foote demanded the yeas and nays thereon; which mere not
ordered, and the motion to reconsider prevailed.
Mr. Orr submitted .the following amendment to the amendment of
the committee :
Add a t the end of the first resolution the words a camliaign which has conferred upon its authors fanie as enduring as the records of t h e struggle which
they have so brilliantly illustrated.

Mr. Hilton called the question.


Mr. A. H. Garland moved the previous question; which was
ordered.
The question being on the amendment of Mr. Orr,
It nas decided in the affirmative.
The question recurring on ordcring the joint resolution to be
engrossed and rend a third time,
It was decided in the affirmative.
And the question being put,
Shall the joint resolution pass?
It was decided in the affirmative.
The committee submitted the following amendment to the title :
Add a t the end the words for their campaign i n Mississippi, west Tennessee,
:ml Kentucky.

The amendment was agreed to, and the title a s amended vas read
and agreed to.
h message was received from the Senate, by Mr. ?\ash, their Secretary; which is as follows, viz :
N r . Bpeuker: The Senate liave passed bills of the following titles, viz :

S. 22. An act to secure the prompt printing of the laws of the Confederate
Sta tes ; and
S. 25. An act: for tile relief of the widow and heirs of the late Brig. Gen.
TAeroyA. Stafford, of tlic Confederate States Arlny ;
In which I mn directed to ask the concurrence of this I-Iouse.

Mr. Lyon, under a suspension of the rules, introduced


A joint resolution authorizing the auditing of accounts of members for pay and mileage;
which was read a first and second time and, the rule havillg beell
snspeuded requiring it to be referred to a committee, was enpossed,
read a third time, and passed.
The title was read and agreed to.
The morning hour having expired,
Mr. Sexton moved that the consideration of the Calendar be postponed ; which motion prevailed.
Mr- .Marshall, from the Committee on Military Affair-, reportecl
A bdl t o amend an act passed February seventeenth, eighteen
hundred and sixty- four, entitled An act to allo\v cojnmissioned

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officers rations arid the privilege of purchasing clothing from the


Quartermasters Department ;
which n-as read a first and second time.
The question being on postponing tlie bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It mas decided in the negative.
Mr. Baldwin submitted the following amendment (in the nature of
a substitute) :
That t h e second section of chapter fortyfive, approved February sereiiteeiith,
eighteen hundred and sixty-four, be, aud the same is hereby, amended and reeuacted, so as t o read as folloivs :
SEC.
2. T h a t all commissioned officers of the armies of tlie Confederate
States shall be allowed to purchase clothing aiid cloth for clothing from any
quarteriuaster a t the price which it cost the Government, all expenses included :
Procidcd, T h a t no quartermaster shall be allowed to sell to any officer a n y
clotliiiig or cloth for clothing which it mould be proper to issue to Drivates, until
all privates entitled to receive tlie same shall haire been first supplied :Provided,
T h a t the officer offering to purchase shall give his certificate, on honor, t h a t
t h e articles are necessary for his own persoiial comfort and use, and in no case
shall more than oue suit per aniium be allowed to be so purchased by any
officer : Procided, T h a t no law or army regulation shall hereafter be construed
to allow a n officer to purchase from subsistence stores more than two rations
a day or for less price than the cost thereof, including transportation.

ilk. Baldwin rose to a point of order:


That it does not require the consent of the House to permit o m
member to interrupt another while speaking.
The Chair overruled the point of order.
Mr. Baldwin appealed from the decision of the Chair.
And the question being put,
Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the
IIouse !
It \\-a5 decided in the affirmative.
The House then. on motion of M r . Chambers, resolved itself into
secret session; and having spent some time therein, resumed business
in open session.
Nr. Orr moved that the House do now adjourn.
The niotion was lost.
Mr. Hilton moved the previous question.
Pending which,
Mr. Orr moved that the House adjourn; which motion nTas lost,
and the demand for the previous question wa5 sustained.
The question being on the amendment of Mr. Baldwin,
A h . McMullin demanded the yeas and nays; which mere not
ordered.
Bfr. Montame inoT-ed that the House adjourn.
The rnotiocwas lost.
Mr. Cruikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reoorted
. as correctly enrolled
H. R. 1. Joint resolution of thanks to the Thirty-fourth and
Thirty-eighth regiments of Sorth Carolina troops ;
H. R. 2. Joint resolution of thanks to the Texas Brigade in the
Army of Sorthern rirginia ;
S. 1. Joint resolution of thanks to General Hoke and Commander
Cooke and the ofTicers and men under their command for the brilliant
victory over the enemy a t Plymouth, N. C. ; and
I

NAL O F THE

LJIW 14,

1861.

thanks to General Finegan and the officers


And the Speaker signed the same.
The amendment of Mr. Baldwin was lost.
The question recurring on ordering the bill to be engrossed and read
a thirdtime,
It was decided in the affirmative.
Mr. A. H. Garland called the question; which was ordered,
And being put,
Shall the bill pass?
It was decided in the affirmative, and the title was read and
agrecd to.
Mr. Sexton moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was
passed, and called the question; which was ordered, and the motion
to reconsider was lost.
On motion of Mr. Sexton,
The House adjourned until 12 oclock Monday.
SECRET SESSION.

The House being i n secret session,


A rnessage was received from the Senate, by Mr. Sash, their Secretary ; which is as follows, viz :

m. 8peaX;w: The Senate hare concurred in the amendwelit of this House to


the bill (S. 16) to fix the time for the assenlblillg of the Congress at its nest
regular session, and to authorize the President to convene the Congress at any
i)I&ceother than the seat of government.
They have passed a joint resolution (S. 6 ) to authorize the reiuoval of the
public archives and of the Executive Departments of the Govermnent ; in which
I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House.
The Chair laid before the House a Senate joint resolution (S. 6)
to authorize the removal of the public archives and of the Executive
Departments of the Government; which was read a first and second
time and, the rule having been suspended requiring it to be referred
to a committee, was read a third time and passed, and the title was
read and agreed to..
Mr. Chilton moved to reconsider the vote by which the joint resolution was passed.
The motion was lost.
Mr. Swan submitted the following resolution :

Itcsolucd, That until the pending dangers are passed, the House will not
ttdjourn, but relieve its session by recesses as it may order,

and demanded the yeas and nays thereon; which were not ordered,
arid the resolution was not adopted.
MI-.
Poote moved that when the House adjourn it adjourn to meet
on Monday, 12 oclock, unless sooner convened by the Speaker.
The motion prevailed.
And the House, 011 motion of Mr. J. M. Leach,
Resolved itself into open session.

May 16, 1864.1


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HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

T H I R T E E K T H DAY-MONDAY,

65

MAY 16, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Miniiigerode.
The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting certain tables of commerce and
navigation ; which, together with the accompanying documents, was
laid upon the table.
The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 25) for the
relief of the widow and heirs of the late Brigadier-General Leroy A.
Stafford, of the Confederate States Army; which was read a first
and second time.
Mr. Dupr6 moved that the rule be suspended requiring the bill to
be referred to a committee.
The motion prevailed, and the bill was read a third time and
passed.
The title was read and agreed to.
The Chair also laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 22) to
secure the prompt printing of the laws of the Confederate States; *
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Printing.
The House then resimnied the consideration of unfinished business ;
vhich was the resolution of M r . Chambers, that it i.; inexpedient a t
the present to repeal the act suspending the privilege of the writ of
linbeas corpus.
Mi.Baldwin moved to lay the resolution and pending motions on
the table.
Mr. Chambers demanded the yeas and nays thereon;
Which were ordered,
Yeas : Atkins, Bell, Boy&, B;anch, Colyar, Cruikshank, Farrow,
Foote, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, A. H. Garland, Gilmer, Hanly, HeisIrell, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, T,wter, Logan, McCalluni,
McMullin, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Ramsay, Rogers, Shewmake,
Simpson, Smith of Xorth Carolina, Triplett, Turner, Whitfield, and
Witherspoon.
Says : Akin, Anderson, Ayer, Baldwin, Barksdale, Blandford,
Bradley, Horatio TIT. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, De Jarnette,
nickinson, Dupr6, Echols, Funstten, Gholson, Goode, Hartridge,
Hilton, Holder, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Lyon, Machen, Miles,
Miller, Jlontague, illoore, Pugh, Rives, Russell, Sexton, Singleton,
J. M. Smith, ItT.
E. Smith, and Welsh.
So the motion to lay on the table was lost.
Mr. Hartridge called the question; which was ordered.
The question being on the motion of Mi,.Garland to postpone the
consideration of the resolution until Thursday morning next,
It was decided in the affirmative.
Mi-. Singleton submitted the following resolution :
Whereas by t h e first clause of t h e third section of an act entitled An act to
levy additional taxes for the common defense and support of the Government,
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passed by the CoIlfederate States Congress, and approved Fel)runr3- sereilteeuth,


eighteen hundred and sixty-four, a tax of five per cent n:w ~ r d c ~to~ be
i l assessea
snd collected upon the amounts of all gold and silrer coin. roltl dust. gold and
silver hnllion, whether held by banks or other COrgol*iltiolW (I iut~ivitl1i:iIs; 2nd

whereas the Secretary of the Treasury of the Confederate States has so


construed said act of Congess as to require the said tax O f fire Pel* cent to be
pnid in gold and silver : Therefore,
Be it +esol?jed, That the Committee on wars and 1\3eans be iilstructed to
prepare and report a bill to this IIouSe providing for the assessn~entand collection of said five per cent taxes in the same kind of funds and subject to the
Same terms and conditions as tnses are assessed and collected upon thc property mentioned in said act.

Mr. Lvon moved to amend the resolution by striking out the words
to prepare and report a bill to this House and inserting in lieu
tllereof the words to inquire into the expediency of.
Mr. Rogers moved that the resolution and s)mendment be referred
to the Committee on Ways and Means; whlch latter motlon prcvailed.
Mr. Gilmer presented the petition of the Society of Friends i n
North Carolina for the right of conscience and to be exempted from
military service; which was referred to the Committee on Military
Affairs.
Mr. J. M. Leach presented a conmunication on the same subject;
which was also referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Ayer introduced
A bill (to indemnify persons who, in accordance n-ith the provisions of the act of Congress approved May first. eighteen hundred
and sixty-three, have paid five hundred dollars for the exemption of
overseers that have since been conscripted or placed in the military
service ;
which was read a first, and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary.
Also, a bill t o exempt from taxation the s l a w property of
patriotic refugees which they are unable to employ in any profitable
business; which mas read a first and second time and referred to the
Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Kitherspoon submitted the follon-ing resolution :
6

Resolved, That from the tax on the value of property employed in agriculture under the first section of the act to levy additional taxes for the common
defense and support of the Government, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, shall be deducted the value of the tax in kind for
the year eighteen hundred and sixty-three delivered t o the Gorernment ;

which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.


Mr. Miles introduced
A bill for the organization of the bureau of conscription and the
appointment of officers in said bureall;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
The morning hour having expired,
f3exton moved to postpone the consideration of the Calendar;
which motion prevailed.
Mr. Rives presented the petition of R. TV. N. Koland, of Albemarle
COU1ltY, Va.9 praying relief from the unequal operation of the tax
law ; which was referred to the Committee on Jvays and Means.
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Mr. Baldwin subniitted the following resolution :


Resolced, That the President be respectfully requested, in addition to the
correspondence heretofore communicated to Congress between tlie President
and Secretary of War and General Joseph E. Johiiston in relation to the conduct of t h e war in the ralleg of the Uississippi, to coiiiinunicate to Congress
so much of said correspondence as has not as yet been called for by this
House, commencing with a letter of Korember twenty-fourth, eighteen hundred
and sixty-two, addressed by General Johnston to Honorable George W. Randolph, Secretary of War, and including General $ohmtons reply to tlie letter
of the President of
July last, which closes the published correspondence ;
which n-as adopted.
Mr. Gholson submitted the following resolution :
Rcsolzred, That the Special Coinmittee on Iiiil~ressnientsconsider and report
the true principle upon which just compensation shall be made for private
property tnlipn or impressed for public use ; and what legislation is necessary
to make all comniissioners and impressing officers conform to that principle,
so that sucli compensation niay be made in all the States of the Confederacy
accoivling to the same rule ;
I

which was adopted.


A h . Cliilton presented a coinmunication on the subject of the tax
law ; \-\-hichwas referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Clopton introduced
A bill to amend so much of the tax law as requires one-tenth of
the cotton, sweet potatoes, and ground pease to be paid to the Government, and to authorize commutation i n certain cases;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
Mr. Hanly introduced
X joint resoliltion . requiring the Department of Jiistke to fnrnish the standing committees o f the two Houses with printed copies
o f the acts o f Congress;
which was read a first and second time nncl, the rulc having been
suspended requiring it to be referred to a committee, was engrossed,
read a third time, and passed.
T h e title was read and agreed to.
Mr. Hilton submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That, until otherwise ordered, the daily nieetings of this House
shall be at eleven oclock antemeridian.

Mr. Miles moved to lay the resolution on the table; which motion
prevailed.
Mr. Anderson introduced
A bill to amend and extend an act i n relation to the receipt of
counterfeit Treasury notes by public officers, approved May first,
eighteen hundred and sixty-three;
which ma. read a first and second time and referred to tlie Committee
on Post-Offices and Post-Roads.
Mr. Miles. from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom had
been referred a Senate bill (S.5) to proride passport5 for Senators
and Representatives in Congress when traveling in the Confederate
States, reported back the samc with the rccoiniiicndation that i t do
pass.
The c p s t i o n being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.

NAL OF THE

[May 16, 1864.

e following amendment :
sentative, insert the

WO

and in line G, after the word


and officers of ench FIouse ;

Repre-

which mas agreed to.


Mr. Heiskell submitted the following amendment (in the nature of
a substitute) :
That the certificate of the clerks of the respective Houses of Congress, countersigned by the presiding officer, of the membership Of each nieinber of Congress,
shall entitle such member to all the privileges of membership and shall 1)rotect
him froln all stoppage or molestation in passing through Or remaining a t any
point i11 tile Confederate States, except within the lines of the Army or on board
a Government vessel.

Mr. Sexton moved the previous question; which was ordered.


The question being on the amendment of Mr. Heislcell,
It was decided in the negative.
The question recurring on ordering the bill to a third reading,
It was decided in the affirmative.
The bill having been read a third time, and the question being put,
Shall the bill pass?
It was decided in the affirmative.
Mr. Smith of North Carolina moved to reconsider the vote by
which the bill mas passed.
Mr. Foster called the question; which was ordered, and the motion
to reconsider was lost.
Mr. Garland moved to aniend the title by inserting after the word
Representatives the words Delegates and officers of each House.
The ainendment was agreed to, and the title as amended was read
and agreed to.
Mr. Miles, from the same committee, to whom had been referred
a Senate joint resolution (S. 3 ) of thanks to Missouri officers and
soldiers in the Confederate service east of the Mississippi River,
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass.
The question being on postponing the joint resolution and placing
it on the Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
The joint resolution was then read a third time and passed, and the
title was read and agreed to.
Mr. Miles, froin the same committee, to whom had been referred
A bill (1.R. 39) to protect citizens of the Confederate States
from unjust and illegal impressments,
reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee
be discharged from its further consideration, a d that it be referred

May 17, 1864.1

69

H O U S E O F REPRESENTATIVES.

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the


Calendar,
It was decided in the negative, and the hill was engrossed, read a
third time, and passed.
Mr. Miles. from the same committee, to whom had also been referred
A bill more clearly to define the duties of persons between the ages
of seventeen and eighteen years and between forty-five and fifty years,
enrolled under the act entitled An act to organize forces to serve during the war, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and
sixty-four,
reported back the same with the recommendation that it (lo not pass.
The bill mas postponed and placed on the Calendar.
Mr. Sexton, from the Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads, to
whom had been referred a Senate bill (S. 11) to extend the franking
privilege, reported back the same with the recommendation that it
do pass.

The question being on postponing the bill and placing i t on the


Calendar,
It was decided in the negative, and the bill was read a third time
and passed.
The title was read and agreed to.
Mr. Smith of North Caro1in:i. from the Committee on Clitims, to
whom had been referred a Senate joint resolution (S.4) * for the
relief of John D. Southerland. reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass.
The question being on postponing the joint resolution and placing
it on the Calendar,
It n-as decided in the negative.
On motion of Mr. Hanly.
The House adjourned until to-morrow, 12 o clock.
F O U R T E E S T H DAY-TUESDAY,

MaY

17. 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Minnigerode.
Mr. Duprk moved to reconsider the vote by which the Senate bill
(S. 25) . for the relief of the widow and heirs of the late BrigadierGeneral Leroy A. Stafford, of the Confederate States Army, was
passed.
The motion to reconsider was lost.
The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Secretary of the Trea5ur:- in response to a resolution of the House, transmitting a copy of the report of J. D. B. De Bon-, general a.gent of
the produce loan for the State of Mississippi, on the condition of
Government cotton contiguous to the Missii;sippi and its tributaries.
On motion of Mr. Chambers, the communication and accompanying
document were laid upon the table and ordered to be printed.
The House then resumed the consideration of the unfinished business of yesterday: n-hich wa5 the joint resolution for the relief of
John D. Southerland.
he pending question being on ordering the joint resolution to a
third reading,
It was decided in the negative.

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[May 17, 1864.

SOthe joint resolution was lost.


HeiskeI], from the Committee on Claims, to mhorii had been
referred the memorial of Capt. R. Press. Smith, reported back the
Same mith the recolnmendation that the cpriimittee be d i s c 2 ~ ~ g efrom
d
the table ; which was
its further consideration, and that it do lie ~p011
agreed to.
Also, the memorial of Arthur Morgan, with the same recommendation; which was also agreed to.
Mr. Perkins, from the Comniittee on Rules and Officers of the
House, to whom had been referred the resolution of Mr. Foote to
change the rule relating to secret srssionr. reported back the same
with the reconimendation that it do not pass.
Mr. Perkins also submitted a written report from the committee on
that subject; .\.irhich,on motion of Mr. Heiskell, was laid 011 the table
and ordered t o be printed.
T h e question being on the adoption of the resolution,
Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays; which were ordered.
.
Mr. Hilton moved the previous question ;
Which was ordered,
Yeas _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 25
And the yeas and nays were recorded as follows: ~ays------- 51
Yeas : Ayer, Bell, Boyce, Horatio W.Bruce, Cruikshanlr, DuprC,
Echols, Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Gaither, Gilmer, Lamkin. J. M. Leach,
J. T. Leach, Logan, Murray, Orr, Ramsay, Read, Rogers, Smith of
North Carolina, Turner, Whitfield, and Witherspoon.
Nays : Akin, Anderson, Atlrins, Baldmin, Barksdale, Blandford,
Bradley, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton,
Colyar, Conrad, Dickinson, Foster, Funsten, A. H. Garland, Gholson,
Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, EIeiskell, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, JoEmston, Keeblc, Lyon, Machen, Rlarshall, McCallum. NcJlullin, BIenees,
Miles, Montague, Moore, Perltins, Pugh. Rives, Russell, Sexton,
Shewmake, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Swan,
Triplett, and Welsh.
So the resolution was not adopted.
The morning hour having expired,
Mr. Chambers moved that the consideration of the Calendar be
postponed ; which motion revailed.
A message was received roni the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secretary ; which is as foll,ows, viz :

Illr. Spcakev: The Senate have passed, with amendments, a joint resolution

(II.R. 3) providing for the nppointment of a special committee of the Senate


and IIouse of Representatives on the subject of impressnients.
They have passed n bill (S. 28) to amend an act entitled Sn act creating the
office of eusign in tile Ariiiy of the Confederate States; in \ ~ h i c hbill and
:uueuclments I a n directed to ask the concurrence of this Isouse.
I am also directed to coniinunicate to this Ifouse a resolntion of the Seuate
i n resPect to the adjournment of the present session of Congress.

Mr. Holliday, from the Committee on the Commissary and Quartermasters Departments, to whom had been referred n series of resolutions on the subject of impressments, reported back the salne with
the recommendation that the committee be discharged from their further consideration, and that they be referred to the Special Committee on Tmpressinents; which xas agreed to.
Mr. Heisltell, from
whom had been
ref erred

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A bill to amend an act of this Congress entitled An act to provide


for holding elections of Representatives in the Congress of the Confederate States in the State of Tennessee; *
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass with
the following amendment :
Strike out tlie second section ; which reads as follows, viz .
That in all elections held f o r the State of Tennessee, while any two of the
districts thereof, or in case of vacancy. while the district in which the vacancy
occurs, are held by tlie public enemy. or a majority of the counties of such districts a r e so held by the public enemy, elections shall be held as well out of a s
in the State, according to the serenth section of said act,
arid insert in lieu thereof the following, \ iz :
That in all elections held under said act, polls shall be opened in the ramps
of the army as well out of :is in the State, and the elections shall be conducted
otherwise as prorided in said act, as amended by this act.
I

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the


Calendar,
It n ~ a sdecided in the negative.

The amenclment of the committee was agreed to, and the bill was
engrossed, read a third time, and passed.
The title was read aiid agreed to.
hlr. Barksdale, from the Committee on Ways and Means, reported
A bill to amend an act entitled An act to reduce the ciirrency and
to authorize a new issue of Treasury notes, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ;
which was read a first and second time.
Mr. Moore moved to postpone the bill, print it, and make it the
Fpecial order for Friday nest, 107clock.
The motion n-as lost.
The question recurring on postponing the bill and placing it on
the Calendar,
It, mas decided in the negative.
Mr. Swan moved that the bill be postponed until Friday next and
printed.
The motion was lost.
hgr. Atkins moved to amend the bill by striking out the words
first day of July, eighteen hundred aiid sixty-four, east of the
Mississippi River, and until the first day ef August, eighteen hundrcd
and sixty-four, west of said river, and inserting in lieu thereof the
words first day of January, eighteen hundred ,tiid sixty-five.
Pending which,
Mr. DuprB, by unanimous consent, submitted the following resolution :
Rcsolvad, That the Superintendent of Public Printing, until otherwise groTided for. be authorized to enter into privilte contracts f o r the printing ordered
by this House, for which such allowance shall be made as the Committee on

Printing mag deterniine to be equitable, to be paid out of the contingent expenses


of the House ;

which was adopted.


A message was received from the President, by g r . Harrison, his
Private Secretary, notifying the House that on the 13th instant the
President approved and signed the following act entitled
H. R. 67. An act to continue in orce and amend the provisions of
an act approved January 30, 1864, increasing the compensation of

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the civil and legislative departlllents


and signed the following
nks to the Thirty-fourth and
Thirty-eighth regiments of North Carolina troops ; and
H.R.2. Joint resolution of thanks to the Texas Brigade i n t,he
Army of Northern Virginia.
On motion of Mr. Machen,
The House adjourned until to-morrow, 12 oclock.
F I F T E E N T H DAY-WEDNESDAY,

MAY 18, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Minnigerode.
The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 28) to amend
an act entitled An act creating the office of ensign in the Army of
the Confederate States;
which was read a first and second time.
and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Also, a joint resolution (H. R. 3) providing for the appointment of a special committee of the Senate and House of Represcntntives on the subject of impressments; )which had been returned from
the Senate with the following amendments :
) ))

1. Strike out the title.


2. Fill the blank in line 3 with the word

three.

The amendments of the Senate were concurred in.


The Chair also laid before the House the following resolution of
the Senate:
Resolved ( t h e House of Representatives concurring), That the President of
the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives adjourn their
respective IIouses, sine die, on Tuesday, the thirty-first day of May instant, at
twelve oclodr meridiuii.

Mr. Garland moved to refer the resolution to the Committee on


the ,Judiciary.
Mr. htkins called the question ; which was ordered, and the motion
to refer was lost.
Mr. Atitins called the question; which was ordered.

Yeas _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 41

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73

Johnston, Lamkin, J. T. Leach, Logan, Marshall, McJlnllin, X iles,


Miller, Montague, Milrray, Perkins, Xead, Rives, Rogers, Russell,
Shewmake, and 1%therspoon.
So the resolution m-as passed.
Mr. Hartridge m%ved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called
the question; which was ordered, and the motion to reconsider v a s
lost.

Mr. J. T. Leach introduced


A bill " amending an act regulating the granting of furloughs and
discharges in the Army and Navy ; "
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Smith of Sortli Carolina entered a motion to reconsider the
vote by which the joint resolution " for the relief of John D. Southerland " was lost.
Mr. Ayer presented the memorial of S. E. Canaday, asking relief
for tax improperly paid; which was referred to the Committee on
Claims.
Also, the memorial of Mrs. Elizabeth E. Fuller, executrix of Dr.
Thonias Fuller, deceased, asking relief for property destroyed by
the military authorities of the Confedernte States ; which was referred to the Committee on Claims.
Mr. W5therspoon submitted the following resolution :
Resolced, That the Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads inquire and
report upon the expediency of establishins a daily iiiail route from Black
3Iingo to Cantley's, i n Williamsburg district, South Carolina ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Atkins submitted the folloving resolution :
Resolved, That no member of this House shall speak longer than thirty ruinUtes or more than once on the same question without unanimous consent.

Mr. Atkins moved that the rule be suspended requiring the resolution to lie over two days.
The motion was agreed to.
Mr. Atkins called the question ; which w a s ordered.
The question being on the adoption of the resolution,
Mr. McMullin demanded the yeas and nays ;
Which were ordered,
Y e a s _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _44
____
T
And are recorded as folloms, viz : hays
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 33
Yeas : Akin, Anderson, ,Qtkins, Ayer, Bell, Blandford, Boyce, Burnett, Chilton, Chrisnian, Clopton, Criiikshank, Dickinson, Dup+,
Echols, Farrow, Foster, Funsten, Gaither, Hanly, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Holder, Keeble, Lester, Logan. Lyon, Machen, RiIcCallum, Menees, Montague, Orr, Pugh, Rogers, Singleton, J. M. Smith,
W. E. Smith, Smith of Korth Carolina, Svan, Triplett, VillerB,
Welsh, and 'r17hitfield.
Kays : Baldwin, Barksdale, Bradley, Branch, Eli 31. Bruce, Horatio
Bruce, Chambers, Colyar, Conrad, Fuller. A. H. Garland,
Gholson, Gilmer, Holliday, Johnston, Lamkin, J. &I. Leach, J. T.
Leach, Marshall, McJSullin, Miles, Miller, Murray, Perkins, Ramsay, Read, Rives, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, Turner, and
Witherspoon.
Two-thirds not voting in the affirmative, the resolution was lost.

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[May 18, 1864.

~,esolz;ed,That hereafter the regular hour for the daily lneeting of this House
shall be eleven oclock antemeridian ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Colvar submitted the following resolution :
~

ncsolved, That the Committee on MIitary Affairs be instructed to inquire


into the expediency of creating a new staff officer for each colnnlanding genunder the first section of the act approved February seventeenth,
era],
fighteen humdred and sixty-four, entitled An act to amend a n act entitied
to orgrtnize military courts to attend the Army of the Confederate
States in the field, and to define the powers of said courts, al3l)roYed October
ninth, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, is required to review the proceedings
of said lnilitary courts in certain cases ; said staff office to be filled by an officer
wit11 the ranlr of colonel, who shall be the legal adviser of such Colnmanding
gellerrtl, and specially charged with the duties of reviewing said proceedings.
Or, if tlle committee should think this inexpedient, t h a t i t inquire into the
exljediency of repealing so much of the first section as requires the corninanding
general to review said proceedings, .leaving the duty aforesaid to the corps
commander, as it mas prior to the passage of said law; and if either he expeclient, that a bill be reported for that purpose or report to the House what
legislation on this subject may be necessary ;

which was adopted.


Also, the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into
the expediency of providiiig u Inw to more effectually prevent gaming by bonded
oficrrs and their agents who have the Iiandling of public money, and if in their
opinion such law is eslleclierit, to report a bill for that purpose ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Colyar also introduced
A bill to provide against gaming by bonded officers and their
agenls in the Army;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary.
Mr. Cruikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported as
correctly enrolled
S. 12. An actj to authorize the withdrawal from the Treasury of
inonoy contributed to build an ironclad gunboat by ladies of the State
of South Carolina, and deposited therein ; and
S. 25. An act for the relief of the widow and heirs of the late
Brig. Gen. Leroy A. Stafford, of the Confederate States Army.
Aiid the Speaker signed the same.
hfr. Rrislrell introduced
A bill to provide for losses by accident resulting from the destruction of property to prevent its falling into the hands of the enemy;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the tJudiciary.
Bfr. Heislie11 submitted the following resolution :
Eesolned, That t
wli:1t progress lias
merit, and whether

Resolved (the 8mat


for the adjournnient o
h h ~ ciglrteeii
,
hundred
011

motion of Mr.

ee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire


n providing medals for soldiers of distinguished
legislation is necessary on the subject ;

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75

Mr. Rliller submitted the following resolution :


Resoked, T h a t it be referred to the Coininittee on JIilitary Affairs to inquire
into the expediency of authorizing by law rhe aDl)oiiitiiieiit of one assistant
quartermaster, with the rank of captain, to each battalion of infantry in the Provisional Army of t h e Confederate States of Anierica ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Chilton introduced
A joint resolution . relating to the construction of the act entitled
An act to organize forces to serve during the w.ar, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-fonr ;
which was read a first and second time.
A h . Chilton moved that the rule be suspended requiring the joint
resolution to be referred to a committee.
The motion was lost. and the joint resolution, on motion of Mr.
Miles, was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. Chilton submitted the following resolution :
Resolced, That i t be referred t o the Committee on the Judiciary to inquire
whether anj- and what legislation may constitutionally be adopted for the confiscation of the property of those persons who, being liable to render military
service to the Confederate States, hare gone to a foreign country to avoid such
serriee, and t h a t said coniiuittee report by bill or otherwise ;

which was adopted.


Also, the following resolution :
Resolved, T h a t the Committee on Ways and Jlenne inquire into the expediency of so amending the existing t a x law as to exempt froin taxation property
which has been assessed, but which before the payment of the tax thereon has
been destroyed without NLISfault of the uwner, aiid t h a t sxid committee report
by bill or otherwise ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Foster presented the claim of Geo. K. Foster for compensation
for property destroyed by the enemy: n-hich nTas referred to the
Committee on Claims.
Mr. E. $1. Bruce presented certain communications touching restrictions on foreign commerce; which were referred to the Committee on Commerce.
Mr. J. T. Leach submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, T h a t the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to report to this
House, by bill or othem-ise, the necessity m d iinportrtnee of passing a law
establishing a cc;urt of claims to adjudicate such cluiuis a s rnay be brought
against t h e Confederate Gorernment ;

v-hich was referred to the Comniittee on the Jndiciary.


Mr. Dupr6 introduced
A bill to provide for the safe custody. printing, publication, and
distribution of the laws, and to provide for the appointment of an
additional clerk in the Department of Justice ; *
which was read a firat and second time, referred t o the Comiiiittee on
Printing, and ordered to be printed.
31r. Miles introduced
A bill to authorize the appointment of chief clerks in the bureaus
of several Executive Departments ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
011 the Judiciary.
The morning hour having expired,
Mr. Chambers moved that the consideration of the Calendar be
postponed ; which motion prevailed.

[May 18, 1884.

om the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secreur. ,ypeak;er: The Senate have passed, without amendment, a bill (H. R. 2 )
to provide for the redemption of the old issue of Treasury notes held by certain Indian tribes.
They have passed, with an amendment, a bill (15. R. 68) t o exempt railroad
colnpanies from the payment of certain duties.
They have passed bills of the following titles, YiZ :
S. 21. An act to amend an act entitled An act to reduce the currency and to
authorize a new issue of notes and bonds, approved February 17, 1864 ; and
s. 31. AII act to promote the efficiency of the cavalry of the Provisional
Army, and to punish lawlessness and irregularities of any portions thereof ;
111 ivhich amendment and bills I am directed to ask the concurrence of this
IIouse.
The President of the Confederate States has notified the Senate t h a t he did,
on the 17th instant, approve and sign joint ~c?SOlutiGnsof the following titles,

viz :

s. 1. Joibt resolution of thanks to Major-General Hoke and Commander


Cooke a11d the oficers and men under their command for the brilliant victory
over the emmy a t Plymouth, N. C. ; and
s. 2. JoiIlt resolution of thanks to General Iiiuegan and the offiicers and men
of his command.
The House then resumed the consideration of the unfinished busiriess of yesterday; which ilras the bill to amend an act entitled An
act to reduce the currency and to authorize a new issue of Treasury
notes, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixtyfour,
Mr. Nachen submitted the following amendment (in the nature of
a substitute) :
That all loyal persons of the Confederate States, within t h e Wedera1 lines,
who hold Confederate notes of the old issue, and which were owned and
possessed by them previous to the first day of April, eighteen hundred and
sixty-four, and who from their position within the lines of t h e enemy mere
uiiabIe to fund the same within the time prescribed in the act entitled An
act to reduce the currency and to authorize R new issue of notes and bonds,
approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, shall be
entitled to fund the s:me in accordance with the prorisions of said act, at any
time from the passage of this act until the expiration of thirty days after a
treaty of peace between the United States and the Confederate States : Provided,
That the party holding said notes shall make oath in proper form of la^ that
they were hi their possession previous to the first day of April, eighteen hundred
and sixty-four, and have been held by them since, and hare not heen used and
cdrculnted an currwwy, or, if held by them by inherilance or a s a legacy, that the
same were held by their ancestor or devisor previous to the said first of April,
(Aighteen hundred and sixty-four.

Mr. Foster called the question; which was ordered, and the amendment of Mr. Machen was agreed to.
Mr. Atkins moved to amend the bill by striking out the words
above the denomination of five dollars.
The amendment was agreed to.
Mr. H. W. Bruce
the foIIoming amendment ;
The provisions of this act shall apply to permay be able to get their

tes the words o r

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persons belonging to the Confederate States Army within t h e enemys lines a s


prisoners of war, or other loyal persons held as prisoncrs.

Mr. Hanly nioved the previous question ; which was ordered.


The question being on the amendment of Mr. Menees,
It was decided in the affirmative.
Mr. Akin moved that the House adjourn.
The motion was lost.
The question recurring on the amendment of Mi. Machen,
It was decided in the negative.
The question recurring on ordering the bill to be engrossed and
read a third time,
It was decided in the affirmative.
Xr. Smith of Sorth Carolina moved to reconsider the vote by
which the bill was ordered to its engrossment; which motion prerailed.
Mr. R L I S Ssubmitted
~~
the following amendment :
Insert after the word fuiid . the words at par in four per cent bonds ;

which was agreed to.


Mr. Smith of Xorth Carolina submitted the following amendment:
After word oath, line 2. page 2, insert the vords and in case of his or her
absence and inability to be present, shall show by other satisfactory proof, etc. ;

which was agreed to.


Xr. Akin submitted the following amendment :
Add at thc end of the bill the following : B n d provided further, T h a t any citizen of the Confederate States n o r held by t h e United States as a prisoner shall
have three months after he is released or exchanged in which to fund the Treasury notes of the Confederate States he may haye held at the time of his wipture,
1)rorided he held said notes on the first day of April. eighteen hundred and sixtyfour, and was captured before t h a t time, or was otherwise prevented from
funding said notes as provided in this act.

Mr. Barksdale called the question; which was ordered, and the
amendment of Mr. Akin was agreed to.
Mr. Swan moved to recommit the bill and amendments to the Cornniittee 0x1 Ways and Means.
Mr. Eoote moved to lay the motion to recommit on the table;
which latter motion did not prevail, and the motion to recommit was
lost.
Mr. Atkins called the question; which was ordered, and the bill
was engrossed, read a third time, and passed.
The title was read ant1 agwcd to.
The Chair announced the appointment of the Special Committee on
the Subject of Impressments :
Mr. Baldmin of Virginia, Mr. Chambers of Mississippi, Mr. Chilton of Alabama, RIr. IIartridge of Georgia, and Mr. Hanly of Arkansas.
On motion of Mr. Ahore,
The House adjourned.

L OPrTHE

S I X T E E N T H DAY-THURSDAY,

MAY 19, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The Chair laid before the House the following CommLlnications


from the President; which were referred to the Commlttee on Ways
and Means and ordered to be printed:
RICHMOND,
YA., X a y 18, 1864.
T O the senate and House of Representatives:
I lprewith traiisniit for your consideratio11 a Communication from the Secretary
addilional ni)woprintion required
of tile rrreasury, su1)initting an estimate of
for the support of the Government.
JEFFERSOX DAVIS.
RICHMOND,
V A . , 3Iafj 18, 1,364.
TO

the genate and IIousc of Eepreseiztatives:

I lierewith triunsmit for your coiisideratioii a coinniuiiicatioii from the Attor~ley-Genernl,submitting estimates of additional alq)ropriatioils required for the
support of tlie Governnieut.
JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The Chair also laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 21) to
aaiend an act entitled An act to reduce the currency and to authorize
a new issue of notes and bonds, approved February seventeenth,
eighteen hundred and sixty-four ; which was read a first and second
time and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 31) to promote the efficiency of th r cavalry
of the Provisional Army, and to punish lawlessness and irregularities
of any portions thereof; which r a s read a first and second time and
referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Also, a bill to exempt railroad companies from the payment of
certain duties; which had been returned from the Senate n7ith the
following amendment :
111 liiie 4, ;iWr tlie word
cwrnpmiy for its own use.

roads, insert the words

imported by any railroad

Mr. Maclien moved to suspend the rule requiring the amendment


to be referred to a committee; which motion prevailed, and the
amendiriciit o f the Senate was concurred in.
Tlic IIoiise then proceeded to thc consideration of th e order of the
t h y for the iiiorninu hour, viz :
~ 1 1rcsolntion
e
ofR/rr. lioote to repeal the act suspciidiiig tlie privileg: [of the writ] of habeas corpus.
1cmling yhich,
The morning hour having expired,
Mr. Iiartridgc moved that the consideration of the Calendar be
postponed ; which motion prevailed.
as received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their SecreJf

I-.f l p f a k f v : Ihc Seliate have passed, without amendment, joint resolutions

. Forrest arid the officers


ppi, west Tnniessee, and

accounts of iiieiiibers for


S.

ey hare passed bills of th


7. An act to amend

act to provide for the lmynient of

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tlie interest on the removal and subsistence fund due the Cherokee Indians in
Sorth Carolina, so as to authorize the Secretary of Wi7r to pay the interest i n
wsh or provisions; and
S. 33. An act to regulate the compensation and ~uileageof members of Congress for the present session :
In which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this Mouse.

M i . Foote moved to postpone the further consideration of the resolution until to-morrow.
The motion prevailed.
The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 7) to amend an
act entitled An act to provide for the payment of the interest on the
removal and subsistence fund due the Cherokee Indians in North
Carolina, so as to authorize the Secretary of War to pay the interest
in cash or prorisions; which was read a first and second tlme and
referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 33) to regulate the compensation and mileage of members of Congress for the present session; which was
read a first and second time.
Mr. Moore moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be referred to a committee.
The motion was lost, and the bill was referred to the Committee on
Pay and Mileage.
The Chair laid before the House the memorial of the president and
trustees of Hanipden-Sidney College, asking a modification of the tax
law ; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Also, a communication from the governor of TTirginia,transmitting
preamble and resolutions of the legislature of Virginia, asserting t h e
jurisdiction and sovereignty of the State over her ancient bounclaries ;
n-hich was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary and ordered
to be printed.
Mr. Farrow, under a suspension of the rules, introduced
A joint resolution to prevent restrictions upon the right of members of Congress to visit sick and wounded officers and soldiers in
hospitals ;
which was read a first and second time and the joint resolution mas
ordered to be engrossed arid read a third time.
Mr. Marshall moved to refer the joint resolution to the Committee
on the Medical Department.
Mr. Welsh called the question; which was ordered, and the motion
to refer was lost.
The question recurring,
And being put,
Shall the joint resolution pass?
It was decided in the affirmative, and the title mas read and
agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Garland,
The House adjourned.

A L O F THE

Y-FRIDAY,

[sfas 20,

1864.

MAY 20, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The Hoiise met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Minnigerode.
The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Presjdent; which mas read as follows, v1z :
RICHMOND, VA., Mag 19, 1864.
To the Senate and Rouse of Represelztat+ves:
1 herewith transmit for your information a communication from the Secretary
of War, covering a copy of the reports of General Rregg and his subordinate
commanders of the battle of Chickaniauga.
JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The comniunication and accompanying documents were laid upon


the table and ordered to be printed.
The House then proceeded to the consideration of the order of the
day, viz:
The resolution of Mr. Foote to repeal the act suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.
Pending which,
The morning hour having expired,
Mr. Pugh moved that the consideration of the Calendar be postponed ; which motion prevailed.
Mr. Pugh moved to lay the resolution on t,he table.
Mr. J. M. Leach demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which mere ordered,
56
Yeas----__-___________-_And are recorded as follows, viz : Ways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Yeas : Akin, Anderson, htlrins, Barksdale, Blandford, Boyce,
Bradley, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, De Jarnette, Dickinson,
Dupri, Echols, Foster, Funsten, Gaither, A. H. Garland, Hanly,
Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Holliday, Johnston. Iieeble, Lyon, Macheii, McCallum, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Moore, Perkins,
Pugh, Read, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Singleton, J . M. Smith,
IT. E. Smith, Staples, Swan, Triplett, VillerB, Welsh, Whitfield,
Witherspoon, and Mr. Speaker.
Nays : Ayer, Baldwin, Bell, Cruilrshank, Farrow, Foote, Fuller.
Crholson, Gilmer, Holder, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lester,
Logan, Marshall, McMullin, Murray, Orr, Ramsay, Rives, Rogers,
Simpson, Smith of North Carolina, and Turner.

resolution of this House


11. It. (i.*Joint resoluti

ciltiug with and

passed, without amendment, a bill aud joint


llowing titles, viz :
illg the ne1)artment of .Justice to furnish the

f the following titles, viz:


to aid any State in communiroops, approved February 16,

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S. 13. An act to eLtend to the S n v y and Marine Corps the prorisions of the
third section of a n a c t to organize forces t o serve during the war. ap-prored
February 15, 1864;
S. 34. An act to provide for the compensation of noncommissioned officers,
soldiers, sailors, and marines on detailed service ; and
S. 7. Joint resolution in regard t o the exemption of editors and employees of
uewspapers ;
I n which I am directed t o ask t h e concurrence of this IIouse.

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 13) to extend
to the Savy and Marine Corps the provisions of the third section
of an act to organize forces to serve during the war, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ; which was
read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Naval
Affairs.
Also, a Senate joint resolution (S. 7) in regard to the exemption of editors and einplovees of newspapers ; which was read a first
and second time and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 34) to provide for the compensation of
noncommissioned officers, soldiers, sailors, and inarines on detailed
service; which n-as read a first and second time and referred to
the Committee on Xilitary Affairs.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 10) to amend an act entitled An act to aid
any State in communicating with and perfecting records concerniiig
its troops, approved sixteenth February, eighteen hundred and sixtyfour; which mas read a first and second time and referred to the
Committee on Military Affairs.
Also, a coininunication from the President ; which was read as follows. viz:
T o t71e House of Represe?ituiiaes of the Confederate States of Anierica:
The following resolution, passed by the House on the 14th instant, has been
recei! ed :
IZesoZced, That t h e President be requested t o inform the House, if not incom
patible with the public interest. whether t h e reasons given in his special message
for suspending the writ of habeas corpus still exist, and \\-hat additional reasons now exist to such extent t h a t t h e public safety requires the continuaucc
of the suspension thereof.
I n my opinion, t h e reasons given in the special message transmitted t o Congress at its last session, recommending t h e suspension of the writ of habeas
corpus, still exist i n undiminished force, a n d the present juncture especially
requires t h e continuance of the suspension. The effects of the law for t h a t p u r
pose have been most salutary, and to t h a t law. in no inconsiderable degree,
a r e we indebted for t h e increased efficiency of the military preparations which
hare enabled our gallant armies. under the providence of God, to beat back tlie
r a s t inrading forces. which still threaten us.
I n my judgment, i t would be perilous, if not calamitous, to discontinue t h e
suspension while the armies of the enemy are pressiug 011 our brave defenders
with persistent effort for their destruction and for the subjugation of our
country.
It is a source of gratification to be able to inforrn yon tliilt the mere passage
of tlie law suspending the writ n-as so effectual in restraining those who were
engaged in treasonable practices, and in dangerous complicity with our enemies,
t h a t the instances a r e very fen i n which arrests were found necessary.
The effect of t h e law, in preventing the abuse of the writ, for the purpose
of avoiding military serrice, by men whose plain duty i t is to defend their country. can hardly be overestimated.
The sensitiveness exhibited in different p a r t s of the country to the legislation
on this subject is indimtire of the lore of freedom which is innate among t h f A
people, and which should ever be cherished as the sole guarantee for the preserC J-VOL

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[Mas 21, 1864.

tics. I t is not doubted, however, that if those


ion with the Iaw, had been in possession of tile
~ 3 ~ my
a s duty to communicate to you, and n-hich may not
yet be revealed without injury to the public. interest, they would fully have
approved the exercise of the power of susi)ending the llTrlt,which was intrusted
to Congress b p t h e Constitution. All trusts impose duties. The power wR8
intrusted expressly with t h e intent that i t should be used when necessary to
tile public safety in case of invasion. Congress, concurri1:g with me that the
,
,
exigency had arisen which required the exercise of the power, performed but
a plain duty in passing the law, and such will, I doubt not, be the judgment of
the people when the facts can be made known without detriment to their
i nteiestJEFFERSON DAVIS.

RICHMOND,
VA., M a g 20, IS64

Mr. Russell moved that the communication be printed and referred


to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. Conrad moved to postpone the motion of Mr. Russell until tomorrow, arid make it the special order for the morning hour ; which
latter motion prevailed.
Under a general suspension of the rules, Mr. Barlrsdale presented
the petition of Joshua and Thomas Green, asltirig coinpensation for
property seized by the military authorities; which was referred to
the Coininittee on Claims.
Mr. Conrad introduced
A bill (for the establishment and equalization of the grades of
officersof the Kavy, and for other purposes; *
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Naval Affairs.
Mr. Conrad presented the memorial of C. Williams, asking for a
special appropriation for constructing a submarine vessel for attacking thtl enemys vessels with torpedoes and for fixing and removing
subniarine defenses; which was referred to the Committee on Naval
Affairs.
On motion of Mr. Atkins,
The House adjourned until 11 oclock to-morrow.
EIGHTEENTH DAY-SATURDAY,

MAY 21, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and mas opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Minnigerode.
S t ~ e r amenibers
l
appeared, were sworn to support the constitution
of tlic Confederate States, and took their seats in the House, viz :
MY. Rufus I<. Garland, of Arkansas.
Mr. Simpson 1-1.Morgan, of Texas.
William R. Smith, of Alabama.
House proceeded to the consideration of the special order, viz :
0 print the communication from the
nmittee on the Judiciary.
nsideration of the Calendar be

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83

A message was received from the Senate, by JLr. Sasli. the Secretar? of that body: which is as follows, viz:
,
Air. Speaker: The Senate have concurred i n the amendments of this House to
the bill (S. 5) to provide passports for Senators and Representatives in Congress when traveling in t h e Confederate States.
They have passed bills of the following titles, viz :
S. 9. An act for t h e relief of Green T. Hill : and
S. 32. An act to authorize the appointment of general officers with temporary

rank and command, and to define and limit the power of assigning officers to
command ;
In which I am directed to ask the eoncurrence of this House.
The President of the Confederate States has notified the Senate that he did,
on t h e 19th instant, approve and sign the following acts :
S. 12. An act to authorize the withdrawal from the Treasury of money contributed to build a n ironclad gunboat by ladies of the State of South Carolina,
and deposited therein : and
S . 26. An act for the relief of the widow and heirs of the late Brig. Gen. Leroy
A. Stafford, of the Confederate States Army.

Jfr. Welsh called the qnestion ; which ~ v a sordered, and the motion
of bIr. Russell prevailed.
Nr. Hartridge moved to reconsicler the rote by rrhich the motion
prevailed, and called the question ; 11-hich was ordered, and the
motion to reconsider --as lost. .
Mr. Atkins submitted the following resolutions :
Resolzed, That the members of this House h a r e heard of the death of t h e
Honorable David M. Currin, the Representative-elect for the Elerenth Congressional district from the State of Tennessee. with most painful regret.
Resolved, That we deep& sympathize with the bereaved faniilr in this tlieir
irreparable affliction, and request the Speaker to forward to them a copy of
these resolutions a s a slight testinionial of our appreciation of the virtues and
moral Ivorth of our departed comrade.
RPsoEced, That a copy of these resoliltions be sent to the Senate.
Reuolzed, As a mark of further respect for the memory of the deceased, t h a t
this House do now adjourn :

which were unanimously adopted.


I n pursuance of the last resolution:
The Chair announced that the House stood adjourned until 11
oclock Monday.

NIXETEEKTH DAY-MOKDAY,

MAY23, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the 8ecretary of the Treasurv in relation to appropriations to meet the
expenditures of the Government ; wliich n-as referred to the Committee on TTa?-s arid Neans and ordered to be printed.
On motion of Jlr. Garland, so much of the communication as
relates to the impressment l a w was referred to the Special Committee
on Impressments.
A message was receired from the Senate, by Mr. Kash, their SPcrctary ; which is as follon-s, r i z :
Speaker: The Senate have passed bills of t h r following titles, viz :
S. 14. A bill to amend a n act entitled A11 act to provide a n invalid corps.
approved February 17. 1864;
S. 39. -4 bill to amend the several acts in regnrd to chaplains;
S.40. h bill to amend the act to allow commissioned officers of the Army
849..

TJRXAL O F THE

rations: and the privilege of purchasing clotllillg from thc &unrternlilstcr$s


Department, approved February 17, 1864 ;
S.41. A bill to provide for the appointment of a disbursing clerk in the \var
Department :
ln ,!.hich I illll directed to ask t h e coiiciirrei~ceof this IIwIs(~.

Thc Chair laid before the House S y a t e bill (8.39) to amend


the several acts in regard to chaplains; which was read a first and
second time and referred to the Committee on Military affairs.
Lilso, Senate bill (S. 14) to amend an act entitled An act
provide an irivalid corps, approved February seventeenth, eighteen
hundred and sixty-foiir; which was read a first and second time
and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Also, a Senate bill (S.9) (for the relief of Green T. Hill;
which mas read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Claims.
illso, a Senate biIl (S. 3 2 ) t o authorize the appointnieiit of
general officers with temporary rank and command, and to define
and limit the power of assigning officers to commands ; ) winicb wap
read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 40) to amend the act to allow commissioned officers of the Army rations and the privilege of purchasing
clothing from the Quartermasters Department, approved seventeenth February, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ; ) which was
read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on
Military hff airs.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 41) to provide for the appointment of a
disbursing clerk in the War Department; which was read a first
and second time and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. Barksdale introduced
A bill to amend an act entitled An act to organize forces to serve
dnring the mar, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred
and sixty-four ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military hff airs.
Mr. Singleton presented a communication from Wni. 13. Cody relative to telegrnpliic operations throughout the Confederacy ; which
was referred to tlie Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Orr introduced
A bill t o repeal the acts granting exemptions from military
service ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. d. T. Leach introduced
A joint resolution (in relation to the war and in favor of peace by
iicxrotiation.
Ur. Poote moved to refer the joint resolution to the Committee on
Foreign Affairs.
Mr. IIcislrcll moved to lay the joint resolution on the table.
Mr. J. T. Leach demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which werc orderecl,
Yeas_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 62
And recorded a s Po
s- _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 22 [211
Yeas : Anderson,
in, Barksdale. Blandford,
))

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85

ihyce, Bradley, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Brnce. Chambers, Chilion. Chrisnian, Clopton, Colyar, Conrscl. I)r Jariietb, Diclcinson,
)ripr&, Farrow, Foster, Funsten, Gaither. Gholson. Goode, I h n l y ,
ITartridge, Heiskell, Hiltnn, Holder, Holliday, Johnston, I<eeblc,
Lyon, Machen, &lcCalhim, McMullin, Menees, Miles, Miller, Nontagie. Morgan, Murray. Orr, Perkins, Pugh, Read, Rives, Rogers,
Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith,
Staples, Swan, VillerQ, Welsh, Whitfield, Witherspoon, and Mr.
Speaker.
Kays: Akin, Bell, Cruikshank, Echols, Foote, Fuller, A. H. Garland, R. I<. Garland, Gilmer, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach,
Lester, Logan, 31arshal1, Earnsay, W. E. Smith, Smith of North
Carolina, Smith of Alabama, Triplett, and Turner.
So the motion to lap on the table prevailed.
The Chair laid before the House a communication from Hon.
Charles 3'. Collier, announcing his purpose to withdraw from the
contest for the representation of the Fourth Congressional district of
Virginia in the present Congress ; which was laid upon the table.
Mr. J. M,Leach submitted the following resolution :
Resohed, T h a t t h e Conmittee on Ways and Slewns be instructed to inquire
into the justice and espediencg of exempting froin t h e tithe tax all persons
who cultivate rented lands. nnd also all persons who do iiot cniplog slave
labor: Provided, T h a t such persons produce no surplus, but only a support;
and report by bill or otherwise:

which was adopted.


Mr. Gilrrier presented the petition of S.E. Scales, major and quartermaster, Wilcos's diTision, asking relief from liabilities incurred
by loss of papers: which n'as referred to the Committee on Claims.
Mr. Ramsay submitted the folloving resolution :
Resohed, That t h e Committee on Ways and ;\leans be instructed to inquire
iuto the propriety of increasing t h e pay of marshals, and report by bill or
otherwise ;

which was adopted.


Mr. J. T. Leach introduced
A bill " to provide for State defense during the war; "
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Logan presented the memorial of sundry citizens, asking the
establishment of a mail route from Rutherford, S. C., to Spartanburg, S. C. ; TThich was referred to the Committee on Post-Offices and
Post-Roads.
Mr. Logan introduced
A bill ** to amend the forty-eighth chapter of an act passed at the
fourth session of the First Congress, regulating the granting of f u r loughs ; "
which was read a first and second time.
Mr. Logan moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be referred to a committee; which motion was lost, and. on motion of Mr.
Miles, the bill was referred to the Committee on the Medical Department.
Mr. Logan introduced.
A bill '' to increase the pay of the private soldiers in the service
of the Confederate States of America; "

NAL OF THE

v a read
~ 8 first and second t h i e and referred to the Comlllittee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. \Titherspoon introduced
A joint resol,ition of thanks to the officers and men of the Twentyfirst, Twenty-fifh, and Twenty-seventh regiments of South Carolina
Volunteers ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Colnrnitlee
on Military sffairs.
. Mr. &knees introduced
A bill (to amend an act entitled An act to organize forces to
Serve anring the war, approved February seventeenth, eighteen bundred and Gxty-four ;
which Was read a first and second time and referred to the Colilmittee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Atkins submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Committee O L ~Military Affairs be instructed to report a
bill ~~rnendingthe
act approved seventeenth of Fcbruury, eighteen hundred and
sixty-four, t o organize forces to serve during the war, S o a s to repeal that
feature exempting the owners of farms having thereon fifteen nt)lr-bodied
working hands.

&fr.Pugh moved to refer the bill to the Committee on Military


Affairs.
Upon which motion Mr. htkiiis demanded the yeas and nays ;
Which were ordered,
Yeas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
And recorded as follows, viz
Nays _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 28
Yeas : Akin, Anderson, Bnldwin, Blandford, Eli M. Bruce, Chilton, Chrisman, Clopton, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Duprk,
Echols, Farrow, Foster, Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode,
Hartridge, Rolliday, Johnston, Lanikin, J. T. Leach, Lester, Logan,
Lyon, Machen, Marshall, Miles, Montague, Morgan, Perkins, Pugh,
Ramsay, Read, Rogers, Sexton, Shemmake, Simpson, W. E. Smith,
Smith of Alabama, Staples, Swan, Triplett, VillerB, and Witherspoon.
Nays : Atlrins, Barksdale, Bell, Bradley, Horatio T57. Bruce, Chambers, Colyar, Foote, A. H. Garland, It. I<. Garland, Hanly, Heiskell,
Hilton, Holder, Iieeble, J. M. Leach, McCallum, Mc&fu11ih, Menees,
Miller, Murray, Eussell, Singleton, J. M. Smith, Smith of North
Carolina, Turner, Welsh, and Whitfielcl.
So the motion to refer prevailed.
On motion of Mr. Sexton, leave of absence T T T ~ Sgranted his colleague, Mr. Branch (detained from his seat by indisposition).
Mr. I-Ieiskell presented the memorial of J. F. McClure, quartermaster, asking relief from liabilities incurred by loss of papers belonging to his ofice; which was referred to the Committee 011 Claims.
Mr. Foote presented a communication from 2. McDaniel, touching
d with torpedoes; which n7as referred
the defenses around Rich
to the Committee on Nav
ation for serv-

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Mr. De Jarnette introduced


A bill to suspencl the collection of the tax in kind in certain
cases ;)
m-hich was read a first and second time, referred to the Coniinittee 011
Ways and Means, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. De Jarnette submitted the following resolution :
Resolued, T h a t the Committee on N a y s and Means be instructed t o inquire
into the expediency of so amending, by bill or otherwise. a n act approved t h e
seventeenth day of February, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, entitled An a c t
to levy additional taxes for the coinmoil defense and support of t h e Government, as t o reliere from taxation stocks o r bonds held by feme soles, widows,
a n d orphans whose only support is the interest or income on said stocks or
bonds : Provided, That the iiniount so exempted from taxation shall not exceed
ten thousand dollars to each individual ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Baldwin presented the petition of Thos. L. Pleasants, asking
a modification of the mode of assessing lands purchased since 1661;
which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Baldwin submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, T h a t the Coiniiiit lee on Post-Ofices and Post-Roads inyuire into
t h e expediency of authorizing the settlement on principles of equity of t h e
accounts of mail contractors who have been prevented by t h e public eueniy or
the casualties of war from performing their contracts ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Baldwin submitted the following resolution :
Reaolzed, T h a t the Committee on Rules and Officers of t h e House reljort a
rule for adoption by this House providing substantially as follows :
On a motion iiiade and seconded to go into secret session the r o t e shall be
taken without debate, and if a majority be Sound in favor of the secret session,
the House shall be cleared and the doors be closed. The iiiatter for which
a secret sessioii is desired shall then be discussed, axid thereupon t h e question
shall be put, Shall this matter be considered in secret session? If upon the
vote two-thirds be found for a secret session it shall be held. but otherwise t h e
doors shall again be opened.

Mr. Swan moi-ed to refer the resolution to the Committee 011


Rules and Officers of the House ; which motion prevailed.
Mr. McMullin presented the petition of sundry citizens of Scott
County, Va., asking to be relieved from the payment of the tax
in kind and in money ; which was referred to the Committee on Ways
and Means.
Mr. Miller presented the memorial of employees of the Government, asking the privilege of purchasing the necessaries of life from
the Government a t Government prices; which was referred to the
Committee on Ways and Means.
A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Wash, their Secretary ; which is as follows, 162 :
X r . speaker: The Senate has passed a bill (S. 20) to establish a bureau of
foreign supplies ; in which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House.

Mr. Cruikshank, from the Cornmittbe on Enrolled Bills, reported


as correctly enrolled
H. R. 30. An act to authorize the appointment of commissaries for
regiments of cavalry ;
H. R. 2. An act to provide for the redemption of the old issue of
Treasury notes held by certain Indian tribes ;

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23, 1864,

H, R. 68. An act to exempt railroad Companies fro111 the paglnent


of certain duties;
H. R. 4. Joint resolution of thanks to 3Ia.i. Gen. N. B. Forrest
and the officers and men of his command for their campaign in Mississippi, .west Tennessee, and Kentucky ;
H. R. 5. Joint resolution authorizing the auditing of accounts of
members for pay and mileage ;
13. R. 6. Joint resolution requiring the Department of Jusiice to
furnisll the standing committees of the two Houses w t h p r i n h t
co ies of the acts of Congress;
5. An act to provide passports for Senators a i d Eepresentatiwe
ill Congress when traveling in the Confederate States;
S. 11. An act to extend the franking privilege; and
S.3. Joint resolution of thanks to Mi.ssq.uri officers and soldiers in
the Confederate service east of the Mississippi River.
And the Speaker signed the same.
Mr. Read moved to reconsider the vote by which the joint rcsohltioii in relation to the war and in favor of peace by negotiation )
was laid upon the table, and demanded the yeas and nays thereon;
which were not ordered, and the motion was lost.
Mr. Hilton, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom ha(]
been referred a bill to increase the pay of the officers and soldiers of
the Army of the Confederate States, and a bill t o incrcase the
pay of the noncommissioned officers and privates of the Army of the
Confederate States, under a suspension of the rules, reported bacB
the same with the recommendation that the committee be discharged
from their further consideration, and that they do lie upon the table;
which was agreed to.
Mr. Hilton, from the same committee, reported
A bill to increase the compensation of the noncommissioned officers and privates of the Army of the Confederate States ;
which was read a first and second time.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calenclar,
T t was decided in the negative.
Mr. Mnrray moved to amend the bill by striking out after the
words seven dollars per month the following:
in l i c w of the temporary bounty provided by the third section of an act enti-

g.

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tlc! An :ict to organize forces to serve during the war, approved February
sermitct%th, cigliteen hundred and sixty-four ; and the said third section of
said t i ( t is hereby repealed as to all noilcommissioned officers, privates, and
musici:iiis who are now living, but shall remain in force as to the representatives of such :is have died since the passage of said act.

&fr.M7elsh moved the previous question ; which was ordered.


Tho question being on the amendment of Mr. Murray,
Mr. Mcillullin demanded the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered,
74
Yeas _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - - _ _ - _ _ - - - nllc1recorded as follows,
Nays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i--- 5
Ieas : Akin, Anderson,
,Qyer, Baldwin, Barksdale, Bell,
130 ce, Bradley, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chilton, Clopton,
COyar, Conrad, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Dickinson, DuprB, Echols,
Fi1rrol.0, poote, Fo
uller, Funsten, Gaither, A. H. Garland,
R. K. Garland, Gil
artridge, Heiskell, Hilton,

Yi

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89

Holder, Holliclay, Johnston, Keeble, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T.


Leach, Lebter, Logan, Lyon, Machen, McCallum, i\lcMullin, Menees,
Miller, Montague, Morgan, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Pngh, Ramsay,
Read, Rives, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, Simpson, Singleton, J. If.
Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Smith of Alabama.
Swan, Triplett, VillerQ, Welsh, Whitfield, Witherspoon, and Mr.
Speaker.
Nays : Blandford, Chambers, Gholson, Miles, and Shewmakc. ,
So the amendment was agreed to.
The bill was then engrossed and read a third time, and the question
recurring on its passage,
Mr. Chambers clemanded the yeas and nays;
Tlliich vere ordered,
Yeas ........................
78
and recorded as follonTs,viz : Nays
________________________
3
Ireas : a k i n , Anderson, Atkins, dyer, Baldwin, Barksdale, Bell,
Boyce, Bradley, Eli 31. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton,
Chrisman, Clopton, Colgar, Conrad. Criiikshank, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Echols, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, A. H. Garland,
R. K. Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, Reiskell,
Hilton, Holder, Holliday, Johnston, Kceble, Lamkin, J. M. Leach,
J. T. Leach, Lester, Logan. Lyon, Machen, Marshall, McCallurn, McMullin, Menees, Miles, Jliller, Montague, Morgan, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Pugh, Ramsay. Read, Rives, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, Simpson,
Singleton, J. M. Smith, TTT. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina,
Smith of Alabama, STan, Triplett, Turner, Viller6, Welsh, Whitfield,
lT7itherspoon,and Mr. Speaker.
Kajs : Blandford, Dupr6, and Shewmake.
So the bill was pased.
Mr. Marshall moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was
passed .
Mr. Foote moved to lap the motion to reconsider on the table;
which latter motion prevailed.
And the title was read and agreed to.
A message -isas received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, the Secretary of that, body ; which is as folloms, riz :

31r. Speaker: T h e Senate h a r e passed a bill (S. 30) to amend a n act to


impose regulations upon the foreign conimerce of the Confederate States to
provide for the public defense, approred February 6, 1864; in which I am
directed to ask the concurrence of this House.

Mr. Hilton submitted the following resolution :


Resolzed, That t h e Committee on Ways and Means be instructed to report to
the House a hill which shall provide by taxation R revenue sufficient to pay each
noncommissioned officer. private, and musician in the military serrice the additional compensation of seven dollars per month.

The question being on the adoption of the resolution,


Mr. Hilton deinanded the yeas and n i ~ y;s
Which were ordered,
74
Yeas ........................
And recorded as follo~~7s,
viz: N a y s _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - -6_ _ Yeas : Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Barlrsdale, Boyce,
Bradley, Eli 111. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Dickinqon, Ecliols,

3OURNAL OF THE

Farrow, Foote, Foster, Puller, Funsten, Gaither, A. H. Garland,


R. .(I Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, Rartridge, Heishell,
Hilton, IIolliday, Kceble, Lamkin, J. M. Ileach, J . T. Leach, Lester,

Logan, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, McCallum, McBIullin, Mences,


Niles, Miller, Montague, Morgan, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Pugh, Ramsay, Read, Rives, Russell, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E.
Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Smith of Alabama, Staples, Swan,
Triplett, Turner, VillerB, Welsh, Whitfield, Witherspoon, and Mr.
Speaker.
Nays : Bell, Blandford, Clopton, DuprB, Johnston, and Shewmake.
So the resolution was adopted.
Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, under a suspension of the rides, reported
A bill to amend the tax laws;
which was read a first and second time, postponed, made the special
order for Wednesday next, 12 oclock, and from day to day, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Colyar, from the same committee, submitted a minority report ;
which, on motion of Mr. Atkins, was laid upon the table and ordered
to be printed.
Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, reported
A bill to amend an act approved seventeenth of February, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, entitled An act to amend an act entitled
An act to lay taxes for the common defense and carry on the Government of the Confederate States, approved twenty-fourth of
*
April, eighteen hundred and sixty-three;
which was read a first and second time, postponed, made the special
order for Wednesday nest immediately after the bill (to amend the
tax laws, and from day to day, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, to whom had been referred
A bill to amend the law levying a tax in kind,
reported back the same with the recomrnenda tion that i t do lie upon
the table ; which was agreed to.
Mr. Miles, under a suspension of the rules, submitted the following
resolution :
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Resolved, Tlint the thanks of the House of Representatives of the Confederate


States :ire 1ierel)y unanimously tendered to the cadets of t h e Virginia Military
h3tittitC itnd the of!iCerS who commanded them for their gallant conduct in the
bxttlc of the fifteenth instant. near New Market, in the Shenandoall Valley of
Virginiik.
Rcsolrwtl [wtiwr, That the Speaker of the House communicate this resolution
to the eadets in sucli form and a t such time as may seem to him proper.

Mr. Swan called the question; which was ordered, and the resolution was adopted.
Mr. I-Teiskell moved that the House resolve itself into secret session.
Pending which,
On motion of Mr. J. M. Leach,
The House adjourned until 11oclock to-morrow.
TWENTIETH DAY-TUESDAY,

MAY 24, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The Chair laid before the


lish a bureau of foreign supp
time.

bill (S. 20) to estabread a first and second

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91

Mr. Perkins moved to suspend the rule requiring tho bill to I>o
referred to a committee.
The motion was lost, and the bill was referred to the Committee
on Commerce.
Mr. Ewing and Mr. Elliott, members from Kentucky, appeared,
\\-ere sworn to support the Constitution of the confederate States,
and took their seats in the House.
The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 30) t o amend
an act to impose regulations upon the foreign commerce of the
Confederate States to provide for the public defense, approved
February sixth, eighteen hunclrcd and sixty-four ; which W&S read
n first and second time and referred to the Committee on Commerce.
Mr. Miles, from tlie Coninlittee on Military Affairs, to whom had
been referred a Senate bill (S. 10) to amend an act entitled An
act to aid any State in communicating with and perfecting records
concerning its troops, approved sixteenth February, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
The bill mas read a third time and passed, and the title was read
and agreed to.
Mr. Miles, from the bame conimittee, to mhotn had been referred a
Senate joint resolution (S. 7 ) * in regard to the exemption of editors
arid employees of nenyapers, reported back the same with the
recommendation that it do pass.
The question being on postponing the joint resolution and placing
i t on the Calendar,
It, was decided in the negative.
The joint resolution was read a third time and passed, and the
title was read and agreed to.
Mr. Miles, from the same committee, to whom had been referred
a Senate bill (S. 28) to amend an act entitled An act creating the
office of ensign in the Army of the Confederate States, reported
back the same v i t h the recornmendation that it do pass.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was read
snri agreed to.
Mr. Miles, from the same committee, to whom had been referred
a Senate bill (S. 39) to amend the several acts in regard to chaplains, reported back the same with the recommendation that it do
I

pass.

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the


Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
Mr. Miles moved to amend the bill by striking out, in line 6, the
word allowed and inserting in lieu thereof the word * authorized.
The amendment was agreed to.
The bill W R S then read a third time and passed, and the title was
read and agreed to.

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[May 21, 1864.

was agreed to.


Mr. &J&s, from the same committee, to mliom had been referred
A bill (1.R. 93) (for the organization of the bureau of conscription and the appointment of officers in said biireau,
reported back tho Stme v i t h the recommend?tion that it do pass.
The question being on postponlng the blll and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the affirmative.
Mr. Pugh moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was postponed and placed upon the Calendar.
Pending which,
A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Sash, their Secretary, as follows :
My. SpealGer: The Senate have passed a bill ( S . 37) to amend a n act entitled
An act to impose regulations upon the foreign commerce of the Confederate
States to provide for the public defense. approved February G , 1864, and for
other purposes; in which I am directed to ask the concurreiice of this House.

The morning hour having expired,


Mr. Miles moved to postpone the consideration of the Calendar;
which motion prevailed.
Mr. Akin moved to lay the motion of Mr. Pugh, to reconsider the
vote by which the bill for the organization of the bureau of conscription and the appointment of officers in said bureau was postponed and placed on the Calendar, on the table; which motion was
lost.
Mr. Foster called the question; which was ordered, and the motion
to reconsider prevailed.
The question recurring on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It WAS decided in the negative.
On motion of Mr. Garland, the bill was postponed and made the
special order from day to day immediately after the present orders
for to-morrow are disposed of, and was ordered to be printed.
Mr. Miles, from the committee to whom had been referrcd
A resolution asking information from the President as to the number of troops each State has furnished, number of killed, wounded,
deserters, etc.,
reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee
be discharged from its further consideration, alld that it do lie upon
the table; which was agreed to.
Mr. Chambers, from the committee to whom had been referred
Senate bill (S. 4) to provide means of transit across the Mississippi
Rlver for men?bers of Congress residing west of said river in going
to and retllrnlllg from the Confederate States Congress, reported
back the same with the recommendation that it do pass uTith the following amendment (in the natu
((

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That whenever the usually tr;tve


Congress and the capital are interf

n the homes of members of


or have come under

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93

the control of the enemy, i t shall be the d u t r of military commanders to facilitate the passage of Members and Delegates, going to or returning from Congress,
br furnishing transportation in kind for any dist:inces over which t h e r may
state in writing they can not otheni-ise provide themselres with transportation,
and such written application indorsed furnished by the party receiving t h e
transportation shall he accepted a s a sufficient voucher for the expenditure of
the officer i n furnishing t h e same.

The question bcing on postponing the bill and placing it on the


Calendar,
It was decided in the negative, and the amendment of the committee mas agreed to.
Mr. Swan moved to reconsider the vote by which the amendment
mas agreed to ; which motion was lost.
Mr. Marshall demanded the previous question : which was ordered.
The question being on ordering the bill to a third reading,
It was decided in the affirmative.
Mr. H. IT.Bruce moved that the further consideration of the bill be
postponed until the 1st day of February. 1866; which motion was
lost.
Mr. Read called the question j which was ordered,
And being put,
Shall the bill pass?
It was decided in the affirmative.
The committee submitted the following amendment to the title, viz :
Strike out the Thole thereof and insert the following:
A bill to provide transportation in kind in certain cases to Members and
Delegates in Congress.

The amendment was agreed to, and the title as amended mas read
and agreed to.
Mr. Bridgers, member from Sorth Carolina, appeared, was sworn
to support the Constitution of the Confederate States. and took his
seat in the House.
h message was received from the President. by Mr. Harrison, his
Private Secretary ; which is as folloxw, viz :
Xr. Speaker: The President on yesterday approred and signed the following
acts and joint resolutions :
H. R. 30. An a c t to authorize the appointment of commissaries for regiments
of cavalry:
H. R. M. An a c t to exempt railroad companies from the payment of certain
duties ;
H. R. 4. Joint resolution of thanks to Maj. Gen. S. B. Forrest and the officers
and men of his command for their campaign in Mississippi, west Tennessee, and
Kentucky ;
5. R. 3. Joint resolution authorizing the auditing of accounts of members
for pay and mileage: and
11. R. 6. Joint resolution requiring the Department of Justice to furnish
the standing committees of the tn-o Houses tvith printed copies of the acts of
Congress.

Mr. Marshall, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom


had been referred
h bill to place in service citizens of the United States residing
cr sojourning n-ithin the limits of the confederate States,
reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee
he discharged from its further consideration, and that it do lie upon
the table; which mas agreed to.

[May 24, 1864.

a suspension of the rules, introdncecl


M
act entitled An act to cstnblisli z niter and
A
mining bureau, approved April twenty-third, eighteen hundred and
sixty-three;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Singleton moved that the rules be suspended to enable him to
report from a special committee.
The motion was lost.
The House then, on motion of Mr.. Conrad, resolved itself into
secret session ; and having spent some time therein, resumed business
i n open session.
A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Sash, their Secretary ; which is as follows, viz :
y r . Spea7cer: The Senate have passed bills O f the following titles, T i z :
S.23. An act to provide for the appointment of additional military storekeepers i n the Provisional Army of the Confederate States ; at14
8.24. A bill to authorize the olrpointment of additional officers of artillery
for ordnance duties ;
In which I aiu directed to ask the coneurrence of this House.

On motion of Mr. Russell,


The House adjourned.
SECRET SESSION.

The House being in secret session,


Mr. Conrad, under a suspension of the rules, introduced
A joint resolution explanatory of the joint resolution on thc
subject of retaliation, approved May first, eighteen hundred a n d
sixty-three;
which mas read a first and second time.
Mr. Conrad moved that the rule be suspended requiring the joint
resolution to be referred to a committee.
The motion was lost, and the joint resolution was referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. Heiskell moved that the rules be suspended to enable him to
introduce
A joint resolution to remove the injunction of secrecy from certain proceedings of the late Congress of the Confederate States.
The Inotion was lost.
Mr. I-Ieiskell moved that the injupction of secrecy be removed from
the proceedings connected with his motion to suspend the rules for
the purpose indicated ;which motion prevailed.
Mr. Cruikshanli-, from the Committee on Enrolled Rills, reported
archives and of

authorize the removal of the public


ve Departments ; and

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HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

TFENTY-FIRST DAY-WEDNESDAY,

May 25, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Jeter.
Mr. Baylor, member from Texas, Mr. Kenner and Mr. Hodge.
members from Louisiana, appeared, were sworn to support the Constitution of the Confederate States, and took their seats in the House.
The Chair laid before the House a conimunication from the President; which mas read as follows, viz :
RICHMOND,
VA., H a y 24, 1864.
To the House of Representutices:
In response to your resolution of the 10th instant, I herewith transmit for
your information z communication from t h e Postmaster-General relative t o
the steps taken to secure t h e transmission and delivery of the mails from the
post-office i n this city during t h e past two weeks.
JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The communication and accompanying documents mere referred


to the Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads.
The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 23) " to provide for the appointment of additional military storekeepers in the
Provisional Army of the Confederate States : " x\-hich was read a
first and second time and referred to the Coinniittee on Military
Affairs.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 24) " to authorize the appointment of
additional officers of artillery for ordnance duties; " which was read
a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Military
A4ffairs.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 37) " to amend an act entitled 'An act to
impose regulations upon the foreign commerce of the Confederate
States to provide for the public defense,' approved February sixth,
eighteen hundred and sixty-four, and for other purposes; " which
mas read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on
Commerce.
Also, a communication from Doctor Thackston and Doctor Tate,
asking the exemption of dental surgeons ; which n-as referred to the
Committee on Military hffairs.
Mr. Ramsay presented a communication from the same parties on
the same iubject; which was referred to the Committee on Military
Affairs.
Mr. Russell moved that the resolution offered by him on the 13th
k t a n t , to rescind the resolution of Congress to adjourn on the 31st
instant, be taken up for consideration ; which motion prevailed.
Mr.Welsh called the question ; which was not ordered.
Mr. Akin moved that the consideration of the resolution be postponed until Saturday morning : which motion prevailed.
Mr. Russell submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That the President be respectfully requested to inform the House
whether t h e tobacco ration has been furnished to the Army; and, if not, whether
additional legislation on the subject i s ne

which was adopted.


Mr. Staples presented the memorial of Henry Miller, of Greenbrier County, Va., asking compensation for property destroyed by

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JOURNAL O F THE

Confederate forces at the battle of V h i t e Sulphur ; x\T.hich was


referred to the Committee on Claims.
Mr. Whitfield submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Committee on the Quartermasters Department inquire
into the expediency of providing for the speedy payment of all sums due thc
officers and soldiers who may be confimd in hospitals o r on furlough i n consequence of wounds or sickness ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Poster submitted the following resolut,ion :
Resozved, That the Coininittee on Iuava1 Affairs be requested to inquire into
the expediency of amending an act entitled An act to amend a n act approved
&lar& sixteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-one, elltitled hn act to provide
for the organization of the Navy, so as t o embrace naval storekeelms within
the provisions of said act :

which was adopted.


Mr. Dickinson introduced
A bill for the relief of the (Mobile) Pelham Cadets;
which was reat1 a first and second time and referred t o the Committee
on Military hffairs.
Mr. Dickinson presented a memorial on the same subject; which
was also referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Cruikshank introduced
A bill (to authorize volunteer chaplains in the Army to draw
1
rations;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Comniittee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Pugh introduced
A bill to prevent and punish frauds and larcenies upon the Government of the Confederate States;
lvhich was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary.
Mr. Lyon presented the petition of sundry citizens of Pickens
County, Ala., praying that provision be made for payment for horses
and mules impressed for cavalry under the command of Major-Genera1 Lee; which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Chilton presented the memorial of route agents, asking increase
of compensation; which mas referred to the Committee on PostOffices and Post-Roads.
Also, the memorial of Cox, Otis & Co., asking the exemption from
irrilitary service of the crews of steamboats; which was referred to
the Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Chilton submitted the following resolution :
Xesolocrl, That the Committee on Accounts be, and are hereby, direct
idlow the Doorkeeper of this House, R. 1. Wynne, a credit of eighteen hun
dollars, beiug the amount of the public money abstracted froin him without his
fault ;

which was referred to the Committee on Accounts.


Also, the following resolution :
Resoluetl, That the Committee on AIilitary Affairs inquire whether omers
who are required to fill positions superior to their rank for a considerable
tiln+Say, sir months consecutively-should not be entitled by 1aiT- to receive
the compensation due to the positions they respectirely fill for the time they
so filled them, and that said committee report by bill or otherwise ;

which was adopted.

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Xr. Clopton submitted the following resolution :


Resolwed, That t h e Committee on Military Affairs be directed to inquire into
the expediency of providing for t h e payment t o our officers and soldiers who
are prisoners of w a r of a p a r t of the pay due them in gold, or other available
currency, for t h e purpose of relieving their necessities whilst in prison;

which was adopted.


Mr. Hilton submitted the following resolution :
Resohed, T h a t t h e Committee on Nilitary Affairs he instructed to inquire
into the expediency of repealing so much of the fourth clause of the ninth
section of An act t o organize forces t o serve during the war, approvefl February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four. as requires a s a condition
for t h e exemption of a n overseer, on a farm or plantation, t h a t he shall have
been orerseer on such farm or plantation on the first day of January l a s t ;

nhich was adopt&.


Also, the following resolution :
Itesolcctl, T h a t until otherwise ordered. this House will take a daily recess
a t three oclock, postmeridiaii, and meet again at eight oclock, postmeridian.

Mr. Hilton called the question; which was ordered, and the resolution was adopted.
Mr. Hartridge introduced
A bill to fix the coinpensation of certain officers of the Treasury;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
The House then proceeded to the consideration of the special order,
viz :
The bill to amend the tax laws,
And resolred itself into Commit
of the M7hole, Mr. Sexton in
the Chair ; and having spent some time therein. the committee rose
and reported, through their Chairman, that the committee had had
the subject referred to them under consideration, and had come to
no conclusion thereon.
A message x a s received from the President. by Xr. Harrison, his
Private Secretary ; which is as follows, viz :
M r . Speaker: The President yesterday approred and signed an act entitled
H. R. 2. An act to proride for the redemption of the old issue of Treasury
notes held by certain Indian tribes.

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Sash, their Secretary; which is as follows, viz:
Vr.Speaker: The Senate h a r e rejected a joint resoIution (H. R. 7 ) of this
House, to prevent restrictions upon t h e right of members of Congress to T - i s i t
sick and mounded officers a n d soldiers in hospitals.
They have passed a hill and joint resolution of the following titles. viz:
S. 15. A bill t o furnish transportation t o officers of the Army a n d S a v y
while traveling under orders ; and
S. 8. Joint resolution directing the settlement of the claim of Zedekiah
JIeDaniel and Francis 31. Ewing for destroying the Federal gunboat Cairo by
means of a torpedo ;
I n which I am directed to ask t h e concurrence of this House.
The President of the Confederate States has notified the Senate t h a t he did,
011 the 23d irlstant, aDprore
and sign acts and a joint resolution of the follow_ing titles, viz :
S. 5. An act to 1)r6ridc pass1)orts for Seiiators and Representatives in Cougress when traveling in the Confederate States ;

BL OF THE

s. 11. An act to extend the franking privilege ; tuld


S. 3. Joint resolution of thanks to ;\lissouri officers aud soldiers in the

federate service east of the Mississippi River.

con-

Mr. Baldwin moved that the HOIIS?do now adjourn.


Mr. IJilton demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which were ordered,
Yeas_----__--_-______-_-____
29
And recorded as follows, viz: Nays _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ - _ 46
Yeas : Ayer, Baldmin, Boyce, Branch, Horatio TV. Bruce, Conrad,
E. K. Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Hanly, Heiskell, Hodge, Kenner,
Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Logan, McMullin, Miles, Miller,
&Iontague, Moore, Morgan, Murray, Perkins, Sexton, Simpson, Triplett, and Witherspoon.
Nays : Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Bell, Blandford, Bradley,
ISridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Chilton, Chrisman, Clopton, Colgar, Cruilishank, Diclrinson, Dupr6, Echols, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller,
Funsten, A. H. Garland, Goode, Hartridge, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, Lester, Lyon, Machen, Menees, Orr, Pugh, Ramsay, Russell,
Shewmalie, Singleton, J. &I.Smith, TIT. E. Smith, Smith of Korth
Carolina, Smith of Alabama, Staples, Swan, Turner, VillerB, ant1
Welsh.
So t4hemotion to adjourn was lost.
The hour having arrived,
The House took a recess until 8 oclock;
And havifig reassembled,
Mi.. Moore moved that the House do now adjourn.
Upon which motion Mr. Hilton demanded the yeas and naps;
Which were ordered,
eas--------------------And are recorded as follows, viz :
Nays _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 33
Yeas : Hartridge, Johnston, J. T. Leach, Miller, Montague, Moore,
Simpson, and Welsh.
Nays : Atkins, Blandford, Branch, Bridgers, Chilton. Chrisman,
Clopton, Colyar, Dickinson, Ewing, Farrow, A. H. Garland, R. K.
Garland, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, Heeble, Kenner, Lamkin, Machen,
Morgan, Murray, Perkins. Ramsap, Russell, Singleton, J. 31. Smith,
W. 13. Smith, Smith of Xorth Carolina, Smith of Slabama, Triplett,
Tiirner, and Viller6.
KO quoruin being present,
illr. Chiltoii moved a call of the House.
Ihe motion prevailed.
IJpon a call of the roll the f o l l o ~ ~ i nmembers
g
answered to their
names :
i\ilessrs. LS1ldersoll, htkins, Baylor, Blandford, Boyce, Branch,
13ridgers, Chilton, Chrisman Clopton. Colyar, Diclrinson, Ewing,
E. I<. Garland, Gholson, Gilmer,
lliday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner,
Lyon, Machen, Miller, Montague,
ins, Ramsay, Russell, Sexton, ShewM. Smith, W.E. Smith. Smith of
tt, Turner, VilIer6, Welsh,

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

A quorum having voted,


Mr. Russell moved that all further proceedings under the call be
dispensed with.
The motion prevailed, and
The House again resolved itself into Committee of the Whole t o
consider the special order, viz :
The bill to amend the tax laws;
And having s ent some time therein, the committee rose and
reported, througf their Chairman, that they had had the subject
referred to them under consideration, and had come to no conclusion
thereon.
Hon. John V. Wright, member from Tennessee, appeared, was
sworn to support the Constitution of the Confederate States, and
took his seat in the House.
The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 15) to furnish
transportation to officers of the Army and Navy while traveling
under orders; which was read a first and second time and referred
to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Also, a Senate joint resolution (S. 8) directing the settlement of
the claim of Zedekiah McDaniel and Francis M. Ewing for destroying the Federal gunboat Cairo by means of a torpedo; which was
read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Naval
Affairs.
Mr. Hilton moved that the House do now adjourn; which motion
was lost.
Mr. Foote, under a suspension of the rules, introduced
A bill to punish frauds by the disbursing officers of the Government ;
vhich T a s read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Commissary and Quartermasters Departments.
Mr. E. 31.Bruce niored that the rules be suspended to enable him to
present a memorial.
The motion was lost.
And the House, on motion of Mr. BlcMullin,
Adjourned until 11 oclock to-morrow.
TWESTY-SECOSD DAY-THURSDAIY,

MAY 26, 1864.

O P E N SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with


prayer by Rer. Dr. Jeter.
Mr. Hanly, from the Committee on Military Bffairs, reported
A bill to amend so much of an act entitled An act to organize
forces to serve during the war.7 approved seventeenth February,
eighteen hundred and sixty-four, as relates to the exemption of certain religious denominations ;
which was read a first and second time.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
The bill mas engrossed, read a third time. and passed, and the title
was read and a reed to.
Mr.Hanly, rom the same committee, to whom had been referred

NAL O F THE

A bill (( to provide for the enrollinelit and conscription of certain


nonconimissioned officers and privates,
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass with
the following amendment (in the nature of a substitute) :
That all llorlcommissioned officers and privates in t h e Trans-Mississippi D ~ partment who are absent without leave from their respective commands east
of the &fissjssippi River, and shall have remained absent from their commands
for the spare of two weeks after the proniulgation of an order froin the headquarters of the Trans-Mississippi Department anIlouncillg this act, shall be
prolnptly enrolled under the act entitled An act to provide for the publie
defense, approved April sixteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, and the
several acts amendatory thereof, and should not be allowed to volunteer in any
of the existing organizations, but shall he assigned to such arm of the service
as the general commanding the Trans-Mississippi Department may direct.

Mr. DuprB submitted the following amendment to the amendment


of the committee :
Strike out all .aft:: the word thereof, in line 13, and insert in lieu thereof
tile following, vm: they shall be assigned to the arm of t h e service to which
they origiiially belonged, and i n no eyent shall be allowed to rolunteer in any
existinq Organizations ; N I I ~those heretofore belonging to the cavalry service
shall be assigned to infantry regiments.

The amendment of Mr. lhipri. was lost.


Mr. Sexton moved to amend the ainendment of the coiiilnittec bp
striking out the words two weeks and inserting in lieu thereof
the words thirty days.
The amendment of Mr. Sexton was agreed to, and the ameildnient
of the committee, as amended, was also agreed to.
The bill was then engrossed, read a third time, arid passed, and the
title was read and agreed to.
Mr. Miles, froin the same committee, to mhoni had been referred
a Senate bill (S. 32) to authorize the appointment of general officers
with temporary rank and command a d to define and limit the power
of assigning officers to commands, reported back the same with the
recommendation that it do lie upon the table; which mas agreed to.
Mr. Miles, from the same committee, to whom had been referred
A bill (H. R. 90) to authorize the President to confer temporary
rank and command upon officers of the Provisional Army who may
be assigned for special service,
reported back the same with the reconimendatioii that it do pass.
The question being upon postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
d to amend by striking out the words but hereing to the general staff shall be assigned to command in the line.
Pendiiig which,
IJnder a suspension of the rules. Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on
T4a;ys and Means, reported

ed, made the special


postal service of the
ed and sixty-two and

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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101

eighteen hundred and sixty-three ; * which was read a first and second
time, postponed, made the special order immediatelp after the general
appropriation bill, aiid ordered to be printed.
Mr. Baldwin, from the same committee, submitted a minority report, viz :
Joint resolution requiring the settlement of the accounts of the
Post-Office Department prior to thc first day of July, eighteen hundred and sixty-three ;
which was laid upon the table and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Russell, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted a
written report upon the suspension of the habeas corpus; which #!is
laid upon the table and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Russell, from the same committee, reported
A bill to amend the army regulations with respect to gaming by
disbursing officers and others intrusted with public funds ;
which was read a first and second time, postponed, placed upon the
Calendar, and ordered to be printed.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 41) (to provide for the appointment of a
disbursing clerk in the War Department, with the recommendation
that it do pass.
The question being on postpoiling the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was read
and agreed to.
Jfr. Russell. from the same committee. to whom had been referred
a bill (H. R. 35) to organize the Supreme Court of t;he Confederate
States, reported back the same with the recommendation that it do
not pass.
The bill was postponed and placed on the Calcnclar.
Mr. Russell, from the same committee, reported
A joint resolution * responsive to the resolutions of the general
assembly of Virginia asserting the jurisdiction and sovereignty of
the State of Virginia over her ancient boundaries;
which was read a first and second time.
The question being on postponing the joint resolution and placing
it on the Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
The joint resolution was engrossed, read a third time, and passed,
and the title was read and agreed to.
Mr. A. H. Garland, from the same committee. to whom had been
referred
A joint resolution of the State of Texas in regard to the pnrchasing of beeves and other Government supplies in Texas by the Messrs.
Payne & Co., on Government account, with counterfeit Confederate
money,
reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it do lie upon
the table ; which mas agreed to.
Also, a bill to provide for the settlement of certain matters of
account growing out of purchases of property, as alleged by the purchasers, for the use of the Government, by Payne &, Co., in the State
of Texas; ? which v a s read a first and second time, laid upon the
table, and ordered to be printed.
((

URNAL OF THE

Mr. HalIly, from the Committee on Pay and Mileage, to -whom had
been referred a Senate bill (s.33) to regulate the col?pensation and
mileage of Inembers of Congess for the present sesslo11, reported
back the same with the recommendation that it do pass.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
Mr. Hanly called the question; which was ordered, and the bill
was read a third time.
The question recurring on its passage,
&. Marshall demanded the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered,
33
(Yeas_-_--------------------_
And recorded as f o h v s , viz: 7 Nays__---------------------45
Yeas: &in, Ayer, Baylor, Horatio 137. Bruce, Chambers, Chrisman, Dupr6, Echols, Eaing, Foote, Gaither, A. H. Garland. Hanly,
Hartridge, Heislcell, Hodge, Kceble, Kenner, Lester, Logan, Machen,
McCallum, Miles, Miller, Moore, Morgan, Murray, Read, Simpson,
Smith of Alabama, Triplett, Whitfield, and Wickham.
Nays : Anderson, Raldwin, Bell, Rlandforcl, Bradley, Branch,
Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Funsten, R. K. Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, Johnston, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lyon, Marshall,
McMullin, Montague, Perkins, Pugh, Ranisay, Rives, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Singleton, J . M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of
North Carolina, Staples, Turner, Villerk, Welsh, Witherspoon, and
Wright.
So the bill was lost.
Mr. Witherspoon, from the Committcc on Post-Offices and PostRoads, reported a bill to establish certain post routcs therein
named; which was read a first and second time, laid upon the table,
and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Sexton moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill mas laid
upon the table.
The motion prevailed.
The question recurring on laying the bill on the table,
It was decided in the negative.
The question recurring on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in tho negative.
The bill was then engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the
title was read and agreed to.
Mr. Sin leton, from the special committee on the communication
from the kecretary of the Treasury in response to a resolution of
this IIouse, submitted a written report; which was laid upon the table
and ordered to be printed.
e same committee, submitted a minority report ;
tho table and ordered to be printed.
the special committee relative t o compensation
nsate Charles E. Stuart, Israel C. Owings,.nnd
ent in instruments for sight-

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

103

which was read a first and second time, postponed, placed upon the
Calendar, and ordered to be printed.
Blr. Miles, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom had
been ref erred
A resolution (touching the exemption of overseers by the payment
of five hundred dollars,
reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it be referred
to the Committee on the Judiciary ; which was agreed to.
Also, a memorial of the employees of the Government a t D a n d l e ,
with the recommendation that the committee be discharged from its
further consideration, and that it be referred to the Committee on the
Commissary and Quartermasters Departments ; which was agreed to.
Also, a bill to provide uniform rates of compensation for niechanics and laborers employed by the various Executive Departments
of the Government, with the recommendation that the committee
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it be referred
to the Committee on TTays and Means; which was agreed to.
A message was received from the Senate, by Rlr. Sash, the Secretary of that body ; which is as follows, viz :
Illr. Speaker: The Senate h a r e passed bills of the following titles, riz :

S.43. An act to regulate t h e pay of a general assigned to duty at the seat


of gorernmelit under the prorisioils of the act approi ed 3larch 25, 1862 ; arid
S.44. An act to authorize certificates of indebtedness to be given for 1)roperty purchased o r impressed and for transportation, and to provide for payment of the interest on said certificates in specie;
In which I am directed to asli the coxicurrence of this FIouse.

The House then proceeded to the consideration of the special order,


viz :
The bill to amend the tax laws,
And resolved itself into Committee of the Khole, Mr. Sexton in
the chair; and haring spent some time therein, the committee rwe
and reported, through their Chairman, that during the considera11011
of the subject referred to them the committee h a d foimd itself without a quorum.
Mi.. Miles moved that the House do now acljoiirn.
The motion was lost.
Mr. Foote moved that the rule be suspcndcd requiring a call GP the
roll ; which motion prevailed, and
The House again resolved itself into Committee of the TVhole,
Mr. Sexton in the chair; and having spent some time therein, the
committee rose and reported, through their Chairman, that the corninittee had had the subject referred to them under consideration, and
had come to no conclusion thereon. .
The Chair laid hefore the House a Senate bill (S.44) to authorize
certificates of indebtedness to be given for property purchased or
impressed and for transportation, and to provide for payment of
the interest on said certificates in specie : which was read a first am1
second time and referred to the Committee on TT7nys and Means.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 43) to regulate the pay of a general
assigned to dutv a t the seat of government under the provisions of
the act approved March tmenty-fifth. eightern hnndred and sistytwo: which was read a first and second time and referred to the
Committee on Military ,%ffairs.

AL OF THE

[Mas 26, 1864.

nder a suspension of the rules, it


n Ways and &fealls r.rport a bill
assigned to duty at the seat of
ng it referred to the Committee
Mr. Heiskell moved that the House do now adjoL=n.
Upon which motion Mr. Smith of Alabama demanded the yeas and
nays ; which were ordered.
Pending which,
The hour of 3 having arrived,
The House took a recess until 8 o'clock ;
And having reassembled, the call of the roll was continued,
Yeas--_- 19
And the yeas and nays are recorded as follows, viz : Kays---- 45
Yeas : Ayer, Baldwin, Baylor, Boyce, Branch, Horatio IT.Bruce,
Ewing, Foote, Gholson, Goode, Hanly, Heiskell, Icenncr, J. M.
Leach, McMnllin, Miles, Miller, Montague, and Triplett.
Nays : Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Bell, Blandford, Bridgers, Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank,
Dickinson, DuprC, Echols, Elliott, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, R. K.
Garland, Gilmer, Hartridge, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, Johnston,
Lamkin, J. T. Leach, Lester, Logan, Lyon, Machen, McCallum,
Menees, Ramsny, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, Singleton,
J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of Korth Carolina, and Witherspoon.
So the motion to adjourn was lost.
Mr. Smith of North Carolina moved that the rules be suspended to
enable him to offer a resolution.
The motion was lost.
Mr. Blandford moved to suspend the forty-second rule of the
House.
No quorum having voted,
Mr. Hanly moved a call of the House.
The motion prevailed.
Upon a call of the roll the following members answered to their
names :
r, Bell, Blandford,
, Cruikshank, DickOlson. Hanly, Heison, Keeble. Kennel',
Machen, RilcCallum,
organ, Orr, Perkins,
pson, Singleton, J. M.
arolina, Triplett, Villerb,

proceedings under the call


motion of Mr. Blandford t o suspend

It was decided in the affirmative.


Mr. Sexton moved to rccon
establish certain post routes therei
The motion prevailed.

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Mr. Sexton moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was
ordered to its engrossment.
The motion prevailed.
Mr. Bell submitted the following amendment :
Add at the end of the bill t h e following :
Also, from the town of Jefferson, Jackson County, to Gainesville, in Hall
County, Georgia.
Also, from Athens, in Clarke County, to Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County,
Georgia.
Also, from Dahlonega, in Lumpkin County, by way of Cleveland, White
County, t o Clarkesville, in Ilabersham County, Georgia, to be carried triweekly.

Mr. Chilton moved to amend the amendment by striking out the


words to be carried triweekly; which was agreed to, and the
amendment as amended \\-as agreed to.
On motion of Xr. Sexton, the further consideration of the bill was
postponed until to-morrow.
Mr. Smith of North Carolina moved that the rulcs be suspended to
enable him to offer a resolution.
Upon which Mr. Singleton demanded the peas and nays; which
were not ordered, and the niotion was lost.
The House then resolved itself into Committee of the Whole, for
the purpose of considering the special order, viz :
The bill to amend the tax laws,
Mr. Sexton in the chair; and having spent some time therein, the
committee rose and reported, through their Chairman, that they had
had the subject referred to them under consideration, and had come
to no conclusion thereon.
On motion of Mr. Machen,
The House adjourned.
))

T W E S T Y - T H I R D DAY-FRIDAY,

&LAY 27, 1864.

OPE;?; SESSIOS.

The House met pursuant to adjournment. and was opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Jeter.
Mr. Farrow moved to hare the Journal of yesterday corrected. He
was recorded as having voted yea on the vote on the passage of the
bill to regulate the pay and mileage of members of Congress during
the present session. He was not present when the vote was taken
and did not vote at all.
The motion prevailed.
Mr. Echols presented the memorial of the Baptist convention of
Georgia, asking a modification of the tax law : which was referred to
the Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Lester submitted the following resolution :
T h e r e a s in some of t h e States the l a ~ require
~ s
both a receiver of t a x
returns and a collector of taxes in the collection of the taxes for the support
of the State government ; and
Whereas there is no provision made by any lam of Congress for t h e discharge
from ~ n i l i t a r yservice of a n oRcer or soldier of the Army of the Confederate
States who may he elected by the people to the office of receiver of t a x returns :
Therefore,
Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs consider the p o p r i e t y of

NAL OF THE

t May 27, 1864.

amending the act of April second, eighteel1 hundred and silty-three, as to


reauire the discharge of a soldier or the XCeptnllCe Of the resignation of all
officer who may have been or who may be elected by the PeoPle to such o a c e
of receiver of tax returns ;
SO

which was adopted.


Mr. Lester presented the claim of John Y. Flowers, agent for the
collection of tax in kind, asking re!ief from loss occasloned by the
breaking open of an iron safe in whlch he had the funds of the Gov(1rnment deposited ; which was referred to the Committee on Claims.
Mr. Anderson presented the memorial of the Macon and Brunswiclc
Railroad Company, asking to be relieved from all taxes except the 5
Der cent uDon their capital;
which was referred to the Committee on
ways andlMeans.
Also, the memorial of members of the hospital staff a t Macon, Ga.,
relative to officersrations; which was referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. J. M. Smith presented the memorial of citizens of Pike County,
Ga., asking the establishment of a daily mail route from Griffin, Ga.,
to Zebulon, Pike County, Ga. ; which was referred to the Committee
on Post-Offices and Post-Roads.
Mr. W. E. Smith presented the memorial of a convention of planters resident in Miller and Early counties, Ga., asking a construction
of the tax act of February 17, 1864; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. TI. E. Smith introduced
A bill t o encourage the production of provisions, and to allow
compensation for tithes in certain cases;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
Mr. W. E. Smith submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into
the expediency of effecting a t this or some future time t h e folloivinp. changes in
our military system :
First. As to the expediency of placing every white male citizen over t h e age
of eighteen and under the age of forty-five years in the field for active service ;
and of filling the offices and positions held by such persons by details from those
who are unable to render military field service, and from those over forty-five
gears of age.
Second. AS to the expediency of placing in the military service of the Confederate States all white male citizens over the age of forty-five pears. and such
of all other ages, over eighteen years, who may have been rejected or discharged,
or who may hereafter be discharged, from active military service, by reason of
infirmities, or other disability, possessing, however, sufficient ability to manage
plantations and to discharge other duties of detailed men, so f a r as to compel
all Sucli persons to accept details upon such terms and conditions as may be
prescribed by lam.
Third. AS to the expediency of repealing the fifteen-negro exemption clause
in the niilitary bill and of allowing a liberal system of details upon such terms
and conditions as may be prescribed by law; of allowing exemptions in such
cases only where the law or absolute necessity renders them indispensable, and
authorizing details in the cases of persons without property having large and
llelpless families dependent on their labor for a support and maintenance.
Fourth. As to the expediency of making a refusal to comply with the terms
of detail, either hy refusing to deliver provisions, o r by refusing to render duty
incident to and required by the detail, if in the case of an able-bodied conscript,
a good and sufficiellt reason for placing him or them in t h e field ; and in the case
of one w-ho is umtble to render military field service, good c:uise for an immediate forfeiture of five times the a m o ~ n tof p~-ovisionsrequired by the Governmellt, ixiy.able in kind, or other penalt

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And if, in t h e opinion of said committee, such or any one or more of the foregoing propositions be required now by the public service, the chairinan thereof
is requested to report a bill t o t a r r y the same into eEect ;

which mas adopted.


Mr. Moore submitted the following resolution :
Whereas information comes to us through our public journals, and from private sources, which leaves but little doubt our enemies are sending organized
bands of raiders through t h e country, whose mission it is to murder in cold
blood noncombatant citizens, unoffending women and children, to violate t h e
persons of our females, and perpetrate other crimes and outrages disgraceful to
humanity and practiced only by barbarians : Therefpre,
Resolced, That i t be referred t o the Committee on the Judiciary to inquire
into the t r u t h of these reports, a n d if true, to report a bill authorizing the infliction of such measures of retaliation as will effectually protect our people
from these outrages ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Perkins submitted the follon-ing resolution :
Resolved, That it be referred t o t h e Cominittee on the Medical Department to
inquire and report if i t be possible to effect a n arrangement by which prisoners
of war on each side shall be attended during c;tptirity by surgeons of their own
army, under such restrictions a s will guard against abuse and sequre proper
medical attention ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Conrad presented a communication from the Second Auditor
relative to t h t records of deceased officers and soldiers; which was
referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. DuprB introduced
A joint resolution " of thanks to Major-General Richard Taylor
and the officers and men of his command ; ''
which was read a first and second time ancl referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Holder presented the memorial of citizens of n portion of Pontotoc County, Miss., praying relief from taxes in crrtnin cases; which
was referred to the Committee on Ways and Jfeans.
Mr. Barksdale introduced
A joint resolution " for the relief of Sathaniel Moore; "
which was read a first and second time and referred t o the Committee
on Post-Ofices and Post-Roads.
Mr. Barksdale submitted the following resolution :
Rexolzed, T h a t t h e Committee on Post-Offices and Post:Ronds bf? instructed to
inquire into the expediency of passing R law for the relief of postmasters whose
bnsiness l i ~ been
s
increased temporarily by t h e presence of large inilitai'y forces ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Barksdale presented the petition of Mrs. Ann E. Grymes,
:isking a pension; which was referred to the Committee on Claims.
Mr. Fuller presented the memorial of Government employees a t
the Fayetteville (K.C.) Arsenal, asking increase of compensation ;
n hich was referred to the Committee on Militarv Affairs.
Mr. Fuller introduced
A bill '' to provide for transfers from local and special service to
the army in the field; "
Tvhich was read a first ancl second time and referred to the Committee,
on Military Affairs.

NAL OF THE

the organization of a company of siege


bill " to
xth Regiment North Carolina Troops; '7
from the
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Bfilitary Affairs.
Mr. Smith of North Carolina submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Committee on bfilitary Affairs be instructed to report

of North Carolina troops known as


&lallett'r; Battalion, writh authority to enlarge the same to a regiment ;

[IiII legalixiiig the organization of a bods

which was referred to the Committee on hfilitary Aff'airs.


Mr. Gilmer presented. a memorial in behalf of Commander John
Manning and others, of the Navy; which was referred to the Cornnlittee on Naval Affairs.
Also, the memorial of C. H. Wilcy, superintendent of common
s&ools in North Carolina, praying the passage of a n act authorizing
the disbursing officers of common schools to exchange bonds for the
new currency; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and
Means.
Mr. Gilmer introduced
A bill '' in relation to the four per cent Confederate bonds held by
the disbursing officers of the common schools of North Carolina; 7:
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
Mr. J. T. Leach introduced
A joint resolution " declaring the supremacy of theacivil over the
militby law ;"
which was read a first and second time, referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary, and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Witherspoon submitted the following resolution :
Resolced, That it be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means to
inquire into the propriety of permitting persons who have failed to make a
support of provisions during the past year to retain their tax in Bind upon
the proper showing being made that the same is required and essential for
that purpose, and upon the payment of the prices fixed by the commissioners
under the impressment act ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Simpson presented the memorial of the Columbia (S. C.) railroad convention, asking a modification of the t a x law; which was
reforred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Ayer submitted the following resolution :
Eosolwed, That the Committee on Ways and Xeans be instructed to inquire
and report by bill or otherwise to this House on the propriety and expediency
of forthwith levying nn export duty on cotton, tobacco, and nxval stores, the
proceeds of which shall be pledged to the payment of the interest and principa1 of t h e six per cent bonds that are authorized to be issued by the act of Con-

gress entitled "An act to reduce the currency and to authorize a new issue of
notes and bonds,'' amrov
ebruary seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixtyfour ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Miles submitted the following resolntion :
Resolved, That
the expediency of
privileges now en5

n-hich was adopted.

Naval Affairs be instructed to inquire into


and marines some increase of the
ase 6f clothing and small stores;

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Also, the following resolution :


Resolwd, T h a t the Committee on Xilitary Affairs be instructed to inquire
into the expediency of amending the exemption law so as t o allow increased
fwilities t o railroad rompanies in the transportation of Government freight ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Atkins introduced
A bill to authorize Confederate district judges to hold their
courts out of their districts in certain cases ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary.
Mr. Atkins submitted the following resoliltion :
Resolced, That the funeral expenses of IIonorable John A. Wilcox, a memberelect of this Congress, be paid out of the contingent fund of this EIouse, t h e
same not having been paid out of the contingent fund of the House of Representatives of the last Congress, in accordauce with a resolution adopted by
the last House of Representatives :

which was adopted.


Mr. Atkiiis moved that he have leave to withdraw from the Committee on Claims the papers in the case of Harvey M. Watterson,
subject to the rule of the House.
The motion prevailed.
Mr. McCallum introduced
A bill (to amend an act approved February sixteenth, eighteen
hundred and sixty-four. amending an act to regulate impressments,
approked March twenty-sixth, eighteen hundred and sixty-three, and
to repeal an act amendatory thereof , approved April twenty-seventh,
cightccn hundred and sixty-four ;
vhich was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on I~iipressments.
Also, a bill to increase the pay of commissioned officers, noncommissioned officers, and privates in the Xrmp of the Confederate
States; which was read a first and second time and referred to the
Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Murray introduced
A bill (to amend an act entitled An act to reduce the currency
and to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds:
which was read a fir& and second time and referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
Mr. Foote submitted the following resolution :
Resolced, T h a t t h e Committee on Ways and Means be instructed to inquire
into the expediency of adopting some such preanible and resolution as the following, viz:
Whereas the Constitution of t h e Confederate States has intrusted Congress
in a very special manner n-it8 t h e control and regulation of the currency; a n d
Whereas i t will be impossible t h a t Congress can perform this duty effectively
unless t h e ofice of Secretary of the Treasury be occupied by some individual
of unquestioned high ability as a financier, whose riel\-s i n regard t o important
matters of Enance, and especially in regard to the currency, a r e i n harmony
with those of Congress, and r h o shall be willing at all times t o carry into
prompt and efficient operation t h e deliberate enactments of Congress upon this
important subject ; and
Whereas the Secretary of the Treasury, for t h e reasons above suggested, has
been made by the Constitution directly responsible to Congress ; now, without
claiming in t h e least degree a right to trench upon the undoubted prerogative
of the Executive Department in matters of official appointment and removal

URXAL OF THE

LMay 27, 1864.

from office, but with a sincere desire to harmonize with the Iresident in a l l
things appertaining to the public weal,
& it resolved, That, without iritel~dirlgto call in question the honesty or
patriotisni of the present iricunibent Of the Treasury Department, it is the
deliberate judgment of this House that the public welfare does demand that
he should no longer be retained in said Department, but t h a t some other in&vidual of proper ability as a financier more likely to be successful in administering the affairs of said Department, and more likely t0 command the public.
confidence, should be appointed in his place.

Mr. Barksdale moved to lay the resolution on the table.


Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which mere ordered,
87
Yeas-----------------------And recorded as follows, viz: Nays_-_--------------------45
Yeas : Akin, Ayer, Barlrsdale, Bell, Branch, Bridgers, Eli 11. Bruce,
Horatio W. BrLice, Chilton, Chrisman, Conrad, De Jarnette, Dickillso11, Elliott, Farrow, Gholson, Johnston, Kenner. Lyon, Marshall,
McCallum, Miles, Montague, Morgan, Perkins, Pugh, Rives, Russell,
Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, Staples, Swan,
Whitfield, and Witherspoon.
Nays : Anderson, Atkins, Baldwin, Baylor, Blandford, Bradley,
Chambers, Clopton, Colyar, Cruikshank, Duprh, Echols, Ewing,
Foote, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, 9.13. Garland, R. I<. Garland, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Hodge,
Holder, Holliday, Keeble, Lamkin, J . M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Logan,
Machen, McMullin, Menees, Murray, Orr, Ramsay, TV. E. Smith,
Triplett, Turner, VillerC, and Wright.
So the motion to lay the resolution on the table was lost.
On motion of Mr. Foote, the resolution was ordered to be printed.
Pending the question on the adoption of the resolution,
Mr. Rives, under a suspension of the rules, presented the petition
of the Savings Bank of Lynchburg, asking the privilege of investing
five-dollar notes of the old issue in 6 per cent bonds; which was
referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Sexton moved that the rules be suspended to enable him to
introduce a joint resolution.
The motion was lost.
Mr. Akin moved that the rules be suspended to enable him to present a memorial.
The motion was lost.
The House the11 proceeded to the consideration of the special order,
viz :
The bill to amend the tax laws,
And resolved itself into Committee of the Whole, Nr. Sexton in the
chair; and having spent some time therein, the committee rose and
reported, through their Chairman, that they had had the subject
~eferredto them under consideration, and had come to 110 conclusion
thereon.
Mr. k h x h a l l rimed to reconsider the vote by which the Senate bill
present
to regulate the Pay and mileage of members of Congress during the
session was lost
Mr. Miles moved that
ouse do now adjourn.
Mr. Chrisman demand
nd nays thereon.

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Pending which,
The hour of 3 having arrived.
The House took a recess until 8 oclock;
And having reassembled,
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 20
The yeas and nays were recorded as follows, viz: Peas
Nays------54
Peas : Baldwin, Bridgers, IIoratio W. Bruce, De Jarnette, Ewing,
A\. 11. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gholson, Goode, Hodge, Keeble,
McCallum, Miles, Miller, Montague, Moore, Perkins, Simpson, Triplett, and Witherspoon.
Xays : Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Baylor, Bell, Blandford, Branch,
Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Cruilrshank,
Dickinson, Echols. Elliott, Farrow, Foster. Faller, Funsten, Gilmer,
Hartridge, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, Benner, Lamkin, J. M. Leach,
J. T. Tleach, Lester. Logan, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, McMullin,
Morgan, Mnrray. Ow, Pngh, Ramsay, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake,
Singleton, J. 31. Smith, W. E. Smith. Smith of Worth Carolina,
Smith of Alabama, Staples, Swan, VillerB, Whitfield, and Wright.
So the House refused to adjourn.
The House then resolved itself into Coiiimittee of the Whole to
consider the special order, Mr. Sexton in the Chair ; and having spent
some time therein, the committee rose and reported, through their
Chairman, that they had had the bill to amend the tax law under
consideration, and had cqme to no conclusion thereon.
On motion of Mr. Atkins,
The House adjourned.

TWESTY-FOURTI1DAY-SLATURDAY, MAY28, 1864.


O P E S SESSIOS.

The House met pursuant to adjouimnent, and nas opened with


prayer by Rer. Dr. Jeter.
Mr. Garland, from the Coniniittee on the Judiciary, submitted a
minority report on the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus;
\\*hich was laid upon the table and ordered to be printed.
011motion of M r . Singleton, leave of absence was granted his coIleagne, Mr. Rarksclale (detained from his seat by indisposition).
The House then. on motion of Mr. Rives. resolved itself into secret
session; and having spent some time therein, resumed business in
open session.
A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, the Secretary of that body ; t\ hich is as follows, viz :
X r . Speaker: The Senate have passed bills of the following titles, viz :
S. 48. A bill to amend the act to provide an invalid corps, approved February
li, 1S64; and
S. 50. 9 bill to regulate the selection of juries in t h e district courts of the
Confederate States in certain cases ;
I n which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House.
They h a r e concurred in the amendments of this House to bills of the following
titles, vie:
S. 4. An act to proride means of transit across t h e Mississippi River for
members of Congress residing west of said river in going to and returning
from the Confeclerate States Congress ; and
S. 39. A bill to amend the several acts in regard to chaplains.
They have passed, with amendments, a bill of this House (H. R. 5 2 ) to ilruend

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act to provide for holding elections of


Confederate States in the State of elldirected to ask the eoncurrenee of this
House.

Mr. Chambers moved to reconsider the vote by which the Senate


bill 6 to regulate the compensation and mileage of members of Congress for the present session was ordered to Its third reading.
The Chair laid before the House a communication from the President ; which was read as follows, V1z :
RIGHMORD,
VA., May 28, 1864.
po the House of Representatives:

In response to a resolution of the House of Representatives of the 15th


January last, I herewith transmit for your information a communication from
the Secretary of War, covering a list of those who hare been retired from the
military service i n accordance with the provisions of the Act for ridding
the Army of ignorant, disabled, and incompetent officers.
JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The communication and accompanying documents were laid upon


the table and ordered to be printed.
Mr. Atkins moved that the House do now adjourn.
Mr. Swan demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which were ordered,
And recorded as follows, viz: Yeas- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - _- - - - - - - - 42
Yays ---__-________--_________
37
Yeas : Atkins, Baldwin, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli 11.Bruce,
Horatio W.Bruce, Clopton, Conrad, De Jarnette, Dicliiiison, Dupr4,
Elliott, Ewing, Foote, Funsten, Gaither, A. H. Garland, Goode,
Hanly, Hartridge, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, Keeble, Kenner, LamIdn, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Marshall, RiIcCallum, Menees, Miles,
Miller, Montague, Pugh, Rives, Russell, Yimpson, Staples, Welsh,
and Witherspoon.
Nays : Akln, Bell, Blandford, Chilton, Chrisman, Colyar, Cruikshank, Echols, Farrow, Foster, Fuller, R. K. Garland, Gilmer,
Heislrell, Lester, Logan, Machen, McMullin, Morgan, Murray, Orr,
Perlrins, Ramsay, Rogers, Sexton, Shewmake, Singleton, J. M. Smith,
W.E. Smith, Smith of Korth Carolina, Smith of Alabama, Swan,
Triplett, Turner, Viller6, Whitfield, and Wright.
So the motion ppevailed, and
The S eaker announced that the House stood adjourned until 11
o~Cloc1~
&onday.
SECRET SESSION.

The House being in secret session,


Mr. Rives submitted the following resolution :
Whereas it has pleased Almighty God to bless the arms of the Confederate
States with a series of signal successes since the opening of thepreseiit calnptlig11, demonstrating their unquestionable ability to maintain the integrity of
their political organization, and enabling them, therefore, to express the desire
they have ever felt for peace without danger of their sentiments h e h g ascribed
to weakness or apprehension
R e s o l y d (the Senate conc ring), That a joint coninlittee of the two rlOUses
he alwlnted to prepare a manife
iefly hut clistinctlg the true
fllurticter of the war on the
Stiltes. the principles, disposition, and purposes by wh
actuated \Vith regard to it,
and .their sincere wish, on
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security of their rights, t o put a n end to a sanguinary strife so nffiictire to


humanity, so contrary to t h e spirit of tbe age, and so injurious to the interests
and repose of the civilized world.

Mr. Baldwin moved that the rule be suspended restricting debate


upon the resolution ; which motion prevailed.
Mr. Foote moved to amend the resolution by adding the following,
viz :
Resolved, T h a t whenever t h e President shall have reasoil to believe that by
t h e repeated victories achiei-ed by our armies such a change of public seiitimeut
in the North in regard to t h e expediency of continuing t h e prosecution of the
present w a r has been e4ected as to evilice clearly t h a t our said enemy has been
beaten out of his vain confidence iu our subjugation, and he shall, in order to
encourage t h e friends of peace in the S o r t h and distract and divide those who
are now making n-ar upou us, decide to send commissioners to R.ashinkgton City,
for the purpose of proposing the opening of negotiations with a view to the
effectuation of peace, upon the basis of Confederate independence, the two
Houses of Congress n-ill cordially support him in t h a t movement.

Pending which,
The Chair laid before the House a. communication from the President; which was read as follows, viz :
RICHMOXD,
YA.,Jlllny LS, 1864.
To the Senate and House o f Representatives:
I herewith transmit for your information a comiiiunicatioii froin the Secretary
of 1T7ar, coveririg copies of several reports of military operations, together ~vitli
a copy of a letter from Gen. R. E. Lee, in which he expresses his disapproval
of the publication of such reports, and to which I invite your special attention.
JEFFERSOS DAVIS.

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to


the Committee on Military Affairs.
The Chair also laid before the House a communication frorn the
Secretary of the Treasury, inclosing an estimate of appropriation
required for the redelliption of the public debt clue on the Erlanger
loan ; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
On motion of Mr. htkins,
The House resolved itself into open session.

O P E S SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and w a s opened ivith


prayer by the Rev. Dr. Doggett.
The Chair laid before the House a communication from the President; which is as follows? viz :
To the Senate mzcl Ho:ise of Representatives of the .Confederate States of

Azer-ica:

d bill t o proride and crganize a general staff for nrinies in tlic field. to
serve during the ivar, was passed by your predecessors aiid submitted for my
:t!)proval : I t the close of t h e last session. 1 as unable to approve it2. and now
clesire t:, stiite niy abjections to it, as ~ v c l ltis 1211 views on this ~mportnnt
subject, iu the hope that, by a comparison of opinion, some measure may be
franied equally acceptable to the legislative nnrl exerntire departments of t h e
Gorernuieiit.
I believe it t;, be established 1,s t h e experience of Enrope. as well as our own,
t h a t it is iuipmctic:tbic to ory;inize and administer armies with efficiency without the aid of a general staE. permalielit in its character, tFnined in its duties,
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own coi.ps, aud responsible to the head of the


uld be composed of a small body of o f k e r s whose
ience, activity, and special adaptation to their duties render
competent to perform functions 011 which an army depends for
its capacity to act with vigor. In Europe years of varied education in the
SC~OO]S,
the cantonment, and the field fit the Staff Officer for his position, and a
lollg experience in the lower grades is required before he is deemed competent
to duty in a 113ore important sphere. We are forced to lllalX! experimental
appojntlncnts of officers unprepared by any previous training. and who can only
acquire in actllal service that experience which 111ust serve in place of wellgrounded instruction. I t is scarcely possible to make this experience supply
the defect of previous military education otherwise than by the organization of
the officers into one corps, responsible to one head, who can assign them t o positions indemiident of the movements of general officers, and who, by judiciously
varyilig the field or character of their duties, can give them larger opportunities for instruction and prevent their views being narrowed to t h e routine and
usages of a single commander, himself, perhaps, without military education.
lope of promotion, founded on their own merit and length of good service, is
as necessary to the officers of the general staff as to those of t h e line, furnishing the best stimulus Bnown to hoiiorable exertion and zealous discharge of
duty. This stimulus can not exist unless the staff be organized into one corps,
responsible to one chief, who, t h u s becoming intimately acquainted with the
capacity and merits of each, is able properly to distribute t h e duties so as to
secure the services of the riglit inan in the right place, and afford to each an
opportunity for distinction. I f otherwise, each staff officer becomes dependent
upon the particular commander with whom he is serving. No means of comparison exist between the relative merits of the officers. Each loolrs for promotion to the favor of his general, and rises in grade not by his own relative merit,
but by the patronage of his commander. A gallant and able commander, whose
own promotion is exceptionally rapid by reason of his special merits, is thus
enabled to lift to higher grades the officers of his staff t o wbom he has become
attached by companionship in the field, although these officers may be far
inferior i n merit and length of service to others whose duties have connected
them with generals less distinguished. Promotioil thus becomes Ti-ith the staff
a matter of hazard, dependent not on the merit of the officer himself, but of the
general with whom he serves, and heartburnings, jealousy, and discontent a i ~
the natural results of so false a system.
Again, if the general staff is not formed into corps there will not be the
esprit necessary in all military organizations, and there can not be the cointelligence among the officers thereof which secures t h e certain and rapid
communication of all information through the different parts of a n army.
Therc will also be enibarrassnient in their tenure of office and assignment to
duty. A s when a general officer dies, or is relieved from his command, there
remain no duties to be performed by the staff w h k h bad hern authorized for
him especially. However valuable or meritorious the officers may be, they are
displaced by tlle staff chosen by the successor of their commander. Nothing
remains but to deprive them of their commissions without fault of their own, or
to Beep them in service as supernumeraries, and thus to add t o the number of
oflicers already in excess of the wants of the Army.
Again, tin organization of a general staff should possess flcxibility, so t h a t the
proper rinniber and class of staff officers can be sent where needed. I f a n inflexible rule of assignment be fixed by legislation, some commands will be cumbered with uiinecessary officers, while others will be deficient in the number
iiiclispensable to perform the necessary duties. Legislation ~ o u l dsurely be
coilsidered unwise if i t allotted by inflexible rule the number of troops to be
used in each iniHtary department, yet i t would be scarcely niore objectionable
than the nasignlitent of the same specified number of staff officers to each commander according to his
applying a general rule to a series of
cases each requiring
The inspecting dut
ght not. in my judgment, to be sepnrated
fro111 those of tlir a
roneous impression prevails that an inle general staff, is established in most of
specting departinent,
The reverse is the fact, and the duties of inspection are
staff that they can
paratioil a r e mauifold 111 the first i ~ l a
than inspecting duties must
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but very little time. S e s t , it is to be observed that where the adjutants and
inspectors form one corps the duties of the adjutant make him familiar with the
details of the service where reform and discipline a r e most needed, and thus
render him more conipetent to effective inspection when assigned to that duty
than he could be if exclusively employed as inspector. Lastly, the duties of a n
inspector are such a s not to render the officer who performs them acceptable to
his brother officers, if his duty be properly performed. It is not to be wondered
at that a n officer, whose duties may not be inappropriately described as those of
a detective, should, if his duty be rigidly performed, incur somewhat of the
odium of an informer, and when these duties constitute the sole service of a n
officer permanently attached to a n aimy he must become either so lax in their
performance as to render him useless, or his professional pride and self-respect
a r e wounded and his relations with his brother officers unfavorably affected by
t h e distrust and dislike resulting from his official reports. When, however,
an assistant adjutant and inspector general is from time to time assigned to the
making of necessary inspections a t various points, this temporary discharge of
a n unpleasant duty becomes but a n incident in his professional career, and does
not affect his relations with his brother officers.
Having stated these as the general principles which, in my judgment, should
govern legislation on the subject, the objections to the bill passed at the last
Pession can be more easily understood, and I proceed to state them briefly :
I. The first section of the bill authorizes a general commanding armies or a
separate army to assign to duty one of the general officers under his command
as chief of staff, one of the brigadier-generals under his command as inspectorgeneral, and one other brigadier as chief quartermaster; one officer below the
rank of brigadier as chief commissary, and one a s chief of ordnance.
This power of assignment is given without reference to, or consultation
with, tlle War Department 01' the Executive, and might be exercised in contravention of the views and judgment of both. Leaving out of view the question whether it is in accordance with the Constitution to make the commander
of an army independent of the Commander in Chief in the discharge of any of
t h e duties of his ofice, and looking only to the effect of such a system, it
plainly creates in this branch of the service as many independent executives
a s there a r e generals commanding armies in the field, and thus destroys thiit
wiitj- of design and concert of action which a r e indispensable elements of
success in war. The generals commanding armies would be by this section
vested with the right to derange thc organization of their commands as
settled hy t h e Commander in Chief by removing from their appropriate functions the connuanders of corps, divisions, and hrigades whom the Executive
had selected and the Senate had approved as specially fitted to lead the troops iii
battle.
That the general conimantling t h e army has, under the terms of this section,
the right of assigning general officers under his command to the duties of the
general staff, without reference to the authority of the Executive, is plain from
the other sections, which declare that the President is to appoint, with the advice
o t h e Senate, the staffs of all general officers other than those who command
armies.
Xor does this section restrict the commanding general in relation to the
branch of service or the grade of the officers whom he is permitted to
assign to commissary and ordnance duties of the general staff. It is only
necessary that they be below the rank of brigadier-general. The commanding
general would have the power, therefore, to assign a captain commissary to
be chief of ordnance, or a lieutenant of infantry to be chief commissary,
uithout check o r control from the President or Senate, while the President
would be without power to appoint subordinates to the officers thus selected
by the general of an army without submitting their nominations for the
approval of the Senate. Xot only, therefore, i s all order of authority interwrted by these provisions. but the officers assigned to duty by the commanding
generals, not being permanent members of the general staff, would be independent of its chief, and inextricable confusion would necessarily result.
This section, so f a r from responding to the title of t h e bill by providing a
general staff, in reality breaks up that which now exists, subdivides it into a
number of small bodies irresponsible to the head of the department, and
- destroys t h e possibility of any regukxr. consistent. :tnd intelligent cooperation
in the action of our forces, so essential to success. Its effect is to create a
staff for generals, not a general staff.

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If a contest should
tween the quartcriiiaster-~eiierals,the coninlis.
ordnance of Generals A nnd B, in any district
saries-general, or the c
of couutr,v, for sl1pplics or nieaiis of transportation, who is to determine be.tv\.een tliese rivals, each equal in authority and each dependent on :t separate
~ the cliiefs cf t h x e bureaus in Iiicliniond to t~l~portinn
tile
cllief? 1 1 0 ~are
supplies in store according to the wants of the different armies, without
authority to exact froin thein reports and returns? If i t bc saicl tlmt these
officers would becouie temporarily responsible to the heads of departments,
~o\.v is this responsibility to be enforced if thc orders of the general and those
of the cliief of the departincnt should conflict? If ordnance depots :Ire protided a t different points for different coniniands, how is the olficer in charge
of these depots to act if ordered by the chief of ordnance of a general in the
field to inalce a different disposal of the stores from t h a t ordered by t h e heat1
of the department in Riclimond?
If such a bill should become a law, in vain would t h e War Departnieiit
to extlct rigid obeclience to law or orders from the irresiionsible staff created
ultder its provisions. I n vain would it seek for the inforination necessary
for its guidance, or attcmpt to change the relative stl.etigth of armies to meet
the varying nlovements of the enemy. The staff officers could be made the
lscaady and safe means of thwarting the Government in its orders for the
rclnoval of troops from one comniand to reenforce threatened positions in
another, and could be easily rendered subservient to t h e natural but dangerous
propensity of most coniinanders to retain all the troops under their oivn control
for the safety of their own commands, without reference to more urgent needs
tit other points.
It is scarcely necessary to add to these considerations more than a bare
allusion to the tendency of such bodies of officers, when dependent for their
ow11 promotion on the favor of their special chiefs, t o resort to agendes less
coinmendable than the zealous discharge of their legitimate duties for the
attainment of their desires.
11. Another very objectionable feature of the bill proposed is its effect on
the officers of the general staff other than those who may be selepted as the
favorites of conimanding generals.
Numbers of zealous, meritorious, and valuable officers have made the duties
of the general staff objects of special study; have embraced the staff as a
branch of the professiou in which, under existing laws, they are entitled to
proniotion for merit and long service, just as the line officers h a r e a right to
promotion in their branch.
This bill deprives the staff olIicers of this the great incentive to the zealous
discharge of duty. I t debars thein from promotion to the higher grades of
their own branch of service, and bestows these prizes of hanorable ambition
on officers of the line, who will thus monopolize the proniotioiis to t h e higher
grades, both in the line and staff, to the entire exclusion of t h e oficers of the
latter. Few will be willing to remain in the staff under such circumstances.
Those who consent to continue will be those least ambitious of promotion,
and the whole staff service will be impaired i n tone and efficiency.
111. The assignment of general officers to staff duties, as provided in the
bill, would leave many brigades, some divisions, and, perhaps, some corps,
without their appropriate commanders, and no provision is made to supply
the vacancies thus created. Bre their cominands to be considered vacant and
successors appointed? If so, what is to become of those assigned to staff
. duty should the coinnianding general rerolie the assignnient? If the contrary.
maiiy brigades ]Till be coniniancled by the officer next in rank to t h e assigned
bi*igadier. however incwmpetent such officer may be to command a brigade,
and the like would occur as to divisions and corps, in contravention of the
Policy well considered and established that general officers are appointed by
selection for merit, and not promoted by seniority. If the conilllanding general
is ordered to another command, is he to take his staff with him, or is he to
leave i t for service with
sor? I n either case i s the whole general
staff of each army to be
the caprice of the new commander? This
must bc the effect of th
e power to assign necessarily implies the
power to revoke, as i t 11
se be equivalent to a permanent appointe President, with the advice and consent

t i t appties one rigid rule for the


the rank of the commander, and

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having no reference to t h e necessities of n command. The staff allowed is


excessive in number and rank in inany instances and entirely inadequate in
others. A law providing H general staff 011 such a basis as is assumed in this
bill can not, frolii its very nature, be executed according t o its terms. The
labor required of the staff coiinerted with a brigade, division, or corps depends
on the fact of its being p a r t of a n arniy or a separate comiuand, as well as on
t h e number of men, the extent of the couiitry over wliich operations a r e to be
conducted, t h e abundance or scarcity of supplies in t h e district, t h e existence
or absence of railroad, river, or other transportation, t h e concentration or
dispersion of t h e troops, and t h e many other circuiustances which control
military movements in time of war. I t is impossible to apply a rigid, unbending rule to such direrse ctises.
An organization into corps meets all these dilIiculties by providing for assignment of the proper number of officers to different coinmands according to the
needs of each.
V. The number and rank of the aid+de-cnnip allowed by the bill is believed to
be greatly in excess of those allowed by other governments, and quite unsuited
to the nature of ours. They would rather impede than improve t h e service.
They would encourage a lore of ostentation and feed a fondness for vain display,
which should rather be discouraged than fostered. The experience of this war
has demonstrated t h a t the most efficient commanders, those who have most
attracted the respect, gratitude, and admiration of thcir country, have avoided
the large retinuc of personal staff which this bill would seem to sanction a s
proper or desirable.
VI. The objection t o t h e enormous increase in t h e nuniber of officers and
expenditure t h a t mould result from the passage of such a bill becomes a matter of serious concern when no corresponding increase of efficiency is secured;
of still graver importance, when the opposite result i s to be feared.
According to t h e bill as passed, the staff would embrace a n addition of about
four hundred officers, involving an increased annnnl expenditure for pay, rations,
forage, and allowance, amounting to $1,138,728 above the present staff as organized by general order4 under existing legislatiou.
If generals are t o be alloxx-ed to change the staff of each army t o mliich they
inay be assigned at their pleasure, it is difficult to calculate the extent to which
this abuse would grow, the number of men t h a t would be withdrawn from useful service to cumber the staff, o r t h e increase of expenditure involved.
Congress will perceiie t h a t n i t h objections so radical i t was impossible fbr
me to approve the bill passed a t thc last session, and t h a t the subject was too
important to be treated in a liurried message mithin the last few hours of the
close of a Congress. Conrurring i n t h e exllediency of legislation for the organization of a general staff, I have thought a full exposition of my views on the
subject would, perhaps, conduce t o the framing of i i nieasure which would carry
into effect the views of t h e legislative departinent while excluding the prorisions which have compelled ine t o decline approving that devised by your
predecessors.
JEFFEKSOS DAVIS.
RICHMORD,
X a g 25, 1564.

On motion of Mr. Garland, the commiinication was referred to the


Committee on Military Affairs and ordered to be printed.
The Chair laid before the House the memorial of the James River
Canal Packet Company, asking increased Compensation for carrying
the mail; which was referred to thc Committee on PostOfficeq arid
Post-Roa ds.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 50) '-to regulate the selection of juries in
the district courts of the Confederate States in certain cases; " which
was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on
the Judiciary.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 48) " t o arnend the act to provide an invalid
corps, approved seventeenth February, eighteen hundred arid sixty- four; " mhich was read a first and second time and referred to the
Committre on Military Affairs.
Also, a bill (H. R. 52) " t o amend an act of this Congress entitled

NAL OF THE

LA^ act to provide for holdin elections of Representatives in the

Confederate ,hates in the State of Tennessee;


which had been returned from the Senate with the following amendments :

congress
of the

1. Strike out, in section 1, line 2. the words Of this Congress and insert in
line 4, after the word Tennessee, the words approved &Iag first, eighteen
hundred and sixty-three.
2. Amend the title by :triliing out the words of this Congress and adding
a t end of title the words approved May first, eighteen hundred and sixty-three.?

Mr. Heiskell moved to suspend the rules requiring the amendments


to h referred to a committee.
The motion prevailed, and the amendments of the Senate were
concurred in.
Mr. Dupr6, under a suspension of the rules? presented a communication from the Superintendent of Public Printing; which mas laid
upon the table.
Mr. DuprB, from the Committee on Printing, to whom had been
referred a Senate bill ( S . 22) to secure the prompt printing of the
laws of the Confederate States, tinder a suspension of the rules,
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass with
the following amendments:
Add the following as independent sections :
SEC.3. That all the printing required by the heads of the sereral Executive
Departments (the Post-Office Department excepted) shall be executed under the
direction of the Superintendent of Public Printing, and such compcnsation shall
be paid as may be agreed upon between the heads of the Departments, respectively, and the contractor or contractors doing the work. The Superintendent
of Public Printing shall have authority to apportion t h e work of said Departments among any number of contractors and printing establishments t h a t may
be necessary to secure the prompt execution thereof; and he may have the
s s F e done by job or otherwise.
SEC. 4. I n addition to the copy of the laws which t h e members of Congress
are now entitled to receive by lam, there shall be delivered to then] by the
Attorney-General one copy of the acts of each session of Congress and one copy
of the laws of the Provisional Congress now in course of publication ; and hereafter every new member of Congress shall be entitled to two copies of the said
laws.
Insert after the word i?rinting, in the second line of tlie bill, tlie words
publishing, and binding.

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the


Calendar,
It was decided in the-negative.
The amendments of the Senate were agreed to.
The bill mas read a-third time and passed, and the title was read
and agreed to.
Mr. Chilton, under a suspension of the rules, submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That tlie Committee on Accounts audit and certify the amount Of
llccessrlry expense incurred by Captain Ben. Lane Posey in attending as a witne9s before the committee charged with the investigation of t h e charges agaillst
11. R. 1V, Cohh end said account, when so audited and certified, shall be paid
Out of the contingent fund of this House ;

which was adopted.


Mr.. Sexton moved to su
the bill t o establish cert
The motion prevailed.

s, to take lip for consideratioil

therein named.

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Mr. Sexton submitted the following amendments ; which were


agreed to :
Also. from Warwick Post-Offire. i n Worth County. Georgia,
- to Vienna. Doolr
County, Georgia.
Also, from Big Lick, Roarioke County, Virginia, to Rocky Mount, Franklin
County, Virginia, via BonbroOli.
Also, from Independence. Grayson County, Virginia, via Soah Longs, John C.
Harringtons, and Samuel Perkins, to Big Meadows, in the said county of
Grayson.
Also, from Rye Valley, in Smyth County, Virginia, r i a Esquire Ross, in
Grayson County, and Bridle Creek to Independence. in said county of Grayson.

Mr. Fuller submitted the following amendnient :


Amend route No. 21i3 so a s to read :
Froin Fayetteville, by Lumber Bridge, Dundarrach, Mealton [ Maxton?],
Gilopolis, Laurinburg, Springfield, and Gibsons Store, [Sorth Carolina,] and
Brightsrille, South Carolina, to Cheraw, South Carolina.

The amendment was agreed to.


The bill was engrossed. read a third time, and passed, and the title
mas read and agreed to.
The House then proceeded to the consideration of unfinished business, viz:
The resolution of Mr. Foote in regard t o a change in the head of the
Treasury Department.
Mr. Foote, by unanimous consent, having modified his resolution
by striking out the preamble,
JIr. Lyon moved to refer the resolution to the Committee on the
Judiciary.
Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which were ordered,
43
Yeas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
recorded as follo,3,s, viz: Nays
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 37
Yeas : Akin, Anderson, Ayer, Barksdale, Blandford, Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio TIT. Bruce, Chrisman,
Clopton, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Echols, Elliott, Farrow, Funsten,
Gaither, Gholson, Hodge, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lester,
Lyon, McCallum, ;3lcNullin, Montague, Morgan, Pugh, Rives, Russell, Shewmalie, Singleton, J. M. Smith, Smith of Alabama, Swan,
Whitfield, M7itherspoon.and Wright.
Kays : htkins, Baldwin, Bell, Chambers, Chilton, Conrad, Cruikshank, Dupr6, Foote, Foster, Fuller, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland,
Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Lamltin, J. M. Leach,
J. T. Leach, Logan, Machen, Marshall, Menees, Miller, Murray, Orr,
Perkins, Ramsay, Rogers, Sexton, W. E. Smith, Staples, Triplett,
Turner, and VillerC.
So the motion to refer prevailed.
M i . Sexton introduced
joint resolution o f thanks to the Kinth Regiment of Texas
Infantry;
which Bras read a first and second time, engrossed, read a third time,
and passed.
Mr. Russell submitted the following resolution :

Resolved, T h a t the joint resolution fising the time for the adjournment of t h e
Senate and House of Representatires on the thirty-first day of May, eighteerl
hundred and sixty-four. be. and is hereby, rescinded.

JOURNAL OF THE

t M a y 30, 1861.

Mr. A. H. Garland submitted the following amendmellt :


Add a t tire elld of the resoliitiou the following : and the Sellate concurring,
tile Presidellt of the Senate and the SDeaker Or the House of Representatives
:tdjourn their respectire bodies. sine die, a t ttwlw2 OClOCli meridian on Saturday,
tile fourth day of June, eighteen hundred and SixtY-four.

Mr. Hartridge submitted the following ameiidment to the amendment :


Strihe out the whole thcreof and insert the following, riz : and t h a t the
presidciit of the Senate arid the Speaker of the House of Representatives adjourn
tlpir respectise IIouses at twelre meridian on Tuesday. June seventh.

Mr. Marshall moved to postpone the considcration of the resolution and amendments for the present, to enable him to call u p his
motion to reconsider the vote by which the Senate bill to regulate
the compensation of members of Congress for the present session
was lost.
The motion to postpone prevailed.
The motion to reconsider also prevailed.
Mr. Chambers moved that>his motion to reconsider the vote by
which the bill was ordered to a third reading be taken lip for consideration.
The motion prevailed.
Mr. Qoode called the question ; which was ordered, and the motion
to reconsider prevailed.
Mr. 13. M. Bruce moved that the bill be referred to a special committee of one from each State.
Mr. Dupr6 called the question ; which was ordered, and the motion
was lost.
Mr. Marshall moved to amend the bill by striking out the words
LL for the present session; which amendment was agreed to.
Mr. R~issellmoved to amend the bill by adding a t the end thereof
the words for twelve months after the passage of this act.
Mr. Marshall moved the previous question; which -was ordered.
The amendment of Mr. Russell was lost.
The bill was read a third time, and the question recurring and
being put,
Shall the bill pass?
Mr. Foster demanded the yeas and nays ;
Which were ordered,
37
And recorded as follovr7s,
viz: Lleas------------------y , _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 45 r471
Yeas: Baylor, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. B r ~ c e ,Chrisman, Dupr6, Elliott, Ewing, Foote, Funsten, Gaither, -4.H. Garland,
Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Hodge, Keeblc. I<wn v ,
Lamkin, Lester, Logan, Machen, Marshall, McCallum, Miles, Miller, Morgan, Ramsay, Read, Rogers, Smith of Alabama, Swan, Triplett, VillerB, and Whitfield.
Nays : Akin, Anderson,
dwin, Barlisdale, Bell,
Boyce, Bradley, Bridgers,
on, Colyar, ConPad, Cruilrshank, De Jarnette
Farrow, Foster,
Fuller, R. I<. Garland, Ghols
Holliday, Johnston, J . M. Leach, J. T. Leach
enees, Montaguet
Murray, Perlrins, P
ewmake, Simpson,

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W. E. Smith, Smith of Sorth Carolina, Staples, JVitherspoon, and


Wright.
So the bill was lost.
Mr. Read moved that the rules be suspended to enable him to
introduce a bill.
The motion was lost.
Mr. Foster moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill t o
regulate the compensation and mileage of members of Congress for
the present session was lost.
Mr. Marshall moved to lay the motion to reconsider on the table.
Mr. Hanly demanded the yeas and nays thereon; which were not
ordered.
The motion to lay on the table was lost, and the motion to reconsider prevailed.
On motion of Mr. Foote, the bill was referred to a select committee
of one from each State, to be appointed by the Chair.
Mr. S. B. Callahan, Delegate from the Creek Xation, appeared,
was sworn to support the Constitution of the Confederate States,
and took his seat in the House.
The House then returned to the consideration of the resolution of
Mr. Russell to rescind the resolution of adjournment.
Mr. Heiskell called the question ; which was ordered.
The question being on the amendment of Mr. Hartridge to the
amendment of Mr. [A. H.] Garland,
Mr. Hodge demanded the yeas and nays ;
Which were ordered,
L4I
And recorded as follolTs, viz : S a y s _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ - 45
39 [381
Teas : Anderson, Aver, Baldwin, Bradley, Eli M.Bruce, Horatio W.
Bruce, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, De Jarnette, Elliott, Farrow, Foote,
Funsten, Gholson, Gilmer. Goode, Hanly, Hartridge. Heisliell, Hilton, Hodge, Holder, Holliday, Johnston, Kenner, J . M. Leach,
Machen, Marshall, JlcCallum, McMullin, Menees, Miles, Montague,
Murray. Perkins, Rires, Rogers, Russell. Shewmalie, Simpson, Staples, Villerk, Whitfield. Wickham, and Witherspoon.
Says : Akin, Xtkins, Bell, Blandford, Boyce, Branch, Bridgers,
Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Cruikshanli, Dickinson, Duprk, Echols,
Ewing, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, A. H. Garland, R. I<, Garland, Keeble, Lamkin, J. T. Leach. Lester, Logan, Lyon, Morgan, Pugh, Ramsap, Sexton, Singleton, J. M. Smith, TV. E. Smith, Smith of North
Carolina, Swan. Triplett, Turner, and Wright.
So the amendment was agreed to.
The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Garland, as
amended,
Mr. Heiskell called the question ; which was ordered.
Upon which Mr. H. TI. Bruce demanded the yeas and nays ;
Which mere ordered,
Yeas____-------------------52
And recorded as follows, viz: Nays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Yeas : Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Baylor, Bell, Blandford, Boyce,
Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Colyar,
Conrad, De Jarnette, Duprk, Echols, Ewing, Farrow, Funsten,
Gaither, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gilmer, Hartridge, Heiskell,

iyeas-------------------

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Hedge, Holder, J. M. Leach, Lester, Logan, ban, Machen, McCallun1, McMullin, Menees, Miles, Miller, Murray, p L & ,
12ives, Sexton,
Shewmake, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, TV. E. Smith, Turner,
VillerQ,Whitfield, and Witherspoon.
Nays: Ayer, Baldwin, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio 11. I3ruce, Clopton,
Cruikshank, Dickinson, Elliott, Foote, Foster, Fuller, (:holson, Goode,
Hanly, Hilton, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Renner, Lamkin, J . T.
Leach, Marshall, Montague, Morgan, Perkins, Ramsay, Read, Rogers,
Russell, Smith of Korth Carolina, Staples, Swan, Triplett, and
Wright.
So the amendment was agreed to.
Mr. Atkins moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called the
qest,ion; which was ordered, and the motion was lost.
The question recurring on the resolution of Mr. Russell, as
amended,
Mr. Marshall demanded the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered,
Yeas ---- -------- ----------__5s
And recorded as follows, viz: Nays
29
Yeas : Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Baylor, Bradley,
Branch, Bridgers, Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clopton, Conrad,
De Jarnette, Dickinson, Dupr6, Echols, Ewing, Farrow, Foote,
Funsten, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode. Hartridge, Heislrell, Hilton,
Hodge, Holder, Johnston, Kenner, J. M. Leach, J . T. Leach, Lester,
Logan, Lyon, Machen, McCallum, McMullin, Menees, Miller, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Pugh, Rives, Russell, Sexton, Shewmalie. Simpson,
Singleton, Staples, VillerQ, and Witherspoon.
Nays: Bell, Blandford, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W.Bruce, Cruikshank, Elliott, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, A4.H. Garland, R. I<. Garland, Hanly, Holliday, Keeble, Lamkin, Marshall, Miles, Montague,
Morgan, Ramsay, Read, Rogers, J. I\I. Smith, W.E. Smith, Smith of
North Carolina, Swan, Triplett, Turner, and Wright.
So the resolution was adopted.
A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Kash, the Secretary of that body; which is a s follows, viz:
_ _ _ L _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

X r . Speaker: The Senate hare passed a bill (S. 53) to amend the several acts
in relation to a volunteer navy, and a bill (8. 38) for the paynient of coniniissioners appointed under the act entitled An act to suspend the privilege of the
writ of habeas corpus in certain cases, and to confer certain powers upoii said
coulmissioners; in which I am directed to ask the concurrelice of this House.

Mr. Cruikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported


as correctly enrolled
S. 7. Joint resolution in regard to the exemption of editors and
employees of newspapers ;
S. 10. An act to amend an act entitled An act to aid any State in
communicating with and perfecting records concerning its troops,
ap roved February 16,1864;
28. An act to amend an act entitled An act creating the oficeof
ensign in the Army of the Confederate States;
S. 39. An act to amend the several acts in regard to chaplains; and
S.41. An act to provide
pointment of a disbursing clerk
in the War Department.
And the Speaker signed

g.

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (8. 53) to amend
the several acts i n relation to R volunteer navy; which was read a
first and second time and referred to the Committee on Kaval Affairs.
Also, a bill of the Senate (S. 38) for the payment of commissioners appointed under the act entitled An act to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in certain cases, and to confer
certain powers upon said commissioners; which was read a first
and second time and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Lyon moved that the House resolve itself into secret session.
The motion was lost.
The House then resolved itself into Committee of the Whole to
consider the special order, viz :
The bill to amend the tax laws,
Mr. Sexton in the chair.
Pending which,
The hour of 3 having arrived,
The Speaker took the chair and announced that the House would
take a recess until 8 oclock.
Having reassembled a t that hour,
The House again resolved itself into Committee of the Whole, Mr.
Sexton in the chair ; and having spent some time therein, the committee rose and reported, through their Chairman, that the committee
had had the subject referred to them under consideration, and had
come to no conclusion thereon.
The Speaker announced the appointment of the special committee
on the Senate bill t o regulate the compensation and mileage of
members of Congress for the present session as follows :
1. Mr. Foote of Tennessee ;
2. Mr. Marshall of Kentucky;
3. Mr.Chambers of Mississippi ;
4. Mr. Kenner of Louisiana ;
5. Mr. Gilmer of S o r t h Carolina ;
6. Mr. Pugh of Alabama ;
7 . Mr. A. H. Garland of Arkansas;
8. Mr.Russel1 of Virginia;
9. Mr. Simpson of South Carolina;
10. Mr. J. M. Smith of Georgia ;
11. Mr. Morgan of Texas; and
12. Mr. Rogers of Florida.
A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secretary; which is as follows, viz:

Xr. Speaker: T h e Senate concur in the resolution of the House of Representatives rescinding the resolution passed by the two Houses fixing a day
for the adjournment of the present session of Congress, and fixing Tuesday,
the 7th day of June next, therefor.

The House then, on motion of Mr. Miles, resolved itself into secret
session; arid having spent some time therein, resumed business in
open session.
On motion of Mr. Machen,
The House adjourned until 11 oclock to-morrow.

RNAL OF THE
SECBET SESSION.

The House being in secret session,


A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Seeretary; which is as follows, viz:
MT. &eaker: The Senate have passed a bill of the following title, r i z :
s. 57. An act to provide for the appointment of oficers with tempoiwy ralllr
and command;
In which I aln directed to ask the concurrelice of this House.

- The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S.57)

to provide
for the appointment of officers with temporary rank and command;
which was read a first and second time.
Mr. Miles moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be
referred to a committee.
The motion prevailed.
Mr. Foote submitted the following amendment :

In the second section, strike out the word:,


require and insert in lieu thereof the words

snch time a s t h e exigency inax

thirty days.

Mr. Hartridge demanded the previous question.


Mr. Hodge demanded the yeas and nays thereon; which mere not
ordered, and the demand for the previous question mas snstained.
The question being on the amendment of Mr. Foote,
Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays; which were not ordered,
and the amendment was lost.
The question recurring on ordering the bill to a third rending,
It was decided in the affirmative.
Mr. Chilton moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill ~ v a s
ordered to a third reading.
Mr. Hilton called the question; which was ordered.
Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which were ordered,
Yeas __--___--_-__--------__
n
And recorded as follows,viz: Nays
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 41
Peas : Baldwin, Baylor, Branch, Chilton, Cruikshank, Foote,
Puller, A. H. Garland, Gilmer, Holliday, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T.
Leach, Logan, McCallum, Orr, Ramsay, W. E. Smith, Smith of North
Carolina, Triplett, and VillerC.
Nays : Akin, Anderson, Barksdale, Bell, Blandford, Bradley,
Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Chambers, Colyar, Conrad, Dickinson, Echols,
Ewing, Foster, Gaither, R. I(.Garlancl, Gholson, Goode, Hartridge,
Hilton, Hodge, Johnston, Heeble, Lester, Lyon, Machen, McRlullin,
Miles, Montague, Morgan, Perkins, Pugh, Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson,, Singleton, J. M. Smith, Smith of Alabama, Whitfield, and
Wright.
So the motion to reconsider was lost.
Mr. Goode called the question ; which was ordered.
The question being put,
Shall the bill pass?
It was decided in the affirmative, and the title was read and agreed

to.

On motion of Mr. A. 13. Garland,


The House resolved itself into

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125

HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

MAY 31, 1864.

TWENTY-SIXTH DAY-TUESDAY,
OPEN SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with


Rev. Dr. Doggett.
air announced, the appointment of the special committee
resolution of Mr. Heislcell to investigate the violations of
ment law in East Tennessee and southwestern Virginia,
viz :
Mr. Reiskell of Tennessee. Mr. Miller of Virginia. and Mr. Elliott
of Kentucky.
The Chair laid before the House a communication from the President; which was read as follows, viz:
"

RICHMOND,
BA., Mag 30, 1864.
T o the Senate arid Housc of ICepreseritatives:
I herewith traiisniit for your consideration communications from the proper
officers, suhruitting estmwtes of the anlonuts required to carry out t h e provisions of t h e act approved Xay 13, 1864, authorizing additional compensation
to certain officers and employees in the civil and legislative departments of
the Government.
JEFFERSON DAVIS.
'

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to


the Committee on Ways and Xeans and ordered to be printed.
The Chair also laid before the House another communication from
the President; which was read as follows, viz :
R I C H M O N D , VA., Mav 3'0, 1864.
T o thc Senate and House of Representnticee:
I herewith transmit for your consideration a communication from the Secretary of the Treasurj-, submitting an estimate of a n ndditionat sum rpquired
for the support of the Government.
JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to


the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to bc printed.
3fr. Singleton. under a suspension of the rules, presented the memorial of Capt. E. R. Morerod, asking relief from loss incurred by
money stolen; which was referred to the Committee on Claims.
Also, the claim of Thomas Metzler, of Yazoo County, Miss., for
remuneration for loss of steam mill burned by the enemy; which mas
referred to the Committee on Claims.
Also, the claim of John Cooper, of Madison County, Miss., for
taxes overpaid; which v-as referred to the Committee on Claims.
Mr. Chilton, from the special committee to investigate the charges
against Hon. W. R. ItT.Cobb, submitted a TT-ritten report, accompanied by the following resolution :
Resolred, T h a t t h e seat of Williamson It. W. Cobb as a member-elect to the
House of Representatives of the Second Congress of the Confederate States
of America from t h e Third Congressional district of the State of Alabama be,
arid the same is hereby. declared racant. aud the name of said Cobb is hereby
ordered to he strir!ien from the roll of iiieinbers of this House, and t h a t the
writ of election to fill such vacancy may be issued by the proper authority.

Mr. 1. TV. Bruce moved to recommit the report and resolution to


the committee, with instructions to take further testimony during
the vacation.
The motion prevailed.

[MRY 31, 1864.

s be suspended to enable him to

and Viller6.
Two-thirds having voted in the affirmative, the rules were sus-

(twenty.
with the word ten.
lank with the word five.
uestion ; which was ordered.
n t of Mr. Conrad,

k with the word

rnent of Mr. H. W. Bruce,


ment of Mr. Hilton,
Mr. Hilton called the question; which mas ordered, and the reso-

. Smith of North Carolina moved that the rules be suspended t o


e him to introduce a bill and several resolutions.
ules be suspended to enable him to
he rules be suspended to enable him to
ittee on P a y and Mileage.
ittee, to whom had been referred a
mpensation and mileage of members
sion, reported back the same with
ss with the following amendments:
words the first year of the Secon

and illsert i n lieu thereof the

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HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

127

Add the following a s a n independent section :


2 . That the coingensation of the officers of Congress for one year from the
passage of this act shall be double t h e amount allowed in the act entitled An
act to regulate t h e compensation of the officers of the Senate and of the House
of Representatives, approved March twenty-fourth, eighteen hundred and
sixty-two ; and officers whose appointment has been authorized since the passage of Paid act shall be elltitled to the same compensation as officers of like
grade named therein; but the provisions of this act shall not operate to reduce
t h e compensation now allowed by law to any officer of the Senate or of the
House of Representatives.

The question beirzg on postponing the bill and placing it on the


Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
Mr. Foote moved the previous question ; which was ordered.
The question being on the amendments of the committee,
It m-as decided in the affirmative.
The question recurring on ordering the bill to a third reading,
It was decided in the affirmative.
The question recurring on the passage of the bill,
Mr. Barksdale demanded the yeas and nays ;
Which were ordered,
Yeas ------_ _ _ _ _ - _ - - - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 46
h n d recorded as f o ~ ~ o w viz:
s,
*
Nays - - - _ - - - - - - _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 3(
___
Yeas: Akin, Atkins, Ayer, Baylor, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio
W. Bruce, Chambers, Chrisman, Dupr6, Elliott, Foote, Funsten,
Ctaither, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Goode, Hanly, Hartridge,
Heislrell, Hilton, Hodge, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, Lester, Logan,
;\facBen, hIcCallum, Menees, Miles, Miller, Morgan, Murray, Pugh,
Read, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith,
Swan, Triplett, Villcri., and Whitfield. .
Says : Anderson, Baldwin, Barksdale, Boyce, Bradley, Chilton,
Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Dickinson,
Echols. Farrow, Foster, Fuller, Gholson, Gilrner, Holder, Holliday,
*Johnston, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lyon, Marshall, McMullin, Montague, Perkins, Ramsay, Rires, Shewmake, IV. E. Smith, Smith of
Korth Carolina, Staples, Turner, Witherspoon, and Wright.
So the bill was passed.
Mr. Foote moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called the
question ; which mas ordered.
The motion to reconsider was lost.
The committee moved to amend the title by striking out the words
for the present session and adding the words and increase the
conipensation of officers of the Senate and House of Representatives.
The amendment was agreed to, and the title as amended was read
and agreed to.
The House then proceeded to the consideration of unfinished business, viz :
The bill to authorize the President to confer temporary rank and
command upon officers of the Provisional Army who may be assigned
for special service.
The question being on the amendment of Mr. Baldwin,
Mr. Miles demanded the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered.
keas----_------------------44
And recorded as follows, viz: i?cays_---__-___---_-_-_------ 24

RNAL OF THE

31, 1864.

Barlrsdale, Raylor, Bell,


risnian, Clopton, Colyar, nulson, Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge,
Kenncr, Lamkin, J. &I.Leach,
iller, Orr, Pugh, Ramsay, Rives,
iplett, Turner, VillerC, Withericlrinson, Farrow, Foster,
y, Hodge, Holder, Holliday,
n, Murray, Perkins, SimpThe bill was then engrossed, read a third time and passed, and the
title was read and agreed to.
Mr. Baylor moved to suspend the rules, to enable him to record his
vote on the passage of the bill (to regulate the compensation and
mileage of members of Congress for the present session.
The motion prevailed.
Mr. Miles moved that the special order be postponed t o enable him
n Military [Affairs], to whom had
to amend the act to allow comns and the privilege of purchasing
%,Department, approved seventeenth
sixty-four, reported back the same
committee be discharged from its
do lie upon the table; which was
agreed to.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 23) (to provide for the appointment of
additional military storekeepers in the Provisional Army of the
Confederate States, with the recommendation that it do pass.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
Mr. Conrad submitted the following amendment:
Add at the end of the bill the words o r those who had held the same office
under the Governntent of the United States and resigned i n con$equerice of the
secession of thcir States.

Mr. Fuller submitted the following amendment to the amendment


Mr. Conrad:
Strilte out the whole thereof and insert the folloiving: o r those who are
iincler the age of fifty years.

Mr. Miles called the question ; which was ordered, and the amendcnt of Mr. Fuller was lost.
The amendment of Mr. Conrad was lost.
The bill was read third time and passed, and the title was read
and agreed to.
Mr. Miles, from the Sam
( S . 24) (to authorize the
lery for ordnance duties,
The question being on
Calendar,
It was decided in the nega

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129

The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was read
and agreed to.
Mr. Miles, from the same committee, reported back a Senate bill
(S. 34) to provide for the compensation of noncommissioned officers, soldiers, sailors, and marines on detailed service, with the recommendation that it do pass with the follon71ng amendment (in the
nature of a substitute) :
T h a t all persons detailed from t h e Army, or after enrollment for military
service, for special duty or extra duty shall be alloved to receive their regular

pay, rations, and allowances as if they mere perforniing service in the field.
SEC.2. T h a t it shall be competent to t h e Secretary of War to allom as extra
pny to the persons thus detailed a sum not to exceed two dollars per day, under
such general regulations as he may prescribe.
SEC.3. T h a t i t shall be competent to the3ecretary of War t o allow payment
for extra work performed in the manufacturing establishments, workshops, and
agencies of the Government, under such regulations as he may prescribe.
S ~ c . 4 .T h a t it shall be competent for t h e Secretary of T a r , when a detail is
sought for by any person belonging to the military service, if be deems it j u s t
a n d proper, to inipose a s a condition t h a t t h e said person shall not receive any
yay, rations, or allomnnccs during the continuance of the same, and if the detail
is accepted with t h e said condition, t h a t it shaIl he ahligatory upon the person
receiving t h e same.
S E C . ~T.h a t all l a x s hereafter [heretofore] passed for t h e regulation of the
pay of detailed men be. and the same a r e hereby, repealed.

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the


Calendar,
It mas decided in the negative.
The amendment of the committee 11-as agreed to.
The bill --as read a third time and passed.
Mr. Miles moved to aniencl the title b27 striking out the same and
inserting in lieu thereof the following :
A bill to regulate the IMF of iiwn detailed from the Army, or after enrollment, on special or extra duty.

The amendment ~ a agreed


5
to.
The title as amended was read and agreed to.
Mr. Miles, from the same committee, reported back a Senate bill
(S. 15) to furnish transportation to officers of the Army and Navv
while traveling under orders, with the recoinmendation that it do
pass with the following amendnient :
Insert at the end of the fifth line the words * a n d ten dollars per day for
expenses while necessarily traveling i n t h e execution of their orders.

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the


Calendar,
It mas decided in the nega tive.
The amendment of the committee was agreed to.
The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was read
and agreed to.
Mr. Marshall, from the same committee, reported back a Senate
bill (8. 31) (to promote the efficiency of the cavalry of the Provisional Army, and to punish lawlessness and irregularities of any
portions thereof, with the recommendation that it do pass with the
following amendment (in the nature of a substitute) :
That the commanding general of any army in t h e field shall have the power

to direct the dismounting of any noncommissioned officer or soldier in thg


C J-VOL

Jf-9

L OF THE

[Mas 31, 1864.

, and to place him in the infantry, who shall


shall be guilty of i1leg:ally nmtitig. slmlintiiig,
o\Vn use any prirate property, OP of doiiig :iny x-iolciiw

'horses belollging to persons

SO disoiounted, alld which they 1 n q 7


he serrice, may be taken for tile llSe of the ,hllS. : I l l d the :[p
thereof shall be paid to the Owner.

estio11 being

011

postponing the bill and placing it on ths

'decided in the negative.


Pending the question on the amendment of the committee,
The hour of 3 having arrived,
The House took a recess until 8 o'clock ;
And having reassembled,
&fr. Funsten moved that leave of absence be granted SIr. Welsl1
(detained from his seat by indisposition).
Mr.Sexton demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which mere ordered,
__------- -----------__-47
And recorded as follows, viz :
0
Yeas : Anderson, Atkins, Eojce, Bradley. I3rmch. I-Ioratio W,
Bruce, Chilton, Clopton, CO~JW,Crnilishanli. TXckinson, Dupr6.
Eming, Farrow, Funsten, A. H. Garland, R. I<. Garland, Gholson,
skell Hilton, Holliday , Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, J. T.
r, Logan, Lyon, McCallum, Miles, Montagiie, Moor<,
, Ramsay, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, Simpson, Singleton,
Smith of North Carolina, Swan, Triplett, Villerk, and

o quorum being present,


Mr. Hilton moved a call of the House; which motion prevailed.
Upon the call of the roll the following gentlemen answered to their
natnes :
Messrs. Anderson, Atkins, Baylor, Bradley, Branch, I-Ioratio W.
Bruce, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Cruilsshank, Dickinson, Duprk,
Ewing, Farrow, Funsten, A. H. Garland, R. I<. Garland, Gholson,
Heisliell. Hilton, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, J. T.
Leach, Lester, Logan, Lyon, McCallum, &Ic&fullin, Menees, Miles,
lfontague, hfoore, Morgan, Orr, Pugh, Ramsay, Rogers, Russell, Sexton Shelvmalre, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, Smith of North
olina, Stvan, Triplett, Turner, Villerk, Whitfield, Witherspoon,
Mr. Speaker.
quorum havin voted,
11 motion of I&
Sexton,
.
all further proceedings under the call
were dispensed with.
The question being 011 the motion to grant leave of absence to Jfr.
Welsh,
It was decided in the affirmative.
On motion of M

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131

Mr. Hilton demanded the previous question ; which was ordered.


The question being on the amendment of the committee to the Scnate bill to promote the efficiency of the cavalry of the Provisional
Army, and to punish lawlessness and irregularities of any portions
thereof ,
It was decided in the affirmative.
The question recurring on ordering the bill to a third reading,
It was decided in the aErniative.
The question recnrring on the passage of the bill,
Mr. Murray demanded the yeas and nays ;
Which were ordered,
recordecl as follo,ys, riz: 1 Peas ........................
47
1 Says _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 32
Yeas : Akin, Anderson, htkins. Barksdale, Baylor, Blandford,
Bradley. Branch, Horatio TV. Bruce, Chambers, C o l p r , Conrad, Cruik:hank, De Jarnette. Dickinson, Dupi.6, Echols, Farrow, Foster, R. I<.
Garland, Gholson, Goocle, Hartridge, Hciskell, Hodge, Johnston. Keeble, Kenner. Lamkin, Lester, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, RiIcMullin,
Menees? Xilcs. Morgan. Orr. Pugli, Read. Simpson, Singleton, J. M.
Smith, Staples, Triplett . Tillerd, and Wright.
Says : Ayer. Baldwin. Bell. Chilton, Clopton, Elliott, Eming,
Foote, Fuller, Funsten, A. H. Garland, Gilmer. Hilton, Holder, Holliday, J. 31. Leach, J. T. Leach, McCalluni, lliller, Xoiitague, Moore,
Murray, Perkins, Ranisay, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Smith
of Sorth Carolina. Turner, Whitfield, and Witherspoon.
So the bill was passed.
&fr. Foster moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called the
qnestion ; which was ordered.
The motion was lost.
The title was read and agreed to.
Mr. Tiillerd, from the Committee on Military Affairs, reported
back a Senate bill (S. 43) * to regulate the pay of a general assigned
to duty at the seat of go\-eriiiiient under the provisions of the act
approrecl March tiventy-fifth. eighteen hundred and sixty-t-n-0,with
the recommendation that it do pass with the following amendment
(in the nature of a substitute) :
T h a t the pay of a geiiernl shall be six hundred dollars per month; t h a t of a
lieutenant-general fire hundred dollars per nionth. and that of a inajor-gener~l
fire hundred dollars per month, whether assigned to posts or in the field: and
these officers shall not receire the additional compensation heretofore allowed
for commanding a separate army in the field.

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the


Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
The bill n-as read a third time and passed.
Mr. Tiller6 moved to amend the title by striking out the same and
inserticg in lieu thereof the following, viz :
A bill to graduate the pay of general officers.

The amendment was agreed to, and the title as amended was read
and agreed to.
Mr. Vijler6, from the same committee, reported back
A joint resolution of thanks to Major-General Richard Taylor
and the officers and men of his command,
with the recommendation that it do pass.

URNAL O F THE

[May 31, 1864.

eing on postponing the bill [joint resolution] and


ided in the negative.
The joint resolution was engrossed, read a third time, arid passed
unanimously.
The title was read and agreed to.
Mr. Chambers, from the same committee, reported back
A bill to amend an act entitled Anact to establish a niter and
mining bureau, approved April twenty-second, eighteen hundred
and sixty-three,
with the recommendation that the committee be discharged from its
further consideration, and that it do lie upon the table; which mas
agreed to.
Mr. Chambers, from the same committee, reported a bill with the
same title, with the recommendation that it do pass.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
The bill was engrossed, rcad a third time, and passed, and the title
was read and agreed to.
Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, according to
order, reported back
A bill (to provide a staff and clerical force for any general who
may be assigned by the President to duty at the seat of government,
approved March twenty-fifth, eighteen hundred and sixty-two.
And the bill wi\s referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
The House then, on motion of Mr. Lyon, resolved itself into secret
session; and having spent some time therein, resumed business in
open session.
On motion of Mr. A. H. Garland,
The House adjourned.
((

SECRET SESSIOS.

The House being in secret session,


Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, reported
A bill (making appropriations for the redemption of the seven
per cent foreign loan authorized by act of Congress approved twentyninth January, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ;
which was read a first and second time.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
The House then resolved itself into Committee of the Whole, for
the purpose of considering the bill, Mr. Smith of Korth Carolina in
the chair.
Having spent some time therein, thc committee rose and reported,
through their Chairman, that the committee had had the bill under
consideration, and recommended that it do pass without any amendment.
The bill was engrossed, read a third time. and passed, and the title
was read and agreed to.

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HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

133

Mr. Rogers, under a suspension of the rules, submitted the folloming resolution :
Resolved, as the sense of this Eouse, That the injunction of secrecy upon the

proceedings of the Provisional and the First Permanent Congress of the Coiifedcrate States ought not to be so construed as to preclude the members of this
Congress from a knowledge of all the proceedings of those bodies had in secret
session.
Resolved further, That the injunction of secrecy upon the proceedings aforesaid shall be binding upon the members of this Congress until the same shall be
removed ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Cruikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported as
correctly enrolled
S. 57. An act to provide for the appointment of officers with temporary rank and command.
And the Speaker signed the same.
On motion of Mr. A. H, Garland,
The House resolved itself into open session.

TWENTY-SEVER'TH DAY-WEDNESDAY,

JUNE
1, 1564.

O P E S SESSIO&-.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Doggett.
Mr. Holliday presented the petition of the county court of Shenandoah County, Va., asking to be relieved froin the tax on the currency;
which was referred to the Conimittee on T a j s and Means.
Mr. Russell presented the memorial of clerks in the medical purveyor's depot, for the benefit of the act incrcasing the pay of clerks
in Richmond; which was referred to the Committee on TtJays and
Means.
Mr. Russell introduced
A bill " to enable the citizens of Virginia and others to supply the
city of Richmond with food ; "
which was read the first and second times and referred to the Coinmittee on the Commissary and Qnartermaster's Departments and
Military Transportation.
Mr. Montague presented the nieniorial of Dr. Bowen and others,
acting assistant surgeons, asking an increase of pap ; which was referred to the Committee on Claims.
Mr. Funsten presented the memorial of TT7illiam H. Amiss, asking
payment for fuel and forage used by the Confederate Stales Army;
which was referred to the Committee on Clniini.
Xr. McMullin presented the petition of Thomas Shannon, asking
to be relieved from the payment of money stolen by the enemy; which
was referred to the Committee on Claims.
Mr. Miller introduced
A bill " to increase the compensation of the assistant clerks in the
Senate and House of Representatives; "
which was read a first and second time.
The rule having been suspended requiring the bill t o be referred to
a committee,
Mr. Garland called the q u e d o n ; 11 liich was ordered, and the bill
was engrossed, read a third time, and passed.

NAL OF THE

I June 1, 1864.

was read and agreed to.

. Foster introduced

bill t o repeal an act to regulate the destruction of property


military necessity, and to proride for the indemnity thereof;
Iyhich was read a first and second time and referred to the Colzlmittee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Foster presented the memorial of TIT. Diclrson, asking indemnity for losses incurred while acting as quartermaster : \i-liich Was
referred to tlie Committee on Claims.
Mr. Lyon introduced
A bill 6 to provide for the settlement of claims against the Confederate States for property lost, captured, or destroyed while in the
military service of the Confederate States, or which has been taken
or inipiessed for their use ; )
.vohich mias read a first and second time and referred to the Joint
Committee on Impressments.
Mr. Cruilrshanli presented the memorial of the officers of Gracies
brigade, asking the privilege of resigning and enlisting i n any other
command ; n-hich was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. A. 1. Garland introduced
A bill (to authorize the Attorney-General to purchme books for
the Department of Justice;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
Also, a bill to increase the compensation of the heads of the several Executive Departments; )which was read a first and second time
and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Bell presented the memorial of Nessrs. Weatherford & Thomas,
asking compensation for tobacco lost in the custom-house a t Nashville, Tenn. ; which i~as
referred t o the Committee on Claims.
Mr. Hartridge submitted the folloir-ing resolution :
]r

))

Resolzjed, That the Conimittee on tlie Judiciary inquire into the expediency
of increasing the salaries of the judges of the district courts of the Confederate
States, and report by bill or otherrise;

which was adopted.


Mr.Akin presented the memorial of the governors of Mississippi,
Alabama, Georgia, and Korth Carolina, asking the privilege of exporting cotton, tobacco, etc., for the purpose of importing articles
for the use of their States; which was referred to the Committee on
Commerce and ordered to be printed.
Mr. W.E . Smith presented the memorial of Mrs. Amanda E. Parramore, asking that the property of her husband (who has deserted
to the Yankees) be made over to her ; which was referred to the Conimittee on Ways and Means.
On motion of Mr. E. M. Bruce, leave was granted him to withdraw from the files of the last Congress all papers referring to the
T. Estep for money alleged to hare been stolen
claim of Capt.
from him as quartermaster, and to refer them to the Committee on
Claims of this Congress, together with the record of a court-martial
convicting the thief of stealing the money.
Mr. H. W. Bruce submitted the following resolution :
ResoEved, That so inuch of the joint resolution ;idopted on the thirtieth daS

of .\fay as requirrs the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of

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Represeiitatives to adjourn their respective Houses at twelve ineridiaii, on Tuesday, June seventh, be, and t h e same is hereby, rescinded ;

which, on motion of Mr. Sexton, was laid upon the table.


Mr. Villeri! introduced
h bill to amend an act entitled An act to prohibit the importation
of luxuries or of articles not necessaries or of common use, approved
February sixth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ;)
which mas read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Commerce.
Mr. Barksdale introduced
A bill to render compensation to the city of Jackson, Mississippi,
for public school buildings belonging thereto destroyed while in the
use of the military authorities;
which was read a first and second time and referred t o the Committee
on Claims.
Rfr. Bridgers presented the memorial of Thomas N. Hill, asking
that new bonds be issued to him in place of bonds lost; which was
referred to the Committee on Claims.
Mr. Smith of Xorth Carolina presented joint resolution of the
legislature of Sorth Carolina in reference to the military organization
known as Malletts Battalion, and a coniniunication from Governor
Vance on the sanie subject; vhich were referred to the Committee on
Military Affairs.
Mr. Smith of Korth Carolina introduced
h bill providing for the admission of Malletts Battalion into the
military service of the Confederate States ;
which T Y ~ Sread a first and second time and referred t o the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Fuller introduced
A bill t o aid in the building of a railroad from Fayetteville,
Sorth Carolina, to Florencc. South Carolina ;
which was read a firbt and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Commissary and Quartermasters Departments.
Mr. Cmikshanlr, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported
as correctly enrolled
H. K. 82. An act to amend an act entitled An act to provide for
holding elections of Representatives in the Congress of the Confederate States in the State of Tennessee, approved May 1, 1863;
S. 4. h bill to proride nieanc; of transit across the i\lississippi River
for members of Congress residin r e s t of said river in going to and
returhing from the Confederate gtates Congress : and
S. 22. h bill to secure the prompt printing of the laws of the Confederate States.
, h d the Speaker signed the same.
Mi. J. 31. Leach presented the memorial of ITT. S. Bennett, asking
conipensatiort for slaves lost on fortifications ; which was referred to
the Committee on Claims.
Mr. J. 3f. Leach submitted the following resolution :
Resolzed, That t h e Committee on the Afedical Department be instructed to
inq11ire into the condition of patients at military hospitiils in this city, with a
viejl- to :~scertilining\Tlierher proper attention is being exercised toward supplying tliem nTith all things necessary to their comfort and early restoration to
health, and report their proceedings therein to this House as early as practicable ;

which mas adopted.

[June 1, 1864.

so, t
Resolved, That the Committee on Quartermasters a n d Colnmissary Depart.
merits be instructed to inquire whether proper arrangements h a r e been made
for supplying patients a t military hospitals with all necessary clothing. including
shoes and hats or caps, and whether, in their judgment, any further legislation
on this subject is necessary a t this time, and t h a t said committee report their
proceedings herein as soon as possible ;

which was adopted.


Mr. McCallum introduced
A bill to amend an act to regulate the destruction of property
under military necessity, and to provide for the mdemnity thereof;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Cormnittee
on the Judiciary.
Also, a bill to authorize the Auditor of the Treasury or a cornmissioner to be appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury to take proof
and determine the amount expended by the State of Tennessee in the
support of her army, etc., previous to its transfer to the Government
of the Confederate States; which was referred to the Committee on
Claims.
Mr. Colyar presented the petition of R. P. Hunter, assistant quartermaster, asking to be relieved from liability for an amount of money
stolen from him belonging to the Government; which was referred
to the Committee on Claims.
Mr. Foote submitted the following resolution :
((

Resolved, That so much of the joint resolution adopted on t h e thirtieth May


as requires the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of
Representatives t c adjourn their respectire Houses a t twelve ocloclr on Tuesday, June seventh, be, and the same is hereby, rescinded; a n d the sairl tnio
Houses shall take a recess on Tuesday next at twelre oclock meridian for
ninety days.

Mr. Swan moved to amend the resolution by striking out ninety


days and inserting in lieu thereof fifteen days.
Mr. Echols moved to lay the resolution on the table.
Upon which Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays; which were
ordered.
Pending which,
The morning hour having expired,
A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Sash, the Secrch r y of that body j which is as follows, viz :
Vr.SpcaLe~:The Senate hare concurred in the amendments of this House
to the bill ( S . 2 2 ) to secure the prompt printing of the laws o f t h e Confederate
Slates.
They have passed, without amendment, a joint resolution (11. It. 9) responsive to the resolutions of the general assembly of Virginia asserting the
jurisdiction and sovereignty of the State of Virginia over her ancient houndaries.

They have passed, with amendments. a bill (H. R. 8) to authorize the judge
of the district court for the northern district of Georgia to change the place
of holding said court; in which amendments I a m directed t o ask t h e concurrence of this House.

The House resolved itself into Committee of the T7Vhole to consider the special order, viz :
The bill to amend the tax laws,
Mr. Sexton in the chair; and having spent some time therein, the
committee rose and reported, through their Chairman, that the committee had had the bill under consideration, and recommended its
passage with sundry amendments.

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Mr. Colyar submitted the following amendment (in the nature of a


substitute) :
T h a t the a c t entitled An act to levy additional taxes for t h e common defense
and support of the Government, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, be so amended that no tax shall be levied on the shares
or interests of any bank, banking company or association, canal, navigation,
importing and exporting, insurance, manufacturing, telegraph, express, railroad,
or dry dock companies, or of any other joint stock company of any kind, whether
incorporated or not, except when it is found impracticable to ascertain the assets
of such corporation or joint stock company, in which case a tax of five per cent
i s hereby levied upon the value of t h e shares or interests to be assessed against
and paid by the corporation or joint stock company.
T h a t paragraph ?ur, section five, of the same act be amended by adding
thereto as follon-s : I n case of disagreement between the om-ner and officer as t o
the reduction of taxes under this section, t h e question shall be settled by referees a s is proTided in other cases of disagreement under the eighth section of
t h e act to amend a n act entitled An act to levy taxes for the common defense
and carry on the Government of t h e Confederate Stales, approved February
seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four.
T h a t paragraph six, section four, of the act to amend an act entitled An
a c t to levy taxes for the comn~ondefense a n d carry on the Government of t h e
Confederate States, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred a n d
sixty-four, be, and t h e same is hereby, amended so as to include as wholesale
dealers manufacturers and coal a n d other miners, and manufacturers of salt,
who make i t a business to sell their own products to other dealers t o sell again.
And that section sixteen of the same act be, and is hereby, amended so a s to
read a s follows :
I. The income, property, and money (other than taxed Treasury notes) of
hospitals, asylums, churches, schools, and colleges, and other charitable institutions, and all moneys, funds. and stocks held or subscribed for charitable or
benevolent purposes only shall be exempt from taxation under the provisions
of this or any other l a v . The property of companies formed under the act
entitled An act to establish a rolunteer navy shall be exempt from taxation
escept on the income.
11. T h a t paragraph six of scction scrcn of the same act be, and the same is
hereby, amended by adding thereto as follows: I f any person shall fail to
make due return as required by said section of the income or profits taxed
under any law of Congress. or i n case of disagreement with the assessor, to
submit the sa?ne to referees as provided by law, or shall fail or refuse to pay
the t a x thereon within such time as shall be prescribed by public notice by the
district collector under the direction of the commissioner of taxes, such person
shall be deemed and held to be in default.
T h a t from thc t a x on the value of property employed in, agriculture under
the act approved February serenteenth, eighteen hundred a n d sixty-four, for
the common defense and support of the Government, shall be deducted the
value of t h e t a x in kind, to be deri-red therefrom during t h e same year as
assessed under the law imposing it, and delivered t o the Government ; and t h e
collection of the tax on such property shall be suspended, after assessment,
under the orders of t h e Secretary of the TreasurF, until the value of the tithes
to be deducted can be ascertained; and when so ascerttiined it shall be t h e
duty of t h e post quartermaster to certify, a n d of the district collector to deduct,
the amount of such tithes; and any balance found due may be paid in bonds
and certificates anthorized by the a c t to reduce the currency and to authorize
a new issue of notes and bonds, in t h e manner as taxes payable during the year.
,4nd be it further enacted, T h a t t h e taxes of eighteen hundred and sixty-three
and eighteen hundred and sixty-four t h a t h a r e not and can not be collected
because of the occupation of any State or any p a r t of a State shall, new.theless,
be hereafter assessed and collected a s soon as the enemy shall leave the State
or any part of t h e State in the same may and manner and to the same extent
they would have been collected had not the presence of the enemy prevented it.

Mr. Anderson submitted the following amendment to the amendment of Mr. Colyar (in the nature of a substitute) :
SECTION1. The Congress of the Confederate States of B n i ~ r i c odo f f i a r t ,T h a t
the first. second, a n d third sections of the act to levy additional taxes far the
com1non defense t:nd support of t h e Government, approved Februarg seren-

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[.Tune 1, 1864.

to carry on the Governnient of the Confederate States. approyed


y-fourth, eighteen hundrecl and sistJr-three, there slxill be le\rird,
the seventeenth day of February, eighteen hundred :tnd sixty-four, on the
ereinafter mentioned and collected from ~ e r person,
f
cohip, association, or corporation liable for taxes a s follows, to wit :
1. Upon the value of all property, real, personel. and IIliSPd, of every 1;illd
and description, not hereinafter exempted or taxed at a different rate, fire per
cent: Provided, That from the tax on the value Of property employed in agriculture shall be deducted the value of the t a x in kind derived therefrom during
the Same year as assessed under the lam imposing it. a n d delirered to the Government, bvhether delivered during the year or afterwards. including the bacon
deliverable after and not prior to the assessment of the tax on property employed in agriculture, a s aforesaid, and the collection of the t:n on such property
shall be suspended, after assessment, under the order of t h e Secretary of the
rrpasury, until the value of the tithes to be deducted can be ascertained; $ill&
JvheIi so ascertained i t shall he the d u t r o f the post quartermaster to certify,
and of the district collector to deduct, the amount of such tithes; and any
halance found due may be paid in bonds and certificates authorized by the act
to reduce the currency and to authorize a new issue of notes a n d bonds, in lilre
manner as taxes payable during the year.
11. On the value of gold and silx-er ware and plate, jewels, jewelry, and
watches, ten per cent. On the value of all shares or interests held in any bani<,
banking company or association, canal. navigation, importing a n d exporting,
insnrance, manufacturing, telegraph, express, railroad. dry-dock companies, and
all other joint stock companies of eJ-ery kind, whether incorporated or not, fire
per cent; which t a x shall be assessed against and paid by the company in each
case. And when the shares or interests in any such company a r e taxed, no
shall be imposed under this act upon any property of snch company,
d by the valuation of such shares or interests a s directed in the second
of this act, except the tax imposed by the first par>Igrilph of the third
section of this act.
SEC.2. The ralue of property, shares, and interests taxed under the preceding
section shall be assessed on the basis of the market value of tlie same or similar
property in tile neighborhood when assessed in the year eightccn hundred and
sixty, except that where lands, slares, shares, or interests h a r e been purchased
since the first day of January, eighteen hundred and sixty-two. other than land
purchased by refugees and held and occupied by tlieni for their own use and
residence, they shall be assessed a t the price actually paid for them by the
owner, or if for any cause that can not be ascertained. then a t t h e inarket value
at the tirue of such purchase. Shares or interests created siiice the year
eighteen hundred and sixty shall be assessed a t their actual cost to the present
holder : Provided, T h a t no shares or interests which a r e now worth par or over
par shall be assessed at less than par.
SEC.3. Upon the amount of all gold and silver coin, gold dust, gold and silver
bullion, unless purchased since the first day of January, eighteen hundred and
sixty-two, and then upon the actual cost to the present holder, ten per cent, except where the same is already included in the tau on shares or interests imposed
by the first section of this act, and in such case ten per ceiit less the amount of
tax so imposed. And upon the ralue of all moneys held abroad. or bills of exchange drawn therefor, and promissory notes, rights, and credits payable in foreign countries, fire per cent, according to the value thereof a t t h e place where the
t a x thereon is payable a t the time of assessment, except where the same is included in the tax on shares or interests imposed by t h e first section of this act,
and then five per cent less the amount of tax so imposed, payable in Confederate
Treasury notes or four per cent bonds or certificates authorized by t h e act of
February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, to reduce t h e currency
and authorize a new issue of notes and bonds. Upon the amount of all solvent
credits and of all bank bills and other paper issued as currency, exclusive of noninterest-bearing Confederate Treasury notes and bonds exempt by law from
taxation, and not employed in a registered business the income derived from
which is taxed five per cent, except interest-bearing Confederate Treasury notes
as aforesaid, -#hi& a r e taxed three Per
and bonds other than those exclu
cent on the amount thereof.
SEC. 4. That paragraph four of section five of the snrne act be amended by adding thereto as follows: I n case of disagreement between t h e owner and the

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officer as to the reduction of taxes under this section, the question shall be set
tled by referees a s is provided in other cases of disagreement under the eighth
section of t h e act t o amend a n act entitled An act to levy taxes for the coniinon defense a n d carry on t h e Government of the Confederate States, approved
February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four.
SEC.5. T h a t paragraph six, section four, of the act t o amend a n a c t entitled
An act to levy taxes for t h e common defense and carry on t h e Government of
the Confederate States, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred a n d
sixty-four, be, a n d t h e same is hereby, amended so a s to include as wholesale
dealers manufacturers and coal and other miners, and salt manufacturers, who
make i t a business t o sell their own products t o other dealers to sell again.
And t h a t section sixteen of the same act he, and is hereby, amended so as t o
read as follows:
I. The income, property, and money (other than Confederate Treasury notes)
of hospitals, asylums, churches, schools, colleges, and other charitable institutions shall be exempt from taxation under the prorisions of this or any other
law. The property of companies formed under the act entitled An act t o
establish a volunteer navy sliall be cxempt from taxation except on t h e income.
11. T h a t paragraph six, section seven, of t h e same act he, and t h e same i s
hereby, aniended bv adding thereto as follows : If any person shall fail to make
due return as required by said section of the income or profits taxed under a n y
law of Congress, or in case of disagreement with t h e assessor, to submit t h e
same to referees a s provided b~ lam. or shall fail or refuse t o pay the t a x
thereon within such time as sliall be prescribed by public notice by the district
collector under the direction of t h e coinmissioner of taxes, such persons shall
be deemed a n d held t o be in default.

.A message was received from the Senate, by Mu. Sash, their Secretary J which is as follows, viz :
34.r.Speaker: The Senate h a r e passed bills of the following titles, viz :
S. 55. A bill t o authorize the formation of new conimands, t o be composed of
supernumerary officers n h o may resign to join such commands, and to limit
and restrict the appoiiitment of officers in certain cases ; and
S. 63. A bill for t h e relief of Xrs. Margaret A. Rice.
They have passed. d t h a n amendment, a bill of this House (1. R. 125) t o
establish certain post routes therein named.
In which bills a n d amendment I a m directed to ask the concurrence of this
House.

The question being on the first amendment of the committee, which


is as folloxs, viz:
After the word * year, in line 16, insert the words
the year or afterwards,

whether delivered during

It n-as decided in the affirmative.


The second arneridnient of the committee as read as follows, viz :
Add to tn-enty-third line the words and any balance found due may be paid
in bonds and certificates authorized by the a c t to reduce the currency and to
authorize a nen- issue of notes and bonds, in like manner a s taxes payable
during the year,

and agreed to.


The hour of 3 having arrired,
The House took a recess until 8 oclock;
And having reassembled,
Tlie Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S.5 5 ) to authorize
the formation of new commands, to be composed of supernumerary
officers ITTho may resign to join such conimands, and to limit and
restrict the appointment of officers in certain cases; ? which was read
a first and second time and referred to the Committee on lllilitarp
Affairs.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 63) for the relief of Mrs. Margaret -4.
.
Rice; which was read a first. and second time.

AL OF THE

[June 1, 1864.

the rule be suspended requiring the bill


bill was referred to the Committee
stion being on the third anienclrnent of the C o r l h t t e e of
to the bill to amend the tax lams, which is as follows,
v1z :
Strike out the second paragraph in section 1, which reads as follows. viz :
On the value of gold and silver ware and plate, jewels, jelvelry, and watches,
ten per cent. On the value of all shares or interests held in any bank, banking
company 01 association, canal, navigation, importing and exporting. insurance,
manufactnring,telegraph, express, railroad, arid dry-docli companies, and all other
joint stock companies of every kind, whether incorporated or not, five per cent ;
\T.r-hichtax shall be assessed against and paid by the company in each case. And
where the shares in any such company are taxed, no other tax sllali be imposed
under this act upon any property of such company, represented by such shares,
and insert in lieu thereof the following:
LOn the value of gold and silver ware and plate, jewels, jewelry, and watches,
ten per cent. On the value of all property, real, personal, or mixed. except gold
and silver bullion, gold or silver coin, and goId dust, owned or held by any bank,
banking company or association, canal, navigation, importing and exporting,
insurance, manufacturing, telegraph, express, railroad, and dry-dock companies,
and all other joint stock companies of every kind, whether incorporated or not,
five per cent; which tax shall be assessed against and be paid by the company

the yeas and nays;

Yeas-------------------33
are recorded as follows,viz: Nays___-__________-_____
34
Yeas : Atkins, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton,
Colyar, Cruikshank, Echols, Foster, Gholson, Neiskell, Holder, Keeble, Lamlcin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lester, Logan, McCallum,
McMullin, Orr, Perkins, Pngh, Ramsay, Rogers, Simpson, Singleton,
Triplett, Turner, VillerQ, Witherspoon, Wright, and Mr. Speaker.
Nays : Akin, Anderson, Barlrsdale, Bsylor, Bell, Blandford, Boyce,
Branch, Conrad, Dickinson, Dupr6, Ewing, Farrow, Funstcn, A. H.
Garland, R. I<. Garland, Goode, Hartridge, IIilton, Hodge, Holliday,
Johnston, Iienner, Lyon, Miles, Montague, Morgan, Russell, Sexton,
Shemmake, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, and
Whitfield.
So the amendment was lost.
The fourth amendment of the committee was read and agreed to,
and is as follows, viz :
Insert after the word purchase, in line 9, section 2, t h e following. but

land purchased since the first day of January, in the year eighteen hundred and
sixty-two, by refugees, and held aiid occupied by them for their own use and
residence, shall be valued for taxation in like manner as if the same had been
owned by such refugees before that date.

Mr. Akin submitted th

ment, and that he is re


he has said slave or sl
a1 estate arid slav

ing amendment to the bill :

en, and in that case, said land


basis of the market value of

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the same or similar property in the neighborhood where assessed in the year
eighteen hundred and sixty.

Mr. Akin demanded the yeas and nays thereon;


Which were ordered,
Yeas _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 28
And recorded as follows, viz: Nays _ _ _ _ _ _ - - _ - - - _ _ _ _ - _47_ _ Yeas : Akin, Atkins, Barksdale, Bell, Bradley, Bridgers, Eli M.
Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Clopton, Colyar, DuprB, Hilton,
Holder, Keeble, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lester, McCallum,
Miles, Montague, Moore, Shewmake, Simpson, TI7. E. Smith, Whitfield, and Wright.
Kays : ,4nderson. Ihirlwin. Baylor, Rlandford. Boyce, Branch,
Chilton, Conrad, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Echols, Elliott, Ewing,
Farrow, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland,
Gholson, Gilmer, Goode. Hartridge, Hciskcll, Hodge, Holliday, Johnston, Kenner, Logan, Lson, JfcMullin, Morgan, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Pugh, Ramsay, Rogers. Itussell, Sexton, Singleton, J. M. Smith,
Smith of Xorth Carolina, Triplett, Turner, VillerB, and Witherspoon.
So the amendment Tlxs lost.
3fr. Colyar submitted the follom-ing amendment :

-I

Insert after the anieiidnieiit of the committee just adopted the following :
That paragraph eleven. section three, of the act entitled An act to levr additional taxes for t h e coiuniou defense and support of the Government, br so
amended as to apply the priiiciple hereiu applied to corporations t o all solveot
credits, including Confederate bonds, n hich a r e now by law taxable, bills of exchange, promissory notes, and ,111 other el idenceb of debt, and of all bank bills
and other paper issued a s currency, including interest-bearing Treasury notes
and excluding noiiiiiterest-bearing Treasnrr notes. And they shall be assessed
by deducting from their actual value iu Confederate Treasury notes in t h e
neighborhood where assessed the difference between the average value of shares
in corporations in t h e same neighborhood on the sereiiteenth February, eighteen
hundred and sixty-four, and of the same shares in eighteen hundred and sixty.

The amendment x-as loqt.

A message was receired from the Senate, by Jlr. Sash, their Secretary ; which is a5 follon-s. r i z :
31r. Speaker: I am directed to iuform this House t h a t the Seuate have concurred in amendments of this IIonse Lo a bill (S. 3 3 ) to regulate the cornpensation and mileage of members of Congress for tlie present session.

Mr. Atkins moved to reconsider tlie vote by which the amendment


of Mr. Colyar mas lost, and demanded the yeas and nays thereon;
Which were ordered,
And recorcled as
viz: Yeas _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 23
S a v s _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _51_ _ _
Yeas : Atkins, Baylor, Bradley, i;folyar, DuprB, Ewing, Fuller,
Funsten, Hilton, Iieeble, Lamkin, Lester, McCallum, McMullin,
Menees, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Rogers, 7T. E. Smith, Triplett, Turner, and TYhitfield.
Sass : Akin. Anderson, Ayer, Baldwin, Barksdale, Bell, Rlandford, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio JT. Bruce, Chambers,
Chilton, Clopton, Conrad, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Echols, Elliott,
Farrow, Foster, Gaither. R. K. Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Goodo,
Hartridge, Heiskell. Holliday, Johnston, Kenner, J. M. Leach, J. T.
Leach, Logan. Lpon, Miles, Montague, Moore. Morgan, Pugh. Ramsay, Russell, Sexton. Shell-make, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith,
Smith of Xorth Carolina, Swan, Viller6, and Witherspoon.

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[June 1, 186.1.

he committee was agreed to, and is as


e word countries, i n line 7, section 3, the words
s of value payable abroad.

and othw

The sixth arllerldment was agreed to, and is as follo~vs,viz :


I n section 3, line 7, after the words money and bills;
6 and other rights and credits of vaIue payable abroad.

insert the words

The seventh ameiidment of the committee w a s read N S follolys, viz :


Strike out paragraph 2, section 3 ; nrhich reads BS fOllOn%:
Upon the amount of all solvent credits and of all bank hills and all other
paper issued as currency, exclusive of noninterest-bearing Preesury notes, and
not employed in a registered business the income derived from which is tmed
five per cent,
and insert in lieu thereof the fOllo\Ving, 1 iZ :
I 11. upon the aniount of all solvent credits and of a l l b;mk bills iknd it11
other paper issued 21s currency, exclusive of noiiinterest-beariii~ConfeAerate
notes and Confederate bonds, and not eniployed in a registered business the
income derived froin w h i d i i$ taxed fire per cent up011 the par ~ a l n etlwreof:
provided, That the income derived from Confederate bonds shall be taxed as
other incomes.

Mr. Logan submitted the following amendment to the aqeiidment


t after the word * currency

the words

after deducting the actual

e amendment to the amendment,


d the yens and nays;

hnc1 recorded as folloTvs,


viz:
Yeas : AtkiIIs, IZell, Bradley, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio TT. Bruce. Colyar, Cruikshank, Elliott, Foster, Gaither, Wilton, Holliday, J . M.
Leach, J. T. Leach, Lo,rraii, hfcCallum, McXullin, Blenees, Montague,
Moore, Miirr:iy, Perkins. Rainsay, Rogers, Sexton, W. E. Smith,
Smith of Sorth Carolina, Swan, Turner, and Tlliitfielcl.
Nays : Akin, Anderson, hytr, Baldvin, Barksclale, Baylor, Blandford, Branch, Bridgers, Chambers, Chilton, Ckrisman, Clopton. Conritd, Dickinson, DuprB, Echok, Ewing, Farrow, Bunsten, A. H. Garland, It. H.Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge, IIeiskell,
older, Johnston, Iienner, Lamlriii, Lester. Lyoii, Miles,
rgan, Om, Pugl1, Russell, Shewmake, Simpson, Singleton,
h, Triplett, Viller6, Witherspoon, and TTTright.
aniendment to the amendment was lost.
e aniendment of the committee was agreed to.
The eighth amendment of the committee was agreed to, and is as
the words and manu-

section 5, insert the words uther than

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The tenth amendment was read as follows, viz :


Insert after the word
charitable institutions.

colleges, in line 10, section 5, the words

and other

Mr. Swan moved to amend the amendment by striking out the word
which was agreed to, and the aniendnient a5 amended was
agreed to.
T h e eleventh amendment was agreed to, and is as follows:

. other ;

Add to the aniendnieiit Inst agreed to t h e words a l l moneys, funds, and


stocks held or subscribed for charitable o r benevolent purposes only.

T h e twelfth aiiieiiclriient w a b agreed to, and is as follows. viz :


I n section 5 , paragraph 3 , line 11, add the words the property of conipanies
formed under the act ent~tled-hi act to establish a volunteer navy shall be
eaemlpt froui tumtioii except ou tlie incouie.

The thirteenth aiiiriiclnieiit was read a:, follow-s, 1-iz:


I n line 11. sectioii 6. after the word law, insert the following: And 110
tar shall he assessed or collected ou the value or income of the butter, eggs,
poultry, dried fruit, or no01 of any soldier actually engaged in t h e military
or naval service of tlie Coilfederate States. or of ally soldier mho m a y h a r e
died, been killed, or disabled in such service, or the widow of such soldier.
Mr. Swan moved to amend the amendment by inserting after the
words dried fruit the word feathers.
The amendment vas agreed to.
Mr. J. T. Leach moved to amend the amendment by striking out the
ord * \I-001; * \T liicli \\-ah agreed to.
Rfr. Sn-an moved to amend the ainendineiit by inserting after the
\vord feathers the n-ord beeswax ; which was agreed to.
The amendment of the committee, as ameiiclecl, was lost.
Mr.Thitfield submitted the following amendment to the bill :

Add the follo\~i-ing


as

a11

illdependent section.

Be it further e,iactcd, T h a t this act shall not be so construed a s to subject to


taxation corn, bacon, or other agricultural products which were produced in the
year eighteen hundred aiid sisty-three and in the possession of the prodiicer on
the seventeenth Februarr, eighteen hundred and sixty-four. and necessary for
their support, and from or on 1.i-hich taxes in kind 01 othernise had been iahen,
delirered, o r paid. the intent of this act being not to make liable to taxation
under any of its provisions t h e remaining portions of the said crops or agricultural productions left after the t a x in kind or otherwise had been taken
therefrom o r paid thereon, and necessary for their support.

JIr. Cruikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported


as correctly enrolled
S. 33. A n act to regulate the compensation and mileage of members
of Congress and increase the compensation of the officers of the Sellate
and House of Representatives.
And the Speaker signed the same.
A h . Garland demanded the prex-ious question.
Pending which.
The House, on motion of A h . Echols,
Adjourned until to-morrow. 11 oclock.

NAL OF THE

-EIGHTH DAY-THURSDAY,

[June 2, 1854.

JUKE
2, 1864.

OPEW SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and mas opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Doggett.
The Chair laid before the House a bill (H. R. 125) to establish
certain post routes therein named ; ) which had been returned from
the Senate with the following amendment :
After the word Georgia, line 31, insert 8 l S 0 , froln Reidsville, in Roc&ingham County, North Carolina, via Ventworth and Lealisrille. iu said county,
to Ridgeway, in 13enry county, Virginia.

Mr. Sexton irloved that the rule requiring amendments of the


Yenate to be referred to a committee be suspended for the remainder
of the session.
The motion prevailed, and the ainendnierit of the Senate mas concurred in.
The Chair also laid before the House
A hill (H. R. 8) to authorize the judge of the district court for
the northern district of Georgia to change the place of holding said
court ;)
which had been returned from the Senate with the following arnendments :
((

. Strike out the preamble ; which reads as follows, viz :

Whereas the cwurt-house and other public buildings in the town of Marietta,
e place now fixed by law for holding the district court of the Confederate
Slates for the northern district of Georgia, are now used as hospitals and for
other military piirposes.
2. Strike out all after the enacting clause, which reads as follows, riz :
T h a t the judge of the said district court for the northern district of
Georgia be, and he is hereby, authorized to hold said court a t such other place
in the district as near a s practicable to the said town of Marietta as he shall
deem desirable and proper.
SEO.2. This act shall coiitinue in force only during the existence of the
present war,
and insert in lieu thereof the foliowing, riz :
T h a t the judges of the district courts of the Confederate States have power
and authority to appoint and change the times and places of holding the courts
in their respective districts whenever, in their judgmeut, the public exigencies
may require, and they shall hare power, in term time or chambers. to pass all
necessary orders to effect such appointment or change of time or place, and
to provide for the removal of the records and files of the court.
Amend the title by striking out all after the word authorize and insertiug
the words t h e judges of the district courts of the Confederate States In
WPOint and change the times and places of holding the courts in their respectire districts.

The amendments of the Senate mere concurred in.


Mr. Montague, under a suspension of the rules, submitted the
following resolution :
i
Resolved, That the Committee on the Medical Department inquire into the
espediency of increasing the allowance now allowed to the patients in hospitals,
and report at once by bill or otherwise ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Garland, uncle
lowing resolution :

ion of the rules, submitted the fol-

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ResoZLed, That t h e Clerk of this House be authorized to employ such assistants as may be necessary f o r t h e balaiice of the session, whose compensation
shall be fixed by t h e Committee on Accounts ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Clopton, from the Committee on the Medical Department, to
whom had been referred
A bill to repeal an act entitled An act regulating the granting of
furloughs and discharges i n hospitals, approved May first, eighteen
hundred and sixty-three, and for other purposes,
reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it do lie upon
the table; which was agreed to.
Mr. Clopton, from the same committee, reported
h bill to amend an act entitled An act regulating the granting of
furloughs and discharges in hospitals, approved May first, eighteen.
hundred and sixty-three ;
vhich was read a first and second time.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided i n the negative.
Mr. Ramsay moved t o amend the bill by inserting kefore the word
wounded the words sick and.
Pending which,
The morning hour having expired,
Mr. Ramsay moved that the consideration of the special order be
postponed.
Mr. J. T . Leach demanded the yeas and nays; which were not
c)rdered, and the motion iTas lost.
The Rouse then proceeded to the consideration of the special order,
ViZ

The bill to amend the t a x l a m .


The question being on ordering the main question,
&fr.McMullin demanded the yeas and nays ; which were not ordered.
The main question was ordered.
The following amendment of the Committee of the Wholc, left out
through mistake yesterday, was agreed to :
-$mend paragraph 2, section 1, by adding after the word shares, in line 33,
the yards except the t a x imposed by the third section of this act.

The question being on the amendment of Nr. Whitfield,


Mr.Whitfield demanded the yeas and nays;
Which mere ordered,
Yeas -----------------_---_--65
And recorded as follon-s, riz: N
a y s _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - - - - 15
--Yeas : Akin, Atkins, h r e r , Barksdale, Baylor, Blandford, Bradley,
Branch, Bridgers, Horatio ITT. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton,
Colpar. Conrad, Cruilcshanli. De Jarnette, Diclcinson, Dupr6, Echols,
Elliott. Foster, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, A. I. Garland, R. I<. Garland. Gilmer, Goode. Hanly, Hartridge, Heidcell, Hilton, Holliday,
Jienner. Lamliin. J. 3%.Leach, J. T. Leach. Lester. Logan, McMullin,
Miles. Montague, Xoore, Morgan, Murray, Orr. Perliins, Pnph, Ranisay, Rives. Russell. Sexton, Simpson. Singleton. .J. Rf. Smith, W.E.
Smith, Smith of S o r t h Carolina. Staples, Triplett, Turner, Villerb,
Whitfield, Witherspoon, and Wright.

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oyce, Eli M. Bruce, Chrisman, Ewing,


le, Lyon, Marshall, McCallum, Me-

So the amendment was agreed to.


Mr. Conrad moved to reconsider the vote just taken.
motion was lost.
question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Anderson to the
ment of Mr. Colyar,
Mr. Perking demanded the yeas and nays.
Mr. McMullin moved that he be excused from voting.
The motion prevailed.
The yeas and nays were ordered,
50
Yeas_----_---_------------_And recorded as
viz
Nays _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 28
Yeas : iikin, Anderson, Baldmin, Barksdale, Baylor, Bell, Blandford, Branch, Bridgers, Chambers, Chilton, Conrad, Cruikshank, De
Jarnette, Dickinson, Echols, Elliott, Fuller, Gaither, A. H. Garland,
Gilmer, Goode, Hardy, Hartridge, Hilton, Holliday, Johnston, Kenner, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lester, Logan, Lyon, Miles, Miller,
Montague, Moore, l'ugh, Ramsay, Read, Rives, Sexton, Shevmake,
, J. M. Smith, TIT.E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Staiplett, and Whitfield.
Atkins, Ayer, Boyce, Bradley, Eli M. Bruce. Clopton, Colpr6, EwincQFootc, Foster, Funsten, R. K. Garland, Gholson,
Marshall, I tCallum, Mmees, Morgan, Murray, Orr, Perkins,
ogers, Singleton, Swan, VillerB, Witherspoon, and V7right.
So the amendment was agreed to; which, by unanimous consent,
had been modified as follows, by striking out the following words :

'

Upon the amouut of a l l solrent credits and of all bank bills and other paper
issued a s currency, exclusive of noninterest-bearing Confederate Treasury notes
and bonds exempt by law from tasatiou, ;ind not employed in a registered husiness the income from which is taxed five per cent, except interest-bearing
Treasury notes and bonds other than those e ~ c ~ l u d eads aforesaid, which are
taxed three per cent upon the amount thereof,

and inserting in lieu thereof the following, to wit :


Upon the nniouiit of all solvent credits and bank bills and all other paper
issued a s currency, exclusive of Iioninterest-bearing [ s i c ] , and not employed in a
registered business the income derived from which is taxed five per cent upon
the pnr value thereof : Provided, That the income derived from Confederate
bonds and interest-bearing Confederate Treasury notes shall be taxed as other

and by adding as an additional section the folloving, to wit :


That this act shall not be so construed as to subject to taxation corn, bacon,
:ind other agricultural products which were produced in the year eighteen
unclred and sixty-three and i n the possession of the producer on t h e sevenFebruary, cighteeii hundred and sixty-four, a ~ i dnecessary for the suphimself and family during the present year, and from and on which
1 kind had been deducted and delivered or paid ;

aS to levy an additional tax of fjf


made by sPllinp the articles ment

paragraphs betweell the


sixty-four, and the first

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147

The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Colyar, as


amended,
Mr. Atkins demanded the yeas and nays; which were not ordered,
and the amendment as amended was agreed to.
The bill was then engrossed and read a third time, and the question
recurring on its passage,
Mr. Montague demanded the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered,
Yeas ........................
47
And recorded as follows, viz: ;\ays_----------------------39
Yeas : Akin, Anderson, Baldwin. Barksdale, Baylor, Bell, Blandford, Boyce, Branch. Rridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton,
Chrisman, Clopton, Conrad, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Echols, Elliott,
Farrow, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, Gilnier, Goode, Hartridge, Hilton,
Johnston, Kenner, J . JI. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lyon, Miles, Pugh,
Read, Rires, Sexton, Shemmake, Simpson, J. M. Smith, TV. E. Smith,
Smith of Sorth Carolina, Staples, Triplett. Turner, and Whitfield.
Says : htkins, Ayer. Bradley, Horatio W. Bruce, Colyar, Cruikshank, DuprB, Ewing, Foote, Funsten, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gliolson, Hanly, Heiskell, Holder, Holliday, Keeble, Lamkin,
Lester, Logan, Marshall, i\llcCalluni, i\fcMdlin, Menees, Miller. Montague. Norgan, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Ramsay, Rogers, Russell, Singleton, Swan, VillerB, Witherspoon, and Wright.
So the bill was passed.
Mr. Hartridge moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called
the question ; which r a s ordered, and the motion was lost.
The title was read and agreed to.
d message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Xash, their Secretary ; which is as follows, viz :
X r . Speaker: The Senate h a r e concurred i n the amendments of this House
to the bill ( S . 15) to furnish transportation to oficers of the Arniy and Navy
while traveling under orders.
They h a r e passed bills of t h e following titles, riz :
S. 51. An act to proride supplies for the Army and to prescribe t h e mode of
making impressments ; and
S.58. An a c t to authorize the appointment of quartermasters and assistant
quartermasters a n d commissaries a n d assistant commissaries i n the Provisional
Army in certain cases ;
I n which I a m directed to ask t h e concurrence of this House.

On motion of JIr. Rives, the House resolved itself into secret scssion; and having spent some time therein, resumed business in open
session.
A message was receii-ed from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secretary; which is as follows, viz:
U r . 8peaker: The Senate ha\-e passed bills of the following titles, viz :
S.59. An act to authorize the owners of t h e registered eight per cent tenr e a r conrertible bonds issued under t h e provisions of the act approved May 16,
1861, to exchange t h e same for coupon bonds; and
S.61. An a c t to amend a n act entitled An act to organize military courts
to attend t h e Army of the Confederate States in the field, and to define the
pov-ers of said courts.
They have passed a resolution appointing a joint conimittee to collect authentic information concerning tbe trentment by tlie Federal authorities of such
slaoes a s h a r e fallen into the hands of the enemy during the present war.
In which bills a n d resolutions I am directed to ask the concurrence of this

House,

AL O F THE

[June 2, 1864.

do now adjourn.
yeas and nays; which were

And having reassembled,


Yeas------ 24
The yeas and nays were recorded as follows, viz : K ~ ~ ~ - - - -44
-Yeas : Akin, Atkins, Baldwin, Bell, Bridgers, Horatio W. Bruce, De
Jarnette, Echols, Punsten, Gholson, Goode, Hilton, Hodge, Lamkin,
Lester, Miles, Miller, Montague, Orr, Perkins, Simpson, Smith of
North Carolina, Staples, and Triplett.
Nays : Ayer, Barksdale, Baylor, Blandford, Boyce, Branch, Eli M.
Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank,
Dickinson, Duprk, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, A. H. (garland, Gilmer, Hanly, Heiskell, Holder, Holliday, Keeble, J. M. Leach,
J. T. Leach, Lyon, Marshall, McMullin, Menees, Morgan, Murray,
Ramsay, Rives, Shewmake, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith,
Swan, VillerB, and Wright.
So the motion to adjourn was lost.
The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Presi; which was read as follows, viz:

-I

e House of Representatives:

RICHMOND,
VA., June 1, 1864,

In response to your resolution of the 6th ultimo, T herewith transmit for


your information a communication from the Secretary of W a r relative to the
organization and disbanding of the Palmetto Battalion of Light Artillery.
JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to


the Committee on Military Affairs.
The Chair laid before. the House another communication from the
President j which was read as follows :
T o tlic House of

Eepresentatives:

RICHMOND,
VA., June 1 , 1864.

In response to your resolutioii of the 25th ultimo, I hereIvith transmit for


your information a communication from the Secretary of War relatire to the
tobwco ration authorized to be furnished to the Army.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The communication and accompanying documents vere referred t o


the Committee on Military Affairs.
The Chair laid before the House another communication from the
President ; which was read as follows. viz :
RICHMOND,
VA., June 1, 1864.
tke House of Eepresentaiiues:
11 res~ollseto your resolution of the 3d ultimo, I herewith transmit for
your information a communication from the Secretary of War, stating t h a t
" no instructions have been issued to impressing officers and agents in addition
to or different from those contained in General Orders, So. 30, bearing date

JEFFERSON ~ ~ 1 7 1 s .

Tile communication a
the Joint Committee on

ing document were referred to

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The Chair laid before the House anotner communication from the
President ; which was read as follows, viz :
RICEMOND,
VA., June 1, 1864.
T o the Senate and House of Representatives:
I herewith transmit for your information a communication from the Secretary of War, .covering copies of additional reports of military operations in t h e
year 1862.
JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to


the Committee on Military Affairs.
The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 59) " to authorize
the owners of the registered eight per cent ten-year convertible bonds
issued under the prodsions of the act approved May sixteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-one, to exchange the same for coupon bonds; "
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on TTTaysand Means.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 58) " t o authorize the appointment of quartermasters and assistant quartermasters and commissaries and assistant commissaries in the Provisional Army in certain cases; " which
mas read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on
Military i i f f airs.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 61) " to amend an act entitled 'An act to
organize military courts to attend the Army of the Confederate States
in the field, and to defiiie the powers of said courts; ' " which was read
a first and second time and referred to the Committee on the
Judiciary.
Also, a Senate bill (Y. 51) " to provide supplies for the Army and
to prescribe the mode of making impressments."
Mr. Chambers moT-ecl to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be
referred to a committee.
Mr. Blandford demanded the yeas and nags thereon; which were
not ordered, and the motion was lost.
The bill was referred to the Joint Committee on Impressments.
A h . Chambers moved to reconsider the rote bv which the bill was
referred to a Committee.
The motion prevailed.
Jlr. Chilton moved to suspend the rule requiring the bili to be
referred to a committee.
The motion prevailed.
On motion of Mr. Lester, the bill was made the special order after
the pending special orders, and ordered to be printed.
The House then resolved itself into Committee of the Whole to
consider the special order, viz :
The bill to amend an act approved 17th February, 1864, entitled
"An act to amend an act entitled 'An act to lax taxes f o r the common
defense and carry on the Government of the Confederate States,'
approved twenty-fourth April, eighteen hundred and sixty-three,"
Mr. Smith of Sorth Carolina in the chair ; and having spent some
time therein, the committee rose and reported, through their Chairman, that they had had the subject referred to thein m d e r consideration and recommended the passage of the bill with the following
amendment :
Add the follon-ing as an independent section :
" SEC.4
. The law- imposing a t a x upon the assessed ralue of property shall
not be so construed as t o impose a tax upon t h e products of gardens intended

JOURNAL OF THE

[June 2, 1864.

for the us@ of the family of the owner, nor upon fruit raised for domestic

d not for sale.

Mr. Sexton demanded the previous question ; which was ordered.


The amendment of the committee mas agreed to.
The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed.
Mr. Baldwin moved to amend the title by striking out the whole
thereof and inserting the following, viz :
A bill to amend the laws relating to the t a x in Bind.

The amendment was agreed to, and the title as amended was
agreed to.
A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, the Secretary of that body; which is as follows, viz:
MY.f l p e a k e ~ :The Senate disagree to the amendment of the House of Representatives to the bill (S. 31) to promote the efficiency of the cavalry of the
Provisional Army, and to punish lawlessness and irregularities of any portions
thereof, ask a conference on the disagreeing votes of t h e two Houses thereon,
ancl hare appointed Mr. Sparrow, Mr. Haynes, and Afr. Johnson of Missouri
managers a t said conference on their part.

On motion of Mr. Rridgers,


The House adjourned until 11 oclock to-morrow.
SECRET SESSION.

The House being in secret session,


Mr. Foote, by unanimous consent, modified his amendment to the
resolution of Mr. Rives, proposing a joint committee to prepare a
manifesto, so as to read as follows, viz:
Joint resolntions on the subject of peace.

Whereas a t various times and in various forms i t has heretofore been made
linown to those now administering the Government of the United States that
whilst prepared for war and all its vicissitudes, and inflexibly resolred never
to discontinue our struggle for separate independence until this great and
sacred object shall have been fiilly achieved, yet that we prefer, and have ever
preferred, peace to w a r ; and
Whereas the most dishonest and unmanly efforts hare been constantly made
by the unprincililed usurpers now wielding power in Washington City to impress
the popular mind of the North, and that of the civilized world i n general, with
the opinion that the people and Goiemnient of the Confederate States are
alone responsible both for the origin and continued prosecution of the present
unchristian, nnnatural, and sanguinary contest ; and
Whereas the Government of the Confederate States could not heretofore
a t :my time within the last two years have attempted to initiate negotiations
for peace without its action in this respect being subject to serious misconstruction; and
Whereas i t has pleased Divine Providence since the beginning of the present
year to vouchsafe to our noble armies such a succession of victories as have
never lieretofore marked the history of any struggle of RIIIIS similar to that
mllich is now in progress, demonstrating in the most ullmistalrable manner the
ter impossibility of our ultiniate subjugation ; and
Whereas i t is now becoming manifest that large numbers of the people of
e North a r e beginning to understand and to feel the gross injustice and
impolicy of further prosecuting hostilities against us, and the danger which so
evidently threatens themselres of becoming the subjects of a heartless military
despotism, should the n-ar on their part be much longer contirlued : Therefore,
ResoZ?ied, That i t is now the deliberate judgment of the Congress of the Confederate States that whenever the two armies of the enemy at this monlent
confronting the Confederate ?rmies under the comni~ndof Generals Lee and
Johnston shall have been subjected to signal defeat, i t will be eminently wise
and expedient on the part of our G
ent to dispatch commissioners to

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151

Washington City for the purpose of opening negotiations for peace upon the
basis of Southern independence, the reception of whom by the Government of
the United States and the setting on foot of a temporary armistice it is confidently believed would eventuate in the restoration of peaceful and amicable
relations between those now waging mar upon each other, whilst the refusal
on the part of the Gorernment at Washington City to entertain the proposition
thus made for the opening of negotiations for peace would infallibly have the
effect of still more clearly putting our adversaries in the wrong, secure to us
our objects and motives, the universal respect and sympathy of t h e civilized
world, and inspire our own people everywhere with renewed and greatly
intensified energy and determination.

Mr. Barksdale rose to a point of order, viz:


That the gentleman from Louisiana, Mr. Perkins, having yielded
the floor to the gentleman from Virginia, Mr. Rives, for the purpose
of enabling that gentleman to read a manifesto and address the
House, did not deprive the gentleman from Louisiana of the floor
upon the conclusion of the remarks of the gentleman from Virginia.
Nr. Chilton (in the chair) overruled the point of order.
Mr. Rarksclale appealed from the decision of the Chair.
The question being put,
Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the House?
It was decided in the negative.
A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Sash, their Secretary; which is a s follows, viz :
Mr. Speaker: The President of the Confederate States has notified the Senate
that he did, on t h e 31st ultimo, approre and sign an act (S. 57) to proride for
the appointment of officers with temporary rank and command.

Mr. Raldwin mored the indefinite postponement of the resolution


and amendment.
Pending which,
The House, on motion of Mr. Lester,
Resolved itself into open session.
T W E S T Y - S I X T H DAY-FRIDAY,

JUNE
3, 1864.

OPEN SESSIOS.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and mas opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Doggett.
Mr. Miles moved that the House insist on its amendment to the
Senatc bill (S. 31) to promote the efficiency of the cavalry of the
Prorisional Army. and to punish lawlessness and irregularities of
any portions thereof, and grant the conference tendered by the
Senate.
The motion prevailed, and
The Chair a )pointed Messrs. Marshall of Kentucky, Staples of
Virginia, and dingleton of Mississippi managers on the part of the
House.
hfr. Cmikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported
as correctly enrolled
S.24. An act to authorize the appointment of adclitional officers
of artillery for ordnance duties ;
S. 15. An act to furnish transportation to officers of the Army
and Ravy while traveling under orders ;
S. 23. An act to provide for the appointment of additional mili-

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pers in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States;

. R. 9. Joint resolution responsive to. the resolutions of the general assembly of Virginia asserting the jurisdiction and sovereignty
of the State of TTirginia over her ancient bonndaries.
And the Speaker signed the same.
The House then proceeded to the consideration of the unfinished
bnsiness of yesterday, viz :
The bill to amend an act entitled An act regulating the granting
of furloughs and discharges in hospitals, approved May 1, 1863.
Mr. Sexton demanded the previous question ; which was ordered.
The question being on the amendment of Mr. Ramsay,
It was decided in the affirmative.
The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the
title mas read and agreed to.
Mr. Hartridge, from the Committee on Commerce, iinder a suspension of the rules, reported a bill to aniend an act entitled An
act to impose regulations upon the foreign commerce of the Confederate States to provide for the public defense, approved February
sixth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, with the recommendation
that it do pass.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It v a s decided in the negative.
Mr. Smith of North Carolina submitted the following amendment:
((

Insert after the word chartered the words


the control of. Strike out the vord by.

in whole or in part and under

Mr. Moore demanded the previous question ; which was ordered.


The question being on the amendment of Mr. Smith,
Mr. Fuller demanded the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered,
Yeas _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 19
And recorded as follows,viz: Nays
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 61
Yeas : Baldwin, Baylor, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Colyar, Poote, Fuller, Gaither, A. H. Garland, Gilmer, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Logan,
Orr, Ramsay, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, Turner, and Whitfield.
Nays : Akin, Anderson, Atkins, Ayer, Barlisdale, Bell, Blandford,
Boyce, Bradley, Branch,Horatio 71;.Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton,
Conrad, Cruilishank, Dickinson, DuprQ, Echols, Elliott, Eming, Farrow, Foster, Funsten, R. I<. Garland, Gholson, Goode, Had?, Hartridge,. Heiskell, Hilton, Hodge, Holder, Johnston, Heeble, Iienner,
Lamkln, Lester, Lyon, Machen, McCalluni, McMullin, Miles, .Miller,
Montague, Moore, Murray, Pugh, Read, Rives, Russell, Sexton,
Shewmalre, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, TV, E. Smith, Staples,
VillerQ,Witherspoon, and Wright.
So the amendment was lost.
a third time, and passed, and the title

hich the bill was


e, reported back a Senate
act to impose regulations

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upon the foreign commerce of the Confederate States to provide for


the public defense, approved February sixth, eighteen hundred and
sixty-four, and for other purposes, with the recommendation that
the committee be discharged from its further consideration, and that
it do lie upon the table ; which was agreed to.
Mr. Baldwin, from the Committee on Ways and Means, undcr a
suspension of the rules, reported
h bill to raise money to increase the pay of soldiers ;
which was read a first and second time.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
Mr. G~rlanclniored to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be considered in Committee of the Whole.
The motion preniled.
Mr. Sexton demanded the previous question ; which was ordered.
The bill was engrossed and read a third timc, and the question
recurring on its passage.
Mr. Colyar derrianded the peas and nays;
Which were ordered,
And recorded as folloTs,viz: Yeas_ _ - _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 79
Nays _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 4
Yeas : Anderson. Atkins, Aver, Baldwin, Barksdale, Baylor, Bell,
Bopce, Bradley, Branch, Briclgers, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio 11. Bruce,
Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman. Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank,
De Jarnette, Diclrinson. Duprh, Elliott, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Foster,
Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, AL H. Garland, R. I<. Garland, Gholson,
Gilmer, Goodc. Hanly, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Holder, Holliday,
Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, J. 34. Leach, J. T. Leach, Logan,
Lyon, McCallum, McJfullin. Menees, Miles, Miller, Montaguc, Moore,
Murray, Orr, Pugli. Ramsap, Read, Rives, Rogers, Russell, Sexton,
Simpson, Singleton, J. 35. Smith, W.E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Svan. Triplett, Turner, VillerB, Whitfield, Witherspoon, and Wright.
Nays : Akin, Blandford, Echols, and Shewmake.
e
So the bill was passed.
A h . Sexton moved to reconsider the vote just talien.
The motion was lost. and the title was read and agreed to.
The morning hour haring expired,
Mr. Foote moved t o postpone the special order.
The motion was lost.
3fr. Blandford mored to postpone the pencling special order, to take
up for consideration the next special order, viz :
The bill making appropriations for the support of the Government
of the Confederate States of America from July 1 to December 31,
1864, and to supply .a aeficiency.
The motion prevailed.
A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secretary ; mhich is as follori-s, viz :
Y r . Speaker: The Senate haTe disagreed to the amendments of this House
to the bill ( S . 34) to proTide for the Compensation of noncommissioned officers,
soldiers. s;iilors, and Inarines on detailed Service.
They have
mithout amendment, x joint resolution of this m u s e (N. R10) of thanks to the S i n t h Regiment of Texas InfilI1tW.
,

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[June 3, 1864.

amend an act entitled An act to create


States, appro17ed &lay 1, 1863.
oncurrence of this House.

he House then resolved itself into Committee of the l\%ole to


consider the special order, viz :
The bill making appropriations for the support of the CroTrernment
of the Confederate States of America from J u l y 1 t o Decenlber 81,
1864, and to supply L deficiencjr,
Mr. Russell in the chair ; and having spent sqme time therein, the
committee rose and reported, through their Chairman, that thcy had
had the subject referred to them under consideration. and recommended the passage of the bill with the following anlendrnents :
Insert after the word dollars, in line 3, tinder the head of Comnnissary
Department, the following : so much of the appropriation for the Quartermasters and Commissary Departments as may be necessary n1:i~ be transferred from one to the other, by order of the Secretary of S7:ir, Tor the purpose
of paying for supplies impressed or purchased, according to the exigencies of the
serviw.

Add the following a t the end of the bill as an independent section :


SEC.2. That no appropriation made under this act shall be drawn from the
Treasury until :ill unexpendcd balances standing to the credit of the Department for which the appropriation herein made shall have been exhausted.

Mr. Baldwin demanded the previous question ; n-hiell was ordered.


The amendments of the committee were agreed to.
The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the title
read and agreed to.
m e s a e w a s received from the Senate, by Mr. Nnsh, their Secrcry; whic is as follows, viz:

Mr. Bpeaker: The Senate h a w passed a bill (S. BG) to amend the act entitled
*An act to provide for the public defense, approved Narc11 G , 1861 ; in wli!ch
I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House.

Mr. Sextop moved to postpone the pending special order, for the
purpose of taking up for consideration the next special order, viz :
The bill making appropriations for the postal service of the Confederate States for the ear 1862 and 1863.
The motion prevailez
Mr. Chilton moved to suspe the rule requiring the bill to be considered in Committee of the 1 hole ; which motion prevailed.
Mr. Baldwin subn?it,tedthe following amendment to the bill (in the
nature of a substitute) :

It appearing from the report of the Postmaster-General, dated &lay second,


eighteen hundred and sixty four, that two hundred and seyenty-six thousand
three hundred and fifty-five dollars and twenty-three cents of the revenues of the
Post-Office Department, derived from postages for the year ending J u n e thirtieth,
cigliteen hundrrd and sixty-two, have been received and paid out by the Department without any appropriation thereof made by law, and that two million
seven hundred and thirty-seven thousand three hundred and two dollars and
thirty cents of the revenues of said Department, derived from gostages for the
year eighteen hundred and sixty three, have also been receired and paid Out
by the said Departnient without any aDpropriation thereof made by law, and
that for the want of such appropriations the accounts of the Department can not
be closed, and the Congress being of opinion that the said expenditures were in
Violation of Article I, section nilne, parag??Fph eight, of the Constitution of the
Confederate States, which provides that no money shall be drawn from the
Treasury, but in consequence
made by law : but having reason to believe that the mone
een fairly applied to the public
service, and that the violation
committed without any improper

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purpose on the part of the officers of the Post-Officc and Treasury Departments :
Therefore,
1. The Congress of the Confederate lrtates of America do enact, That the President cause the accounts of the Post-Office Department, prior to the first day of
July, eighteen hundred and sixty-three, to be audited and settled, so as to ascertain whether, in fact, there has been any misapplicatioii of the funds of the
Department, and if he shall ascertain that the transactious of the Department
have been re-vlar and correct, except in having proceeded without an appropriation preriously made, that he shall cause the accounts to be settled and closed
to all intents and purposes as if the appropriations had been regularly made in
advance of the expenditures.
2. That the President report to Congress, a t its next session, the results of
the investigation hereinbefore directed.

A message mas rcceived from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secretary ; which is as follows, 1-iz :
X r . Speaker: The Senate haye passed, with an amendment, a bill of this
IIouse (H. K. 92) to amend the act approred February 17, 1864, entitled An
act to allow corrimissioned officers of the Army rations and the privilege of
purchasing clothing from the Quartermasters Departmcnt ; in T%hich amendment I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House.

Mr. Barksdale called the question.


Mr. Chilton denlanded the previous question ; which was ordered.
The question being on the amendment of Mr. Balclmin,
Mr. Heiskell demanded the yeas and naps:
Which were ordered,
And recorded as
viz: Leas - - - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2G
Says_--------__-_-___------ 49
Yeas: Ayer, Baldwin, Boyce, Chambers, Colyar, Foote, A. H.
Garland, R. I<. Garland, Heiskell, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, J. T.
L e d , Logan, Miles, M ontague, Ramsay, Russell, Shewmake, Simp son, J. M. Smith, TTT. E. Smith, Smith of Xorth Carolina, Turner,
Whitfield, and Mr. Speaker.
Kays: Anderson, Atkins, Barksdale, Baylor, Blandford, Bradley,
Eranch, Eridgers, Eli 31. Bruce, Horatio ITT. Bruce, Chilton, Clopton, Conrad, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Dupr6, Echols,
Farrow, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge, Hodge,
Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, J. $4. Leach, Lester, Lyon, McCalluin,
AfcMullin, Menees, Moore, Morgan, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Pngh,
Read, Sexton, Singleton, Staples, Triplett; VillerB, Witherspoon,
and Wright.
So the amendment was lost.
The bill was engrossed arid read a third time.
Mr. Heiskell niovecl to reconsider the \rote just taken.
Pending which,
The hour of 3 having arrived,
The House took a recess until 8 oclock;
And having reassembled,
Mr. Akin called the question ; which was ordered. and the motion to
reconsider mas lost.
The bill was passcd, a d the preamble and title were read and
agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Miles, the special orders were postponed, and the
bill to amend the act ap roved February 17, 1864, entitled An act
to allow commissioned o cers of the Army rations and the privilege
of purchasing clothing from the Quartermasters Department, was
taken up for consideration.

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1864,

11 had been returned from the Senate with the following


amendment (in the nature of a substitute) :
That all commissioned officers in the Arniy and Navy shall be entitled to
one ration, and all commissioned officers in the field and afloat, in addition
thereto, shall be allowed to purchase from any commissary or other officer
required to issue subsistence to soldiers, marines, or SeRnlm, a t the prime cost
tllereof, including transportation, as follows : One ration each f o r officers of
and below the rank of colonel; two rations each for officers of the rank of
brigadier-general, major-general, and lieutenant-general, and three rations
each for a general; one ration each for commissioned officers of the Navy of
and below the rank of commander, and two rations each for officers above that
rank.

SEC.2. That an officer shall not draw or purchase a t any time more of the
component part of a ration than is issued to the private soldier a t the same
time.
SEC. 3. That nothing contained in this act or the act to which this is an
amendment shall be construed as allon-ing commutation for rations or xs
authorizing an officer to receive or purchase rations except when he requires
them for his own use.
SEC.4. That this act shall continue in force only during the war.

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, thc Secretary of that body ; which is as follows, viz :
Mr. !Speaker: The Senate hltve passed a bill (S. 5 2 ) providing for the establishment and payment of claims for a certaiii description of property taken
or informally impressed for the use of the Army: in which I am directed to
ask the concurrence of this House.

Mr. Perkins cillled the question ; which was ordered.


Upon which Mr. Atkins demanded the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered,
.......................
37
And
as fo~loxT,s,
viz: Yeas
Nays _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ 29
Yeas : Akin, Baldkin, Blandford, Royce, Bridgers, Horatio 147.
Bruce, Chambers, Chrisman, Clopton, Cruikshanlr, Echols, Farrow,
ster, Gaither, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gholson, Heiskell,
lton, Holder, Johnston, Kenner, Lamkin, Lester, Logan, McMul, Miles, Morgan, Orr, Perkins, Ramsay, Rogers, Shewmake,
Simpson, J. M. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, and Witherspoon.
Nays : Anderson, Atkins, Bradley, Chilton, Colyar, Conrad, De
Jarnette, Dickinson, Fuller, Funsten, Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge, Holliday, IZeeble, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lyon, McCallum, Montagiie,
Mllrray, Pugh, Read, Singleton, W. E. Smith, Triplett, VillerB, Whitfield, and Wright.
So the amendment was agreed to.
Mr. Echols moved that the House do now adjourn.
The motion was lost.
Mr. Miles moved to reconsider the vote by which the amendments
the Senate were concurred in.
~

e House a Senate bill " to amend ail act


a provisional navy of the Confederate

eighteen hundred and sixty-three ;)'which


and referred to the Committee on
mend the act entitled 'An act to
oved sixth March, eighteen hunfirst and second time and
airs.

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Also, a Senate bill (S. 52) (providing for the establishment and
pa nient of claims for a certain description of property taken or
in iJ
ormally impressed for the use of the Army.
On motion of Mr. Baldwin, the rule was suspended requiring the
bill to be referred to a comniittcc, and the bill w a s made the special
order vext after the pending special orders are disposed of.
On motion of Mr. Chambers,
The House adjourned until 11oclock to-morrow.
(.

T H I R T I E T H DAY-SATURDAY,

JUNE
4, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with


prayer by the Rev. Dr. Doggett.
Mi.. Miles moved that the House insist on its amendments to the
Senate lnill (S. 31) to provide for the compensation of noncommissioned oEcers, soldiers, sailors, and marines on detailed service, and
tender to the Senate a committee of conference.
The motion prevailed.
Mr. Farrow, from the Committee on Accounts, to whom had been
referred
h resolution that the Committee on Accounts, in settling the
accounts of R. H. Wynne (the Doorkeeper) , be authorized to credit
him with the sum of eighteen hundred dollars, being the amount of
the public money abstracted from him ivithont his fault,
reported back the same Kith the recommendation that it be adopted.
Mr. Swan, under a suspension of the rules, submitted the following
resolution :
Resobed, T h a t a committee of three be appointed to confer with t h e proper
authorities a n d take such other steps as may seem right to secure a distribution of
the accumulated inails in the post-office in the city of Richmond. and also the forwarding from this office of the mail matter of several days past not get forwarded, and t h a t they report their action to this House;

which was adopted.


The Chair appointed as said committee Messrs. Swan of Tennessee,
Holder of Mississippi, and Blandford of Georgia.
Mr. Boyce, from the Committee on S a d Affairs. under a suspension of the rules, reported back a Senate bill (S. 1-4) to amend an
act entitled An act to provide an invalid corps,) approved seventeenth
February. eighteen hundred and sixty-four, reported back the same
with the recommendation that it do pass.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was docided in the negative.
The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was
agreed to.
Mr. Boyce, from the same committee, also reported back a Senate
joint resolution (S. 8) -directing lhe settlement of the claim of
Zedckiah McDaniel and Francis M. Ewing for destroying the Feelera1 gunboat Cairo b s means of a torpedo, with the recommendation
that yt do pass with an amendment.
The question being on postponing the joint resolution and placing
it on the Calendar,
.
It was decided in the negative.

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[June 4, 1864.

The amendment was read and agreed to, as follows, viz :


Strike out " seventy-nine thousand three ffundred and eighty-eight dollars
and eighty cents '' and insert in lieu thereof seventy-six thousand seven hundred and twenty-six dollars and thirty cents."
The <ioint
resolution was read a third time, and the question recur.
ring on its passage,
The yeas and nays required by the Constitution were recorded as
follows, viz :
Yeas--------------------68
It was decided in the affirmative,
8
Yeas : Atkins, Barksdale, Baylor,
Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio Jt7.
man, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshanlr, Dickinson, DuprB,
Elliott, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither,
A. 3. Garland, R. I<. Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly,
Hartridge, Heislrell, Holder, Johnston, Keeble, Laniliin, J. M. Leach,
J. T. Leach, Logan, Lyon, Machen, McCallum, &CcMidlin, Menees,
Montague, Moore, Murray, Orr, Pugh, Ramsay, Read, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, Sinipson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Staples,
Swan, Triplett, Turner, Whitfield, Witherspoon, and Wright.
Nays : Ayer, Bridgers, Hilton, Hodge, Kenner, Morgan, Shewake, and Viller6.
Two-thirds having voted in the affirmative, the joint resolution was
passed, and the title was read and agreed to.
Mr. Boyce, from the same committee, reported
A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to regulate the supplies
of clothing to enlisted men of the Navy during the war,' approved
April thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-three,"
with the recommendation that it do pass.
The bill was read a first and second time.
And the question recurring on postponing the bill and placing it
TI the Calendar,
It was decided in the negat'ive.
The bill was engrossed, read a third time and passed, and the title
was read and agreed to.
Mr. Boyce, from the same committee, reported back a Senate bill
(S. 13) " to extend to the Navy and Marine Corps the provisions of
the third section of an act to organize forces to serve durins the
war, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixtywith the recommendation that it, do pass.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing i t on thc
Calendar,
It mas decided in the negative.
The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was read

o enable him to

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On motion of Mr. Lyon, the rules mere suspended to enable him to


report from the Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, reported back
A bill to increase the compensation of the heads of the several
Executive Departments,
with the recommendation that it do pass with the following amendment :
Add after the word Government the words and of the Assistant Secret a y of W a r and of t h e Treasury.

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the


Calendar,
It mas decided in the negative.
The amendment of the committee was agreed to.
The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed.
Mr. Lyon moved to amend the title by adding the words and of
the Assistant Secretary of T a r and of the Treasury.
The aniendment was agreed to, and the title as amended was read
and agreed to.
Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, reported
A joint resolution to provide for the President during the war,
fuel, lights, and forage,
with the recommendation that it do pass.
The joint resolution was read a first and second time.
The qnestion being on postponing the same arid placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
The joint resolution was engrossed, read a third time, and passed.
Mr. Marshall moved to amend the title by striking out the same
and inserting in lieu thereof the following :
Joint resolution to impose certain additional duties on the QuarteruiasterGeneral.

The amendment n-as agreed to, and the title as amended mas read
and agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Lyon. the special orders were postponed.
N r . Singleton, from the committee of conference on the disagreeing
votes of the two Houses on the bill to promote the efficiencp of the
cavalry of the Provisional Army, and to punish lawlessness and
irregularities of any portions thereof, submitted the following report ; vhich mas agreed t o :
The managers on the part of the House have met the managers on t h e part of
the Senate upon the disagreeing votes of the two IIouses on a bill to promote
the efficiency of the cavalry of the Provisional Army, and to punish lawlessness
and irregularities of any portions thereof, and after due conference recommend that tbe aniendnient of the House to the bill of the Senate be concurred in,
\yith the following amendments :
d f t e r the myor& officer or, in t h e third line, insert the word officers, and
after the n~ord soldier, in the fourth line, insert the m y d s or fpldiers, and
after the word him. in the fifth line, insert t h e words or them.
EDWD. SPARROW,
LASDON C. HAYSES,
WALDO P. JOHSSOS,
Xanagers 012 the pnrt o f the Xcnntt.
0.R. SISGLETOK.
IVVALLER R. STAPI,I<P.
Ma?iagers on the part of t h e Wottse.

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[June 4, 1864.

Cruikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported


lowing bills as correctly enrolled :
H. R. 125. An act to establish certain post routes therein named;
H. R. 8. An act to authorize the judges of the distrlct courts of the
Confederate States to appoint and change the times and places of
holding the courts in their respective districts ; and
H. R. 10. Joint resolution of thanks to the Ninth Regiment of
Texas Infantry.
And the Speaker signed the same.
Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, reported back
a Senate bill (S.21) to amend an act entitled An act to reduce the
currency and to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds, approved
seventeenth February, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, with the
recommendation that it do pass with the following amendment :
Strike out the flftli section ; which reads as follows, viz :
SEC.6. The bonds and certificates mentioned i n the second section of the act
to which this is an amendnlent shall be receivable in payment of all Government
dues which shall have accrued prior to the first day of January, eighteen hundrect and sixty-five, except export and import duties ; and for purposes of payment herein authorized shall be transferable by delivery.

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the


Calendar,
was decided in the negative.
Baldwin moved to amend the bill by striking out the first sechich reads as follows, viz :
the amount of Treasury notes which shall be issued under t h e prorisions of the act of which this is an amendment shall not exceed one dollar of
new. issue for three dollars of the old, which niay have been paid into the
Treasury under the provisions of the said act : Provided, That this limitation
shall not be construed to restrict the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury
to issue new notes in exchange for old notes held by individuals, at t h e rate of
two dollars of the new issue for three dollars of the old issue, as provided in the
said act: Provided farther, That the Secretary of the Treasury i s hereby
directed, on the first day of January, eighteen hundred xnd sixty-five, or as
soon thereafter a s practicable, to reduce the amount of Treasury notes in
circulation to two hundrecl niillion dollars ; and when the Circulation of said
notes shall be thus reduced the faith of the Government is hereby pledged that
the same shall not be increased.

On motion of Mr. Miles, the rule limiting debate was suspended to


enable Mr. Lyon, the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means,
to proceed with an argument he was addressing to the House.
Mr. Gilmer submitted the following amendment :
I n section 1, strike out all after the word exceed, i n line 3, and insert in
lieu thereof the following, viz : two dollars of new issue for three clol1;xrs of
the old, which inay have beeii paid into the Treasury urider the prorisions of
the said act: Procidcd, That this limitation shall not be coiistrued to restrict
the :luthoritY of the Secretary to issue new notes in exchange for old notes held
by individuals, a t the rate of two dollars of the new issue for three dollars of
the old issue, a s provided in said act: Provided further. That the Secretary of
the Treasury is hereby directed, on the first day of January, eighteen hundred
tund sixty-five, or a s
er a s practicable, to reduce the amount of
Treasury notes in circ

on ; which was ordered.


nerit of Mr. Gilmer,
as _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - - - ---_- 37

-c_-_--_--.- --- 38

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

Yeas : Anderson, Ayer, Baldwin, Bell, Blandford, Bridgers, Chambers, Colyar, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Gilmer, Hanly, Heiskell,
Holder, Keeble, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lester, Logan,
McCallum, Menees, Montague, Moore, Murray, Pugh. Ramsay, Shewmake, J. M. Smith, MT. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett,
Whitfield, Wither;ipoon, and Mr. Speaker.
Says : Akin, Barksdale, Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Eli M. Bruce,
Horatio W. Bruce, Chrisman, Clopton, Conrad, Cruilishank, De
rJarnette, Dickinson, DuprB, Echols, Foster, Funsten, A. H. Garland,
R. K. Garland, Goode, Hartridge, Hilton, Holliday, Kenner, Lyon,
McMullin, Miles, Morgan, Orr. Perkins, Rives, Russell, Sexton, Simpson, Singleton, Staples, Viller6, and Wright.
So the ameiidment i ~ a lost.
s
Mr. Conrad moved to amend the first section by striking out all
after the word act, in line 10.
A message i ~ a rcccircd
s
from the [President, by Mr. Harrison, hish
Private Secretary] : which is as follo-cvs,viz :
Z r . Speaker: The President 3-esterday approved and signed an act entitled
An act (1. R. 5 2 ) to amend an act entitled An act to provide for holding elections of Reyresentatives in the Congress of t h e confederate States in the State
of Tennessee, approved May first, eighteen hundred 21nd sixty-three.
The President has to-dal- approred and signed :I joint resolution entitled
Joint resolution (H. R. 9 ) respansire to the resolutions of t h e general nssernhlx of Yirginia asserting the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the State of Virginia over her ancient boundaries.

Tery respectfulls, xopr obedient servant,

BURTOX S. HARRISON,
RICIi.\roXD, TA., , ~ t l l l C i .

Private Becrctary.
lb6f.

Xr. Miles mo.;ecl that the House do non- adjourn.


JIr. Sexton demanded the yeas and nays thereon j
T h i c h were ordered,
hncl
as folloTx-s,viz : Nays _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ 44
30 [45]
Yeas : Anderson. Barksdale. Baylor, Bell, Uoyce, Horatio W. Bruce,
Chambers. Conrad, De Jarnette, DuprB, Fuller, Gholson. Goode,
Hanly, Hartridge, Holliclay, Kenner, J. 31. Leach, Marshall, Miles,
Monrague, Xoore, Orr, Perkins, Pngh, Rives, Russell, Staples,
Wright, and Mr. Speaker.
Says : Akin, Ayer, Baldwin, Blandford, Bradler, Branch, Bridgcrs. Eli X. Bruce, Clopton, Colyar. Cruikshanli, Dickinson, Echols,
Farron-, Foote. Foster. Funsten, A. H. Garland, R. I<. Garland, Gilma-. Heiskell, ailton, Holder, Keeble, Lamkin. J . T. Leach, Lester,
Logan. Lyon, ?cfcCallnm. McJIullin, &knees. Morgan. Murray, Ram>ay, Sexton. Shewmake. Singleton, J . 34. Smith, TI7. E. Smith: Smith
of Sort11 Carolina, Swan. Triplett, Villerd, and Whitfield.
So the House refused to adjourn.
011motion of Mr. Orr,
The House took a recess until 8 oclock.
Having reassemblecl,
,Z n-pssage T Y ~ Sreceived from the Senate, by Jfr. Nash, their Secretary ; which is as follows, viz :
Jlr. Bpeoker: The Iresident of t h e Confederate States hils notified the Senate
that he did, on t h e 2d instant, approve and sign an act (S.33) to regulate the
c 8-YOL 7-05 &f-11

NAL O F THE

[June 4, 1804.

members of Congress and increase t h e compensa-

ate and House of Representatises.

instant, approved and signed a n a c t (S. 22) to


States.
The President this day approved and signed a n act (s. 15) to furnish transportation to officers of the Army and Navy while traveling under orders ; and
~n act (s. 2 3 ) to provide for the appointment of additional military storelreepers in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States.
The Senate have passed, with an amendment, a bill oC this House (11. R.
134) to amend an act entitled An act to establish a niter and mining bureau,
approved April 22, 1863; in which amendment I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House.
f the laws of the Confederate

Mr. Orr moved that the rules be suspended limiting debate.


Mr. Atlrins demanded the yeas and nays thereon; xhich mere not
ordered, and the motion was lost.
A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Sash, their Secretary; which is as follows, viz:
N+. speaker: The Senate have passed a resolution extending the time for
the adjournment of the present session of Congress; in which they request the
concurrencc of this House.

Mr. A. H. Garland called the question; which was ordered, and


the amendment of Mr. Conrad to strike out all after the word act,
in line 10, was agreed to.
Mr. Orr submitted the following amendment :
Insert in line 6, after the word act, the words a n d snid notes sllall be a
legal tender in payment of debts, private and public, except export dues.

r. Orr demanded the yeas and nays thereon; n-hich mere not
ed, and the amendment mas lost.
The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Baldwin,
Mr. Swan demanded the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered,
.......................
36
~~d recorded as folloIT,s, viz: Yeas
Nays________-_-__-_________
34
Yeas : Anderson, Baldwin, Bay lor. Bell, Blandford, Bridgers,
Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, Ewing, Farrow, Fuller, Gilmer, Heiskell, Holder, Ileeble, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lester, Logan,.Mc(;allurn, McMullin, Menees, Montague, Moore, Murray, Orr, Ramsay,
Shewmalie, J. M. Smith, W.E. Smith, Swan, Triplett, Turner, Whitfield, and Witherspoon.
Nays : Akin, htlrins, hyer, Barksdale, Bradley, Branch, Horatio
TiT. Bruce, Chrisman Cruilrshank, Dickinson, Duprd, Foote, Fnnsten, Gaither, A. H. darland, R. Ii. Garland, Gholson, Goode, Hart, Lgon, Miles, Morgan, Perlrins, Eogers, Itus, Singleton, Smith of North Carolina, Staples,

itted the following amendment:


In section 5, line 3, after
pajment, insert the words

rtificates of tlepo
57 Department or

receivable and before t h e words in


or more persons.

rt the words

and a l l

issued to individuals from the Treas-

ril, eighteen hundred and sixty-four.

June 6, 1804.1

163

HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

THIBTY-FIRST DAY-MOWI).L~Y,JUNE 6, 1864.


OPEN SESSION.

The House met pursuant to Rdjoarnment, and was opened n-itli


pmyer by Rev. Dr. Read.
The Chair laid before the House a comiimnicatioii from the President; which was read as follows, viz:
R I C H X O H D , VA., JWZG 4 , 1864.
To the Senate and House of l?,epresentati?jes:
I herewith transmit for 3 our consideration conimunications from the proper
officers, submitting estimntcs of tlie amount required to be appropriated for
the period ending December 31, 1 S U . under t h e act approred June 2, 1804.
JEFFERSON ~ ~ 1 7 1 s .

. The commuiiication and accompanying documelits were referred to


the Committee on 77aj-s and Xeans and ordered to be printed.
The Chair also laid before the House another communication froin
the President ; which m s read as follows. viz :
RIcrruosu, Ta., Jzine 1, 18fi4.
To the Garrate a& House of Zepresentaticcs:
I heren-ith transmit for your information a comiuunication froni the Secretary of War. covering copies of sereral additional reports of military operations
I t is suggested t h ~ tlieqe
t
reports shonld not he 1~ublisliedor used otherwise
than for t h e information of Members and Senators of the Confederate States
Congress.
JEFFERSOS UAPIS.

The communication and accompanying documents \\-ere referrccl to


the Comiiiittec on Military Affairs.
The Chair also laid before the House another communication from
the PresideIit ; which waS read a s follows, viz :
RIcwMosD. Ya.,June 4, 1864.

To the H o m e of Represeiztatices:
In response to Four resolution of t h e 5th ultimo, I herenith transmit a communication from the Secretary of War, conregnig the information asked for
relative to the organization and disbanding of Coru~iany I\: of t h e Twentyse! euth Regiment of South Carolina Volunteers.
JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to


the Committee on Military Affairs.
The Chair also laid before the Honse another communication from
the President; m-hich was read a s follows, riz :
RICHXOSD,

VA., Juiae %, 1864.

T o t7ie Senate atid House of Representatives:


I heren-ith transmit for your information a communication from the Secretary of War, covering copies of additional reports of military operations during
the year 1863.
J E F F E R S O S DAVIS.

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to


the Committee on Nilitary AfTairs.
The Chair laid before the House the follon-ing resolution of the
Senate :
Resolved (the House of Representatives concurring), That the time fixed for
the adjournment of the present sessim of Congress be extended t o Saturday,
the eleventh day of June, eighteen hunclred and sixty-four, and t h a t the Presi-

JOURNAL OF THE

[June 6, 1864.

dent of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Regresentatires adjourn
their respective Houses, sine die, a t twelve oclock meridian on t h a t daY.

Mr.

submitted the following amendment :

Strike out a11 of the r:solution after the word That, in t h e second line, and
insert in lieu thereof the two Houses of Congress will on Satarday next
a t twelve oclock meridian take a recess of sixty-one days, so as to retain 1)oIver
to provide for all exigencies which shall i n the meantime arise.

Mr. A. H. Garland moved to amend the resolution by strikirig out


the words Saturday, the eleventh, and insert in lieu thereof tlie
words Thursday, the ninth.
Mr. Miles moved to amend the amendment by strilring out the
words Thursday, the ninth, and inserting Tuesday, the fourteenth.
The amendment of Mr. Miles was lost.
The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. A. H. Garland,
Mr. Staples demanded the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered,
And
as follows, viz : Yeas ------------ ------_--_-_
26
1 Says_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 59
Yeas : Akin, Atkins, Bell, Blandford, Bridgers, Clirisinan, Colyar,
Dickinson, I h p r 6 , Zchols, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Heisliell,
Keeble, J. M. Leach, Logan, Morgan? Ramsay, Sexton, J. M. Smith,
W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Swan, Turner, Whitfield, and
Wright.
Nays : Anderson, Baldwin, Barlisdale, Baylor, Boyce, Bradley,
Branch, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, Clop on,
Conrad, Cruikshank, Elliott, Ewing, Farrow, Poote, Foster, Fuller,
Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Gilmer, Goocle, Hanly, Hartridge, Hilton,
Hodge, Holder, Holliday, Johnston, Kenner, Lamkin, J. T. Leach,
Laster, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, McMullin, Mcnees, Miles, Miller,
Montague, Moore, Murray, Orr, Pcrkins, Pugh, Read, Rives, Russell,
Shewmalre, Simpson, Singleton, Staples, Triplett, Villerb, arid Witherspoon.
So the amendment was lost.
Mr. Swan inoved to lay the resolution and amendment of Mr. Foote
on the table.
The motion was lost.
Mu. Atkins moved to amend the resolution by striking out the
words (Saturday, the eleventh, and inserting in lieu thereof the
words the fourth day of July.
The amendment was lost.
Mr. Hilton moved to amend the amendment of Mr. Foote :

Strike out the words sixty-one days and insert in lieu thereof the words
until tlie first Monday in September.

Mr. Dupr6 moved to lay the amendment of Mr. Foote and the
amendment of Mr. Hilton on the table.
Mr. Foote demand
Which mere order
Yeas
40
And recorded as follo
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 44 [4?51
Yeas: Akin, B y
Branch, Rurnett.
Chamhers, Chi1ton,
hank, Dickinson,
Dupr6, Echols, Ewi
R. K, Garland, Gilmer,
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ c _ _ _

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165

HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

Holder, IZeeble, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Logan, Lyon, Machen,


McCallum, McMullin, Morgan, Murray, Orr, liainsap, Rives, Sexton,
Shewmake, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Viller6, Whitfield, and
Wright.
Nays : Anderson, Atkins, Baldwin, Bradley, Bridgers, Horatio W.
Bruce, Colyar, Conrad, De Jarnette, Elliott, Farrow, Foote, Foster,
Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, Hcislrell, Hilton, Hodge, Holliday, Johnston, Kenner, Lamkin, Lester,
Marshall, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Moore, Perkins, Piigh,
Russell, Simpson, Singleton, J. M. Smith, W.E. Smith, Swan, Triplett, Turner, and Witherspoon.
So the motion was lost.
Mr. Swan moved to enleiid the resolution of the Senate by striking
out all after the n-ord (extended, and demanded the yeas and nays
thereon; which n-ere not ordered, and the amendment was lost.
The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Hilton,
It was decided in the negative.
Mr. Foster submitted the following amendment to the amendment
of 3Ir. Foote:
Strike out the words take a recess of sixty-one days and insert adjourn

until the Erst Monday in October.

Mr. Atkins moved to lay the amendments of Mr. Foote and Mr.
Foster on thc table.
Nr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which were ordered,
e a s _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _4 _1 - _ And recorded a s follows, viz: Y
N a y s _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - - _43_ - - _
Peas : Akin, Atkins, Ayer, Barksdale, Bayior, Bell, Hlandford,
Branch, Bridgers. Burnett. Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Dupr6, Echols, En-ing, A. 1. Garland, R. 71. Garland, Gilmer, Holder, Iieeble, J. 31.Leach, J. T. Leach, Logan, Lyon,
McCallum, McMullin. Xloore. Morgan, Orr, Ramsay, Read, Rives,
Sexton, Shewmake, Singleton. W.3. Smith. Smith of Xorth Carolina, Staples, Turner, TThitfield, and Wright.
Kays : A4nderson. Baldn-in, Bradley, Horatio TIr. Bruce, Clopton,
Colyar, Conrad, De Jarnette, Elliott, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller,
Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Goode, Hanly, IIartridge, IIeiskell, Hilton, Hodge, Holliday, Johnston, Kenner, Lirnkin, Lester, Machen,
?ifarshall, Menees, Miles, Miller. Montague, Murray, Perliins, Pugli,
Russell, Simpson, J. M. Smith, Swan, Triplett, VillerB, and Witherspoon.
So the motion to lay on the table prevailed.
Mr. Foster moved to amend the resolution by striking out the Ivords
Saturday, the eleventh day of June, and inserting in lieu thereof
the words (the first Xonday in J~ily.
Mr. Foote demanded the previous question ; n-hich was ordered.
The amendment of Xr. Foster was lost, and the resolution of the
Senate mas agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Rgrtriclge. leave of absence was granted his collea ue, Mr. Lester, for the remainder of the session.
8 n motion of
Fuller, leave of absence was granted his colleame, sir. Ranisay, Troiii to-morrow for the remainder of the session.

cb

1
.
RNSL OF THE

[June 6, 1864.

The House then proceeded to the consideration of the unfinished


business, viz :
The bill to amend an act entitled An act to reduce the currency
and to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds, approved 117th February, 1864.
Mr. Sexton moved that the consideration of the pending business
be postponed.
The motion was lost.
A message was received from the Senate, by Nr. Kash, their Sccre.
tary ; which is as follows, viz :
3 1 ~ .Spealcer: The Senate have passed a hill and joint resolution of the
following titles, viz :
S . 69. A bill to retire or drop field and company off%Cersfronl the h i n y i n
certain cases; and
S. 11. Joint resolution relating to the exchange of the daily newspapers of
the Confederate States with those of England and Friunce ;
111 which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this IIouse.
The Senate have agreed to the report of the coiiiinittee of confereiice oii
the disagreeing votes of the two Hoiises 011 the bill ( S . 31) t o promote tlie
efficiency of the cavalry of the Provisional Army, and to punish larrlessness
and irregularities of any portions thereof.
The Senate have passed a bill of this House (H. 1%. 98) to amend a n act
entitled An act to reduce the currency and to authorize a ilew issue of notes
and bonds, approved February 17, 1864.
they have concurred in the amendment proposed by the IIouse of l3c.r)atives to the joint resolution (S. 8) directing the qettlement of tlie
of Zedekiah McDaniel anrl Francis 31. Ewing for destroying the Federal
a t Cairo by means of a torpedo.

Mr. Moore moved to reconsider the vote by which the amendment


of Mr. Baldwin was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Machen, the consideration of the bill n a s postponed.
Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on TT7ays and Means, reported back
a Senate bill (S. 44) to authorize certificates of indebtedness to be
given for property purchased or impressed and for transportation,
and to provide for payment of the interest on said certificates in
sspecie, with the recommendation that, i t do pass with the following
;unendments :
1. 111 the first section, fourth line, strike out the nwrds seized or.
2. In the first section, fifth line, strike out the word s h n l l aiid insert the
word may.
3. Add to tlie eiid of the first section the following: An adtlitional twentyfive per cent shall be made to any appraisement made under the authority of
tliis section.
4. In the third section, second line, strike out tlie word shall and insert
the word mag.
the third section, eleventh line, strike out tlie word. discretion and
e words t o parties who are willing to receive the same.
Id a t the end of the bill the folloiving additional section :
SICC.-.
Be it fiirther mmcted. That a11 certificates of indebtedn~wgiren as
rized by this act
rded as eridence of indebtedness
e Coverniiwnt of
s to the holders tliereof t i l l tlie
are paid and disc

The question bei


Calendar,
It was dccidccl in t
The first amcndine

11 and placing it on the

June 6, 1864.1

HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

Mr. McMullin moved t o lag the bill and aniendnients on the table.
Mr. Blandford denianded the yeas and nays thereon;
Tf7hich xere ordered,
_________--__-_--___--47
,lnd recorded as follows,viz: Yeas
N a V s _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ _36- _ _ - Yeas : Anderson, Baldwin, B l a n d f o h , Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W.
Eruce, Chambers, Clopton, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Dickinson,
Ewing, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland,
Gliolson, Goode, Hanly. Heislsell, Hilton, Hodge, Holder, Holliday,
Johnston, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lester, Logan, Machen,
McMullin, Miller, Montague, Murray, Perkins, 12anisay, Russell,
Shewmake, J. M. Smith. TI-. E. Smith, Smith of Xorth Carolina,
Staples, Swan, Triplett, Whitfield, and Wright.
S a y s : Barksdale. Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Burnett,
Chilton. Chrisman, C o l y u , Conrad, DuprB, Elliott, Farrow, Foote,
(hither, Gilmer. Hartridge, Keehle, Kenner, Lyon, Marshall, McChllurn, Menees, Miles, Moore, Morgan, Orr, Pugh, Rives, Sexton,
Simpson, Singleton, Turner, Villerd, Witherspoon, and Mr. Speaker.
So the motion to la? on the table prevailed.
Mr. Swan moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called the
question: XThicli n-as ordered. and the motion was lost.
The Chair appointed as managers on the part 01the House at the
conference tendered to the Senate on the disapreeing votes of the
two Houses on the hill (S. 34) * to prox-icle for the compensation of
noncommissioned officers. soldiers, sailors, and marines on detailed
service. Ur. Bridgers of S o r t h Carolina, Jfr. Perkins of, IJouisiana,
and Mr. Hollidap of Tirginia.
The House resumed consideration of the bill t o amend an act
entitled An act to reduce the currency and to authorize a new issue
of notes and bonds : . approwxl seventeenth February, eighteen hundred and sixty-four.
The question being on the motion of M r . Jfoore to reconsider the
vote by which the amendment of Mr. Baldwin was agreed to,
Mr. Conrad demanded the yeas and nays;
Rliich were ordered:
P e a s _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 38 [391
And recorded as follows, to Tit : i\ays---__--___-----_
44
Yeas : Akin, Atkins. Barksdale. Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Eli 35.
Bruce, Horatio IT. Bruce. Burnett, Chilton. Chrisman, Conrad, De
Jnmette. Elliott. Ewing. Foote. Funsten. Gaither, A. H. Garland,
Goode, Hartridge. Kilton. Kenner, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, &fcCalluin, Moore. Jlorgan, Perkins, Rires, Russell, Sexton, Simpson,
Singleton, Smith of S o r t h Carolina, Smith of Alabama, Villerd, and
Witherspoon.
Xays : Anderson. Baldwin, Baylor, Blandford, Bridgers, Chambew, Cloptoii, Col-ar. Cruikshanlr, Duprk, Farrow, Foster, Fuller,
R. I<. Garland, GhoIyon, Gilmer. Hanly. I-Ieiskell, Hodge, Holder,
Holliday, Iieeble, Lamkin, J . M.Leach. J. T. Leach, Lester, Logan,
JlcMullin, Menws, JLiles, Montague, Murray, Orr, Pugh, Ramsay,
Shevmalre, J . 39. Smith, W. E. Smith, Staples, Swan, Iriplett,
Turner, Whitfield. and Wright.
$0 the motion to reconsider T.Ta9 b ; t .
Mr. Lyon moved to lay thc bill and alnenclments on the table.

167

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AL O F THE

IJune G , 1SGZ.

ller demanded the yeas and nays thereon; .ic.hicli were not

or

called
ambers moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and
t
the question; which was ordered.
Mr. Smith of North Carolina demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which were ordered,
Yeas ____---------------_____
40
And recorded as folloms, viz: ~ays---__--__---____________
39
Yeas : Akin, Anderson, Ayer, Baldwin, Baylor, Blandford, Boyce,
Bridgers, Clopton, Elliott, Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither,
Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Holder, Lamkin, J . M. Leach, J. T. Leach,
Lester, Logan, McCallum, McMullin, Montagiie, Orr, Rarnsap, Rives,
Russell, Shewmake, Singleton, J. M. Smith, 77. E. Smith, Smith of
North Carolina, Staples, Turner, Whitfield. and Wright.
Nays : Atlrins, Barksdale, Bell, Bradley, Branch. Eli 31. Bruce,
Horatio IV. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, Colyar, Conrad,
Cruilrshank, De Jarnette, Dupr6, Ewing, Foster, A. H. Garland,
R. I<. Garland, Hanly, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Hodge, Holliday, Renner, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, Miles, Miller, Moore, Norgan,
Murray, Perlrins, Pugh, Sexton, Swan, and Triplett.
So the motion to reconsider prevailed.
The question recurring on the motion to lay the bill on the table,
Mr. Fuller demanded the yeas and nays ;.
Which were ordered,
Yeas-------------------36 1341
And recorded as follows, viz : Nays
_ _ - _ _ _ _ - - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 40 [42]
Yeas : Atkins, Barlcsdale, Blandford, Bradley, Branch, Horatio
W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank, Dupr6,
Ewing, A. H, Garland, R. K. Garland, Hanly, Rartridge, Heisitell,
I-Iilton, Hodge, Kenner, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, McCallum, Miles,
Moore, Morgan, Orr, Perlrins, Fugh, Sexton, Swan, and VillerQ.
Nays : Akin, Anderson, Ayer, Baldwin, Baylor, Bridgers, Clopton,
De Jarnette, Elliott, Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Holder, Holliday, Lamkin. J. M. Leach, J . T.
Leach, Lester, Logan, MeMullin, Menees, Montague, Murray, Ramsay, Rives, Russell, Shen-malie, Singleton, J. M. Smitli, W. E. Smith,
Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Triplett, Turner, Whitfield, Witherspoon, and Wright.
So the motion to lay on the table was lost.
A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Sash, their Secretary ; whicli is as follon~s,viz :

illr. Xpeaker: The Senate hare passed a joint resolution (S. 9 ) of thank- to
G m . E. Kirby Smith and the officers and soldiers of his coinmaiicl; in which
I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House.
They have passed, without amendment, bills of this House of the followine
titles, viz :
If. R. 119. An act to anleiid so much of an act entitled An act to organize
bruarg 17, 1864, as relates to the
forces to serve during the war,
exemption of certain reliTious de
IT. R. 147. An act to nniend an act entitled izln act to impose regulations
Up011 the foPeign cominerce of the Coiifedernte States to proride for the public
defense, approved February 6.
I-I. R. 149. An act to ainend
itled An act to regulate the supplies
of clothing to enlisted men of
during the mar, approved April 30,
1863.
They insist on their
amendments of this E-Ious~to the
11 ( S . 34) to Drovide
of noncommissioiied officers, sol-

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HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

169

diers, sailors, and marines on detailed service, agree to the conference asked
for bx the House on the c1isagreeing.votes of the two Houses thereon, and Mr.
Sparrow, Jlr. Brown, and Jlr. Mitchel have been appointed managers at said
Conference on the part of the Senate.

Mr. Xyer moved to recommit the bill and amendments to the Committee on Ways and Means, and called the question ; which was not
ordered.
Mr. Foote called the question ; which was ordered.
The hour of 3 having arrived,
T h e House took a recess until 8 oclock;
And having reassembled,
Mr. Sexton moved a call of the g o w e .
The motion prevailed.
Upon the call o l the roll the following members answered to their
nanies :
3Iessrs. Anderson, Atliins, Baylor, Bell, Blandford, Boyce, Bradley,
Branch, Bridgws, Burnett, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Cruikshank,
Dickinson, Ewing, Farrow. Funsten, A. K. Garland, R. Xi. Garland,
Gholson, Gilmer, Ileiskell. Hilton, Holder, Holliday, .Johnston,
Reeble. Kenner. Lamkin. J . T. L c ~ c l i ,Tmter, Logan, Lyon, Machen,
Marshall, JIcCallum, JfcJfullin, Menees, Nontague. Moore, Morgan,
Orr, Pugh, Ramsay, Read, Russell, Scxton, Shewmake, Simpson,
J . 31. Smith, Smith OF Sorth Carolina, Staples, Swan, Triplett, Turner, VillerC, TThitfield, Witherspoon, and Triglit.
A. quorum being present.
On motion of Xr. JIacheii, all f w t h e r proceedings under the call
Tvere dispenced IT-ith.
The question being on the niotion to recommit the bill and amendments,
JIr. Moore demanded the yens and nays ;
Which rrere orilerecl.
Y e a s _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ - - _28
_--,Ind recorcled as fol~o\i-s,viz: s,u
01s_ _ _ _
_ __
_ _ __
_ __
__.
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ 41
Yeas : Akin, Atkins, Blandford, Bradley, Horatio TY. Brvce, Btirnett, Chilton, Clopton. Conrad, Dickinson, EiTing, A. II. Garland,
R. I<. Gurland, IIartridge, Hilton, IZenncr, J1:ichen, 3Iarshal1, 31cCallum, JIeneei. Miles. Xorgan, Perlcinr, Pugh, iieud, Sisan, Witherspoon. and Wright.
Says : Anclerson. Baicln-in, Baylor, Beli, Uoyce, Branch, Bridgers,
Eli 31. Bruce, Ihprk, Farrow, Foote, Fiiller. Ftinsteii, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode. HeisBell. Holder, IIolliday, Johnston. Lamliin, J. T.
Leach. Lester, Logan. LJ-on, Mc3hIlin, ;\fontague, Moore, Orr, Ramsay, Iiuisell, Sexton. Shev-make. Simpson, J. 11. Smith, Smith of
S o r t h Carolina, Staplei, Triplett, Tnrner, Villeri-, and TThitfield.
S o the motion to rccoiisider v a s lost.
X r . O r r moved the indefinite postponement of the bill.
Xr. Fuller clemeiic!etl the ~ e a sa i d naj-s tliereon :
Which xere ordered.
-and rccorc;ccl ~s f o l ~ o ~ T ~ :s , Yeas-----------------------36
( S a y s _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _35
-_-__
Teas : Ncin, l t k i n s , Barksdale, Baylor. Blandford, Branch, Eli
31.Bruce, Iioratio W.Bruce. Chambers, Chilton. Colyar, Dickinson,
DuprB, En-ing. Farrori-, Foster, A. 1.Garland, R. K. Garland, Ffartridge, Heiskell, IIilton, Keeble, Kenner, Lyon, Machen, Marshall,

L OF THE

[June 6. 1864.

&files, Morgan, Orr, Perkins, Pugh, Read, Sexton, Swan, Villerd. :llid
Wright.
Nays : Anderson, Baldwin, Bell, Bridgers, Clopto11, Coiiracl, Foote,
Holder,
,
FIollida!., J o h m
Fuller, $TilnsteIl, Gholson, Gilmer, G O O ~ C
ston, Lan&in, J. T. Leach, Lester, Logan, hkCallum, r\rlcJfulliu,
Menees, Montague, Moore, Ranisay, Russell, Shewmalie, Sim1xoii,
J. M. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Staples. Triplett, Ttirller,
Whitfield, and Witherspoon.
SOthe motion to postpone prevailed.
Mr. Garland moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called tlw
question ; which was ordered.
Mr. Gilmer demanded the yeas and nays thereon;
Which were ordered,
Yeas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - 39
And recorded as follows,viy, : ?\Tays__-_-_-_-___------------ 39
Yeas : Anderson, Aycr, Baldwin, Baylor, Bell, Bridgers, Clopton,
Conrad, Foote, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode,
Holder, Holliday, Johnston, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Zeac.11, Lester, Logan, McBilullin, Menees, Miller, Montague, Moore, Ramsay,
Russell, Shewmake, Simpson, J. M. Smith, Smith of Korth Cnroliiia,
Sta les, Triplett, Turner, Whitfield. and Witherspoon.
&gs : Akin, Atkins, Barksdale, Blandford, Branch, Eli 31. Bruce,
Horatio TV. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Colyar, Cruikshanli, Dickiiison, Duprk, Ewing, Farrow, Foster, 9.13. Garland, R. K. Garland,
Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Hodge, Keeble, Kenner, Lyon, Machcn,
Marshall, McCalluni, Miles, Morgan, Orr, Perkins, Pugh, Read, Rogers, Sexton, Swan, Viller6, and Wright.
So the motion to reconsider was lost.
Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, to whom had
heeii referred a Senate bill (S. 38) for the payment of commissioners
itppointed under the act entitled An act to suspend the privilege of
the writ of habeas corpus in certain cases, and to confer certain powers npon said commissioners, reported back the same with the reconimendatioii that it do pass.
The question bciiig on postponing the bill and placing it 011 the
Calendar,
Mr. ,J. T. Leach deiiiancled the yeas and nays;
Which wcre ordered,
26
Rllclrccorcled as follolys, viz: Yeas ........................
Nays-__--__-___-_-_--------- 53
Yeas : Ryer, Baldwin, Bell, Cruilishank, Farrow, Foote. Fuller,
Guither, A. XI. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gilmer, Holder, Lamkin,
,J. 31. Leach, J. T. Lea.ch, Lester, Logan, Marshall, Murray, Orr,
Itainsay, Shenmalie, Sniilh of North Carolina, Triplett, Tnrner, and
U7rig1k
Blandford, Bradley,
, Chrisman, Clo ton,
En-ing, Foster, $unilton. I-Iodge. fIolliclay,
McCa I luni , McMn llin,
e, Morgan, Perkins, Pug+,
Smith, Staples, Swan, Vil-

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171

Mr. A. H. Garland submitted the following aiiiendment :


I n section 1, strike out after t h e word comy~ei~satioii.
in line 3, the vvorclx
. of two hundred a n d fifty dollars each per month from the date of their respect i r e appointnients until t h e expiration of their service. and insert in lieu
thereof t h e words t w e n t y dollars per day for each day they shall be respectirely engaged in investigating cases under said act.

A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, the Secretary of that body; which is as follows, viz:
Ur.S ~ c a k e r :T h e Senate ha.ve passed a joint resolution (S. 12) for the relief
of Wellington Goddin ; in which they request the concurrence of this Ilouse.

Mr. Barlisdale rose to a point of order, viz:


That the gentleman from Tennessee (Mr. Foote) was out of order
in criticising the commissioners appointed under the act suspencling
the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in certain cases whilst
cliscnssing the question of their compensation.
Jlr. Chilton (in the chair) overruled the point of order.
Mr. Barksdale appealed from the decision of the Chair.
Xncl the question being put,
Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the House?
I t was decided in the affirmative.
51r. Swan demanded the previous question.
The demand was not sustained.
A message was received from the Senate. by Mr. Kash, the Secretary of that body; whichis as follows, T-iz:
Xr. Bpealzel-: T h e Senate h a r e passed, T% it11 amendments. bill (11. It. 106)
to increase t h e compensation of the noncomruissionecl officers and priratcs of
the Army of t h e Confederate States.
They hare concurred in the xmendments of the House of Representatives to
the bill ( S . 43) to regulate the pay of :t general assigned t o duty a t the sent of
government under the prorisions of the act approved JIarch 25, lS62, with
xmendnients.
I n xi-hich amendments I am directed to ask the concurrence of this Ilouse.

Mr. Hilton demanded the previous question : which was ordered.


The question being on the amendment of Mr. Garland,
Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered.
eas ........................
14
zLs folloKs,viz: Nays-_-_-------------------61
slid
Yeas: Bell, F:irrow. Foote, Fuller, A. N. Garland, K. Xi. Garland,
Gilmer, Lamliin. J. T. Leach, Logan, Murray, Smith of Sortli Carolina, Turner, and ?Titherspoon.
Nays : Anrlcrson. ,lj-er, Barlcsclale, Blandford, Bradley. Bralich,
Bridgers, Eli 31. Bruce, Horutio TV. Bruce, Bnrnett, Chambers, Chilton. Chrisman, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, C r i i i l ~ ~ h a nDe
l ~ , Jarnette,
Dicliinson, Dupri., Ev-iiig, FunstQn, Gaither, Gholson, Goode, Hartridge. Heiskell, I-Xilton, Hodgc, Holder, Hollidap, Johnston, Iceeble,
l{e1;Iler, J . 31. Leach, Lester, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, McCalluin,
Mc?rlullin, 3Iiles. Jf iller, Montague, Moore, Morgan, Perlrins, Pngh,
Ramsay, Read, Itussell, Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, J. M. Smith,
Staples, S.\vun. Triplett, Viller6, TThitfield, and Wright.
So the amendment was lost.

The bill mas read a third time, and the question recurring 011 its
passage,
Mr. J. M. Leach demanded the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered,
Yeas-__-_____-_------------ 52
~ n recorded
d
as follows, viz: Nays
21
Yeas : Akin, Anderson, Barksaale, Blandford, Bradley, 13ranch.
Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio TAT. Bruce, Rurnett, Chambers,
Chilton, Chrisman, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Uiclrinson, lluprk,
Ewing, Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Goode, Hartridge, I-Ieiskell,
Hilton, Molliday, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lyon, Machen, Marshall,
McCallum, McMullin, Miles, Montague, Moore, Morgan, Perlrins,
Pugh, Read, Russell, Sexton, Simpson, J. M. Smith, Swan, Triplett,
T'illerB, Whitfield, Witherspoon, and Wright.
Nays : Ayer, Cruikshank, Farrow, Boote, Fuller, A. H. Garland,
R. I<. Garland, Gilmer, Hodge, Holder, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T.
Leach, Lester, Logan, Murray, Orr, Ramsay, Shen-make, Smith of
North Carolina, and Turner.
So the bill was passed, and the title was read and agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Gaither, leave of absence was granted to his
colleague, Mr. Logan (called honie by indisposition i n his family).
On motion of Mr. Kenner,
The House adjourned.

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THIRTY-SECOND DAY-TUESDAY,

JUNE
7, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and mas opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Read.
Mr. McAIullin moved that when the Rouse adjourn to-day it adjourn to meet to-morrow at 10 o'clock.
Mr. Hilton moved to lay the mction on the table; which latter
niotion was lost, and the motion of Mr. McMullin prevailed.
The Chair laid before the EIouse a Senate joint resolution (S. 12)
" for the relief of Wellington Goddin;" which was read a first and
second time and referred to the Committee on Claims.
Also, a Senate joint resolution (S. 9) '(of thanks to General E.
Kirby Smith and the officers and solcliers of his commaiid: " which
was read a first and second time and referred to the Com&ttee 011
Militarv hff airs.
Also," a Senate joint resolution (S. 11) " relating to the exchange
of the daily newspapers of the Confederate States with those of
England and France; " which was read a first and second time and
referred to the Committee on Post-Offices and Post-&toads.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 69) " to retire or drop field and company officers from the 11rnip in
cases; i' which was read a first and
$ccond lime and referr
Committee on Military Affairs.
Also, a Senate bill
to regulate the pay of a general
nssigiicd to duty a t the
overnment under the provisions of
the act approved March t
ndred and sixtytwo ; " which had been
ith the following
mieiillments to the ame

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HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

1. Strike out, i n line 1, the word

six and insert fire.


five hundred

2. Strike out, i n lines 2 and 3, t h e words

and insert
four
hundred and fifty.
3. Strike out, in line 4, the words four hundred and insert three hundred
and fifty.
4. Strike Out all after the word month, in line 4, and insert the words
T h a t a general coinniaiiding a n army in t h e field shall receive, in addition to
the said sum of fire hundred dollars per month, one hundred dollars, and a
lieutenant-general, a major-general, and a brigadier-general shall, whilst serving in t h e field, each receive fifty dollars per month in addition to the sum
herein allowed, whilst so serving, and all laws allowing additional compensation
for commanding a separate army in the field be, and they a r e hereby, repealed
except as herein provided, and t h a t this act shall be in force for one year, and
no longer.
I

The amendments of the Senate were concurred in.


The Chair a130 laid before the House a bill (H. R. 106) to increase
the compensation of the noncommissioned officers and privates of the
Army of the Confederate States; which had been returned from
the Senate with the follon-ing amendments :
1. Strilx out, in !ine 1,the word permanently.
2. Add a t the end of bill the words for the period of one year from the pas-

sage of this act.

The amendments of the Senate were concurred in.


The Chair also laic1 before the House
A bill (H. R. 13-1) + to amend an act entitled An act to establish a
niter and mining bureau, approved April twenty-second, eighteen
hundred and sixty-three ;
which had been returned from the Senate with the following amendment :
Add the following sectioii :
SEC.3. T h a t this act shall continue in force only during the present war.

The amendment of the Senate was concurred in.


h e . CruiBshanB, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported
as correctly enrolled
H. B. 98. An act to amend an act entitled 4 b h nact to reduce the
currency and to authorizp, a new issue of notes and bonds, approved
February 17,1864;
S. 13. An act to extend to the Savy and BIarine Corps the provisions of the third section of an act to organize forces to serve during
the wx,approved February 17, 1864 ;
S. 14. An act to amend an act entitled An act to provide an
invalid corps, approved February 17, 1864;
S. 8. Joint resolution directing the settlement of the claim of
Zedekiah McDaniel and Francis M. Ewing for destroying the Federal gunboat Cairo by means of a torpedo ;
S. 31. An act to promote the efficiency of the cavalry of the Provisional Army, and to punish lawlessness and irregularities of any portions thereof ;
H. R. 147. Aii act to amend an act entitled An act to impose regulations upon the foreign commerce of the Confederate States to provide for the public defense, approved February 6, 1864;
H. R. 119. ,In act to amend so much of an act entitled An act t o
organize forces to serve during the war, approved February 17, 1864,
as relates to the exemption of certain religious deriorriinations;

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H. R. 149. An act to amend an act entitled An act t o regulate the


supplies of clothing to enlisted men of the Navy during the war,
approved April 30,1863 ; and
H. R. 92. An act to amend the act approved February 17, 1864.
entitled An act to allow commissioned officers of the Army rations
and the privilege of purchasing clothing from the Quartermasters
Department.)?
And the Speaker signed the same.
Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, to whom had
been referred a Senate bill (S. 50) to authorize the onTners of the
registered eight per cent ten-year convertible bonds issued under the
provisions of the act approved May sixteenth, eighteen hundred and
sixty-one, to exchange the same for coupon bonds, reported back the
~aineTyith the recommendation that it do pass with the following
amendment :
After the ~r-ord bonds, in the twelfth line, insert the words

which bonds.

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the


Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
The amendment of the committee was agreed to.
The bill was read the third time and passed, and the title mas read

a to.

on, from the same committee, reported a bill concerning


of the Treasurer ; ) which was read a first and second time.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It mas decided in the negative.
The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the title
was read and agreed to.
MI-. Lyon, from the same committee, reported the following resolution :
Ro.soZz;ed,That the coiiit>ensation of the pages of this House and of the clerks
of tllc committees authorized br the IIouse be fixed for the present session and
for the next session a t double the rates which were paid to the same officers of
the last Congress ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Sexton, from the same committee, reported
A bill to be entitled An act to amend an act entitled An act to
reduce the currency and to authorize a new issue of bonds and Treasury notes, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and
sixty-four ;
which mas read a first and second time.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
third time, and passed, and the title
relief of taxpayers,
nd sixty-four ;
the bill and placing it on the

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175

The bill mas engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the title
Tvas read and agreed to.
Mr. Conrad, from the same committee, to whom had been referred
A bill to amend the first section of an act entitled An act to
organize the clerical force of the Treasury Department, approved
February thirteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-two,
reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it do lie upon
the table ; which was agreed to.
Mr. Conrad, from the same committee, reported a bill with the same
title with the recommendation that it do pass.
The hill was read a first and second time.
And the question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It m i 5 decided in the negative.
The hill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, arid the title
was read and agrecd to.
3fr. Hanly, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom had
been referred
A bill to amend an act entitled An act to organize forces to serve
ctaring the war, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred
and sixty-four,
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass with
the following amendment (in the nature of a substitute) :
That the Act to organize forces to serve during the V-U. approrecl Fehruary seventeenth. eighteen hundred and sixty-four. be. :und t h e same is hereby,
so amended as to allow all white residents between the ages of seventeen and
eighteen and forty-five and fiitx years who are prevented from enrolling themselves within the time prescribed by t h e said a c t by the occupation of the localities or country bj- tlie public enemy, and whose lioiiies are arid have been since
the passage of said act beyond the lincs of the Confcdcrntc armies, t o organize
themselves in pursumce of the sixth section of said act after their homes or
localities are brought within t h e lines of t h e Confederate armies ; and this
pririlege shall continue for the space of thirty days after the reoccupation is
announced by a n order issued by the Secretary of lfar.and published in t h e
militarr department in which said reoccupation may occur.

The question being on postponing the bill and placing it, on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
The bill was engrossed. read a third time, and passed, and the title
was read and agreed to.
Air. Staples, from the same committee. reported
h bill * to amend an act entitled An act to organize forces to serve
during the war. approved seventeenth February, eighteen hundred
aiid sixty-four. so as to exempt from military serrice such State officers as may be exempted by State lam,
with the recommendation that it do pass
The bill was read a first and second time.
Alndthe question being on postponing the bill@ placing it on the
Calcndar,
It iTas decided in the negative.
The morning hour having expired,
On nlotion of air. Chambers, the first special order was postponed.
Rlr. Miles moved to postpone the second special order.

JOURNAL O F THE

LJune 7, 18Gi.

The motion was lost, and special order, viz :


The bill to provide supplies for the Army alld to prescribe the
mode of making impressments,
was taken up for consideration.
Mr. McMullin moved to postpone the corisideration of the bill until
tomorrow.
The motion was lost.
Mr, Simpson submitted the following amendment to thc bill (in the
nature of a substitute) ; which was ordered to be printed :
SECTIOR
1. Tlbe Congvess of the Confederate States of .Imericn do crlact. That
private property shall not be impressed for the public use, esceijt a b hereinafter
prorided, and in all other cases the Government shall be furnishcd with all necessary supplies by purchase; and for this purpose there shall be establislied in
each State a delyartment known as the purchasing department. This departlnent in each State shall consist of one chief officer. with the pW Ltlld allo\l-:lnces
of a major of infantry, with as iiiiuiy subordinate officers 11s 1nn.5 be rlec*esc;ary,
not, hoxx-ever, exceeding one for each county 01%district, with the Day and allowances of a captain of infantry, and as many clerks and G e n t s as t h r necebsities of the department may require, with the pay and allowances of Drirates of
infantry, with commutation of quarters.
S E C . ~The
.
officers in this department shall be over the age of forty-fire
years; shall be resident freeholders of the district 01county for n-llicll they
may be appointed, with the exception of the chief officer. who shall be a resident freeholder of the State, and they slifill be appointed 11.5 the Secret:lry of
War. The clerks and agents shall be algointed by the subordinate oificcrs.
with the concurrence of the chief officer in each State, and shall be appointeil
from those who are either o\-ei*conscript age or have been declared b r a rueclical
board as unfit for field service.
SEC. 3. These departnients shall be authorized and charged with tlic tlllty of
purchasing a t the gold value thereof, from producers, the entire sur])lus in
each State of all such articles a s may be needed by the Government, under instructions from the Quartermaster and Commissary Generals, to be i n i d for in
certificates which, upon their face, the Governiiient shall promise to redeeiii
in gold, six months after the ratification of peace; and which certificalrb shall
be receivable in payment of all public dues, at a goli! standard, compared with
Treasury riotes ; and these departments shall be authorized, under rules to be
prescribed by the Secretary of War, to resell to the families of soldiers, aud to
all other persons desiring to purchase for their own consumption, bo much of
the produce purchased hy them a s the Government may not need for its om1 use,
at original cost, n-ith a sufficient per cent added to cover waste, t o be paid for
in the certificates aforesaid, or in Treasury notes, at the market value of the
property therein.
SEC. 4. That each officer appointed under this act shall, before entering upon
his duties, give bond v i t h good and suficieiit security, conditioned for t h e faitliful perforruance of his duty, and that he will not, directly or indirectly, he engaged in the purchase or sale, on private srcoiint, either for himself or a n y other
person, of any articles of the character to he purchased by him on Gorernment
account.
SEc. 5. That any officer or agent connected with said department ryho shall
be guilty of violating the requirements set forth in t h e previous sectioli, except
such as may be authorized to purchase for their own consumption. 21s other citizens, in addition to being liable on their bond shall, upon convictio1l before any
court of the Confederate States having conipetent jurisdiction, he fin& ?>J- said
court in a sum not excee
dollars, and be imprisoned for a term of
years not less than
ore than
years.
SEC.6. These de
authorized to impress all supplies of food
or forage, or other
Government may require, in the following
cases. riz :
First. In all
resale and not
of producers TV
agree as to the
to sell to the G
which shall be estimate
nterested free

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177

one by the officer, and the third by these two, ~ h shall


o
act under oath to d o
justice both t o the Qorernment and to the producer. And, thirdly. I n all cases
where the necessities of the Army, or any portion of it, niay require a niore
prompt and speed)- supply than can be furnished by purchase-which
necessity
shall be determined by the general commanding the department-and when so
required under special orders from tlie general commanding the department,
imticularly describing what articles are urgently needed. The chief officer
in each State, either through himself or by his county and district officers, may
inipress such articles as may thus be required, but i n every such case a sufficient supply for the support of the holder and his family and to carry on liis
ordinary avocation shall be left, and the gold value shall be paid i n the certificates aforesaid; said price, and what is sufficient for family support, to be
determined by the appraiscrs aforesaid, as in section above.
SEC.7. The Secretary of the Treasury shall be authorized t o issue certificates
herein required to be used in the purchase of property to the amount of
millions, of such denoniinations an8 n-ith such authentications as may be necessary. and he shall not be authorized to issue Treasury notes except to t h e
amount of one hundred millions until the meeting of the next Congress.

Xr. 6. T. Leach niorrd to amend the bill by striking out the word
assessed, in line 14, section 1, and inserting in lieu thereof the word
market.?
The arneiidmcnt v a s not ngrccd to.
Mr. XcCalIuni submitted the following amendment :

After the Ti-ord kind, in line 12, section 1, strike out the ll-ords I shall be
paid for on delirerg by the Dost quartermasters In the sereral districts a t t h e
assessed r a l u e thereof and insert in lieu thereof the \T ords and one-half t h e
value thereof shall be paid for a t the time of dclivery by the post quartermasters in t h e several districts a t the a s e s s e s value thereof. and for the other
half certificates of indebtednec? sh:i!! be delirered to the party entitled to t h e
same in such form and under such instructions as the Secretary of the Treasury
niay prescribe, pal-able a t t h e end of the mar and bearing six per cent interest.

Jlr. Conrad subinittcd the following aineiidiiient to the amendment :


Strike out all after the n-orcls t h e other half and insert the following:
he shall be entitled to receil e certificates of debt NS authorized by section fourteen of the a c t entitiel An act to reduce t h e currcncy and to authorize a new
issue of notes a n d bonds. approved serenteentli of February, eighteen hundred
2nd sist)--four, or if the owuer of t h e property 1)rcfcr it, said iroperty shall be
valued a t t h e a ~ e r a g cprices of ilnilar property i n the sainc neighborhood in
the Sear eighteen hundred and s t y , with tweiitg-five per cent added thereto,
and in case the latter 1 aluation be adopted t h e interest ou the certificate shall
be paid i u specie o r its equivalent i n Treasury notes.

-1niessage w a s rrcrirecl from the President, by Mr. Harrison, his


Prirate Secretary, as follo-trs, viz :
31,. SpeciF;;er: On t h e 4th iiistaiit t h e President al~yrovccland signed the fol
loniiig acts and joint resolution :
H. R. 8. ,In act to authorize tlie judges of the cliqtrict courts of the Confederate States to appoint and change the tiines and places of holding the courts
in their respectire districts;
13. R. 125. An act to establish certain post routes therein nanied ; and
H. It. 10. A joint resolution of thanks to the Sintli Regiment of T e x a s Infintrj-.
BURTOS N. HARRISOS.
Private 8ecwtarg.
R ? C H \ f O X D , YAY.,, I : l l ? C 7 . rs6i.

Mr. E. If. Bruce mo-i-ed to recommit the bill and amendments to a


special committee, with instructions to bring in a bill repealing that
part of the exicting tax l a w which credits the value of the tax in kind
on the tax levied a i d levy additional money taxes on all other business
property and intere-ts to equalize all taxes with that of the agricultural interests; further, that said conunittee be, and is hereby, inC J-VOL

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strutted to levy an export dutyeon all articles of export to meet the


interest on the five hundred millions of bonds as npw provided by
law; and, further, consider the propriety of changmg the basis of
valuation from that of 1860 to that of 1864.
Mr. Monkague moved to amend the instructions by striking out
{he whole thereof and inserting the following:
with instructions to inquire into the expediency of regulating iml)ressiucnts
according to the valuation of eighteen hundred and SlxtY.

The hour of 3 having arrived,


The House took a recess until 8 o'clock.
Having reassembled,
Mr. McMullin moved a call of the House.
The motion prevailed.
Upon the call of the roll the following gentleirlen answered to
their names:
Messrs. Atlrins, Baylor, Boyce, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Chambers,
Colyar, Conrad, Duprk, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Funsten, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gholson, Goode, Hartridge, Heisliell, IIolliday,
Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lainkin, J . T. Leach, Logan, Machen,
McCallum, McMullin, Montague, Morgan, Perlrins, Pugh, Ranisax,
Russell, Simpson, Singleton, Smith of Sorth Carolina, Swan, Triplett, Witherspoon, Wright, and &fr. Spcakcr.
Upon a call of the absentees the following gentlemen v e r e excused :
r. Barltsdale, Mr. Rives, MI-.
Orr, Mr. Baldwin, Mr. Welsh. Xi-.
tfield, Mr. Sexton, Mr. J. M. Smith, Mr. Viller6. Mi". Holder,
. Read, Mr. Hodge, Mr. Akin, Mr. Menees, Mr. MurraT, and Bfr.
Lester.
On motion of Mi. McMullin, all further proceedings under the
call were dispensed with.
On motion of Mr. Garland, the House resolved itself into secret
session ; and having spent some time therein,. resumed lmsiiieki, in
open session.
A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Sash, their Sccrettiry ;.which is as follows, viz :
M Y . SgCa7dW: The Senate have passed, without amendnlellt. $1 I.il1 of filis
House (11. R. 1%) inaliing appropriations for the postal service c;f tile confederate States for the year 18G2 and 1863.
They lmvc ptsscd, with amendments, a bill of this House (11. I<. 10s) to
nniend the lit\\'S relating to the tax in kind; in which amendments I :IUI
directed to ask the concurrence of this House.

Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on TQays and Means, under a siihpension of the rules, reported a bill " making additiollal appropriations for the support of the Government; " which ~ ~ 7 aread
s
a first
and second time.

The House then r


consider the bill just

June 8, 1S64.1

179

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
SECRET SESSION

The House being in secret session,


Tlie followiiig messages were received from the Senate, by Rfr.
Sash, their Secretary :
PT: Tlie Senate have passed, without amendment, a bill of this
House (1.R. 133) making appropriations f o r the rederiiptioii of the s e ~ e i iper
cent foreign loan authorized b~ act of Congress approred January 29, 1863.

Spealier: The Senate ha\-e passed a bill (S. 6'7) to organize it corps of
scouts and guards t o facilitate coinninnication with the Trans-Mississippi Department : in mhich they reqneqt the concurrence of this House.
X r . S p x k e r : The Senate have passed a bill (S. 65) to aid in the construclion tif ironclacl gunboats for the defense of western and southern rivers ; in

\i-hicli I a n directed to ask the concurrence of this House.

The Chair laid before the I~OLISC


a bill of the Senate (S. 67) " to
organizt. R carp of scouts aiicl guards to facilitate communication
with the Trans-Jlississippi Department ;" which was read a first and
second time.
The rulc having been suspended requiring it to be referred to a
committee, the bill was read a third time an d passed, and tlie title
nas read and agreed to,
The Chair also laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 65) " to aid
in the construction of ironclad gunboats for the defense of western
and southern rivers ; '' which was react a first rtncl second time.
The rule having- been suspended requiring it to be referred to a
committee,
Jlr. JlcMnllin nioved that the bill be referred to the Conimittee on
S a d ,Iff airs.
Pending n-hicli.
The House, 011 motion of Jlr. Lyon,
Resolved itself into open seqion.
T H I R T Y - T I I I R I ) DLIP-WEDXESDAP,

JUNE
8, 1864.

OPEK SESSION.

On motion of M r . Hartridge, leave of absence was granted his


colleagues, 3Iessrs. - h l e r s o n and Echols.
On motion of Jfr. Goode, leave of absence was granted his colleague, Rlr. Whitfield.
Mr. A. H. Garland mored to postpone the consideration of thc bill
" maliing additional appropriations for the support of the Governinen t .*'
The motion prevailed.
Mr. -1.11. Garland presented a Correspondence between the Secretary of W a r and the Secretary of the Treasury; which was referred
t o the Committee on T1-ay.s and Means, with instructions to report a t
a n early day .;rich a inemire or measnres as, in tlie judgment of siicli
committee, will remedy the evils named in s a i d correspondence.
M r . Funsten submitted the folloming resolution :
v

I?e.soTt-cd, That Archd. S. Douglas have leare to withdraw the papers ~ 0 1 1 nected with his claim against the Confederate States for the loss of n negro

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with the Clerk ;

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of the Government, he leaving a certifiett COPY of said 1ilIers

which was adopted.


Mr. &fontague submitted the following resolution :
~ ~ ~ o ~That
? p the
d , Committee on %rays and Neiins inquire into tile P s ~ 1 i ency of increasing the compensation of the CkrkS ill the Cixi1 and llilit:ir)
departments, and report by bill or OtherWise ;

which was adopted.


Mr. McMullin submitted the following resohition :
Resolved, That the comniittee appointed to confer wit11 t h e Po$tmast@rGeneral on the subject of the distribution of the mail be requfstfil to 11ilke
an arrangement with the Post-Office Deimrtment to hnre the niail fl.0111 this
House received on the train from tbe DoorlieelJer and c2istriiiLlte[1 mff forwarded promptly, and that the Doorkeeper be instructed to deliver the Same
to the mail agent on the train ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Gholsoii presented the memorial of Frederick 71. Hob1)s. 2 ~ 1 ~ . ing indemnity for coupon bonds stolen by Yankee raiders : d i i c h m-as
referred to the Committee on Claims.
Mr. McMullin moved to rescind the resolution providing for a
recess a t 3 oclock.
Mr. Read moved to lay the motion on the table ; which latter motion
Russell siibniitted the following resolution :
That the Committee on Ways and AIeans inquire into the cWruthorizing the States to exchange their Confederate TreaSUiY note.;
of the old issue for Treasury notes of the nem issue in whole or in Dart at Par :

which was adopted.


Mr. Chilton introduced
A bill to facilitate the settlement of the claims of deceased oficecs
and soldiers ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Spc.i:J
Committee on Deceased Soldiers Claims.
Mr. Foster introduced
A joint resolution to allow sick and wounded officers of the h l i
transportation to their homes ;
which was read a first and second time.
The rule having been suspended reyuiriiig tile joint resoliltion to
be referred to a committee,
Mr. Miles moved to amend the same by filling up the blank with
the words ninety days.
The amendment was agreed to.
Mr. Holder moved to amend the joint resolution by irlserting after
the word home the words and back to their commands.
Strike out the JTords
lieu thcrcof the words

Ah-. Foster demand


And recorded as

of this resolution arid insert in


ng of Congress.

June 8, 1864.7

HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

181

shank, Diekinson, Dupr6, Ewing, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither,

A. H. Garland, R. I<. Garland, Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge, Hilton,


Holder, Holliday, Kenner, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lyon, McCallum, Menees, Miles. Miller, Bfontague, Moore, Morgan, Murray,
Pugh, Read, Russell, Simpson, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Staples,
Swan, Witherspoon, and Wright.
Rays : Conrad, Gholson, Heislcell, Johnston, Keeble, Lamkin,
Machen, McMullin, and Shewniake.
So the amendment was agreed to.
Mr. E. M. Bruce submitted the following amendment :
Add the following : That all officers in t h e naval aiirl military service shall
be entitled to enter any hospital and receive such treatment and rations as now
prorided by law free of charge.

The aineiidinent as agreed to.


M r . Lamkin submitted thc following amendment :
That the provisiorls of the foregoing shall apply to all sick and wounded officers \T 110 hm e heretofore rrcei) ed leaves of :il)senct. smce the first day of May
last, and t h a t where they h a r e furnished their ov ii traiisl~ortationthe same
shall be refunded to them by the Governnient.

The amendment v a s lost.


The joint resolution a s amended ~ m engrossed,
s
read a third time,
and passed.
Mr. E. M. Bruce moved to amend the title by adding thereto the
folloving, to wit : and hospital accommodations.
The amendment W R S ngreecl to, and the title as amended was read
and agreed to.
Xr. Poster introduced
h bill to amend an act entitled An act to reduce the currency and
to authorize a new i x x e of notes and bonds;
which %-asread a first a n d second time a i d wferrecl t o the Committee
on TITaysand Jleans.
3fr. Clopton m ow d that the rules be suspended to enable him to
report from the Committee on the Medical Department.
The motion Tras lost.
Mr. Pug h submitted the following resolution :
Resolced, That t o the conipensation now allowed by law to the assistant
clerks of the Rouse of Representatives there shall be ndded fifty per cent for
one year from the adoption of this resolution, to be paid out of the contingent
fund of the House;

which =as adopted.


Mi. Bridgers, from the committee of conference on the disagreeing
votes of the in-0 Houses on the bill (S. 31) to provide for the conipensation of noncommissioned officers, soldiers, sailors, and marines
on detailed service. submitted the following report :
The committee of confereiice on t h e part of the IIouse of Representatires on
the disagreeing rotes of the txvo Houses on the bill (S. 34) to provide for t h e
compensation of lioncommissioned officers, soldiers, sailors, and marines on
detalled service, have met the managers on the part of the Senate. and after full
and free conference h a r e agreed to recoilmiend to their respective Houses as
folloms :
That the Senate recede from its disagveeineiit to the amendment of the I-IOuSe
of Representatires and agree to the said aiiieiidment with t h e following amendments, r i z :
After service. section 1, line 2, insert the words o r from t h e Kavy or
Marine Corps.

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[Jiine 8, 1964.

outsections 2, 3, 4,and 5, and insert in lieu thereof the follon-ing :


such detached or detailed iiIen shall he aflo5r-ctl ill acltlition
2. That
not exceeding two dollars per day, and conipeus;rtiolf for :dl estr:i work or for
any uncommon skill or industry displayed in the lrerforinwnce of duties t o \vhich
they may be assig,l&, in proportion to the value of such es
skill or industry, whether it be in performing an unus
the usual hours of labor, or work performed beyond
extraordinary slrill and superior \vOrkmanship displnj-ed
such duties, the value of said extra labor, or UnCOllllllOIl Ski
determined by the officer or superintcndent under whose
said detach& or detailed service may be performrd. subject to t h e il1)[WOv:ll of
the Secretary of TI1nr or Kavy. The additional ~olil~~ellS~~tiOIl
[WOTidcd in this
section shall be the same for both the War and Sa1-y Depirtinents under ccrt:iin
rilles to be prescribed by the President.
( 4 SEC.
3, That all noncommissioned officers, musicians, pri\ ntes. s:iilurs. or
marines detailed to Government Contractors shall be SO dettiiied \vithout p l y
and allowances, but shall be compensated for their services hg \v:lges reccived
from said contractors under rules to be prescribed by the Secretary of \ V : I ~or
the Navy.
And that the House of Representatives recede from their Rlnendment to the
title of the bill.
Respectfully submitted.
R. R. BRIDGERS,
JOIIS PERKISS.
FRED. W. 11. I-IOLLIDAY,
Managers on the part of tlie ~ ~ O l t SofQ r~cyicsortc(tices.
CHAS. B. UITCIIEI,,
,Uanngc.r on t h e p a r t of fhc A e ) r a f t .

Mr. Lyon introduced


A bill i n relation to the pay of clerks in the office of the depositary ;
which was read a first and second time.
Mr. Lyon moved to suspend the rule requiring the hill to bc referred to a committee.
The motion mas lost, and the bill was referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
,
Mr. Lyon moved to reconsider the vote by n-rhicli the bill was reerred to a committee.
The motion was lost.
Mr. Chilton submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That it be referred to the Coinniittee on Ways and Means to inciuire
and report whether the salary of the Assistant Attorney General should not
be increased ;

which was adopted.


Mr. Clopton submitted the following resolution :
Eesolued, That the Committee on Ways and Means be imtructeil to inquire
illto the progriety of increasing the salaries of the chiefs of bureiius, a11d th;lt
they report by bill or otherwise ;
0

tlie special orclrr, viz :


for the Army and to prescribe the mode

h c i recorded. as fo

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4s

June 8, 18GS.l

HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

183

Yeas : Ager, Barksdale, Bell, Blandford, Cruilcslianli, Dupr6,


Foster, Fuller, A. H. Garland, R. I<. Garland, Hartridge, I<enner,
J. M. Leach, Lyon, Morgan, Pugh, Shewinalce, Swan, and Turner.
S a y s : Akin, Baylor, Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli 31.
Bruce, Horatio TF7. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad; De Jarnette, Ilickinson, Ewing, Foote, Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, Heiskell, Hilton, Holder, Holliday,
Jolinston, Lamkin, J. T. Leach, Marshall, McCallum, BfcMiiIlin,
Miles, Montague, Moore, Murray, Orr, Perliins, Rogers, Simpson,
Singleton, J. 3.1.Smith, TTr. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina,
Triplett, Villerb, arid TTitherspoon.
So the motion to lay on the table was lost.
X message was received from the Senate, by Nr.Sash, their Secretary; which is as follows, viz:
Ilr. BpnX-er: The Senate have rejected a bill of this House (H. R. 135) to
increase the compensation of the assistant clerks i n the Senate and House of
Irepresentatires.
TlieF have concurred in t h e aineiidinents of this House to the bill (8. 39) t o
amend the sereral acts in regard to chaplains.
They h a l e passed, with amendments. a bill of this House (11. R. 138) to
irlcrease the compensxtion of the heads of the w r e r a l Esecutire Departments
nnd the Assistant Secretary of War and the Treasury : i n ~ ~ I i i :tniendnients
di
I
am directed to ask the coucurreuce of this IIouae.

Mr. Blandford called the question ; which IT-as ordered.


The question being on the aiiieiiclnieiit of Mr. JSonLag ue to the
rnotion of U r . E. 31. Brnce to recommit the bill with instructions,
It was decided in the negative.
The question recurring on tlie motion to recommit,
I t was decided in the negative.
Jlr. Conrad, by unaniinoixs consent, withdrew his amendment to
the aineiiclment of Jlr. JIcCallum.
The question recurring on the anieiidment of Mr. ;\lcCallurn,
It was decided in the negative.
X message mas receii-ed from the Senate, by Mr. Sash, their Secretary ; M hich is as follows, viz :
X r . Speaker: The Senate hare agreed to the report of the committee of coilference 011 the bill (S. S4) to proride for tlie conipensation of iioncomniissloned
officers. soldiers, sailors. w~iclmariiies on detailed s e n ice.
They h a l e passed, vithout aniendment, a bill of this House (11. R. 123)
mdcing appropriations f o r the support of the Government of the Coufetler:ite
States of America from July 1 to Decwiihrr 31. 1804. and to supply a deficiency.

Jfr. E. 31. Bruce moved to recommit the bill to ii special committee,


to be composed of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means
and the Joint Committee on Impressments, without instructions, and
demaiicled the yeas and nays thereon; which were not ordered.
The motion to recommit n-as lost.
Mr. Rogers submitted the folloving amendment to the first section :
In line 14, after the ~i-orcl thereof, insert the f0110~~.ing
: said value to be
ascertnined b r local appraisers in accorBance with the prorisioiis of the impressment act, from whose nppraisement there shall be no aggeal.

The amendment was lost.


&fr.Barlisdale moved to amend the bill by striking out the first
Fection ; which reads a s follows, viz :
Every person required to pay L: tax in kind under the grovisions of tlie Act
to lag taxes for t h e common defense and carry on the Government of the Con-

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[June 8, iSGi

federate states, approved April twenty-fourth, eighteen hundred aud sixty


three, and the act amendatory thereof, approved February seretlteelltlr, eighteen
llundred and sjxty-four, shall, in addition to the Olle-tellth retluired by said
acts to be paid as a tax in kind, deliver t o the Confederate Gorerinmit. of the
of the prpseilt year and of the year eighteen hu1~1redand sixty-fiw,
one other tenth of the several products taxed in kind by the acts aforesaid,
which additional oi1e-tenth shall be ascertained, assessed. :md ~ o l l e ~ l ei dn
as is provided by lam for the said tax in kind, and shall be paid for on
delivery by the post quartermasters in the Sel-er:ll districts :It the :ISSeSSed
value thereof; except the payment for cottoll and tobacco Sh;l:l be luacle by t h e
agents of the Treasury Department appointed to receire the same.

Mr. Bell called the question; which v a s ordered.


Mr. Marshall demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which mere ordered,
Yeas _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - - - - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 41
And recorded as follows, vix: Nags _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 32
Yeas : Atkins, dyer, Barksdale, Bell, Blandford, Branch, Uritlger>,
Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Cruikshank, Dupr4,
Eming, Farrow, Foster, Fuller, A. H. Garland, R. I<. Chrland. ITartridge, Hilton, Kenner, Lamliin, J. 31. Leach, Lyon, Marshall, Jliles,
Moore, Morgan, Pugli, Rives, Rogers, Sexton, Shewmake, Singleton,
J. M. Smith, 147. E. Smith, Staples, Swan, Turner, Witherspoon, and
Wright.
Nays : Akin, Baylor, Bradley, Cliambers, Chilton. Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Dickinson, Foote, Funsten, Gaither, Gholson. Gilnier,
Hanly, Heiskell, Hodge, Holder, I-Iolliday, J. T. Leach,
n, McMnllin, Menees, Montagne, Murray. Perkins. Simpson,
of North Carolina, Triplett, Villerh, and Mr. Speaker.
So the amendment was agreed to.
Mr. Hartridge moved to recoiisirlcr the rote just taken, and cdlerl
the question ; which was ordered.
Mr. E. M. Bruce denianded the yeas ancl nays; which were not
ordered, and the motion to reconsider was lost.
Mr. IIeislrell submitted the following amendment :

Insert in lieu of the first section the same sectioii with the words after the
cnacting clause claw to the word shall, in line 6, striclien out.

Mr. Sexton (in the chair pro tempore) entertained the arncnclnient,
which though substantially was not literally the same.
Mr. Marshall appealed from the decision of the Chair.
The question being put,
Shall the decision of the Chair stand a s the judgment of the House Z
It was decided in the negative.
Mr. Heiskell submitted the following amendment :
In lieu of first section insert same section with all after the enactillg clnuse
down to
shall, in line 6, and all after word thereof,
line 14,
stricken out.

The hour of 3 having arrived,


The House took a recess until 8 oclock ;
And having reasse
The Chair laid befo
se a communication from the President ; which was read
To l7ie Hozrsc of Rep
In respxise to your res
your information a couimU

RICHMOND,
VA., J u n e

4. iS6g.

itinlo, I herewith trnneniit for


e Secretary of j\ar relative to the

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185

Elolconlhe Legion
of South Carolina Volunteers and to other legiouary
organizatious in t h e Provisional Arllly of the Confederate States.
JEFFERSOS DAYIS.

The communication a n d accompanying dociuments were ref erred to


the Committee on Military Affairs.
h message was received from the Senate, by Rfr. ;\ash, their Srcretary ; which is as follows, viz :
X r . Speaker: The Senate have passed a bill (S. 70) to amend a n a c t entitled
An act t o amend a n act entitled An act to organize military courts to attend
t h e Army of the Confederate States i n the field, and to define the powers of said
courts, approred February 13, 18G4; in whicli I am directed to ask the
Concurrence of this House.

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 70) to amend an
act entitled An act to aiiiend an act entitled An act to organize
military courts to attend the Army of the Confederate States in the
field, and to define the powers of said courts, approved February
thirteenth, eighteen hundred an d sixty-four ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary.
The Chair laid before the House
A bill (1. R. 135) to increase the compensation of the heads of
the peveral Executive Tkpartnients a n d tlw .lsiist:int Secretary of
W a r and the Treasury ;
m-hich had been returned from the Senate with the following amendments. viz:
1. Insert in line 3. after tile worcl gorernment, the words s h a l l for oue
gear from the passage of this net be increased to nine thousand clollars.
2. Strike oilt. i n line 5, tlie ~rorcls b e increased one hundred per cent and
insert the words to six thousand dollars.
3. Insert after Treasn
i n line 4, thc worils of tlic Assistant AttorneyGeiierul.
4. Insert after ,\ttoriieS-Geiiera1, i l i line 4, the words and tltr Coinptroll~r

. Ainencl the titlc by adding thereto t h e words and o P tlic Akssistaiithttorhe Coniptroller of the Trcasur) .

The question being on the first amendiiient of the Senate,


Mr. 3Iachen clenianclecl tlie yeas and nay5 ;
TThich were ordered,
3 eas-----------------------4-8
,And recordecl as folloTT--s,
viz: S a r s _ _ _ _ - _ - _ _ _ _ - - - - - - - - _ _ - - -12
Teas : Akin, Atliins. Barlisdale, Eaylor. Bell, Blandford, Bradley,
Branch, Horatio IT. Briice, Cltilton, Clopton, Colyar, Cruilcshanli,
Dickiiison, Elliott, Exing, Farrow, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, R. I<.
Garlancl, Gholion. Hartridge, Heisliell, lodge, Holder, Johnrton,
.J. X. Leach, J. T. Lea
Machen, RfcJlullin, Jloiitague, RIorgan,
Perltins, Pngh. Read, R cll, Sexton, Shewmalte, Simpson, Singlcton, J. JI. Smith, Smith of S o r t h Carolina, Triplett, Villeri., Welsh,
Witlierspooii, and Tlriglit.
Says: Boyce. E l i 31. Bruce, Chambers, Conrad, Foote, A. H. Gitrland, Goode, Holliclay, Kenner, Lyon, Murray, a i d W.E. Pmitli.
T h e second amrndnient of the Senate TTRS concurrecl in.
The question being on the third amendment,

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M ~ Lyon
.
moved to amend by inserting the words and the c o 1 ~ missioner of Patents.
The amendment of &h.Lyon was lost.
&fr. L~~~ moved to reconsider the vote by which his amenrlnlent
was lost.
The motion to reconsider was lostMr. Hartridge subniitted the following amendment :
After the words Comptroller-General, in line 4,insert the followin? : Th:lt
of t h e clliefs of bureaus i n the Executire Drpnrtiii~irts l I ~ ( 1 ? a w d
the
fiftyper centfor the period of one year froin the iiassage of this act. lo iuclude
tho First, Second, and Third ,4uditors of the Treasury.

Mr. Pugh demanded the previous question ; irhich was ordc


The question being on the amendment of Mr. Hartridge.
Mr. Fuller demanded the yeas and nays; which were not ordered,
and the amendment of Mr. Hartridge was agreed to.
The qtlestion being on the fourth amendment of the Senate,
Mr. Marshall demanded the yeas and nays ;
Which
ordcrcd,
Yeas__________--------- 35
And recorded as follows, viz : Navs _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 29 1301
Yeas : Akin, Atkins, Barksdale, Baslor, Blandforcl, I3oFce, Briclgers, Eli M. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, COIJW, Conrad, Diclrinson,
Foote, Funsten, 9.H. Garland, R. I<. Garland, Gholson, Goocle,
dg-e, Holder, Iqon, Machen, McCallum, Miles, JIontngne, Jlurugh, Read, Russell, Simpson, Singleton, J. 31. Smith. TT. E.
Smith, and Welsh.
Ways : Ayer, Bell, Clopton, Cruilishank, Dupr6, Elliott. Ev-ing,
Foster, Fuller, Gilmer, Heisliell, Hilton, Hollirlx~-,Johnston, Iic~oltl,~,
Kenner, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Marshall, JlcJZullin, Mr~ncei,
Moore, Prrkins, Shewmalie, Smith of S o r t h Carolina, STY-^^. Triplett, Turner, Viller6, and Wright.
So the amendment of the Senate was concurred in.
The question being on the arriendrrierit of tlie Senate to the title,
Mr. Hartridge moved to amend the amendment by adding thereto
the words and the Auditors of the Treasury.
The amendment of Xr. Hartridge KIS agreed to, and the anicntlrnent of thc Senate to the title as anieiidecl was agreed to.
Mr. Lyon moved to reconsider the vote by which the fourth amendment of the Senate was agreed to.
The motion prevailed.
Mr. Lyon moved to amend the fourth amendment of the Senate
by adding the following, rix: and the Commissioner of Pstte~lt-.
Mr. Fdler rhoved to amend the amendment of Mr. Lyon
adding the following, to wit:

Add also, 011 colnmissioned oficers of the Army below the rank of brigadiergenerill, and :I11 officers Of the Navy below the rank of post captain.

in order in so nirrch
compensation of cere officers of the Army

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187

The Chair sustained the point of order, from which decision Mr.
Fuller appealed.
The question being piit,
Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the
House ?
It was decided i n the affirmative.
Mr. Swan submitted the following amendment :
Add the folloiTing proviso : "Pl'ocided, T h a t this increased compensation shall
Iiot be given t o chiefs of bureaus who hare military or naval piiy and r;inlr."

Mr. Read moved to recommit the bill and ameiidnients to the Committee on Ways and 3feans.
T h e motion prevailed.
The Chair laid before the House
A bill (H. K. 10s) " to amend the laws relating to the tax in kind ; "
which had been returned from the Senate with sundry amendments.
The bill and aiiiendnients 11-ere referred to the Comniittee on Ways
and 3feans.
On motion of Mr.Lyon, the first and second special orders were
postponed.
Mr. Lyon, under a suspension of the rules, introduced
h bill " relating to the issuing of certificate5 of indebtedness by the
Government of the Confederate States : ''
-xhieh was read a first aiicl second time.
The question being xhether the bill be postponed and put upon
the Calendar,
It was decided i n the negative.
Mr. Smith of S o r t h Carolina submitted the following amendment :
After t h e word " indebtedness .' insert " receivable in pnynieiit of public
tnses and other 6ucs escept iinlmrt and export duties."

Pending which,

M r . Hilton moved that the House do now

acljoiirn.

Mr. Wright demanded the peas and nays ;


Which were ordered,
Yeas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
38
,incl recorded as folloTVs,
jl\'ays__-_--__-__--__________
30
Yeas : Akin, h y e r , Barksdale, Baylor, Bell, Bopce, Bradley,
Branch, Clopton, Dickinson, Ewing, Gholson, Goocle, TIartriclgr,
Heiskell, Hilton, Hodge, Holliday, Johnston, IZenner, J. 31. Leach,
Lyon, Marshall, McMulliii, Menees, Montague, Murray, Itussell,
J. JI. Smith, W.E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Swan,
Triplett, Turner. Tiller6, Witherspoon, and Jlr. Speaker.
S a y s : Blandford, Bridgers, E l i 1%.
Bruce, Chilton, Colyar, Corlrad, Cruikshanlr, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, Fiinsten, A. H.
land, K. I<. Garland, Gilmer.,Holder, Kccblc, J. T. Leach, Mac1
McCallum, Miles, Xoore, Jforgan, Perlrins, Pugh, Sexton, Shc .I
make, Singleton, TT-elsh. arid Wright.
So the motion prerailed, and
The Spealcer announced that the House i t o o d atljoiirncci until 11
o'clock to-morrow.

JOURNAL O F THE

THIRTY-FOURTH DAY-THURSDAY,

[June 9, 1864.

JCNE
9, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournnlent, a i d K R S opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Read.
On motion of Mr. Blandford, leave of absence was granted liis coltheir Secretary :
j,,r. ,ypea/cer: The President of t h e Confederate States haring returned to
the Sellate the bill (S. 24) entitled An act to authorize the appointnient o f
additional officers of artillery for ordnance duties, with his objections to the
same, the Senate proceeded to reconsider the hill : and
RcsoEzed, That the hill do not pass, two-thirds of the Senate not agreein<
thereto.
The President of the Confederate States having returned to tlie Senate the
joint resolution (S. 7 ) in regard to the eyemption of editors and employees
of newspapers, with liis objections to the saiiie, the Senate proceeded to
reconsider the joint resolution ; and
Resolved, That the joint resolution do not pass, two-thirds of the Sennte not
agreeing thereto ;
I a m directed by the Senate to communicate the said bill a n 4 joint resolution, the message of the President retnrning the same to the Senate rritli his
objections, and the proceedings of the Senate thereon, t o tlie IIouse of Representatives.

Mr. Foote moved to postpone the pending matter before the 1 0 1 ~


under a suspension of the rules.
The motion was lost.
The House resumed the consideration of the bill relating to the
issuing of certificates of indebtedness by the Government of the Confederate States.
The following message was received from the Senate, by JIr. Sa-h,
their Secretary :
M r . BpeaTcer: The Senate have passed, without amendment, a joint rrsolution
(1-1. R. 11) of thanks to Jlaj. Gen. Richard Taylor and the officers and men
of his command.
They have concurred in the amendment of this House to the bill (S. 59) to
authorize the owners of the registered eight per criit ten-year convertible bo~lds
issued under the provisions of the act approrecl Allay 16, 1861, to excllarge the
same for coupon bonds.

Mr. Foster submitted the following amendment to the amendnlellt


of Mr. Smith of North Carolina :
Strike out the same and insert in lieu thereof the follo\ring: Such certifi
cates lnay, a t the pleasure of the holder, be converted a t 1wr into six per ce11t
bonds, Provided for in the sixth section of a n act entitled .in act t o rec1uc.e tile
currency and to autliorize a new issue of notes and bonds, approred seretlteenth
February, eighteen liundred and sixty-four.

The following mes


Burton N. Harrison,

m.S p e a 7 ~ :On the


lowing acts :
11. R. 92. An act to a n
:let to allow cominission
i~nrcliasingclothing f r

received from the President, by 34r.


approred and signed the fol-

June 9, 1864.1

189

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

H. R. 119. An act t o amend so much of a n act entitled An act to organize


forces to serve during t h e war, approved February 17, 1SG4, as relates to the
exemption of certain religious denominations ; and
H. R. 149. An a c t to amend an act entitled An act to,fegulate the supplies
of clothing to enlisted men of the Navy during the war, approved April 30,
1863.

Very respectfully,

BURTON N. HARRISON,

Private Xecretarv.

RICHXOND,Vs.,June 0, 1864.

Mr. Swan, from a special committee, submitted a verbal report.


Mr. Singleton called the question ; which was ordered.
The question being on the amendment of Mr. Foster to the amendment of Mr. Smith of Sorth Carolina,
Mr. Marshall called for the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered,
23 [24i
,ind recorded as follonrs, lriz : Yeas------------r-----Nays_-_______-_________
44
Yeas : Anderson, Chambers, Dupr&,Elliott, Foote, Foster, Gaither,
A. H. Garland, R. I<. Garland, Hilton, Marshall. McCalluni. McMullin, Menees, Pugh, Read, Rogers, Simpson, J. M. Smith, IT.E. Smith,
Swan, Triplett, Welsh, and Witlierspoon.
Kays : Atli-ins, Ayer, Barksdale, Blandford, Braclley, Rridgers,
Eli M. Bruce, Horatio TY. Bruce, Cliiltoii, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad,
Cruikshank, Diekinson, Eming, Barrowv,Fuller, Punsten, Gholson,
Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge, Heisliell, Holder, Holliday, Johnston,
Renner, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lyon, Xachen. Miles, Montague,
>furray, Perkins, Rires, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Singleton,
Smith of Rorth Carolina, Staples, Villerk, and Wright.
S o the amendment to the amendment was lost.
Mr. Foote submitted the following amendment to the amendment
of Bir. Smith of Sorth Carolina:

Provided, T h a t the creditor of the Gorerniiiwt sliall Itc :illowed to receiro


Treasury uotes, sit his option. in lieu of t h e certificatcs of indebtedness lierein
prorided for.

The amendment wzs lost.


Mr. S ~ a moved
n
to la; the bill and amendments on the table.
Mr. Blandford demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which were ordered,
Yeas : Ayer, Blandford, Bridgers, Chambers, Clopton, Criiikshank,
DuprB. Elliott. Foster, Fuller, Gaither, A . N. Garland, R. I<. Garland, Goode, Hartridge. Johnston, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Marshall,
McJfullin, Pugh, Read, Rogers, Shewmake, J. X. Smith, Swan, and
Wright.
Kays : a k i n , Anderson, Atkins, Barlisclale, Bradley, Eli M. Bruce,
.
Chilton, Colyar, Conrad, Dickinson, Ewing, FarHoratio 1%Bruce,
rom-, Foote, Funsten, Gholson, Gilrner, Heiskell, Hilton, Molliday,
Benner, Lyon, Alachen, McCallum, Menees, Miles, Nontague, Murrajr,
Perkins, Rives, Russell. Sexton, Simpson, Singleton, W. E. Smith,
Smith of Sorth Carolina. Staples, Iriplett, VillerB, and Witherspoon.
So the motion was lost.

[June 9,

1864.

The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Smith of North


Carolina,
Mr. Lyon demanded the yeas and nays ;
Which were ordered,
And recorded &sfollows, viz: j Yeas .................... ---- 86
1 Nays _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ - _ - _ - - - - Peas : Anderson, Ayer, Blandford, Bridgers, Chambers, Clopton,
Cruikshank, DuprB, Foote, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, A. 13. Garland,
R. K. Garland, Gholson, Goode, Hartridge, Lamlrin, J. At. Leacli,
6. T. Leach, Marshall, McMullin, Murray, Perliins, Pugh, Read,
Rogers, Russell, Shewmake, J. M. Smith, W.E. Smith, Smith of
North Carolina, Staples, Swan, Witherspoon, and Wright.
Nays : Akin, Atkins, Barksdale, Bradley, Eli M. Bruce, Hora tio IT.
Bruce, Chilton, Colyar, Conrad, Dickinson, Elliott, Ewing, Farrow,
Funsten, Gilmer, Heiskell, Hilton, Holliday, Kenner, Lyoii, Jfachcn,
McCallum, Menees, Miles, Montague, Rives, Sexton, Sinipson, Singleton, Triplett, and Villcrh.
So the amendment was lost.
Mr. Conrad moved to lay the bill and amendments on the table.
Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which were ordered,
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 44
recorded as follom,s, viz: Kays_____-__________________
2-1. Akin, Anderson, Ayer, Blandford, Bradley, Eli 31. Brnee,
W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, Colpar, Coiimd,
ank, Dickinson, Dupr6, Elliott, EiTring, Foster, Fullcr. Fiin
sten, Gaither, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Goode, Hartridgc, Holliday, Keeble, J. M. Leach, J. T . Leach, Machen, Marshall, 3fcJInllin.
Miles, Morgan, Pugh, Read, Rogers, Russell, Shewmake. Simpsoii.
J. M. Smith, Sman, Triplett, and Wright.
Nays : Atkins, Barksdale, Bridgers, Farrow, Foote, Gholson. Gilmer, Heisliell, Hilton, Holder, Kenner, Lyon, McCallunl. Z\Icnc~
-Montague, Perliins, Rives, Sexton, Singleton, M7. E. Smith, Smith of
North Carolina, Staples, Viller4, and Witherspoon.
SOthe bill was laid upon the table.
Mr. Foster moved to reconsider the vote just taken.
The motion to reconsider was lost.
Mr. McMullin moved that when the House adjourns to-day it
n to meet tomorrow at 10 o'clock.
motion prevailed.
Miles nioved that the EIonse do now adjour11.
. Hilton demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which were ordered,
And recorded as follows, viz : Yeas_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 13
- - _ - _ _ _ _ _47
_ _[48]
_
e, Hartridge, Kenner,
and Witherspoon.
Blandford, Bradley,
on, Colyar, Conrad,
nsten, Gaither, A. N.
n, Holder, Holliday,
allum, Menees, Morssell, Sexton, Shewmake, Sin-

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HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

191

gleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Swan,


Triplett, VillerB, and Wright.
So the House refused to adjourn.
Xi.. Smith of North Carolina moved to postpone the next special
order.
Mr. .Foote demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
T h i c h mere ordered,
Yeas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
And recorded tls follows,
Nays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Yeas : htkiiis, Barksdale, Blandford, Branch, Bridgers, Chilton,
Clopton, Cruikshanlr, Diekinson, Dupr6, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, R. I<. Garland, Gilmer, Hartridge, Heiskell, J. M. Leach,
J. T. Leach, Miles, Morgan, Pug& Rives, Sexton, Shen-make, Singleton, W. E. Smith, Smith of Xorth Carolina, Swan, VillerB, Witherspooii, arid T r i g h t .
S a y s : Bradley, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett. Chambers, Colyar,
Conrad, A. 13. Garland, Gholson, Goode, Hilton, Holliday, l<eel.de,
Renner, Marshall, XcCalhuni, Menees, Montagne, Murray, Yerkins,
Rogers, Russell, Smipson, J. M. Smith, Staples, and Triplett.
So the motion to postpone the special order prevailed.
A h . Smith of S o r t h Carolina nioved to suspend the rules.
The motion mas lost.
Mr. Conrad niowcl to suspend the rules, to enable him to offer a
resolution, and demanded the yeas a n d nnps thereon ; which V ~ I T
not ordered, and the motion to suspend the rules was lost.
The hour of 3 oclock haring arrived,
The I-Touse took a reces? till S oclock ;
And haring reassembled,
The Chair laic1 before tlie House a cominunicatioii from tlw Tresident ; vliich was rend as follows. viz :

ETPHXIOXL), YA., J U l Z C

8, 186/I.

Yo the House of Repr-eseirtntiies:


In response to a resolution of Clie IIolise of Ikyrweiitatims of .Talni;ir~ 13,
1864, I herewith transmit for xour iiifo~matioiiii ~oiiiniuiiic.atio1ifroiii the Secretary of Tvar covering a copy of the proceedings of the court of inquirg relative
to the captnre of Yew Orleans.
JEFFERSON DATXS.

The coiniiiunication and accompanying clociiiiienti were referred to


the Committee on Military Affairs.
The Chair a150 laid before the House another communication from
the President ; which n-as read as follows, riz :
R I L ~ I M O X D , YA.,
J W L C 6 , ISO/I.
T o the Sencite uiid I7orche of Rcpreseittutivcs:
I Iiere~yithtransmit :t commuiiicatioii from tlie SecretarJ- of TTnr, co\ eriiig
(opieq of additional reports of militmy operations during the ~ e r r r1863.
It is suggested t h a t these papers a r e intended to be used f o r the illforination
cf the memhers of Congress, arid that their publication :it this time is considered unadrisable.
JEFFERPOS I?hVIS.

The colnmunicatioii and accompanying documents were referred to


the Committee on Military Affairs.
On liiotion of &fr. Lpon. the first special order w i l s postponed.
Mr. Lyoll moved to postpone the second special order.

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[June 9, 1864.

Mr. A. H. Garland moved the indefinite postponement of the second


ecial order, viz :
A bill for the organization of the bureau of conscription and the
appointment of officers in said bureau.
The motion prevailed.
The Chair laid before the House
A bill to amend the tax hms;
which had been returned from the Senate with sundry amendments.
The biil and amendments were referred to Clie Conlnzittee on Trays
and Means.
The following message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash,
their Secretary :
M y . Speaker.: The Senate have passed, witli :,mendments, a bill of this IIouse
(H. R. 107) to amend the tax laws: in which :Imendineilts I am directed to
ask the concurrence of this Ihuse.

Mr. Miles moved to reconsider the vote by which the special order,
viz :
A bill for the organization of the bureau of conscription arid the
appointment of officers in said bureau,
was indefinitely postponed.
Bfr. Barksdale moved to postpone the consideration of the bill nritil
S
of.
the bill (toamend the laws relating to the tax in kk-~dT ~ disposed
Mr. Boote moved to lay 01- the table the motion of Mr. Miles to
reconsider the vote by which the second special order was indefinitely
postponed.
&lr.Miles deminded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which were ordered,
Yeas _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ~ _ _ _41
And recorded as follows, viz: Nays_____________-_____-_----_
30
Yeas : htlrins, Baylor, Blandford, Bridgers, Chiltoi;, Clopton,
lywr, Conrad, Cruilcshanlr, Dicliinson, DiiprB, Elliott, Foote, Fos, FnIlcr, Gaither, A. 1-1.Garland, R. I<. Garland, Gilmcr. Goode,
Hartritlge, &hll, -lodge, Kenner, J. M. Leach, J . T. Leach, Lyon,
Jl:ichcn, McMullin, Mcnees, Morgan, Mnrray, Orr, Sexton, Shewinalce, W. R. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, Turner,
T;CTithi?rspoon,ant1 Wright.
Nays : Anderson, Barksclale, I3o7ce, 13radley, Branch, Eli M.
13riice, Barnott, Chambers, De Jariiette, Ewing, Farrow, Fnnsten,
Olson, Iliiltoii, Holder, Holliday, Johnston, JfcCalhm, Mile-,
iI&ue, Moore, Perkins, Iilgh, Rogers, Russell, Simpson, Singlctoll. J. &I. Smith. Stades. and VillerB.

, with

the reconimenda tiori


ment, to the amendments of

HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

June 9, 1864.1

193

irtcluding t h e Cornmissioner of Patents, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and


First, Second, and Third Auditors, to five thousand dollars per annum, payxble
as now provided by law: Provided, howeuer, That no oacer holding a commission in the military or naval service shall be entitled to the benefits of this act.
And that the salary of all clerks and employees in the various departments
located in the city of Itichmond be increased fifty per rent, and at all other
points throughout the Confederate States twenty-five per cent : Provided, That
clerks detailed from the Army or Navy shall not be entitled to the benefits of
this act.

The following message mas received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash,
their Secretary :
Xr. Speaker: The Senate have passed, without amendment, bill and a joint
resolution of this IIouse of the following titles, viz :
H. R. 150. An act concerning the salary of the Treasurer; and
H. R. 13. Joint resolution to allow sick and wounded officers of the Army
trnnsportation to their homes, and hospital accommodations.
They hare passed, with amendments, bills of this House of the following
titles, riz :
3. R. 112. An act to amend an act to organize forces to serve during the
mar, approved February 17, 1864 ; and
H. R. 163. An act to amend an act entitled An act for the relief of taxpayers
in certain cases, approved February 13, 1864.
They have passed bills of the follo-wing titles, viz :
S. 75. An act to increase the salary of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs;
and

S. 76. An act to authorize the appointhent of additional officers of artillery


for ordnance duties.
I n which bills and amendments I am directed to ask the concurrence of this

House.

Mr. McMiillin moved to amend the amendment of Mr. Lyon by


striking out the words * fifty per cent and inserting in lieu thereof
*twenty-five per cent, and by striking out the words, in the latter
part of the section, tventy-five per cent and inserting in lieu
thereof twelve and a half per cent.
Mr. Barksdale called the question; which was ordered, and the
amendment of Mr. JlcMullin was lost.
Nr. Holliday submitted the following as a substitute for the
amendment of the Committee on Ways and Means, viz:
That the eniployees in the several Departments of the Gorernment be allowed
tVe same ration, pay, allorrances, and conipensation as the detailed men in the
same.

The amendment was lost.


The amendment of the committee was agreed to.
Mr. Lyon moved to amend the title by adding thereto the words
(and of the officers therein named.
Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, to ahom had been referred
A bill to amend the laws relating to the tax in kind ;
which had been returned from the Senate with the following amendments, 1% :
1. Strike out, in section 1, lines 1 and 2, t h e words That the above recited
act bc, and the same is hereby, amended as follows : and insert in lieu thereof
the words That the art approred seventeenth Februal;y. eighteen hundred and
sixty-four, entitled An act to amend a n act entitled An act to lay taxes for
the common defense and carry on the Gowrnnient of the Confederate States,
approved April tTl-enty-fourth, eighteen hundred and sixty-three, be, and the
same is hereby, amended as follows :
2. Add the following independent section :
That the account of slaughtered hogs required by the first section of said

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and eighteen hu

[June 9, 1864.

first day of March, eighteen hundred and


sixty-six. for each year preceding said

merits of the Senate were concurred in.


from the same committee, reported
relation to the pay of clerks in the office of the deposi-

t,ary,
with the recommendation that it do pass with the following aniendment, viz:
~ ~ c . Where
2 .
the assistant treasurer or depositary is also the collector of
port, the officers of the customs employed by him as clerks in the offire of the
depositary or assistant treasurer shall receive the compensation specified in
the above section instead of the pay now giren them by law as officers of the
customs: Provided, That the deputy collector, when exnployed as a clerk in
the office of the depositary or assistant treasurer, shall receive not less than
twenty-five hundred dollars per annum.

The question being upon agreeing to the amendment of the committee,


It was decided in the affirmative, and the bill as amended was
engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the title was read and
same committee, reported and recommended
tion explanatory of the act to increase the compensacivil officers and employees in the Presidents office
utive and legislative departments a t Richmond for R

ed and placed on the Calendar 3


o amend the joint, resolution by adding a t the
of the court of commissioners
the joint resolution as amended
was engrossed and read a third time.
On motion of Mr. Lyon, the vote of the House ordering the joint
resolution to be engrossed for a third reading was reconsidered.
Mr. Lyon moved further to amend the same by adding thereto the
following words, to wit :
Irovided, The amount to be paid to any such clerk shall not exceed three
thousand dollars per annum.

The amendment was agreed to, and the joint resolution as amended
was engrossed and read a third time.
Mr. Perkins mo

Peas: Atlrins, Bit


Chilton, Conrad, D

Ways_ - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 24
dley, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce,
ote, Funsten, A. H. Garland,

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

195

R. K. Garland, Gholson, Gilnier, Goode, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton,


Kenner, J. T. Leach, Lyon, McCallum, Miles, Montague, Moore,
Morgan, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, W. E. Smith, Staples, and Mr.
Speaker.
Nays : Anderson, Blandford, Burnett, Chambers, Clopton, Cruikthank, Elliott, Farrow, Fuller, Holder, Marshall, McMullin, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Pugh, Shewmake, J. M. Smith, Smith of North
Carolina, Triplett, Turner, VillerQ, Witherspoon, and Wright.
So the joint resolution was passed, and the title was read and
agreed to.
h message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, the Secretary of that body; Tvhich is as follows, to wit:
X r . Speaker: The Senate have passed, without amendment, it bill of this
IIouse of the following title, riz :
fI R. 148. A bill to raise money to increase the pay of soldiers.
They hare passed a bill of the following title, riz :
S. 77. An act to amend a n act entitled An act to reduce the currency and
to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds, approved February 17, 1864.
In which I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House.

MY.Criiikshank, from the Committee on Enrolled Bills, reported as


correctly enrolled
S. 34. An act to provide for the compensation of noncoinmissioned
officers, soldiers, sailors, and marines on detailed service ;
S. 38. An act for the payment of cominissioners appointed under
the act elititled An act to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas
corpus in certain cases, and to confer certain powers upon said cominjssioners ;
H. R. 124. An act making appropriations for the postal service of
the Confederate States for the year 1862 and 1863;
H. R. 106. An act to increase the compensation of the noncommissioned officers and privates of the Army of the Confederate States;
and
H. R. 134. An act to amend an act entitled bhn act to establish a
niter and mining bureau, approved April 22, 18G3.
And the Speaker signed the same.
Mr. Conrad, from the Committee on V a y s a i d Meails, reported and
recomniended the passage of
A bill . to amend an act entitled An act t o reduce the currency and
to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-f o w ;
which as read firat and second times.
Mr. Rogers moved that the House do nov idjourn.
The motion was lost.
The Chair laid before the House an act (S. 7 7 ) t o ainend an act
entitled Alnact to reduce the currency and to authorize a new issue of
notes and bonds, approved February scvcnteenth, eighteen himdred
and sixty-four ; v-hich was read first and second times and referred
to the Committee on Ways and Means.
On motion of Mr. J . T. Leach,
The House adjourned until 10 oclock a. 111. to-morrow.

[June 10, 1864.

THIRTY-FIFTH DAY-FRIDAY,

JUNE10, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The Chair laid before the House


a bill (H. R. 153) to amend an act entitled An act for the relief
of taxpayers in certain cases, approved February thirteenth, eighteeii
hundred and sixty-four;
which had been returned from the Senate with the following amendment :
After the word

and, in line 3, insert the time fixed by law for.

The amendment of the Senate was concurred in.


The Chair also laid be-fore the House
A bill (H. R. 112) t o amend an act to organizc forces to serve
during the war:, approved seventeenth February, eighteen hundred
and sixty-four;
which had been returned from the Senate mitli the following amcndment :
Strike out, iii,,line 17, Secretary of War and iiisert
the department.

general comrnandiug

The amendment was concurred in.


The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 7 5 ) Lto increase
lary of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs; which was read
st and second time.
The rule having been suspended requiring the bill t o be referred to
a committee,
On motion of Mr. McMullin? its consideration was postponed
for
the present.
The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 76) to authorize
- . appointment
__
of additional officers of artillery for ordnance
the
duties;
which was read a first and second time.
The rule havin been suspended requiring it t o be referred to a
cotnmittee, the bil was read a third time and passed, and the title
mas read and agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Perkins, the pending matter before the House,
viz :
A bill to amend an act entitled An act to reduce the currency and
to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds, approved 17th Febni-

ff

t o establish a

aid bureau shall consist of one


and allowances of officers of
ieu thereof the following, viz :

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HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

197

That the said bureau shall consist of two persons with thc pay : ~ n dallomances, but not rank, of colonel a* lieutenant-colonel of artillery.

The anieiidmeiit was agreed to.


The following message mas received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash,
their Secretary :
MY.Bzieaker: The Senate linve pnssed a hill ( S . 78) relating to the issuing of
wrtifit:ites of indebtedness hy t h e Government of the Confederate States ; in
wliicli I am directed to ask the concurrence of this Home.

SEr. Duprk moved to reconsider the 17ote by which the amendment


of Mr. Marshall wab agreed to.

The motion to reconsider prevailed, and the amendment of Mr.


Marshall was lost.
Mr. Kenner submitted the following amendment ; which was
agreed to:
Add a t end of section 10 the following: P~o?iided,That in all foreign coun11liere Confederate ilgelits for purchasing or shipping niunitions of war or
supplie4 a r e estLiblished,said agents shall be employed by said agency to purchase and ship miinitions or supplies.

tries

Mr. Renner submitted the following amendments ; which were


iigrecd to :
Section 13, line 4, after t h e word prescribe, insprt the word uniform.
Add to sec.tioii 13 which said rules and regulatious stiall he made public in
one or iiiore ne\\-spnpers in the serertil States n c s t of thc Mississippi River,
specif) ing the terms and conditions upon n-liicli cottau and other produce may be
tranqwrted to said depots nnd seaports, and any person complying with the
sanir sltall be entitled to transport his cotton and other produce to said depots
a n d other seaports.

Mr. DuprB submitted the following amendment :


Strike out a11 in section 14 after the word river, which reads as follows,
viz : And t h e operations ;uid trmsactions of said bureau. established as afore
haid. not iuconsisteut with the provisions of this act, are hereby ratified and
confiriiied. aiid iiisert in lieu tliereof the following, viz : And said Cotton
Burenu aiid all other ngpnts authorized to purchase or collect cotton for the
Qorernnient in the Trans-JIississippi Department shnll deliver to said agency
nil cotton and other property under their control belonging t o the Government.
n n t l shall account to and malie complete settlements with said agency, without
delay.
The amendment --as agreed to.
The bill was read the third time, and the question recurring on its
passage,
Mr. Marshall demanded the yeas and nays;
T h i e h were ordered,
recorded as follolTs,\-iz:
Yeas : Anderson, htkins. Ayer, Barksclale, Baylor, Blandford.
Eoyce, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Burnett, Clopton,
Colgar, Conrad, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Duprk, Elliott, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Gaither, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gholson,
Goode. Hanly, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Hodge, Johnston, Krnner.
Lamkin, J. T. Leach. Lyon, Machen, McCalIum, McMullin, Menees,
&files, Moore, Morgan. Perlrins, Pngh, Read, Rives, Rogers, Russell,
Sexton, Simpson, Singleton. Smith of Xorth Carolina, Triplett, VilIerB, Witherspoon, and T17rig11t.
Nays : Chilton. Cruilrslmnli, Foster, Gilmer, J. M. Leach, Marshall,
Shewmake. and J . 31. Smith.
So the bill mas passed.

A L O F THE

[Jnne 10, 1864.

. Sexton moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called the
011 ; which was ordered, and the motioii to reconsider was lost.
The title of the bill was read and agreed to.
Mr. Smith of North Carolina presented joint resolutions of the
legislature of North Carolina relating to the importation of articles
from abroad by the State; which were laid upon the table and
ordered to be printed.
Mr. Fuller and Mr. Gilmer presented similar joint resolutions ;
which were laid upon the table.
On motion of Mr. Lyon, the bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act
to reduce the currency and to authorize a new issue of notes and
bonds,' approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixtyfour," was laid upon the table.
Mr. Conrad, from the Committee on Ways and Means [sic].
The question being on postponing the bill and putting it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
Mr. Colyar demanded the previous question ; which was ordered.
The bill was read a third time, and the question recurring on its

the yeas and nays ;


Yeas ____________-___________ 41
recorded as follows, viz: Ways_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ 31
: Anderson, Ayer, Barlrsdale, Baylor, Blandford, Bradley,
, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Burnett, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad,
De Jarnette, Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, A. H. Garland,
Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Holliday, Johnston, J. M. Leach, J. 'I?.
Leach, McMullin, Miles, Montague, Moore, Rives, Russell, Shewmalie.
Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina,
aples, Triplett, and Mr. Speaker.
Nays : Atkins, Boyce, Chambers, Chilton, Cruikshank, Diekinson,
r6, Ewing, Foster, R. I<. Garland, Hanly, Hartridge, Heiskell.
ge, IZeeble, IEenner, Larnliin, Lyon. Machen, Marshall, McCal, Menees, Morgan, Perkins, Pugh, Rogers, Sexton, Simpson, Viller6, Witherspoon, and Wright.
So the bill was passed.
to reconsider the vote just taken, and called the
ordered, and the motion to reconsider was lost.
rk, member from Missouri, appeared, was sworn
itution of the Confederate States, and took his
ttee on Ways and Means, reported the
resentatives, That the salary of the Doorenty-five per cent, and t h a t of his :mistP passage of this resolutio~i,and t h a t the
Penses of the House of Representatives.

and nays thereon ;

June 10,1864.1

ROUSE QF REPRESENTATIVES.

199

dumk, De Janiette, Diekinson, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, A. N. Garland, R. I<. Garland, Gilmer, Goode,
Hanly, Hartridge, Johnston, Iceeble, Iienner, Lamlrin, Lyon, Machen,
McCallum, Miles, Montague, Moore, Morgan, Pugh, Rives, Rogers,
Sexton, S h p s o n , Singleton, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Triplett,
Witherspoon, and Triglit.
Nays : Anderson, Dapr6, Gholson, I-Ieiskell, Hilton, J. T. Leach,
McMullin, Shewmake, Smith of North Carolina, Turner, and VillerB.
So the resolution was adopted.
Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, reported the following resolution :
Resolred, That the pay of the Speakers page of this House be increased for
one year from the Commencement of the present Congress fifty per cent to the
amount now allowed by law.

The resolution was adopted.


Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, to whom had been referred
A bill (H. R. 107) to amend the tax laws,
which had been returned from the Senate with the following amendments :
I. Section 1, I h e 19, strike out after and insert of.
11. Section 1, line 26, strike out amount and insert value.
111. Section 1, line 28, after certificates, insert therefor.
IV. Section 1, line 30, after as, insert other.
V. Seetion 1, line 31, a t end of paragraph 1, add P r o m d e d , That no credit
shall be allowed beyond five per cent.
11. Section 1, line 3-1, after any, strike out all down to and including
. not, in line 38, and insert railroad or canal company, or in any incorpomted
hank, banking company, or association.
VII. Section I, line 45. strike out after and insert of the.
VIII. Section 2, line 5, after * slaves, insert cotton, tobacco.
IX. Section 2, line 14, strike out actual cost to the present holder and

insert market value on the seventeenth day of February, in the year eighteen
hundred and sixty-four.
X. Insert a t end of section 2 Provided further, That all property within the
euemys lines be, and the same is hereby, exempted from all taxation so long as
it remains in the enemfs lines.
XI. Strike out all of paragraph 1, section 3, and insert in lieu thereof Upon
all gold and silver coin, estimated a t par, and upon all gold dust and gold and
silver bullion, estimated a t its ralue in specie, unless purchased since the
first day of January, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, and then estimated
a t the actual cost in Confederate Treasury notes, ten per ceut, except where
the same has already been included in the tax on shares or other interests,
under the provisio~isof the first section of this act, and in that case, on the
amount thus included, estimated at its specie value, there shall be levied a t a x
of fire per cent : Procided, That nothing herein contained shall be SO coz~strued
as to tax specie required hr the provisions of its charter to be held and kept
- o n band by any bank; and upon all moneys held abroad, or bills of escliange
drawn therefor, and all proniissory notes, rights, credits, and securities, plyable in foreign countries, fire per cent upon the value thereof in Confederate
Treasury notes on the seventeenth day of Februarr, in the year eighteen hund r d and sixty-four, a t the place where the tax thereon is payable, except that
where the same is included in the t a x on shares or other interests, imposed by
tlie first section of this act, then and-in t h a t case there shall be deducted from
the tax assessed thereon, according to the value of eighteen hundred and sixty-
four, as aforesaid, a sum equivalent to five per cent on the specie value of said
moneys held abroad, or bills of exchange drawn therefor, and prolllissory notes,
rights, credits, and securities payable in foreign countries : Provided, That 811
the taxes imposed under the provisions of this act shall be payable in Confederate TrGasury notes, a s prescribed by law, or four per cent bonds or certi&a&s therefor, authorized by the act of February seventeenth, eighteen bun-

.4L O F THE

[June SO, 1864.

-four, to reduce the currency and to authorize a new issue of


S.

paragraph of this section.


XV. Section 5, line 1, strike out paragraph sixth, section four, and insert
*section sixteen.
XVI. Section 5 , strike out nfter the word so, in line 5, all down to the
word as, in line 9.
XVII. Section 5, linc 14, insert after law the words bonds issued by any
Plate and.
XIX. Section 5 , line 28, after default, add the folloiring proviso : Pro&fed, That such person shall not be deeiiied and held t o be in default who limy
fail, or has failed, to niake payment or due returns in conseqnence of the
presence or interference of tlie enrniy, or the xhsence or neglect of the officers
charged with the assessment and collection of tiiues.
X. Section 6, line 5. after f:nnilp, insert x11d to carry on his ordinary
XI. Section 7, line 5, stri!e
out fifty and insert twenty.
XII. Add as section 8: That on all Treasury notes of the old issue, oP
nomination of five dollars, not exchanged for ncw issue prior to first day
y, eighteen hundred and sixty-fire, and which may remain outstandlie hundred pcr cent ir herrhy imposed.
9: That section seven of an act entitled An act t;
the common defense and support of the Governnient,
bruary, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, be, and the
and the following inserted i n lieu thereof:
n of tlie act to lay taxes for the coininon defenie and
nt of the Confederate States, approved April twentyand sixty-three, is suspended for the gear eighteeii
I. I n all cmes where a tax is levied on income derived from property, reat,
nal, and mixed, of every description, 011 the aiiiount or value of which an
valorem tax is hid, the ad valorem tax shall be deducted from the incoine
: Piovidecl,That in no case shall less be paid thaii the ad valorem tax.
111. In the assessment of income derived from nianufacturing or mining
shall be deducted from the gross income or profits tlie neceswiry annual
s, not exceeding ten per cent on the anionnt of the income derived thereand in addition to the deductions now allowed by law in the assessment
ome derived from any source, the following shall be made, namely : The

Confederate States in such case.

fth amendments of the Sena

.lime 10, 1864.1

NOVSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

201

The yitestioii recurriiig on the sixth ;1nlend1llent of tlie Senate,


Xr. C o l y r subniittd tlie following aiiieiidnient to the amendment
of the Senate:
Add thereto the words: "That the amendnient of tlie Senate be so amended
that banks. railroads, canals, and all other corporations be taxed alike, t o
wit, fire per rent 011 the ralue of their property or assets on the seventeenth
day of February. eighteen hundred and sixty-four."

Xi-. Foster cleinanded the yeas and nays thereon ;

Which were ordered.


43
,hd recorded as follon.s. viz: Yeas _________-_________
S a y s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Yeas : .itkins. -lyer, Baylor. Blandford, Bradley, Horatio W.
Bruce. Burnett, Clopton, Colyar, De Jarnette, DuprC, Elliott, Ewing,
Farrow, Foote. Foster, A. H. Garland, Hanly, Heiskell, Hilton,
Holder. Keeble. Iienner, Lamkin. J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Marshall,
3lcCalluni. McMullin. Menees. Miller, Moore, Morgan, Orr, Perkins,
Pugh, Bead, Singleton. J. 11. Smith, Staples, Turner, Witherspoon,
and Wright.
Says : ,'lnderson, Barksdale. Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce,
Chambers, Chilton. Conrad. Crnikshanlr, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither,
(;holeon, Gilmer, Goode. Hartridge, John.ston, Lpon, Miles, Montague. Rives, Russell. Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, \IT. E. Smith,
Smith of Sorth Carolina. and Triplett.
So the aniendment of Mr. Colpar was agreed to.
Mr. Atkins n1o.i-ed to reconsider the vote just taken.
The motion was lost.
The amendment of the Senate. as amended, was concurred in.
The question recurring on the eighth amendment of the Senate,
Mr. Montague submitted the following amendment to the amendment of the Senate :
Add the following proTi-0 : " P ~ o c i d e dThat
.
There slares hare been purchased
since the fir5t of January. eighteen hundred and sixty-two. to supply the places
of tho<e who hare esc;qwd to the enemy, and for the own we of the purchaser,
then such slares shall be assessed and taxed according to their value in
eighteen hundred and sixQ."

The amendment was lost.


The eighth amendment of the Senate was concurred in.
The question recurring on the ninth amendment of the Senate,
Mr. Elliott demanded the yeas and nays; which were not ordered,
and the amendment was concurred in.
The tenth amendment of the Senate mas concurred in.
The elerenth amendment of the Senate was disagreed to.
The question recurring on the twelfth amendment,
Jfr. Conrad demanded the yeas and nays;
TThich rrere ordered.
Yeas .......................
33
And recorded as followfs. riz : Nays _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 32
Yeas : Blandford, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce. Chilton, Conrad,
Uickinson, DuprB, Ewing. Farrow, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither,
Gholson, Goode, Hanlp, Hodge, Holder, Johnston, Keeble, Lamkin,
Lyon, McCallum. XcVullin. Miller, Morgan, Orr. Pugh, Shewmake,
Singleton, J. M. Smith, Staples, and Villerk.
Says : Atkins. Aper, Barksdale, Raylor, Branch, Horatio
Bruce, Chambers, Clopton. Colpar, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Gilmer,

w.

NAL OF THE

[June 10, 1864.

Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Kenner, J . M. Leach. J. T. Leach,


&$amhall, Miles, Montague, Moore, Perkins. Read, 110ge:ch. Rrrssell,
Sexton, Simpson, W, E. Smith, Smith of Korth Carolina, Triplett,
and Witherspoon.
So the amendment was concurred in.
On motion of Mr. Blandford, the vote j-ust taken was reconsidered.
And the question recurring on agreeing to the amendment of the
Senate,
Mr. Foster demanded the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered,
Yeas _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ - _ _ _ _34
_____
And recorded as follows, viz: Nays---------------------__
38
Yeas: Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Colyar, Conrad, Diekinson, DuprB,
Eming, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Funsten, Gaither, A. 1% Garland,
Gholson, Goode, Holder, Holliday, Keeble, Lanlkin, Lyon, McCallum, McMullin, Menees, Miller, Morgan, Orr, Pugh, She-vc.malse,
Singleton, J. $1. Smith, Staples, Turner, VillerB, and Wright.
Nays : Anderson, Stkins, Xyer, Barksdale, Baylor, Blandford,
Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers,
Chilton, Clopton, Crnikshank, De Jarnette, Fuller, Gilmer, Ilart, Heiskell, Hilton, JCenner, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Marshall,
s, Montague, Moore, Perkins, Read, Rogers, Russell, Sexton,
Simpson, IQ. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, and
Witherspoon.
So the amendment was disagreed to.
The thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth amendments
were disagreed to.
Mr. Chilton submitted the following resolution :
Resolved, That when this House adjourns to-day i t will adjourn to meet at
eight ocloclr and thirty minutes to-morrow morning ;

which was adopted.


The question being on the seventeenth amendment,
Mr. Hilton submitted the following amendment to the amendment :
After the word State add the following proviso : Provided, That the
income derived from such bonds shall be taxed B S other income.

Mr. Marshall moved that the House do now adjourn.


The motion to adjournwas lost.
On motion of Mr. Pugh,
The House took a recess until 6 oclock.
Having reassembled, and the question being on the amendment of
Mr. Hilton to the seventeenth amenclment of the Senate,
Mr. Ilartridge demanded the yeas and nays ;
Which were ordered.

June 10,1861.1

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

203

Nays : Dupr6, Funsten, A. H. Garland, Hartridge, Xorgan, Pugh,


ICussell, and Shewmake.
So the amendment to the amendment was agreed to.
Mr. Anderson moved to reconsider the Tote just taken.
Mr. Lyon demanded the previous question ; which was ordered.
The motion to reconsider was lost.
The question recurring on the amendment of the Senate, as
amended, .A h . Foster demanded the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered,
__________________ 36
And recorded as follows, viz: Yeas
Nays __________________ 25 [26]
Teas : htkins, Baglor, Bland ford, Branch, Chambers, Chilton,
Clopton, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Ewing, Farrow, Fuller, Gaither,
Gilmer, Heisliell, Hilton, Holder, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach,
L ~ o n Jfachen,
,
JfcCallum, NcNullin, Miles, Perkins, Read, Russell,
Simpson, Singleton, J. 31. Smith, ITT. E. Smith, Smith of North
Carolina, Triplett. Turner. and Witherspoon.
Says :Anderson. Boyce, Bridgers, Eli Af, Bruce, Horatio TI7.Bruce,
Colyar, Dupfb, Elliott, Foster. Funsten, A. FT. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gholson, Hartridge, Holliday, Johnston, Renner, Miller, Mont a p e , Moore, Orr, Pugh, Rogers, Shewmake, rillerk, and Wright.
So the amendment n-as agreed to.
The nineteenth and twentieth amendments Ivere disagreetl to.
The question recurring on the twenty-first amendment,
31r. Hartridge demanded the yeas and nays :
T h i c h were ordered.

inson, Foster. Fuller. Gaither, Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge, Lamkin,


J. Jf. Leach, J. T. Leach, Marshall, Miles, Murray, Orr. Perkins,
Rogers. Shewmake, Simpson, J. 31. Smith, W.E. Smith, Smith of
Sorth Carolina, Staples, and Triplett.
S a p : Barksdale, Horatio TIT. Bruce, Clopton, Coljar, Conrad,
DuprC. Elliott, En-ing. Farrow, Funsten, A. H. Garland, R. I<. Garland, Gholson. Heiskell, Hilton, Holder. Holliday, Johnston, Keeble,
Kenner. Lyon, Jfachen, JfcCalluni, McMullin, Menees, Miller, Xont a p e . Xoore, Morgan. Pngh. Read, Rives, Russell, Sexton, Singleton. T-illerB, and TTitherspoon.
So the amendment was disagreed to.
The twenty-second. twenty-third, and twenty-fourth amendments
n ere &agreed to.
The House then resunid the consideration of the special order, viz :
h bill (S. 51) t o provide supplies for the Army and to prescribe
the mode of making impressments.
JIr. Chambers moved to lay the amendment of Mr. Heisliell on the
table.
Xr. Foster moved to lay the bill and aniendments on the table.
31r. E. 31. Bruce moved that the House do now adjourn.
The motion to adjourn was lost.
The motion of Mr. Foster n-as lost.
The motion of Jlr. Chambers prevailed.

RNAL O F THE

[.Tune 10, 1864.

ired-to amend the bill by striking oiit all thereof

cads as follows, viz:


at every person required to pay a tax in Bind under the provisions of the
Act to lay taxes for the common defense and carry On the Goveriiment of the
Confederate States, approved April twenty-fourth, eighteen liuiidred and sixtyt h e act amendatory thereof, approved February seventeenth, eighteen
nd sixty-four, shall, in addition to the one-tenth required by said
paid a s a tax in Bind, deliver to the Confederate Government of the
f the present year and of the year eighteen hundred and sixty-five
tenth of the several products taxed in kind by the acts aforesaid,
itional one-tenth shall be ascertained, assessed, and collected in all
respects as is provided by law for the said t a x i n kind, a n d shall he paid for,
on delivery, by the post quartermasters in t h e several districts a t the assessed
value thereof, except that payment for cotton and tobacco shall be made by
the agents of the Treasury Department appointed to receive t h e same.
SEC.2. The supplies necessary for the support of the producer a n d his family,
and to carry on his ordinary business, shall be exempted from the contribution
required by the preceding section and from thc additional impressrncnts nuthorized by the fifth section of this act: Provided, however, That nothing herein
coiitained shall be construed to repeal or affect t h e provisions of a n act entitled
An act to authorize the impressment of meat for the use of the Army under
certaiii circumstances, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and
sixty-four; and if the amount of any article or product so necessary cnn not be
agreed upon between the assessor and producer, i t shill1 be ascertained and
determined by disinterested freeholders of the vicinage, as is provided in the
cases of disagreement as to the estimates and assessments of the tax in Bind.
If required by the assessor, such freeholders shall ascertain whether :L producer
who is found unable to furnish the additional one-tenth of any one product
call not supply the deficiency by the delivery of an equivalent in other products,
and upon what terms such cominutatioii shall be made. Any commutation thus
awarded shall be enforced and collected in all respects as is provided for any
other contribution required by this act.
SEC.3. The Secretary of War may, a t his discretion, decline to assess, or
after assessment niiiy decline to collect the whole or any p a r t of tlic additional
one-tenth herein provided for in any district 01% locality, and i t s t i ~ l lbe his
duty promptly to give notice of any such determination, specifying with reasonable certainty the district or locality and the product, or the proportion thereof,
as to which he so declines.
SEC.4. The products received for the contribution herein required shall be
disposed of and accounted for in the same manner a s those received for the
tax iii kind; and the Secretary of War may, whenever the exigencies of the
public service will allom, authorize the sale of products received from either
source to public officers or agents charged in any State with the diity of providing for the families of soldiers. Such sales shall be at the prices paid or
assessed for the products sold, including the actual cost of collections.
SEC. 5. If,
in addition to the tax in kind and the contribution lierein required,
the necessities of the Army or the good of the service shall require other supplies of food or forage, or any other private property, a n d the saiiie can not be
procured by contract, thcn impressments may be made of such supplies or
other property, either for absolute ownership or for temporary use, as the public necessities may require. Such impressnients shall. be made in accordance
with the provisions and subject to the restrictions of the existing impressment
laws, except so far as is herein otherwise provided,

And called the question j which was ordered.


The amendment was agreed to.
Mr. Barksdale moved to recommit the bill and amendments to a
special committee, with instrnctions.
Mr. Rridgers called the question ; which was ordered.
A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secretary ; which is as follows, viz :
illy. Speakw: The Senate have passed
of James Lyons.

Juuo 10, lSti4.1

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

205

They h i ~ wIittssed. with ainendnients, a bill of this House (1. It. 12) to proidc for the enrollment a n d coiiscriptioii of certiiiil iioiicoumissioned otficers

and 1)riv:ttes in the Trttns-Mississippi Department.


In which X am directed to ask t h e concurrence of this House.

The question being on the motion to reconunit,

Mr. Chilton denlanded the yeas and nays;


Which were ordered,
* h d recorded as folloms. viz: i Yeas----------------_---____
22
7 Nays _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 39
Yeas : Barksdale. Bridgers. Eli M. Bruce, Conrad, Ewing, Farrow,
Foster. Heiskell, Holliday, Johnston, Hceble, IZcnner, Lyon. McCallum, Miles, Pugh, Rives. Russell, Shewmake, Singleton, Turner, and
Witherspoon.
Says : -hclerson.
er. Baylor, Blandford, Boyce. Bradley, Horatio ITT. Bruce. Chambers. Chilton, Clopton, Cruilrshanlr, Dickinson,
Dupi-6. Elliott, Fnller. Funsten, Gaither, Goode, Hartridge, Hilton,
Holder. Lamkin. J. 31. Leach, J. T. Leach, Rfachen, Marshall, McMullin. Miller. Jlontague. Moore. Orr, Read, Rogers, J. 31. Smith, 717.E.
Smith. Smith of Sorth Carolina, Staples, Triplett, and VillerB.
So the iiiotion was lost.
M r . Chambers subniitted the following ainenclment :
Strihe out the words. in section i, lines 8 and 9, t h e contribution or t h e
irnpressments herein provided for and insert or the impressment of private
iiroperty ;

which n-as agreed to.


JIr. Conrad moved to aniend the bill by striking out the seventh
section: which reads as follon-s, viz :
SLC. 5. The right a n d the duty of making impressments is hereby confided exclucivelr to t h e officers and agents charged in the several districts with the assessment and collection of the tiis in kind arid of t h e coiitribution herein required:
and all officers and soldiers in a n y depurtmeiit of the Aruir a r e hereby expressly
iirohihited from undertaking in any nianiier t o interfere with these officers and
:gents in an;- p a r t of their duties in respect to the t a x in kind. the contribution,
the iutpressments herein prorided for : Provided, That this prohibition shall
not 1.e applitable to any district. count;., or parish in which there shall be no
officer cir agent charged with t h e assessment and collection of the tax in kind.
{lr

Mr. A. I. Garland moved to lay the bill and amendments on the


table.
Jlr. Chilton denlanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
TThich were ordered.
,Ind recorded
follows. %.iZ: Teas-----------------------34
1 S a f s _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 33
Teas : -Inderson. Barkdale, Baplor, Boyce. Bradley, Bridgers,
Conrad. Ewing. Farrow. Funsten, A. H. Garland, R. 19. Garland,
(;hol\on. Hartridge, Hilton, Holliday, Johnston. Iieeble, Icenner,
L y n . Jfachen. JIcCallum. Miles, Miller. Montague, Perkins, Pugh,
Rires. Russell, Sexton. Shewmake, Singleton. Staples, and Villere.
S a y s : -1tkins. Branch. Horatio IT. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers,
Chilton, Clopton. Colpr. Cruikshanli, Dickinson, Dupr6, Foster, Fuller. (;iliiier. Goode, Heiakell. Holder. Lamkin. J. T. Leach, Marshall,
McJf dlin. Meneei, Moore. Morgan. Miirray. Orr, Read. Simpson,
J. 31. S.;lnith,T, E. Smith. Smith of Sort11 C:trolina, Triplett, and
Titherspoon.
So the Iiiotioii to lay on the table prevailed.

AL O F THE

[Jtlne 10, 1864.

the following communication froill


e the consideration of the bill rejected

objections of the President to the


the Constitution were recorded as
Yeas-----------------------26
Nays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Yeas : Anderson, Atkins, Baylor, Boyce, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M.
Bruce, Chilton, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Foster, Fuller, Gilmer,
Goode, Lamlrin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Miles, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Simpson, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina,
and Staples.
Nays : Barlrsdale, Bradley, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers,
Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, DuprB, Elliott, Ewing, Farrow, Funsten,
A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gholson, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton,
hnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lyon, Machen, McCalccs, Miller, Montague, Moore, Morgan, Pugh,
Sexton, Shewmake, Singleton, Triplett, VillerF,
er the voLe just taken, and deYeas _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 35
Nays _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 37
,Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce,
ickinson, Fuller, Gaither, A. H.
olliday, Johnston, Renner, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lyon, McMullin, Miles, Montague,
Moore, Morgan, Orr, Rives, Russell, Shewmake, Smith of North

their Private S
Mr. Speaker: Th
the aniendnients of
tlon of the heads
Sec~rettrryof \V:w f

ments of this House to


increase the compensxnts and the Assistant

ed the following nets

June 10, 1864.1

HOUSE O F REPRESENTBTIVES.

207

H. R. 108. .in act to amend the laws relatiiig to the his i n lciud;
H. R. 112. An act to amend a11 nct to organize forces to serve during the
wxr, approved February 17, isc?;
H. R. 14s. An nct to raise money to increase the pup of soldiers ;
H. R. 1 X . An act coriceriiiiig the salary of t h e Trtlasnrer ;
H. R. 153. An act to amend nn act entitled An act for the reIief of taxpayers
in certain cases. approved February 13,
:
11. R. 11. Joint resolution of thanks to Jlaj. Gen. Richard Taylor and the
OfticerS and men of his command; and
I$. R.13. Joint resolution to allow sick and wounded officers of the Army
transportation to their homes, and hospital uccomniodwtions.
BURTOS N. HARRISOX,

RICHMOHD,
VA., June 10, IS&$.

Private Becl-etary.

h message was received from the President, by A h . Harrison, his


Private Secretary : which ib as follon-s, viz :
Ur. Spcakcr: The President yesterdaF approred and signed the following
acts :
H. It. 10fL An net to increase the cwnrpens:ition of the noncon~rnissioned officers and privates of the -1rniy of the Confederntc Rtntes ; :lnd
FI. R. 1%. An act to :iiuend i i n act entitled S I act
~ to establish a lliter and
mining hureau. approred April ?2. 1Sti3.
The Presiclerit tins to-thy a p ~ i r o ~ eand
d sigiiecl the follon iiig act entitled
11. It. 124. An act maliing aypropriatioiis for the postal serrice of the Confederate States for the year 1Yti2 :mit 1SG3.
Very respectfully,
BURTO?; X. IIARRISOS,
Iricate Secretary.
RICHMOSD.Va..Jfriw 10. ld6$.

Jlr. Cruikshank. from the Committee on Enrollecl Rills. reported


a> correct157 enrolled

S. 59. An act to aiitliorize the owners of the registwed eight per


cent ten-year corirertible bonds issued under the provisions of the
act approred May 16. 1861. to excliange the sanie for coupon bonds;
H. 12. 11. Joint resolution of thanlis to Maj. Gen. Xichard Taylor
and the officers and nien of hi. commancl :
S. 43. An act to graduate the pay of general officers;
H. R. 123. An act making appropriations for the support of the
Gorerntnent of the Confederate States of America from J u l y 1 to
December 31. 1864. and to supp1)- a deficiency:
H. R. 108. An act t o aniend the l a m relating to the tax in kind;
H. R. 148. An act t o raise money to illcrease the pay of soldiers;
H. R. 13. Joint resolution to allolv sick and wounded officers of the
,ly transportation to their homes, and hospital accoinmodations ;
H. R. 130. -in act concerning the salary of the Treasurer;
H. R. 1.53. -in act to amend an act entitled *Anact for the relief of
taxpayers in certain cases. approved February 13, 1864;
S. 76. ,in act t o authorize the appointment of additional officers
of artilleq for ordnance dnties; and
H. R. 112. An act to amend an act to organize forces to serve during the Tar, approved February 11,1864.
And the Speaker Ggnecl the s t m e .
The Hou*. on rllotiori of Jfr. Rives. resolved itself into secret session : a ~ l dhavil1g spexlt some time therein, resumed business i n open
se~sion.
Tile Chair 1:xitl ] ) p f O l y the &nse the fo~~OWillp
I.eS01Utioli fYOlk1 the
Senate :
Rpx,Jlcpd ( t h p f ~ ( ~ , ~,f
i ~ 1p{ v p i c v i r f n t i c t i cottrio
cy). Tlmt the titlie fixed for
the ai~jourrllilerlt
of the Irc.iptlt +<i;ion of Congreys be extended to Tuesdily, the

RNAL O F THE

I June 10, 1864.

nth day of June, instant, and that the President of the Senate and the
speaker of the House of Representatives adjourn their respective IIouses. sine
die, at twelve o'clock meridian.

The question being 6n the adoption of the resolution,

Mr. Atkins called the question, and demanded the yeas and rlays

.)

thereon ; which were not ordered.


The question was ordered.
Mr. Blandford demanded the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered,
*
Yeas _ _ - _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 4, [48]
And recorded as follows, viz: Nays___--___---______18
Yeas : Anderson, Atkins, Barksdale, Baylor, Branch, Bridgers,
Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clark, Clopton,
Conrad, Cruikshank, Elliott, Ewing, Farrow, Fuller, Funsten,
Gaither, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, Johnston, Kenner, Lyon, Machen, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Perkins, Rives, Rogers, Russell, Shewmake, Simpson, Singleton, W. E. Smith, Staples, Triplett, Villerk, Welsh, and Witherspoon.
Nays : Blandford, Bradley, Colyar, Dickinson, A. H. Garland,
R. K. Garland, Keeble, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, McCallum, McMullin, Morgan, Orr, Pugh, Sexton, J. M. Smith, Smith of North
Carolina, and Wright.
So the resolution was concurred in.
Mr. Atkins moved to reconsider the vote just taken.
Mr. Blandford moved that the House do now adjourn.
Mr. J. T. &each demanded the ycas and nays on the motion to
reconsider j which were not ordered.
The motion'to adjourn ,was lost.
Mr. Conrad moved a call of the House.
The motion prevailed.
Upon a call of the roll the following gentlem'en answered to their
names :
Messrs. Anderson, Atkins, Barksdale, Blandford, Bradley, Bridgers,
Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W.Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clark, Clopton,
Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Elliott, Ewing, Farrow,
Ihller, A. H. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge,
Hilton, Holder, Holliday, Keeble, Kenner, J. T. Leach, Lyon,
Mtxchen, McCallum, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Orr, Pugh,
Ilives, Rogers, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Singleton, J. M. Smith,
W.E. Smlth, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Triplett, Villerk,
Wright, and Mr. Speaker.
A quorum being present.,
On motion of Mr. Kenner, all further proceedings under the call
the House were dispensed with.
The motion to reconsider was lost.
On motion of Mr. A. H. Garland, the vote by which the resolution

And on motion of M

3 \ 1 w 10, 1Scj4.1

HOUSE OF REPKESEKTATIVES.

BU9

Tlw 1Toii.c~ lwing in -ecrct schsioii,


Tlie Clinir liiicl beforr the House a coiiiiiiuiiicatioil from the lresicleiit : irliich wa5 read a5 follows. viz :
111.Spc*cfktr:The Irc4deiit hi14 to-day ayproved tliid signed an act. passed in
hiwet session. eiititlccl
11. I:. 133. -111act makin? appropriations for the redeiiiptioii of the seven per
cent foreign 1o:iii authorized by aet of Coiigress i1pIjrOVed J m u a r y 29. 1863.
BURlOS S. IIARRISON.
Iricntc Stcrctat.~.ctc.
I~XCIIXOXD.
VA.. J / t / / c 10. 186j.

The House resuiiied the consideration of the tinfinished business ;


which w : i ~the bill (>. (5)* * to aid in the construction of ironclad
gunboats for the c1efeii.e of western and southern rivers.
JIr. Conrad IO+ to il point of order:
That it i y tlir province of the House to determine what shall he
takeii np for con~it1er:itioii.
The Chair overruled the point of order.
Mr. Coiiracl appcalccl from tlie clecisioii of the Chair.
The qoestion bring put.
Shall the clecisioii of the Chair stand a s the judgment of the House?
It \\-a> decided in the afiriiiative.
Sfr. Rives moved that the coiizideratioii of the pebding business be

*. Chanibrr5 cleniw~idetlthe yea3 and nay:, thereon :


Khich were ordered.
\ l-eas _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
<52
-4nd recorded a. follow-. viz : . S a ~ ~ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ 15
__--Teas: Anc1er:oii: Atkin-. IZarli~clale. Baylor. Boycc, Bradley,
I ~ i - i d g e iEli
~ . 31. Briice. IIoratio IV. Bruce. Chilton. Clopton, Colyar,
Conrad, Criiik4iaiik. I>ickin.oii. Ewiiig, Farron, Fiiller. I?uii~teii,
(hither. K. I<. Garlaiicl. Gliol-on. Giliiier. (;ooclc~. Hilton, Holder.
Holliclay. John-ton. KeelAc. Kenner, Lanikiii. 6. 31. Leach. Lyon.
Zrlachen. 3fcCalluni. JlcSfullin. 3Ieiieec., Mile,. SIoiitagne. Jforgan.
Murray. E r e - . R i i t - d . Sheu-niake, Sirnpaoii. Sing-&on, IT. E. Smith,
Siiiith of Xorth Carolina. Staples, Triplett. Villere, and T17itlierspoon.
S a ~ :sBlandford. Biimett. Chambers. Dupr4, Elliott, Foster. A. H.
Garlaiid. Hartridge. Hei+ell, J. T. Leach. Xarshall. Pugh, J. M.
Siiiit h. ITelsh , and TI-riglit .
So the niotioii p r e ailed.
~
Mr. Rireq. GJ- uiiaiiimoii- consent. modified hi5 resolution so as to
read :is follows:

Wliereiis i t 1x1s ~rl~.;i-ecl


Alwigl
d to bless the :rim of the Confederate
with i i srrieb of signal cii
since the olietiiiig of the prescwt canibie abilitj to iiiwintitin the integrity o f
deiiioristratiiip tliri r unclu
their political or;aiirz:ttion. .itid eiiabliiig them tlierefore to esltres
the) h;tve e r e r felt f6JT liejce \\ ithoiit danger o f their seiitiiiieiit:, be
to \\ eilklfe\S 01 ~ ~ ~ J ~ J 1 ~ .~ l ~ l ~ ~ ~ l ~ l l
Rewlc ed (fTic hctttrte cottcrrrririg), T h a t :I joint conunittee of the t n o IIouses
Le ilppointrd to 1,reynre ii Inauifesto setting forth brieRx hut distinct15 t h e
true character of the \\-a- on the part of the Confederate States. tlie princij)les.
\rhirh t l i q hitye eyer heen actunted with regilrd
disposition, and piir-lo
on tcriiis consistent with honor and the periuilnent
to it, and their < i l l c p y t i
States
ltaigii.

C J--VOL

Tab.; M-14

RNAL OF THE

[June 10, 1864.

rights, to put an end to a sanguiiiary strife so afflictire to


rary to the spirit of the age, and So illjurious t o the interests
civilized world.

e moved the previous question; which was seconded.


The question being on agreeing to the amendment of Mr. Footc,
It was decided in the negative.
The question recurring on the resolution of Mr. Rives,
Mr. Heiskell demanded the yeas and nays ;
Which were ordered,
Yeas ____________________________ 53
alld recorded as follows: Nays _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 14
Yeas : Anderson, Atkins, Barksdale, Baylor, Branch, Bridgers, Eli
M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad,
Crnikshank, Dickinson, Ewing, Farrow, Foster, Fuller, Oaither,
A. 1. Garland, R. K. Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hilton,
Holder, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, J. 35. Leach, Lyon,
Machen, McCalluin, McMullin, Menees, Miller, Montague, Morgan,
Orr, Rives? Sexton, Singleton, J. M. Smith, nT.E. Smith, Smith of
North Carolina, Staples, Triplett, Viller6, Welsh, T4Titherspoon,
Wright, and Mr. Speaker.
Nays : Bradley, Burnett, Chambers, Dupr&, Funsten, Hartridge,
Heislrell, Holliday, J. T. Leach, Miles, Perkins, Rogers, Shewmalre,
Simpson.
o the resolution was adopted.
The Chair ruled the resolution of Mr. Rives. as niodifird, out of
order, because it was a joint resolution.
Mr. Hilton appealed from the decision of the Chair.
The question being pnt,
Shall the decision of the Chair stand as thc judgment of the House?
It was clecided in the affirmative.
Mr. Rives meved to lay the resolution on the table.
The motion prevailed.
Mr. Rives introduced
A joint rsolution L declaring the dispositions, principles, and purposes of the Confederate States in relation to the existing war with
tho United States;
whicli was read a first and second time.
The rule having been suspended requiring it to be referred to a
cominit tee,
Mr. l b > ~subniitted
e
the following amendment:
M r . I-Zolliday moved that the House resolve itself into open session.
Mr. Chtiniber? deinanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which mere ordered.
And recosded *
Yeas : Blandfo

NAL O F THE

[June 10, 1864.

House a joint resolution of the Senate


sitions, principles, and purposes of the
to the existing war with the United
and second time.
ed requiring the joint resolution to be

Mr. Singleton moved the previous question ; which wits seconded.


Mr. Blandford moved that the House resolve itself into open sehsion, and demanded the yeas and nays thereon; which were not
ordered.
The motion was Ipst.
The joint resolution was read a third time, and the question recurring on its passage,
Mr. Perkins demanded the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered,
Yeas __-________-__--_____
48
lrt
And recorded as follows, viz: Nays____-___-_____----______
Yeas : Anderson, Atkins, Barlrsdale, Baylor, Branch, Bridgers,
Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chilton, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad,
Cruikshanlr, Dickinson, Ewing, Farrow, Fuller, Gaither, A. H. Garland R. I<. Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hilton, Holder, Johnr, J. M. Leach, Lyon, Machen, McMullin, Menees,
, Orr, Rives, Russell, Sexton, Singleton, J. M.
th, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Triplett,
Mr. Speaker.
, Bradley, Chambers, Clark, Funsten, Hartridge,
each, McCallnin, Miles, Miller, Perliins, Pugli,
ogers, Shewmake, Simpson, and Wright.
So the joint resolution was passed.
H. W. Bruce moved to reconsider the votc just taken and to
e motion on the table ; which latter motion prevailed.
Chambers
to amend the title by striking out all after the
Joint re5
and inserting in lieu thereof the words

:!sserting the independence of the Confeclentte States of America and their fixed
resolve to pernimently maintain their political organization.

Mr. Chambers demanded the yeas and nays thereon;


Which were ordered,

>

Eli M. Bruce, Horatio

fnne 11, 1861.1

IIOys%: OF REPRESENTATIVES.

213

' l ' I ~ I I < ' ~ ~ . - S I ~ ' T)-$~--S*~rl'~~T~I~~~~-.


l'II
J1.s~
11, 1864.
O P E S SESSIOX.

The Iioiise met piirsiiant to ~idjournnieiit, and n-as opened with


p r a p r by the Rev. Mr. Read.
311.. Lyoli moved that tlie ffotise in& on its tlisagreement to the
: i i i i e i d i i i e n t ~of tlie Senntr to the bill *' to amend the tax ~ R W S , "and
grant the conference tenderctl 1 ) the
~ Senate.
The inorion prevailed.
Jfr. flyon moved that the House insist on its amendnients to the
arnenclnienta of the Senate to the bill * * to increase the compensation
of the heads of the scwm1 Exectitire Departments and tlie Assistant
Secrete? of \T:w :ind the Treastiry," and tender a coininittee of conferenw to the Senate.
The motion prem iled.
The Chair laid before the House
-1bill t TI. R. 12) '* to proride for the enrollment and conscription
of certain iioncoiiimis.ione~1 oficers and privates in. the Trans-Mississippi Department :
Tvhich h a d !wen retnrned frotn the Senate with the follo\ying amendnients :

..

1. In line 12. a f t e r '' serrice." insert '' in t h e Trans-Mississippi Department."


2. Add t h e followitiq i)roViSo to the bill : "f'rorrded. Th:it nothing in this a c t
contained ~hn11apply t o l i o ~ l ~ ~ l i i l l l i ~ s i oOfficeiT
lled
and privates no\v in service
in any rc~11:irC'o11fP(leriIte iiiilitnry urgmizntions in the Tr~itis-Jlisslssii)l)iDcpartnient who t x i y Itave belonged t o coniniands captured west of tlie 1Iississil)pi
Rirer i i i i d retainer1 Rfter esctiwnge e;ist of t h a t river.'.

The aiiiendnients of the Senate were concurred in.


A message wa> received from the Senate. bg Jfr. Sash, their Secrci :I-. follon-s. T iz :
tar.: ~ v - l i i d iz
Jfr. Speaker: The I'resident of the ('onfederate States has notified the Senate
g entitled
that he did. on t h e 9th instiint. approre and sign the f o l l o ~ ~ i nacts,
S. 34. An act to ~irovidefor t h e conipensatiou of noncommissioned ofticei-s,
soldier.;. sailors, a d marines 011 detailed sen ice ;
S. 3ri. .%ti act for the payment of commissioncrs appointed under the a c t
entitled "An nct t o susiwnd t h e privilege of the writ of habeas corpus i n certain ease-." and t o confer certain powers upon said coiiimissioiiers.
The Seriate hnre p c i - ~ l . \vitliout amendnient. n bill of this IIouse (IT. R. 155)
in re1:ttion to the 1x1:- of clerks in t h e office of the depositary.
The Senate h a r e rejwted on its third reading a joint resolutioii of this House
( H . R. 11) esplanatorr o t h e act t o increase t h e conipensation of certain ciril
officers and e m p l o y e s in t h e President's office and in the executive and legisLitive t1ei);irtnieiits ;it Richmond for a limited period, approved January :30, 1864.

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 78) " relating to
the iqsuing of wrtificates of indebtediless by the Government of the
Confederate Stater;: '. xhich w a s read a first and second time.
M r . Lyon niorecl to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be referred
to a committee.
Tlie motion was lost.
Jfr. Foote moved to lay the bill and amendments on the tnble, and
demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
\\'hich were ordered,
,$ll,J recordecl a.i, follows. ~ i : z Yeas-----------------------22
Kays _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ --------_-_-48
Teas : Ayer, Rlandford. Chambers, Clopton, Foote, Foster, R. I<.
(hrland, Ranfy. Hartr'tlpe. TToltler, Johnston, Mnrsllall, Miller,

URNAL OF THE

[June 11, 1864.

Morgan, Perkins, Pugh, Read, Shemmalie, J. M. Siiiith, Villerg,


Welsh, and Wright.
Nays : Anderson, Baylor, Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Briclgers, E l i &I.
Bruce, Horatio IT.Bruce, Burnett, Chilton, Colyar, Conrad. Criiilc
shank, De Jarnette, Dickinson, DuprB, Ewing, Farrow, Fulle1-,
Gaither, A. I. Garland, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Heislikll. Hilton,
IIolliday, IZeeble, Kenner, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lyon, Machen,
Mccallum, McMiillin, Miles, Montague, Orr, Russell, Sexton, Simpson, Singleton, ly. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, Triplett, Turner, and Witherspoon.
So the motion was lost, and the bill was referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
The Chair laid before the House Senate joint resolution (S.14)
for the relief of James Lyons; which was read a first and second
time.
The rule having been suspended requiring it to be referred t o a
committee, the joint resolution W R S read a third time arid passcd, and
the title was read and agreed to.
The Chair laid before tlie House a Senate bill ( S . 49) to authorize
the manufacture of spirituous liquors for the use of the iiriny and
hospitals.
Mr. Miles moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be
cd to a committee, and demanded the yeas and nays thereon;
ich were ordered,
viz: Yeas-----------------------43
d recordecl :Is folloMrs,
Nays _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 19
as : Anderson, Ayer, Barksdale, Baylor, Blandford, Bogce.
Bradley, Branch, Eli M.Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Chanibers, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, De Jarnette, Dickinson, DnprB, Ewing, Farrow,
Funsten, Gholson, Hartridge, Heisliell, Hilton, Holliday, rJohtiston,
Callum, Miles, Montague, Morgan, Orr, Per, gimpson, Singleton, Welsh, Witherspoon,

Nays : Chilton, Cruilcshank, Foster, Fnller, R. I<. Garland, Gilmer,


Wanly, IZenner, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lyon, McMnllin. 91iewmake, J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett,
Turner, and Villerd.
So the rille was suspended.

Jfr. Miles m o w d t o po+tlmw the c'oiihi(1w:ttion of t t i i a bill,


The iiiotioii wah loht.
Mr. Jfontagur mltinitted the following arllendnient :
In section 1. Strilw out
other property."

"

The folloxing niessagt'


their Secretary :

niid

*'

W:I\

nnd iiiwrt :iftci* '' \\-i1Solr

ill(>

\vords

"

arid

received from tlie Senate. by JIr. Saqh,

XI-.
S p e a h w : The Senilte hilye pnsseil bills of tlie following titles, viz :
8. 38. At1 act to pro\ ide for the iriipressiiieiit of t h e railroad iron, equipnieuts.
and rolliiig stock of riiilroads lien tlre siiiiie shall becoine necessary for the pub
lie defense. and to i m k e furtlier provisions for the efficient tr;insport:itio11 of
troop.. and niilit:irF supplies : :ind
S . M . An act t o orxanize t h e light :irtillery of the Confederate StAtes of
Ameriw :
I n which I am d i r w t t 4 to ~ * l the
< coneurreiice of thiq Ifouse.

Jfr. A. H. Garlaiid dem:intlecl the previous question ; which was


ordered.
Xr. Foote niorecl t o recoiizider the vote by which the main qnestion
vias ordered.
The motion to recon4der \\-as lost.
The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Xontagne,
It WRS decided in the negative.
Tile bill -\.;as read a third time. and the question reciirring on its
passage.
Mr. Conrad clemanclecl the reas ancl nays : which were ordered.

OPES SESSIOS.

The Home met pursnant to adjournment. and was opened xitli


prayer hy the Rev. Dr. Bnrrows.
The Chair laic1 before the House a comninnication from the Secretary of the Treasuq-. indosing a list of certificate< filed with the
Secretarj of the Treazury for increased compenLatioir of officers a n d
emploFees in the Execnt ire Departments.
The conimunicatioli ancl accompanying clociinirnti \-:ere laid npon
the table.
On motion of JIr. Foster. i t was
Ordered. That the ,$ttorney-General be authorized and required to
furnish each member of the militar? court-: of the .\-rnip with a copy
of the acts of Conge-.
On motion of 111..Branch. leave of absence v a s granted to his
colleague. M r . Sexton.
The IOU=rewrned the consideratio11 of the unfinished bnsinesb of
Saturdap. \ iz :
A bill providing for thv eitahli4illlent and p a p i c l i t of claim> or a
certain description of property taken or informally impressed for the
use of the Army.

[June 13, 1864.

ecl on tlic

p:iw1p

of the

---- ----------- 35
32 [36]
Yeas : Barksdale, Baylor, Branch, Bridgers, Chambers, Chilton,
Clarlc, Clopton, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Diclrinson, Dupr6, Elliott,
EaTing, Foote, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, Heislrell, Hodge, Kenner, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T, Leach, Menees,
Sexton, Smith of North Carolina, Staples, and Welsh.
Nays : Anderson, Bland ford, Boyce, Bradley, Horatio IT?. Bruce,
Burnett, Colyar, Conrad, Farrow, Funsten, Gholson, Hartridge, Hilton, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, McCallum,
Miles, Miller, Montague, Murray, Orr, Pugh, Russell, Shewmake,
Simpson, J. M. Smith, IT. E. Smith. Triplett, Villerk, Witherspoon,
Wright, and Mr. Speaker.
So the bill was lost.
Mr. Lyon, from the committee of conference on the disagreeing
votes of the two Houses on the bill to amend. the tax lams, snbiiiitted the following report :
__-___-___----_

That they hare met the managers oil the ynrt of the Seixite, a ~ t after
,
full
und free conferellce, have agreed to recommend, and do recouimmd, t o their
follows :
Representatives do recede from their amendment t o the
the Senate; t h a t the Senate recede from their said sixth
t the bill be amended by striking out the second paragraph
nd inserting i n lieu thereof the follo\ving :
lue of gold and silver wares and plate, jewels, jewelry, and
ten per cent.
111. Tlie value of property ttrsed undcr this section shall be assessed on the
basis of the market value of the saiue ox* similar property in the neighborhood
where assessed in the yefir eighteen hundred and sixty, except in c:isps where
Innd, slaves, cotton, and tobiwco have beeii 1m-clitised since the first day oT
January, eighteen hundred :tiid sixty-two, in which case the said I;riitl, slaves,
cotton, i I 1 I d tobacco SO purchased sliall be assessed a t the price ;ictually paid for
the Saiiie by the owner : Provided, T h a t land purcliasecl by refugees and held and
occupied by tliciu for their own use and residence shall b e assessed according
to its market value in the year eighteen hundred and sixty.
That the bill be m e n d e d by striking out all of the second section and
ing iii lieu thereof the following :
hat sectioli two of ill1 act entitled An act t! levy additional taxes for the
common defense and support of the Governnient, approved seventeenth February, eighteell hundred and sixty-[our, be, and the same is hereby, repealed.
And i t is hereby declared t h a t all the property alld assets of corporations,
aSsOciatiOUS, Rlld joillt stock companies of eveFy dcscriptioll, whether incorIKXWt!d O r not, shall be Rssessed and taxed in the saiiie nianner and to t h e same
extent as the property and assets of individuals ; the t a s 011 such property and
tmets to be assessecl against and paid by such corporntioiis, associations, and
joint stock conipcinies : Prozided, That 110 bank or banking company shall bc
liable to pkly a tax upon deposits of money to the credit of and subject to the
e stock, shares, or interests repreor joint stock companies or associavided further, T h a t all property
hereby, exempted from all taxa-

so

:IS to

react as follows

That primgraph one

tioiial taxes for the wm


Iebruwy seventemth,
fiereby, m e n d e d nud P
all gold :mil silver coin,

froiii their disagreement to the


to the said amendment ainendecl
entitled An act to levy addiGovernment, approved
, and the same is
pon t h e amount of
held abroad or

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HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

217

bills o f csclinnge dfit\vii tlterrfor. 1woiiii*sory notcs. rights. (.redits, i i ~ i t lsecnrit1t.s


i1:ty;ible in f o w i m wtintriru. ti\ per c w t , to i~p:ti<l in specie or ill ('ollfederatc
'I'reasury iiote.; :It tlwir v : i l u ~ coinpiired with s1)ecie :it tlip tinip tiip t a x i s
i)iiyz1ble. tlir reliltire v i i h e of
wie and C'oiifetleriite Treastlry notes., for the
purpose of 1WWeUt nncl~rtliis iict. to be fised by regulations to he prescribed
1))- the coiiiniis.;ioner of tries under the direction of t h e Secretary of t h e
T r e a s u r ~ .'*'
That the SeIiilte recede froni their .tt\relftli iind thirteeiitli :iniendnients, mid
tliat the bill I W iilil~ntlc.tlhy striking out the setwnd piiragriiph of section 3.
Tliat. t h e Senate rcw>tle fmiii its fourteenth ilinendinent.
That tile I I o t i ~o f l(el,rr~seiit;itirpsrecede from i t s disagreement to 8he fifteenth and sixteenth niiieniiiiients of the Senate.
That the House of Itepreseiitiitives recede from its ainendnient to t h e seventeenth aniendrnent of t h e Senate. nxid t h a t tlie Senate recede fronl its said
aniendnient.
That the House of He~ri-ereiitati\es rewdr froin its disiigreenient t o the nineteenth itniendnient of the Senate.
That the Senate recede froiii i t s twentieth nniendnient.
That the IIouse of Keprrsentntiws agree to the t\yen&-first amendment of
the Senate with t h e following nniendnient : Strike out the word " twenty " a n d
insert the word '' tliirtj .*'
That the IIonse of liepreseiitiitives agree to tlie tn-enty-third Senate amendment with t h e following iiiiientlinent. to \rit : Strike out after the \wrd " production." in 1Yd~tl~IX~)li
3. the words '' of pig iiietsl or pig iron the cost of fuel,"
and insert t h e following word- in lieu thereof : " or manufacture of pig metal
or other iron the cost of fuel."
That t h e House of Reprewritatires recede from its disagreement to the
twenty-fuurth Senate aniendment.

The follomkg nie->ape --a> receired from the Senate. by Mr. Sash,
their Secretary :
Xr. Speaker: The Senate Iiare rejected n bill (1. R. 146) to aniend a n act
<%:ititled'*An act regulating the granting of fnrloughs and discharges in hospix&." approved May 1. lL%3.
The President of t h e C'onfederfite Stzites hiis notified the Seniite t h a t lie did.
on the 10th inStant. :11q)ro\e ;mcl sign bill> of t h e following titles, T iz .
S.-H. -in a c t to g r a d i ~te
i the 1 ~ 3of
- generiil officew: ant1
S. 76. An 3c.t to a u t l i o r i 7 ~the appointnient of additional oEcerr of artillery
for ordnance duties.
The Senate 1i:ive 1)assecl ;I bill ( 8. 1) to provide ancl organize a general st&
for armies in tlie field. t o serre during tlie war : in wliidi I iiiii directed to nsli
the concurrence of this Ilonse.
The7 insist ul)111 tlieir disagreement to t h e amendments of this House to the
amendments of tbe Sen:ite TO tlie bill (11. It. 138) to increase the compensation
of the heads o f t h e Xeret'nl Executive Depiirtiiients :ind t h e Assistant SecretarF
of War zind the Trei-ut'y. agree to t h e cunference asked upon t h e disagreeing
r o t e of the ttro Iiouqw thereon. and 317. Grnhitm, JIr. Johnson of Georgia. and
Bnrnett have been appointed managers at said conference on their part.
They h a r e p:isse'd a joint resolution (S. 15) in reliition t o tlie President's
snl:~ry. ill \~liic.IiI n11l clirected to ad; the concurrence of this House.

Tile cpesticin lwing on agreeing t o thr report of the committee of


conference.

1\11,.1\fcJfulli1i cleiiiandecl the yeas and nays ;


ft'hich were ordered,
47
Yeas _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _a----_-_--_-----1nd recorded as follows. r i z : 1avs _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 25
Teas : AFer, Barksdale, Baglor, 13landford, Boyce, Horatio TV.
Bruce, Chambers. Clark, Clopton, Colyir, Conrad, De Jarnette,
Diekinson. Elliott, Farrow. Foster, Funsten. Gaither, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hartridge. Heiskell, Hilton, Holliclag. Johnston, Keeble.
Kenner, Lpon, Uachen, McCallum, Menees, Miles, Miller, Perkins,
P;ugh, Rives, Russell, Sexton, Shewmake, Simpson, J. M. Smith,
W,E. Smith, Staples, VillerG, Welsh, and Wright.

JOURNAL

OF THE

[June 13, 1864.

Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli 31. Bruce, Burnett, Chilton,


ank, I>iip&, Ewing, Foote, Fuller, Holder, Lamkin, J. M.
Leach, J. T. Leach, Marshall. RilcMullin, Montague, Murray, Orr,
Read, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, Turner, and Witherspoon.
SO the report was agreed to.
Mr. Hartridge moved to reconsider the vote just taken, and called
the question ; which was ordered.
Mr. Smith of North Carolina demanded the yeas and nays ; which
were not ordered.
The motion to reconsider was lost.
On motion of Mr. Smith of North Carolina, the unfinished business
was for the present postponed.
Mr. Smitii of North Carolina, from the Committee on Claims, to
whom had been referred a Senate joint resolution for the relief of
Wellington Goddjp, iinder a suspension of the rules, reported back
the same with the recommendation that it do pass.
The question being on postlnoning the joint resohition and placing
it on the Calendar,
It .was decided in the negative.
The joint resolution was read a third time and passed, and the
title was read and agreed to.
Mr. Smith of North Carolina, from the same committee, to whom
ad been referred the claim of Wyatt H. Cardwell, reported back the
me with the recommendation that the committee be discharged
om its further consideration, and that it be referred to the Committee on Accounts; which was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Lyon, the unfinished business was postponed.
Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Ways and Means, to whom had
been referred the bill niaking additional appropriations for the
support of the Government, iinder a suspension of the rules, reported
back the same with the recoinmendation that it do pass.
The IIouse resolved itself into Committee of the Whole, for the purpose of considering the bill, Rlr. CEiiltori in the chair; and having
spent some time therein, the committee rose and reported, through
their Chairman, that the committee had had the subject referred to
them under consideration, and recommended that the bill do pass.
The bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the title
was agreed to.
Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, to whom had been referred a
Senate bill ( S. 78) re1 t to the issuing of certificates of indebtcclness by thP Government
a In$
o the Confederate States, reported back
the same with the recommendation that it do pass.
The yestion being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
*

ilte out the word o n e and insert

reads as follows, viz:


fifty per cent thereof
ed by n cerlificate of
llars and is less than

A L OF THE

[June 13, 1864.

estion recurring on orderin the bill to a third read i 11g,


lton demanded the yeas an nays thereon 7

If

Yeas _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
35
And recorded as follows, viz: Mavs _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
29
Yeas : Baylor, Boyce, Bridgeri, HGratio W. Bruce, Colyar, Coylrad, Craikshank, Dc Jarnette, Ewing, Farrow, Footc, Foster, Ihller,
Funsten, Goode, Heiskell, Hilton, Johnston, Keeble, Kenller, J. T.
IAeach, Machen, Marshall, McCallum, McMullin, Menees, Miles,
Montague, Rives, Rogers, Sexton, Smith of North Carolina, Tunler,
MTithers~on,and Wright.
Nays : Anderson, Ayer, Barksdale, Blandford, Branch, Eli M.
Bruce, Chambers, Chilton, Clark, Clopton, Dickinson, Duprt5,
Gaither, Gholson, Gilmer, Hanly. Hartridge, Holder, Holliday,
J. M. Leach, Miller, Orr, Russell, Shewmake, J . M. Smith, W.E.
Smith, Staples, Triplett, and Welsh.
So the bill was read a third time.
The question recurring on the passage of the bill,
Mr. J. M. Leach demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which were ordered,
Yeas _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 31
d recorded as follows,vlz: Nays _ _ _ _ - - - _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
$6
: Barksdale, Baylor, Boyce, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett,
, Conrad, Cruikshank, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Poster, Funeten, Gaither, Gholson, Gilmer, Heiskell, Hilton, Kenner, Blachen,
McCallium, McMullin, Menees, Miles, Montague, Perliins, Rives,
Rogers, Smith of North Carolina, VillerC, and Witherspoon.
Nays : Anderson, Ayer, Blandford, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M.
f h c e , Chambers, Chilton, Clark, Clopton, De Jarnette, Dickinson,
Dupr6, Elliott, Fuller, Goode, Hanly, Hartridge, Holder, Ilolliday,
Johnston, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Marshall, Miller, Pugli,
Russell, Shewmake, J. M. Smith, IT. E. Smith, Staples, Triplett,
Tiirner, Welsh, and Wright.
So the bill was lost.
On motion of Mr. Barksdale, the unfinished business was again
postponed.
Mr. Barladale, under a suspension of the rules, introduced
A bill " further to amend an act to reduce the ciirrency and to
authorize a ncw issue of notes and bonds, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ; "
which rv'ils read a first and second time.
it to be referred to a
time, and passed, and

ge, the unfinished business was again


ension of the rules, introduced
xportation of cotton, toes, and rice, exported
vessels in which such

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IIOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

The rule having been suspended requirin it to be referred to a


committee. the joint resolution was engrossecf read a third time, and
passed, and the title was read and agreed to.
011motion of Mr. Miles. the unfinished business was again suspended.
Sfr.Miles, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to which was
referred Senate bill (S. 3 3 ) '$ to authorize the appointment of quarteymasters and assisttint quartermasters and commissaries and assistant
commissaries in the Provisional Army in certain cases," reported back
the smie with the reconmendation that it do pass with the following
aniendments :
In t h e sisteeuth line, after the words " t h e appointment," strike out all down
to "Proridrd." in the t\x-eutietli line, and iiisert as follows : "And for the collection. cautrol, and distribution of railroad and field transportation and army
sulqtlies. the President ma)- appoint such additioual quartermasters and commissaries and assistant quartermasters and coiui~~issaries
as m a be
~ Ilecessarg
for the efficient esecutiou of t h e duties of the Quartermaster's arid Commissary
Departtiieiitu, :ind such purchasing agents or transportation iigents 111ay be employed as the service may require who shall not hare luilitary rank and n~hosc?
compensatiori sliall not exceed t h e pay of $1 caljtain of inf:rntry. and x ~ h omay
be required to give bond for t h e faithful perforni:ince of their duties : but nothing
liereiu eont:uuetl shall be construed to prohibit the assigiiiiient of qn;irteriniisters
sud cwmriissaries or assistant quarteriuwsters or [assistant commissaries
iilrearl) in c~oiiililihsionto an> of the foregoing cluties or to the duty of paying
troops."
I n line 3.
after t h e \vorde '* over twelve nionths." add the following : or h a r e
heen 1iewtofc:re disc.tlilrging an>-of the aforesaid duties."
111 tlie fourth liue of the third section. strike out the n ords *' Quiirteriii;ister or
Coinn1issitr~-(~e11era1.
hu1)jec.t t o t h e discretion of the Secretary of wnr." and
iusert iit lieu thereof t h e word " President."
In section 3. liue 3, after the word " commissary." insert the words " appointed
under t h i s act.''
Add a5 a n additional section the following :
" That tlie President be. :ind lie is hereby, authorized to appoint one quartermaster. witti the rank of uiajor. for each State, a n d oue :i.;sist:tnt yuarteruiaster,
with the r;tritr of captain. for each Congressional district in the several States,
to execute the duties of t h e a c t in reference to the t n s in Iiind: Provided, T h a t
the appointments to be in;ide i n pursuauce of this section sball be made with t h e
same restrictious and limitations as a r e set forth in t h e first proviso to the first
hection of this act."
'I

The cluebtion being on postponing the bill and placing it on the


Calendar.
It x a s decided in the negative. *
The .following message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Sash,
their Secretarv :
J1r. Speaker: T h e Senate hare cQncurred in the report of the committec of
conference on t h e disagreeing \-otes of t h e two Houses on the bill (11. It. 1 O i ) t o
amend the t a x lam.
The Seriate hare passed a bill of this House (11. R. 138) makiug additionzll
appropriations for t h e support of the Government.

3Ir. Foote moretl to lay the bill and amendments on the table.
On motioll of Sfr. Chilton, it was ordered that when the House take
a recess to-&. it take a recess to 6 o'clock.
On motion of Jfr. Chilton, it was ordered that when the House
adjourn to-day it adjourn to meet to-morrow a t 9 o'clock.
The motion of Sfr. Foote T a s lost.
3Ir. Barksclale demanded the previous question ; which Was
ordered.
The amendments of the committee were concurred in.
0

JOURNAL O F THE

[June 13, 1804.

e bill xvas read a third time, and the question recurring on its

. Boote demanded the yeas and naps ;


Which were ordered,
Yeas-____-_----_--_------_-_

38

Yeas : Ayer, Barksdale, Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M.


Bruce, Horatio W.Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Chilton. Clark, Colyar,
Conrad, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Gaither, Gholson, Gilnier, Goode.
Hanly, Hilton, Holliday, Keeble, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, Miles,
Miller, Montague, Pugh, Read, Rogers, Russell, J. M. Smith, Triplett, Tiller&,and Wright.
Nays : Anderson, Blandford; Clopton, Cruikshank, DuprB, Eming,
Farrow, Boote, Foster, Fuller, Hartridge, Heiskell, Holder, Renner,
Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach. McMidlin, Orr, Rives, Shewmake,
W. E. Smith. Staples, Turner, Welsh, and Witherspoon.
So the bill was passed, and the title was read and agreed to.
A message was received from the Prcsident, by Mr. Harrison. his
Private Secretary ; which is as follows, viz :
Mr. Speukev: The President has to-day approved and signed the following
act, entitled

1-1. R. 123. An act iiialiiIig appropriations for the support or t h e Go\ eriiiiiemt
of tlie Confederate States of America from July 1 to Deceiiiher :ti, 1Sti4, and to
ply a deficieiwy.
Very respectfully.
RUItTON N. IIdTZItIROY,
Private Secretccrrj.
RICHblOND. VA., JU'IZC 18. 1864.

The Chair laid before the House a communication from Jnmes D.


Browne, touching. increase of compensation for properti rented to the
(3overnnient; which was referred to the Committee on Clainis.
Mr. Clopton, from tlie Coiririiittee on Naval Affairs, t o nlioiii had
been referred a Senate bill (S. 5 3 ) " to amend the several acts in
relation to a volnnteer nary." [ s i c ] .
The qncstion being upon postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
The hill v a s read a third time and passed.
The title w:is read and agreed to.
Mr. Clopton, from the same committee, to \Thorn had been
referred :L Senate bill (S.G2) " to amend an act entitled ',An act, to
ere:) tct :I provihional navy of the Confederate States,' approved May
first, eiglitccw hunclred ant1 sixty-three," [ s i c ] .
11 being upon postponing the bill arid placing it on tlie

cal Department, to
lating to the commutation value of
iiiliiendation that it do pass.
the bill and placing it on the
@

HOUSE OF ILlrXltESENTATIVES.

June 13. 1YG4.1

223

Sfr.I k r o w submitted the following aiiieiidiiient :


-\ftcr the n ord

soldier

iiisert the words

arid IiosItitiil :itteiidaiits.

The anieiidnicnt \\-as not agreed to.


The bill w:is engrossed. r e d a third time, and passed.
The title was read and agreed to.
T h e following message was received froin the Senate, by Mr. Nash,
ilieir Secretary :
If,.. Spccifcer: The Senate have passed bills of the follo\.i-ingtitles, riz:
.\II :>ctto a~lierldan :ict entitled hn act to prohibit the iniportation of
luxuries. or of articles not necessaries or of c~mnioiiuse, approved February 6,
S. (33.

18M :
S. i 2 . ;in act to aiiiend :in act entitled .kn act to organize niilitarg courts to
attend the .\ritiy of the Confederate States i n the field, and to define the powers
Of Wid (OllftS. :Il)iJrO\t?d Octob?r 9, 1862 ; :llld
S. 83. .hi a( t relatire to the snlfiries of the judges of the district courts of the
CoIifet1er;ite States :
I n xliicli I niii directed to ask the w)ricurreiice of this Housr

Sfr. Heiskell. from the Coilinlittee on Claims, to whom had been


referreel
A bill *. to authorize the -1uclitor of the Trcasurj- or a coniiiiissioii to
be appointccl hy the Secretary of tlic Trwsurp to take proof and
determine the aiiiount espencled by the State of Tennessee in the support of lier arniy, etc.. prerious to it- transfer to the Government of
the Confederate States,
reported back the same with the reconiiiieiiclation that it be laic1 upon
the table : n-hich I\ as agreed to.
Mr. Heiskell, from the same coiniiiittec. reported
-1bill . to aiiclit the accounts of t h y i*c+pective State5 against the
.*
approved August thirtieth. eighteen hundred ancl sixtyConfederacy.
one :
which --a> read a fir-t and -econcl time.
The qucbtion being on po~tponiiigthe bill aiid placing it on the
Calendar.
It as decided in the negative.
The bill --as then engrosed. read a third tiiiie. ancl passed.
The title was read arid agreed to.
The Honse res;uniect the consicleratioii of the iinfini4ied bu>iiiesb,
I!:

The tjill to authorize the nianufacture of \I)iritiious liquors for the


t!-e of the Arnip and ho-pitals.

Jfr. Hilton demander1 the previous question : which wits ortlrrecl.


The bill w-a. read a third time. and the cjiiestion recurring on its
passage.
Mr. Foote demaiiclecl the yeas and nays;
llThidt were ordered.
\ Yeas___-____-____---------_- 35
And recorded i. follon-. viz: .:I Nays-____----__-_-_--------- 28
I-ea.; : Barksclale. Baylor. Boyce, Bradley. Briclgerb. Burnett,
Chamber-, Chilton. Clopton, Colyar, Conrarl, De Jarnette, Diekin-on. Dupr4. Ewing. Farrow. Funsten, Gholson, Goocle, Heisliell,
Hilton. Johnhton. Beeble. Lamkin, Machen, JIenees, Miles, Xiller,
Jlontapue. Piigh. Read. Rris.-ell. Simpson, Staple<:,ancl Witherspooll.
X : i ~ a: -h(lerqm. r(hndforc1, Branch, ITorntio IT. Bruce, Clark,
Cruikshank. Foote. Fohter, Fuller, Gilmer, Hanly, Hartridge, Holder,

RNAL OF THE

, J. T. Leach,

[June 13, 1864.

Lyoii, McCallum, Mc-

M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of

So the bill was passed.


Mr. Miles moved to reconsider the vote just taken.
Mr. Hilton moved to lay the motion to reconsider on the table;
which lattcr motion prevailed.
Mr. Barksdale movcd to take up the motion to reconsider the vote
by which the bill providing for the establlshment and payment of
claims for a certain description of property taken or infortidly
impressed for the use of the Army was lost.
Mr. Pugh moved to lay the motion to reconsider on the table.
Mr. Chilton demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which were ordered,
Yeas-----------------------27
And recorded sLsfollows,viz : Nays-----------_-----------32
Yeas : Anderson, Blandford, Bo ce, Bradley, Horatio 147. Bruce,
Bnrnett, Colyar, Ewing, Farrow, holson, Hartridge, Hilton. Johnston, J. T. Leach, Lyon, McMullin, Miles, Miller, Montaguc, Pugh,
Russell, Shewmake, J. M. Smith, Triplett, VillerQ, Witherspoon, and
Mr. Speaker.
Nays : Barksdale, Baylor, Branch, Bridgers, Chambers, ChilLon,
Clark, Clopton, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Dupr6, Foote,
er, Funsted, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, Heiskell, Holder, Keeble,
ner, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, Machen, McCallum, Menees, Simpson,
TY. E. Smith. Smith of North Carolina. Stades. and Welsh.
So the mo&on to lay on the table was lo&
The question being on the motion to reconsider the vote by which
tlie bill mas lost,
Mr. liigh demanded the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered.
And recorded as follows, viz: Yeas _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 36
Nays ________________________ 26
Ycas : Barlrsdale, Baylor, Branch, Bridgers, Chambers, Chilton,
Clopton, Clark, Conrad, Cruikshank, De Jarnette, Dickinson, Dupr4,
Footc, Foster, Fuller, Funsten, Gilmer, Goode, Hanly, Heiskell,
Holder, Reeble, Renner, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, Machen. McCallnm,
&~cMullin,Menees, Murray, Simpson, W. E. Smith, Smith of North
Carolina, Staples, and Welsh.
Nays : Anderson, Blandford, Boyce, Bradley, Horatio W. Bruce,
urnett, Colyar, Farrow, Gholson, Hartridge, Hilton, Holliday,
hnston, J . T. Leach, Lyon, Miles, Miller, Montague, Pugh, Rogers,
Russell, Shewmalie, J. M. Smith, Triplett, VillerQ,and Witherspoon.
So the motion to reconsider prevailed.
The question recurring on the passage of the bill,
Mr. Foster demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which mere ordered.
And recorded
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 32
k7eas: Barksdal
Chambers, Chilton,
Clopton, Clark,
inson, DuprQ, Foote,
Foster, Fuller,
y, Heiskell, Holder,
Kenner, Lamki
Machen, McMullin,

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225

Xenees. Mnrray, I'erlcins, Smith of Sortli Carolina, Staples, ancl


Kelsh.
S a g s : Anderson. Blandford, Boyce. 13radle~-,Horatio W.Bruce,
Burnett. Colyar, Conrad. Ewiiip, Farrow, Gholsoi~Hartridge, Hilton. Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Lyon, Miles, Miller. Jiontagne,
Pugh, Rogers, Russell, Shewnake, Sinipson, J. >I. Smith, W. E.
Smith, Triplett, Villere, Witherspoon, Wright, and Rfr. Speaker.
So the bill was passed. and the title was read and agreed to.
Mr. Russell, from the Judiciary Committee. to whom had been
referred a Senate bill (S. 61) to amend an act entitled 'An act to
organize military courts to attend the Army of the Confederate States
in the field, ancl to define the pon-ers of said courts,' " [sic].
The qtiestion being on po~tponingthe bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
I t I n s clecided in the negative.
MI-.
Rogers sitbiiiitted the follo\i-ing amendment : a
Mr. Foote denianded the previous question : which was ordered.
The amendment of Jlr. Kogers was agreed to, and the bill mas
ordered to a third reading.
Mr. Marshall nioi-ed to reconsider the rote by which the bill was
ordered to a third reading : which motion p r e r d e d .
Xr. Holliclay mored to reconsider the vote bj- which the ainendment of M r . Rogers was agreed to.
The motion prevailed.
Jfr. Hollidav submitted the following aiiiendmeiit to the amendment of SIr. R o g e r s : ~
The question recurring on the first section of the amendment of
Mr. Rogers,
It v a s decided in the negative.
The qiiestion reciirring on the s.ccond section of the amendment,
3Ir. Foote demanded the yeas a n d nay? :
T h i c h were orderec?.
,Ind are recorclecl folloxl-\-s.viz: Teas---------------------

'.

Savs ----- --- ------- -----

l e a s : Anderson. Barkdale? Baylor, Blandford. Boyce, Bradley,


Rranch. Rridgers:, Eli 31. Bruce. Horatio TTT. Bruce. Burnett, Cham.
bers. Clark, Clopton. Colyar, Cruikshank, Dicliinson, Eving, Foote,
Fuller. Funsten, Gaither. C;holson, Goode, Hanlr, Hartridge, Holder,
Hollidaj-, Keeble. Kenner. Lamkin, J. T. Leach, Lyon, Jiachen, Xarshall. McCalhim. JIcJfnllin. Xenees. Miles, Jlontagne, Perkins,
Itogers, Rusell. Snipson. J. 11.Smith. W.E. Smith, Smith of Sort:?
Carolina. Triplett, Tnrner. TTelsh. and TT'right.
S a y s : eJohnston, Pugh. and Shewmalie.
So the second section of the amendment was agreed to.
The ]>ill n-as read a third time and passed, and the title was read
and agreed to.
JIr. Russell. from the same committee, to n-hoin had been referred
a Senate bill ( S . 70) '. to amend a n act entitled *An act to amend an
act entitled "An act to organize military courts to attend the Army
of the Confederate States in the field, ancl to define the powers of said
The amendment is not recorded iii t h e Journal.
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[J une 13, 1864.

courts ;7 ) , reported back the same mith the recommendation that


it do pass.
The question being on postponing th6 bill and illacing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided In the negative.
&fr.Russell moved the previous question ; Tdiich was ordered.
read
The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title WT'~LS
and agreed to.
Mr. Rnssell, from the same committee, to whom had been referred
a Senate bill (S. 50) " to regulate the selection of juries in the district colxrts of the Confederate States in certain cases," reported back
tlie same with the recommendation that it do not pass.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
(Xendar,
It was decided in the affirmative.
Mr. Chambers, under a suspension of tlie rnlcs, introduced
A bill '(to amend an act elititled 'An act to levy additional taxes
for the commoii defense a n d support of the Government,' approved
February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ;
which mas read n first and second time.
. The question being on postponing the bill slid placiiig it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
Mr. Chambers moved to amend the bill by adding at the end the
following proviso, viz :
))

)'

Provided, That nothing in this act shall be construed to apply to property not
bought and sold.

The amendment w-as agreed to.


Mr. Hilton called the question ; which mas ordered.
Tlm bill was engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the title
was read and agreed to.
The following inessagc was received from the Senate, by Mr. Sash,
their"Secretary :
AUK.Speaker: The Seiiate h a w passed, without ;inieiidiueiit, a bill :tiid joint
resolution of this IIouse of the following titles, viz :
11. It. 159. il bill further to anierid an act to reduce the Currency and to nuthoriae ti new issue of notes :tnd bonds, approved February 17, 1864 ; and
IT. R. 15. Joint resolution i n reference to the exportation of cotton, tobacco,
1iiilit:iry mid naval stores, sugnr, niolasses, and rice, exported by any of the
Coilfederate States, and to the ressels in which said articles are shipped.

Mr. Pugh, under a suspension of tlie rules, ofTered the following


resolution :
That a Committee of three be appointed to enter into contracts
hose authorized by the Semte for reporting the debates of this Hoiise

s t its nest session.

hjr. h g h rose to :t point of order :


That llaving Fielded the floor to Mr. Conrad of Louisiana, to subn d ill1 amendment
is resolution, he did riot lose his right to the

floor.

Mr. Chilton (in the c


Mr. Fugh appealed f
The question being p
Slid1 the decision of

the point of order.


e judgment of the House?

It wis tlwidetl in the affirmative.


Ah,. Conrad moved to amend the resolution of Mi. Pugh IIJ; striliiiig out the words *' enter into contracts similar to those authorized by
the Senate " and inserting in lien thereof the following, viz :
to esaiuiiie a n d report to the Ilouse at the coninieiiceiiieiit of the iiest session
on w h a t ternis a contract could be made.

h message was r
tary: which is as f

ved froiii tlie Senate, by Mr. Sash, their Secre-

: Tlie Seiiate 1i;ire agreecl to the reliorl of the coiiiuiittee o E coii~ It. 138) to increme the compcnsiitioii of
ference on the bill of this 1 1 u u ~(11.
the hen& of the serernl Esccutire Departnieiits aiid the .i
Wiir and t h e Tre;isuny.
The Seriate h a r e I)iisst\cl ttw bill ( I T . R. 160) to anieiicl the I;ina rc.l;\tiiig t o
the coIiiinntation value of Iiospital rations, with i t i i miendnierit : in which they
request tlie vxmirreiice of tkis IIouse.
. h i d they 1i;ire agreed to the ;ii?iendiiients of the House of Itepresentatires t o
the bill ( P. 35) to iiiithorize the appointinent of quiirteriiinsters and assistant
aiid c.nniinissariea and iissistiint coiumissiiries in the Provisional
qn.irteri~~isters
.Iriii:- in ccxrtaiii c:tses.

Jlr. Cruikshank, froni the Committee on Eiirollrd Hills, reported


as correct1:- enrolled
S. 13. Joint resolution declaring the disposition>, principles, and
p i q m e b of tlic Confederate States in relation to the existing war
\Tit11 the t-nitecl States:
S.77. An act to anieiid.an act entitlccl ";\n itct to reduce the ciirrencp and to anthorize a new issue of notes 2nd bonds." approvecl February 17. 1861:
S.20. Xn act to estal>licAa lmrcan of foreign supplies; and
H. R. 1-3. An act to pro\-ide for the enrollment ancl conscription of
certain Iioiicoiiiiiii~-,ioiiedofficers nnd privates ill the Trans-Mississippi
Department.
And the Speaker Figned the same.
Mr. E. 31. Bruce. from the committee of conference on the dihagreeing vote.: of the two Honses on the bill *. to increase the conipensation of the liead.; of the several Executive Departments and the
-Issistant Secretary of K a r and the Treasury." submittecl the following report :
T h e conmiittee having niet ;inif considered the se\ era1 subjects of difference,
do agree tu recommend for adoption t h e following. riz :
T h a t a11 tlie anienclnients of the Senate to said bill be cu,icurred in. That
the amendments of the House propo-ecl n-ith their c.oiicurrence in t h e amendment of the Senate be adopted with this amendment, to Trit: Strike out all of
the said amendiitent of tlie H o u ~ efrom its commencement to t h e word " That."
iilso <trike out the word
fifty," iti tlie t x e l f t h line. aiid
p : I E ~ one-third :
SO t h a t said ;iniendn!eiit \rill retit1 as follo\\-s, r i z : " T h a t t i i r \i:l:iriw of aP1 the clerks i i r l t l eiiiI,lo>ve, i i i t h e r,irious
Departments locuted ill ilie c i t r of Richmond be increased t h i r t y t h r e e and onethird per cent and at all other points throughout the Confederate States t\rentrfire per cent for O n e :-ear froiii and :rfter tlie 1iiiss:igrl of rliis act: Prucided.
T h a t clerks detailed from t h e Army or Sary shall not be entitled to t h e bellefits of this act."
'ro nriiend t h e title bx adding the words " a n d other officers therein iianied."
'I

The report was concnrrecl in.


Tlie question recnrring on the aineiidment of JIr. Conracl to the resolution of Mr. Pngli.
fiIr. Foote llloved the previous question ; n-hicli \\-as ordered.

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The amendment was lost.


The question recurring on the resolution of Mr. Pugh,
Mr. Smith of North Carolina demanded the yeas and nays ;
Which were ordered,
Yeas-----------------------_
36
And recorded as follows, viz: Nays----------------------_26
Yeas : Anderson, Ayer, Barksdale, Blandford, Bradley, Branch,
Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chanibers, Colyar, DuprB, Elliott, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Gholson, Gilmer, (;oo&,
Hartridge, Lamkin, 6.M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Marshall, Miles, Montague, &furray, Perkins, Pugh, Read, Rogers, Simpson, Welsh, Witherspoon, and Wright.
Ways : Baylor, Chilton, Clopton, Conrad, Cruikshank, Eming, F~iller, Hanly, Heiskell, Hilton, Johnston, Keeble, Kenner, Lyon,
Machen, McCallum, McMullin, Menees, Russell, Shevmalie, J. M.
Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, Turner, and
VillerB.
So the resolution was adopted.
Mr. Marshall, under a suspension of the rules, from the Comniittee on Military Affairs, to whom had been referred n Senate bill (S.
5 5 ) ('to authorize the forination of new commands, to be composed of
supernumerary officers who may resign to join such commands, and
t o limit and restrict the appointment of officers i n certain cases,"
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing i t on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
Mr. Marshall moved to amend the bill by inserting in section 3,
after the word " officers," the words '' and privates."
The amendment ~ v a sagreed to, and the bill was read a third time.
Mr. Holliday moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was
ordered to a third reading.
The motion was lost.
The bill was passed, and the title was read and agreed to.
Mr. VillerB, from the same committee, to whom had been referred
a q p a t e joint resolution (S. 9 ) "of thanks to General E. Kirby
Snirth and the officers and soldiers of his command," reported back
recommendation that it do pass with the following
e nature of a substitute) :

Resolved, That General E. Kirby Smith has distinguished liis administration


of tho Trans-Mississippi Department by his justice, his firnlness atld moderation, his il1tegrit.y alld POllSCientiOuS regard for Ia~x-,his unaffected kindness to
the people. the protectioll of their rights and the redress of their xT-l*ongs, and
thus has won the confidence of Congress.
Thilt tlie thanks of Congress are due, and are extended, to Ge~~eral
E. IZirbg
Smith nnd to the cornmando.rs of the armies, General Sterling Price, in Arkansas, imd General Richard Taylor. in Louisiana, gnd to all the officers and sol
or the brilliant campaigns in .$rkansas a n d Louisiana
diers of their
in the months
d &y, eighteen hundred and sixty-four.
requested to communicate these resolutions to the
officers named and

the joint resolution and placing


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IIOUSE 0%REPRESENTATIVES.

I t was decided in the negative.


On motion of Mr. McMullin,
The House adjourned.
SECRET SESSION.

The House being in secret session.

Mr. Heiskell, from the Committee on Claims, reported


A joint resolution i n relation to the services of Manuel and
Rafael Armijo and Julian Tesorio,
.
with the recommendation that it do pass.
c
The question being on postponing the joint resolution and placing
it on the Calendar,
It T a s decided in the afbmative.
On motion of Mr. Heiskell,
The House resolved itself into open session.
THIRTY-EIGHTH DAY-TUESDSY,

JUNE14, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The Chair laid before the House


X bill (H. R. 1 G O ) -to amend the laws relating to the cornmiitation
value of hospital rations; *
which had been returned from the Senate with the following aniendment :
After the word *Army,in line 12, insert t h e words

i n hospitals.

The question being on concurring in the amendment,


It was decided in the affirmative.
On motion of Mr. Hilton. the unfinished business of yesterday,
which x a s the joint resolution of thanks t o General E. Kirby Smith
and the officersand soldiers of his command, was postponed.
Mi.Farrow, from the committee on Claims, reported
h joint resolution of thanks to and for the relief of Major Gaspar
Tochman, formerly of the Polish Army;
\\hich -xas postponed. placed on the Calendar, and ordered to be
printed.
Jlr. Farrow, from the same committee, t o whom had been referred
the memorial of Gen. G. Tochman, asking relief from expenses
incurred in raising the Polish Brigade. reported back the same with
the recommendation that the committee be discharged from its further consideration, and that it be laid upon the table and printed;
which was agreed to.
Mr. Heiskell. from the same committee, to whom had been referred
the claim of Flag Officer F. Forrest for eight tons coal purchased for
office use, reported back the same Fith the recommendation that the
committee be discharged from its further consideration, and that it do
lie upon the table: x-hich \\as agreed to.
Irfr. Heiskell, from the same committee, also submitted a written
report upon the same subject ; which was laid upon the table.
Mi-. Heiskell, from the same committee, reported
A bill to provide for the renewal of papers which have been
destroyed ;

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[June 14, 1864.

which was read a first and second time, postponed, a i d placed upon
the Calendar.
Mr. HeislTelI, from the same committee, GO whom had been referred the claims of John Y. Flowers, R. Y. Jones, and 6. T. G. White,
reported back the same with the recommendation that thc committee
be discharged from their further consideration, and that they do lie
upon the table; which v a s agreed to.
Mr. Heiskell, from the Committee on Elections, to whom had been
referred
A bill " to provide for holding elections i n case of vacancy in the
representation of any State in the Congress of the Confederate
States,"
reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it do lie upon
the table; which was agreed to.
Mr. Heislrell, from the Committee on Claims, reportcd
A bill ('to suspend certain laws therein mentioned and to provide
for compensating the services of officers;)'
which was read a first and second time, postponed, and placed on the
Calendar.
Mr. Heiskell, from the same committee, to mhoni had been referred
the memorial of J. F. McClixre, qnartermaster, Confederate States
Army, asking relief from loss incurred by losing chest containing
his papers, etc., reported hack the same with the recommendation that,
the committee be discharged from its further consideration, and that
it do lie u on the table ; which ' W R R agreed to.
Mr. Ho liday, from the same committee, reported
A bill " to provide compensation for officers and privates who may
have heretoiore performed thc duties of drillmasters imder the orders
of their superior officers ;"
which was read a first and second time, postponed, and placed npon
the Calendar.
Mr. I-Iolliclay, from the same committee, to whom had been referred the memorial of Henry Miller, asking compensation for property
destroyed by Confederate forces at the battle of White Sulphur, mzcl
the memorial of F. TV. Bass, asking for the reissue of certain coupon
bonds destroyed by fire, reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee be discharged frorn their fmrtlier consideration and that they do lie upon the table; which was agreea to.
&&. Smitlz of Worth Carolina, from the same committee, t o whom
had lieen referred a joint resolution of the Senate (S. 19) " for the
relief of Captain Walker Anderson," reported back the same w ith
the rwonimcndation that the committee be discharged from its further consideration, and that it do lie upon the table; which was
agrljed to.
Mr. Smith of North Carolina, from the same committee, to whoin
had been referred a Senate bill (S. 9 ) " for the relief of Green T.
Hill," reported back the same with the recommendation that it be
postponed :md laced upon the Calendar; which ~ v a sagreed to.
~ r Smith
.
oPNorth Carol
om the same committee, to whom
had been referred the cl
y Esall for making sundry plans
and (lralvings for flags
eported ha& thc Same with the
recommendation that the committee be discharged from its further

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231

consideration, and that it be referred to the Conmiittee on Accounts;


x-hich was agreed to.
M r . Smith of North Carolina, from the same committee, to whom
had been referred a Senate bill (S. 08) " for the relief of Mrs. Margaret A. liice," reported back the same with the recommcndation that
it be postponed and placed upon the Calendar ; which was agreed to.
T h e Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 1) " to provide
and organize a general staff for armies in the field, to serve during
the n-ar;" which was read a first and second time.
Mr. Chambers moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be
referred t o n committee.
T h e motion prevailed.
Mr. Chanibers mored the prex-ious question ; which mas ordered.
The queition being on orcleriiig the bill to a third reading,
It TI a< dccidcd in the a%rmative.
The bill haxiiig been read a third time, and the question recurring
on it- p a w ~ g e .
Jfr. Foster deiriaiidcd the yeas and nays;
n'liiclr -\\-ereordered.
recorclecl
as fo1loJTs,riz :
Yeas : Anclerson, Barksdale, Bofce, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M.
Bruce, Horatio W.Rriice. Bwnett, Chambers, Clark, Clopton, ColFar, Dupri., Elliott. Fuller. Frmzten, Gholson. Goode, Hanlp, Hartridge. Heislreli. Hilton. Holliday, Kenner. Lamkin, J. T. Leach,
Jlacheii, Jlenees, Mile>. Montague, Perkins, Pngh, Read, Russell,
Shewniake, Simpson. TT'. E. Smith. and TTilleri..
Says : Haylor. Bltnclforil. Chilton. Cruikshank, nickinson, Ewing,
E'arron-, Foote. Fo<ter. (hither. Holder, Johnston. Jfcl\ilullin. J. M.
Smith. Smith of Sort!? Carolina. Triplett, TT'elsh. TT'itherbpooii, and
Nr. Spealier.
So tlic bill as passed. and the title was read and agreed to.
The follo.\\-inpinc-age m i %received from the Senate. by J4r. Rash,
their Swwtary :
j j r . A ' ~ P Q ?<or; Tlie Senarc here concurred in the amendment of the IIoufe of
~eprewxit~itii-e<
to the hi11 of the Senate ( 8 . 5.5) to authorize the formation
of I I ~ - T ~ ~ 1 ! 1 ; m n d +to
. be c o n q ~ ~ ~of
e twpel'niiiiierary
l
officers ~ h inay
o resign t o
ioin ~ I I C ~ c! o i i i i i ! < i i d q . :ind to I i t n i t m r l restrict the appointment of officers i u

The Chair laid before the House a Senate biIl (S.36) " to provide
for the impres-ment of the railroad iron, equipments. and rolling
stocB of railroad5 wlien the *:me sliall become necessary for the public
defense. arid to niake fnrther provisions for the efficient transportation of troop:, and military supplies; " which was read a first and
second ti me.
JIr. Lgon moved a mywnsioi1 o f the rules.
M r . Fuller demanded the Fez? and nays ;
TThich v e r e ordered.
c
'k eaq-----------------------3(
ah f0llOKS,viz: iay.: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
23

Teas : Barkcdale. Ra-lor. Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli


31. Bruce. Horatio W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Clark, Colyar,
Crutkshank, Dupr6? Elliott, Ewing, Foster. Fuiisteii, Gholson, Goode,

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I June 14, 1864,

Heiskell, Johnston, Kenner, Lyon, Marshall, McCallum, Nenees,


Miles, Montague, Perkins, Pugh, Read, Russell, VillerB, TTelsh,
Wright, and Mr. Speaker.
Nays : Anderson, Blandford, Chilton, Clopton, Dickinson, Farrow,
Foot@,Fuller, Gaither, Hanly, Hilton, Holder, La11nkin. J. T. Leach,
Machen, McMullin, Shewmake, Simpson, J. M. Smith, IT. E. Smith,
Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, and Witherspoon.
SO klie motion was lost, and the bill
referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
Mr. Lyon moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was referred to the committee.
The motion was lost.
Mr. Lyon moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill mas referred to a committee.
Mr. Fuller demanded the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered,
Y~as----------------- - _ _ _ _ _ 37
And recorded as follows,
Ways _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 22
Yeas : Barlcsdale, Boyce, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce,
Horatio W. Bruce, Chambers, Clark, Clopton, Colyar, Conrad, Cruikshank, Elliott, Eming, Foster, Gholson, Goode, Hilton, Hollidag,
Johnston, Keeble, ICenner, Lyon, Machen, McCallum. Menees, Miles,
Montague, Perkins, Pugh, Read, Rives, Russell, Simpson, VillerB,
and Wright.
Nays : Anderson, Blandford, Burnett, Chilton, Dickinson, Dupre,
Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Gaither, Ifanly, Hartridge, Holder, Larnkin,
J. T. Leach, McMullin, Shewmake, J. M. Smith, W.E. Smith, Smith
of North Carolina, Triplett, and Witherspoon.
So the motion was lost.
The Chair laid before the House ,z Senate bill (S. 6 0 ) (to amend
a n act entitled An act to prohibit the importation of luxuries, or of
articles not necessaries or of common use, approved February sixth,
eighteen hundred and sixty-four ; which was read a first and second
time.
Mr. Hartridge moved to suspend the rule requiring the bill to be
referred to a committee.
Upon which Mr. Hilton demanded the yeas and nays;
Which were ordered.
Peas ________________________ 47
And recorcled as fol~oms,
Says_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - - - - 8
Yeas : Anderson, Baylor, Bradley, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio
W. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, Clopton, Conrad, De Jarnette,
Dickinson, DuprB, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Gaither, Gholson,
Goode, Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Johnston, Kceble, Kenner, Lamkin, J. T. Leach, Marshall, McCallum, McMullin, Menees, Miles,
Montagiie, Pugh, Read, Rives, Russell, Shewmake, Triplett, Turner,
VillerB, Welsh, Witherspoon, Wright, and Mr. Speaker.
Nays : Barksdale, Blandford, Clark, Cruikshank, Hanly, Lyon,
J. M. Smith, and IV. E. Smith.
Two-thirds having voted in the affirmative, the rule was suspended,
and the bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was read
and agreed to,
))

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233

IXOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

The Chair iaid before the House a Senate bill (S. 72) " t; amend
an act entitled 'An act to organize military courts to attend the ,irmy
of the Confederate States in the field, and to define the powers of said
courts,' approved October ninth. eighteen hundred and sixty-two ; "
which was read a first and second time.
The rule having been suspended requiring the bill to be referred to
:x committee,
Mr. Hanly submitted the following amendment :
In line 7, after the word
officers and privates."

"

officers," insert the words

"

and noncommissioned

Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;

Which m-ere ordered,


And recorded as follows. viz: j Yeas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
1 S a y s _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 13
Teas : Anderson, Barksdale, Baylor, Blandford, Bradley, Branch,
Eli Jf. Rrucc. Horatio W.Bruce, Chilton, Cruikshank, De Jarnette,
Dupr4, Elliott, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, Gaither, Goode,
Hanly. Hartridge, Hilton, Holder, Heeble. Iienner. Lyon, Marshall,
3IcCallmn. 3IcNullin. Menees, Miller, Nontagne, Perkins, Rend,
Rires, Rogers, Russell, Shewmake, J. X. Smith, TI7. E. Smith, Triplett. VillerP, Telsh, Witherspoon, Wright. and JIr. Speaker.
SaTs : Burnett, Chambers. Clark, Clopton, Dickinson, Fiinsten,
Gholson. Heiskell, Johnston. Lamkin, J. T. Leach, Jfachen, and Miles.
So the amendment was agreed to.
Jfr. Hanly moved further to amend the bill by adding at the eiid
the follov-ing proviso :
Procided, That in case nonconmissioned officers and prirates are detailed 21s
:ih>-e the1 shall be paid the same compensation as in other cases of detail
under existing hn-r ;

Which amendment was lost.


The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title n-as read
and agreed to.
The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 31) '' to organize
the light artillery of the Confederate States of America ; " which was
read a first and second time and referred to the Coinmittee on Military Affairs.
,ilso, a Senate bill (S. 83) '* relative to the salaries of the judges of
the district courts of the Confederate States; *' -n-hichwas read a first
and second time and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Xlso, a Senate joint resolution (S. 13) '. in relation to the Presi(lent's salary; " which was read a first and second time.
3fr. Foote moved to iay the joint resolntion on the table, and
clemanded the yeas and n a p thereon ;
TT'hich were ordered,
as follo,rs,
: Yeas-----------------------47
S a y s _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 11
Pea:, : Barksdale, Baflor, Branch, kli iL1. Bruce, Burnett, Chilton,
Clark. Clopton. Colpar. Conrad. Dickinson. Dlipr6, Elliott, Ewing,
Farroll., Foote, Fuller. Funsten, Gaither. Goode, Hanly, Heiskell,
Holder. Hollitlay, Johnston. Kenner, Lainkin. J . 7'. Leach, Lyon,
Jlarshall, JlcMullin, Xenees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Perlrins, Pugli,

IJune 14, 1864.

Rives, Russell, Shewmake, J. M. Smith, .W. E. Smith, Turner,


Villerk, Welsh, Wright, and Mr. Speaker.
Na s: Anderson, Blandford, Bradley, Horatio W.Bruce, Chambers, %e Jarnette, Gholson, Hilton, Read, Triplett, and Witherspoon.
So the motion to lay on the table prevailed.
Mr. Lyon moved that the rules be suspended to ciiable the, Conimittee on Ways and Means to report.
Mr. Blandford demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which were ordered,
Yeas_--__-_------------_____ 42
And recorded as fololvs, viz: Eays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Yeas : Barksdale, Baylor, Bradley, Branch, Bridgers, Eli M. Bruce,
IIora tio W. Bruce, Buriiett, Chambers, Clark, Clopton, Conrad,
Cruiltshanlr, Elliott, Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Goode, IIeiskell, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Ibenner, I~yoi?,Maellen,
Marshall, McCallum, !Iiles, Montague, Perkins, Read, Rives, Russell,
Simpson, Triplett, Villerk, Welsh, Witherspoon, Tlright, and Mr.
Speaker.
Nays : Anderson, Blandford, Chilton, Eving, Farrow, Foote,
Fuller, Hanly, Hartridge, Lamkin, J . T. Leach, McMullin, Miller,
Rogers, Sliewmnke, J . M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of North
Carolina, and Turner.
Two-thirds having voted in the affirmative, tlie rules were suspended.
The following message w a s received froin the Senate, by Mr. Nash,
their Secretary :

dIr. Rpeaker: The Senate hare agreed to the amendment of the House of Rt.1)resentatires to tlie bill (S. 55) to authorize the formation of new commands,
to be composed of suliernumerary officers mho may resign to join such coninmids, and to limit ,tnd restrict the appointment of officers in certain cases.
And they have rejected the bill of this Ilouse (13.R. 132) to amend the first
scctiorl of :in act entitled .\n act to organize the clcrieal force of tile Trensury
Department, approved F e l m a r y 13, 1862.
Fhe Iresiilent of the Confederate States has notified the Senate that on the
13th instmt he approwd and signed an act (S.59) to authorize thr O\TIIPTS of
the registered eight per cent ten-year convertible boiids issued under the prorisions of tlw net approved May 16, 1861, to exchange the same for coupon bonils.

Mr. Lyon, froin the Committee on Ways and Means, to whom had
been referred a Senate bill (S. 36) to provide for the irnpressmeiit
of the railroad iron, eqiiipments, and rolling stock of railroads when
the same shall become necessary for thc public defense, a i d to make
further provisions for the efficient transportation of troops ancl military supplies, reported back the same with the recolnmenclation that
it do pass.
The question being 011 postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
Mr. Smith of North Carolina submitted tlie following amendment :
I n section 1, line 4, after the word railroad, insert t h e mords not o\TTned in
whole or i n Part by a State, and in such case only .rcrith the consent of the
authorities of such State.

Mr. Miles moved that


3 07C10cic.
Mr. Foote moved
latter motion prevai

of adjournment be postponed until


tporied until half past 2 ; which

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-i liiessage was receiwd froin the Senate, lip Mi.. Sash, their Secretary: m-hich is as follows. riz:
Jfr. SPt.ak?r: Tlle Senate bare tigreed to the nmeiidmeiits of the IIouse of Represmltnthes to the bi11 (S. 7 2 ) to miend a n act entitled .\n act to org;inixc
iiii 1i t w - coiir ts to :it
d the -%rmyof the Confedertitc Stntes in the field, nn,l to
tlefine the l)on-crs of
cl conrts. :tpprored October I). 1562.

Mr. Criiilc~hank,from the Coniiiiittec on Enrolled Bills, reported as


correctly enrolled
H. R. 107. An act, to aniencl the tax laws;
H. R. 133. -In act in relation to the pay of clerks in the office of
the deposita r y ;
S. 14. Joiiit resolution for the relief of James Lyons; and
S. 1%.Joint rewlntioii for the relief of Wellington Goddin.
And rlie Sp(&er 4giicd tlie same.
JIr. C r t d ~ - I : ~ ~ fn ki .~ m
the Conmiittee on Enrolled Bills, reported as
correct1> c-11r.ollcd

13. R. Is. Joiiit re-oliition in reference to tlie exportation of cotton,


tobacco. niilittiry :mcl nar-a1 stores, sugar, molasses, and rice, exported
by an?- of tlie Confetleratc States. and to the vessels in which said
nrticle, are i h i p p e l :
F. TO. -hi act to snieiicl an act entitled bL\n act to amencl an act
entitled ..In act to organize inilitarj- co~irtsto attiwd the Arniy of
the Confederate
State5 in tlw field, and to clefiiie the powers of said
. ..
coirrts. approwcl Febrnary 13. 186-1;
H. R. 138. An act to increase the coinpelisation of the heads of the
several Executive I?epartments arid thc Assistant Secretary of War
and the Treasitr.7 nntl of the As&tant Attorney-General and the
Comptroller of tlie Ireayiiry and otlirr officers therein naiiiecl :
S. 52. Ah
act ;irovidii:g for the establishment and payment of
claims for a certain description of property taken or infornially
impreiseerl for the iiw of the Army ;
S. 5.3.
act to amend the revera1 act.; in relation to a volunteer
11av-y :

H. R. 139. -111 act further to amend an act, to reduce the currency


and to authorize n new iisue of notes and bonds. a p p r o v ~ r lFebruary
I T . 1864;
H. R. 138. An a r t making adclitioiial ap1iropri:ition\ for the support of the Governnient :
s. 49. -\n act to authorize the manufacturr ( J f spiritnous liqiiors
for the use of the ,irniy a n d hospitals: and
S. G.2. -hi act to amend an act entitled An act to create a proI isional nnl-1 (Jf the Coilfederate States, appromd May 1, 1SG3.
,knd tlie S:peaker -igned the same.
T h e qnestion rcciirring on the aiiiencliiient of SIr. Smith of Korth
Carolina.
3fr. Foote clemanclecl the peas and nays thereon ;
TThicli vere ordered,
j as___________-__----------- 36
,\nd recorded :ii follow,, r i z : ( havs _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 23
Yeas : Anderson. Blandford, R r d l e p , Bridgers, Horatio W.
Bruce: Chambers. Clopton. l)e Jarnette, Dickinson. Elliott, Farrow,
Foote. Fnller. Ciaither. Hanly. Hartridge, Heiskell, Hilton, Holder,
Tlolliday. Larnkin. J. T. Leach, Machen, Marshall, MeCallum, MC-

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[June 14, 1861.

Mullin, Rogers, Shewmake, Simpson> J. M. Smith, W. E. Smith,


s m i t h of North Carolina, Staples, Triplett, Viller6, and Welsh.
Nays : Barksdalr, Raylor, Boyce, Branch, Rli M. Bruce, Clark,
Colyar, Conrad, Duprk, Funsten, Gholson, Johnston, Keeble, Kcnner,
Lyon, Menees, Miles, Montague, Pugh, Read, Rives, Rtlssell, and
Wright .
SOthe amen8ment was agreed to.
Mr. IIanly moved to reconsider the vote by whicll the amendment
of Mr. Srrlitli of North Carolina was agreed to.
The nzotion to reconsider prevailed.
The following message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash,
their Secretary :
lVr. SpeaLer: The Senate have agreed to the resolution of the House of
Representatives cxtenaing the hour for the adjournment of the two Houses to
two and :i half ocloclt to-day.

Mr. Conrad submittcd the following amendment to the amendment


of Mr. Smith of Xorth Carolina (in the nature of a substitute) :
Provzd(~Z,That the interest held by any State in a railro2d shall not be expropriated under or affected by this act.

Mr. Read moved the previous question; which was ordered.


The qiiestion being on the amendment of Mr. Conrad to the amendment of Mr. Smith,
It was decided in the negative.
The question recurring on the amendment of Mr. Smith of North
Carolina,
Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays;
Which werc ordercd,
A\nclrecorded :IS follows, viz : Yeas_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 25
Nays _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 29
Yeas : Bradley, Bridgrrs, Clopton, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Elliott,
IGmow, Foote, Fuller, Hilton, Holder, Lamkin, J. T. Leach, Machen,
i\llcCallum, Perkins, Rogers, Shewmake, J. X. Smith, W.E. Smith,
Smith of North Carolina, Triplett, Turner, Withcrspoon, and Mr.
Speaker.
Nays: Ayer, Barksdale, Branch, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio W.Bruce,
I-hrnctt, Chambers, Clark, Conrad, Dupr@,Ewing, Funsten, Gholson, (hodc, IIcislicll, Johnston, IZenner, Lyon, Marshall, Menees,
Miles, Miller, Montagne, Pugh, Read, Rives, Russell, Viller6, and
Kright .
So t lie arneiiclnient cvas lost.
estion rcwrring on ordering the bill to a third reading,
clecicled in the affirmative.
Mr. Foote moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was
ordrrccl to a third reading.
Mr. Fuller dcmanded the yeas and nays thereon;
F h i c h were ordered.
eas-----------------------30
Nays _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 28
, Bradley, Bridgers, Clopton, Colyar,
ow, Foote, Foster, Fuller, Gaither,
amkin J . T. IAeach, McCallum, McSimpson, J. 34. Smith, W. E.
Smith, Smith of North Ca
plett, Turner, and Witherspoon.

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237

Says : A ~ w ,Barlrstlale, Brmdi, E l i 31. ISriicc, Burnett, C h l i ,


Conrad, Duprh. Elliott, Ewing, Funsten. Gholson, Gooclc, ,Johnston,
Iieeblc. IZenner, Lyon. Marshall, Xlilcs, JIillcr. Jlontaguc., ugh,
Rives, Ktissell: Staples, TTillw6, Wc.lsh, aiid Wright.
So the motion t o reconsider prewilecl.
Jlr. Footc submitted the following amentlirieiit :
-1tld the following proviso iIt the end of tlic fifth section: Prouidtd, T h a t
IiotIiing in this section of this act siiall be h o constrrird is to operate iii tiny way
nl)on the interest 01- property of m y one of the Confcdcrtite Stntes, or as coinpelling said States or :iny of theni to altpear as I):tr.tic\s i n any caw before t h e
judicial tribunals of t h e Confederate States for tlir defense of said interests or
property.

-Ii ~ i e s a g twas rcwii ctl iro~iitlie Senate, by Jlr. Sash, their Sec~ - c t i ~which
r ~ : is as follo\\-s. x*iz:
I I r . S/)ctrXc/: Thc Senate have passed n rcsoliitioii for the appointment of a
euruniitter. to join such coilinlittee a s niuy be agpointed by the House of Representnti\ es. to n :lit npon the President of the Coiifederatc States and inform
hini that. uiilebs lie iiray liave soiiie further coiiiiuunicatioii to iiiahe. the two
I i O i i ~ sare i i o w read) to ndjourii. ;ind 1i:ire appointed JJr. Henry, Xr. Barnwell. and Jlr. ( ~ r a b ~a-l ~the
l (.ominittee on t h e i r part.

Jlr. JIar,hall iiio\-ed to aiaeiid tile aiiiendnieiit of Mr. Foote by


striking out the or& * upon the intercyt or property of any one of
the C o n f c d ~ ~ aState..
te
.
IIr. SlcSInllin iim-ed to I n y the I d 1 and aiiientliiieirts oii the table ;
\vli i ch 1a tt e 1 111ot i oii pre\-ai led.
Ur. Conrad, by unanimous consent. offerccl the follon-ing resolution :
Kc.~olz-cd.Fltat the President be requested to transmit to this House at t h e
CQuiinrIlc~ulentof t h e nest session a tabular statemeut showing t h e product
in each S k ? e of the t n s in kind for t h e year eiqhieen hnndred and si.rt~-three,
said >tdtenie~itto esliiltit thc clnantity of encll article paid by the sererai States,
tlie aggregate quaiitit) cmtrilnited b y all the St;ites, and the ralne tliereof estimated :is in (~iisec:
of iinpres~ment.

311.. Smitli of Sorth Carolintt moi-ed to amend the resolntion by


adding thereto the following, r i z :
and :iho H statement of the ether taxes collected from the States. respectirely,
and of t h e seyerai sources frvui n-hich they \\-ere derired.

The aiiieiidiiieiit u-a- agreed to: and tlie re-olrrtion a s amended


1vas adoltecl.
JIr. Milei. from tlie Conilllittee on J l i I i t a r - ,Iffairs. to whoin had
beeii referred stindry report-: of battle\, reported h c k the same with
the reconiiiieiidatioii that they d o lie npon tlie table ; n liich 17-as
agreed to.
AUq~.
h coiiiiiiunicatioii froin the cornmanding genernl relative to
the tobacco ration. with the r~comtiieiiclationthat 1t be laid upon the
table and printed : \vliicli I\ a+ agreed to.
hlso, n report of the surrender of Xen- Orleans. n-ith the recornmendation that it be laid upon the table a n d that the u w a l niiiiiber of
copies (1.000) be printed: which TCRS agreed to.
h mescage n-as rpceired froin thc President, by Jlr. Harrison, his
Private Secretary. as follon-s, viz :
lfr. Speulicr: T h e President has to-day approred and signed the following
acts, entitled
13. R. 107. An act to amend t h e t a x 1;iws;
11. R. 138. -%n a c t to increase t h e cornperisatioii of t h e heads of t h e sereral
Executive Departments and t h e Assistant Secretnry of War and t h e Treasury

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[ J u n e 14, 1864.

. and of the Assistant Attorney-General iIUd the Conlptroller of the TrcWsury and

other officers therein named ;


11. R. 155. An act in relation to the pay of clerks in the olhce of the depositary ;
H. R. 158. An act making additional nppropriiltioIls for the Supl)ort of the
Government ; and
11. R. 169.
act further to amend an act to reduce the currency and to
authorize a new issue of notes and bonds, approved February 17, 1S84.
Very respectfully,
B U a T O S K. IIARItISOS,

Pricntc Sccretcir!i.

RIcrI&iOND, IA.,

June 14, 186%

Mr. Chambers moved to reconsider the \Tote bp which the Seliak


bill (S.36) t o proide for the inipressmen~of the railr0:ld iron,
equipments, alld rolling stock of railroads when the ballle ~ 1 ~ beconio
11
IlecesPary for the public defense, and to make further provisions for
the efficielit tralisportation of troops and military supplies, was laid
upon the table.
KO quorum voting,
Mr. Chambers moved a call of the House, and dcinarided the yeas
and nays thereon ;
Which were ordered,
Yeas-__-___---_-__-----_----_ 22
And recorded as follows, viz : Navs _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 37
Yeas : ,4yer, Branch, Eli M. Rr;ce, Burnett, Chambers, Cruikshank, Dickinson, Elliott, Eming, Farrow, Gholson, Goode, Holder,
Machen, RiIarshall, McCallum, Montague, Perkins, Triplett, VillerB,
Welsh, and Witherspoon.
Nays : Anderson, Barksdale, Bradley, Eridgers, Horatio TIr. Bruce,
Clark, Clopton, Conrad, De .Jarnette, Dupr6, Foote, Foster, Fuller,
Funsten, Gaither, FIartridge, Heisliell, Elilton, I-Iolliclap. Johaston,
Keeblc, lienner, Lamliin, J. T. Leach, Lyon, McM~illin,Menees,
Miles, Read, Eives, Rogers, Russell, Shewmal~e,J. 31. Smith, W. E.
Smith, Smith o f North Carolina, and Staples.
So the niotion mas lost.
Mr. McMullin moved to lay the motion to reconsider on the table;
which motion prevailed.
The Chair announced the appointment of the special committee
uiider Mr. Pughs resolution touching the printing of the debates in
the IIouse ns follows, viz:
Messrs. Pug11 of Alabama, Perkins of Louisiana, and Gholson of
Virginia.
Mr. Welsh, from the Committee on Accounts, submitted n report;
.which was laid upon the table and ordered t o be printed.
Mr. Welsh, from the same committee, under a suspension of the
rules, offered the following resolution ; which was adopted :
IZesolvcd. b y t h e House of ICepresentatices, That the Doorkeeper of this
House be directed to pay out of the contingent fund the postage 011 unpaid letters addressed to the members thereof, and that he prepay the postage 011 letters
and other documents sent from the city of Richlnond to members a t other
places.

The Chair a pointed Messrs. Russell of Virginia, Uarksdale of


Mississippi, a n i Foster of Alabama a committee on the part of the
ion with a similar COYIIonse to wait upon
Senate, and ascertain
make.

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239

The Chair laid before the House a communiattion from the lresident; which was read a s follovys, viz:
To the Bonw of Rrprese~rtatiiPH of the C~ongrcssof fire Cor!fcilwnteStates:
I herewith rctnrn to you i i n act to aniend :in act entitled *-inact to rednee
tlie currency :imI to authorize a new issne of notes and hondh, approved Fehru;iry 17. 1864. n-ith t h e objections which induce me t o withhold my approval
thereof.

rnder the pro! isions of the act of February 17, 1864, all Treusllry notes above
the deuoniiniition ot $3. not betiring iuterest, which shsill not h a r e beeii funded
ppi on April I, lS(i4. and on the l e t of July viest of
nade subject to a t a x of 33& cents on the dollar. Xotes of
the drnciiiiii:itioii of $100 :ire niade subject to :I further tax of 10 per cent Der
nionth until fi1iiclcd : ancl all these notes oiitstaiidiiig on January 1, 1965, a r e
then t:isetl 100 per cent.
The effert of thc.e pro^ isions east of the 31 issippi is to reduce the uoniiiial
rate of n l l notes one-third after the 1st o &\\pril; to increase this reduction
10 1 ) cent
~ per nioiith on the $100 notes uutil Sovernber 1, lY(i4, at n-iich date
they :ire estinguislied. and on January 1, 1863, to extiuguihli the other notes.
The auieiidator> act hich i t is now proposed to paw rrnnts to certain persons
the prii-ikge of funding at par ail these notes until 1st of January, 1863, and
t h w in effect gives to then1 precisely t h e rights n-hich :we taken a\vwy from
all other citizens hy the original act.
The extent of this privilege m a r be measured by the fact t1i;it the $100 iiotcs
outstanding on the 1st of April were estimated by the Secretary of the lreiisury
t o amount to 128,000,ucK). In t h e hands of persons not eiulxaced by the ::iueudator>- act. they h a r e already lost oue-third of tLeir noniinal value. They continue to lose 1 0 per cent i)er iuonth. and fini~llyon So~-eniher1 such ns remain
outstanding n-ill cease to Iiave any value. R u t in tlic 11:inds of the persons
described in tlie auienilatory act they all stand good izairist the Go\-ernmeiit
for their entire original \slue.
to n ham this pri\ ileee i h granted are, by the terms of the amendThe 1)er~oiis
atory act. disposed into t n o classeq1. Lo? n l titizcns or 1;erwns belonging t o the Confederate States Arm5 within
the eneni:. \ lriips as priwners of war.
jercOllh lield Iiriboner<, i ~ h o by
, reason of the occupation of the
t i o r i o f the (ountr) in ~ I i i c hthey residetl. and the interruption
tclcrrr;\1>ltit (.oiiiiiiUiiic.Rtion or other iina\-oid,ihle c:inse, were
prerented froin obt;iiniiie tinieJy information of the requir
or n-hc. \\ere so .itu,itctl. in coiiwo,uence of the iso\ enit~nt
casaaltie.: of T: :ir, as t o be unable to comply with tlie pro
The eri(1erit.e n-hich the act requires to establish tlic facts upon which t h e
claini re\ts is t h e iiutple alh(la\it of t h e clnimant. anfl it is oriIyln ca\e of his
inabilitr to niake affidar.i t t h a t suiipletor~proof is required.
The perhonr described in tlii4 Ian colilprehend the populntion remaining i n
aereral States of t h e Confcderac~-nlid 1i:rge portions of other Stateq T h e only
exception ic of such as may be unwiI!ing to nial~eoat!] of loyaltj-. The lam does
not even restrict its benefits to 1 0 ~ x 1citizens. hut e ~ ~ p r e s +iwliides other persons, and contains no indication of t h e nieaninq to be attached to t h e word
Ioyal n-hen applipd to persons not citizen.: of tlic onfedcrate
Stateu.
It is known t h a t very large amounts of Treasury notes have fallen into the
hands of the enemy by the fortunes of w i r , anrl one of tlie results acconiplished
by j-o~irpredecessor:, in affixiiir s1:ort tlelil) s for funding n :is to 1)rerent these
notes from beconiing arailable to t h e plunderers n 110 hacl robbed our citizens
I t i s too plain for doubt th:it our enemies, who Ii<iie riot liesitiited in the
attempt to defraud the Troasiiry and the 1)eople by ineans of counterfeited
iiottq, \ronld Eiare little vriiple or difficulty i n rlw i\iiiq nic:ins to bring themselves \\ itl!in ttie ternis ot the bil! under con.;ider:ttioil I t is but a moderate
calcu1:ition t o say that ;It the present nionient t cs \vhicli ha1 e :icrrued to tlie
Tre;is1lry. :in11 011 Tliich the bill n-oilld take efl 1, anionnt to $50.000,000, and
this sum lvould probably be doubled a t the end of lie period fixed for clai~ning
the benefit o itq pro\-icion%
T h e hill contains no adequate wfeeu:ird for the I)rotection of the Tv3ISUrY.
S o nleans xre prorided for testing the truth o f the xffid:ir its on which millions
of ciotlars :ire t o l>epaid out of t h e public p n r ~ So roniiiiiwiorirr, uo court, no
officer is directed or eve0 authorized to investigate a claim. T h e oath of any

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[June 14, 1864.

Inan %\rhois willing to swear to the requirements of the law is t o be conclusive.


The outstanding bills for $100 on the east Of t h e BIisSissippi must amount
to many millions of dollars and can not now be funded for more than 47 per
cent of t l ~ e i rnominal value, and such as a r e not funded by the 1st of November next will be extinct. The bill leaves the Treasury at the mercy of dishonest mel] for this qrhole amount with less protection than experience has
shown to be necessary to guard i t against an overcharge in the purchase
of ordillary supplies. I t is not doubted that there are many exceptional
cases in \vhicli the law of February last will operate harshly and even unjustly.
The desire to relieve 1)risoners of war, as evinced by the passage of this bill, is
not only natural but coniniendable, and I would cheerfully rooperate with Congress iri any measure necessary to attain that object, if so guarded as to protect
the Treasury from fraudulent clainis. In this bill there is a n absence of necessary safeguard, and I am therefore unable to give i t my approval.
JEFFERSON DAVIS.
RICHMOND,
\A., , / U l l C 14,1864

On motion of Mr. Marshall, the further consideration of the bill


was postponed until the 3d day of the next session.
message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Nasli, their Secretary; which is as follows, viz :

Ur. S p e a k o : The President of the Confederate States has notified the Senate
that he did, on this day, approve and sign acts and joint resolutions of the following titles, viz :
S . 49. An ::ct to authorize the manufacture of spirituous liquors for the use
of the Army and hospitals :
S. 52. An nct providing for the establishment and payment of clainis for a
certain description of property taken or informally impressed for the use of the
Army :
S. 77. An act to amend a n act entitled An act to reduce t h e currency and to
authorize ti ncw issue of notes and bonds, approved February 17, 186-1;
S. 1%..Joint rrsolntioii or the relief of Wellington Goddin ;
I
S. 14. Joint resolution for the relief of James Lyons;
8.13. Joint resolution declaring the dispositions, principles, and purposes of
t h e Confcderxte States i n relation to the existing war with the TJnited States:
8. 53. A n act to aniend tile severd acts in relation to a volunteer navy ; and
S. 62. An act to nniend an act entitled An act to create a provisional navy
of the Confrderate States. approved May 1, 1363.

Mr. Rarksdale, imcler a suspension of the rules, offered the following resolution; which w a s adopted:
Rcnolvcd, I;hat the privilege be granted to Mr. Barlisdale of withdrawing froni
the files of the IIouse a bill and accompanying papers for the relief of Nathaniel
Moorc., arid x petition nnd accompanying papers relative to the claim of J. and T.
Green.

Mi-. McCnllani, under R suspension of the rules, introduced


A joint resolution of thanks to Major-General Forrest and the
officers and inen of his comniand ;
which was read a first and second time, engrossed, read a third time,
and passed.
Mr. Maclien, from the Committee on the Commissary and Qnartermasters Departments, reported back
A bill t o aid in the building OP a railroad from Fayetteville,

bill and placing it. on the

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Mr. AIaclien, from the saim committee, to .\\-hoiiihad been referred


A bill (H. R. 140) '' to enable the citizrns of Virginia iind others to
supply the city of Richmond with food,"
reported back the same with the reconiniendatioii that it be postponed
and placed upon the Calendar ; \i-l-hich was agreed to.
hfr. Lainkin, from the Coniniittee on Post-Ofiicca and Post-Roads,
to idiom had been referred
A bill (H. R. 85) " to amend an act of the Yrovisioilal Congress
entitled 'An act relating to the prepayment of postage in certain
cases,' approved July t\\-eiity-ninth, eighteen hundred and sixty-one,"
reported back the same with tlie reconirneiidation that it be postponed
and placed opoii the Calendar : \vliich was agreed to.
Mr. Lamkin, froni the same committee. to idiom had been referred
a Senate joint resolution (S. 11) " relating to the exchange of the
daily nen spaperb of the Confederate States TT-ith those of England
and France," reported hack the same vith the recommendation that
it be postponed and placecl upon the Calendar; which was agreed to.
Mr. Heiskell, under a suspension of the rules, offered tlie following
resolution : which --as adopted :
.ResoEt e d . T h a t the Select C'ommittee t o Inquire into the Abuses and Grievances iu East Tennessee a n d Southwestern T'irginia h a r e lealre to sit during
t h e recess. a n d t h a t they have power t o send for persons and papers.

Jfr. Chambers, from the Committee on Military Affairs. to whom


had heen referred
h bill (H. R. 112) *' to airiend an act entitled 'An act to organize
forces to ierx-e during thP n u.*approved February seventeenth,
eighteen hundred and iistv-four."
reported the Same back n itli the recomn~c~iiclatioii
that the committee
be discharged from iti further consideration, and that it do lie upon
the table : ~ l i i c hn as agreed to.
JIr. Chambers. from the saiiie committee, reported
-1 bill ' * t o amend the act entitled ',1n act to organize forces to
serre durin the war.. approred Februar>- seventeenth, eighteen
hundred a i i f sixty-fonr ; 7'
which x-as read a firat and second t h e .
JfI=. Rarksdale niorerl t h a t the rule> be iiispended, and demanded
the yeas and nays thereon : which were not orclerrd.
The liiotioii was lost: and thc bill w a s po'tponed and placed on the
Calendar.
JIr. Clsaiiiberb. from the ~ a i i i econimittee, to ivlioiii hail been referred
act to increase the
X bill (H. R. 49) .* to aiiiericl a:i act entitled
efficiencJ-Qf the Arniy by the employment of free ncgroes and slaves
in certain capacities,' approred February ~ei~(~:iteeiith,
eighteen hundred aiid sixty-four, and to repeal an act for the enlistment of cooks
in the Army. approved April t w e n t ~ - f i r ~eighteen
t.
hundred and
sixty - t 117o, ''
reported back the same with the recoiiiniendatioii that it do not pass.
The bill was postponed and placed upon the Calendar.
Mr. Chanil~ers,from the same committee, to whom had been referred
c

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A bill (H. R. 9) to organize a corps of Scouts and sigllal gimrds,


reported back the same with the recommendation that i t do not pass.
The bill was postponed and placed on the Calendar.
Mr. Triplett, from the Cornniittec on Claims, to whom had been
referred the claims of W. E. Persons, S.B. Canaday, and the memorials of Charles W. Wilkinson and sundry others, reported the same
back with the recommendation that they do lie upon the table ; xdiich
was agreed to.
Mr. Miles, from the Committee on Military itffairs, to mhoni had
been referred a Senate bill (S. 48) to amend the act to provide an
invalid corps, approved seventeenth February, eighteen hundred and
sixty-four, reported back the same with the recommendation that it
be postponed and placed upon the Calendar; which xns agreed to.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 66) to amend the act entitled Lh
act to
provide for the public defense, approved sixth March, eighteen hundred and sixty-one, with the same recoininendation ; which was
agreed to.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 69) to retire or drop field and cornpaiiy
officers from the Army in certain cases, with the same reconimendation ; which was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Turner, leave was granted him to record his
vote on the bill to authorize the manufacture of spirituous liqnors
for the use of the Army and hospitals in the negative.
Mr. Boote offered the following resolution :
Resolved, That the chairman of the Comniittee 011 the Commissar) ;tnd Quartermasters Departments, with two other members of the coininittee to be
selected by him, be empowered to scrutinize the frauds alleged to exist in said
departments in Richmond and elsewhere after the present session of Congress
shall have come to a close and during the period which will elapse between the
close of said present session and the beginiiing of tlie nest one; that said subcommittee have power to visit any part of the Confederacy which they maj
judge inost convenient in their iiivestigiitioris on this subject ; t h a t they have
full power to send for persons and papers a n d to keep in their employment a
competent secretary, and that the information which may be thus obtained by
them shall be reported to the whole of said coininittee zit the next session of
Congress, to be afterwards laid before the House in sucli manner a s they shall
deem most discreet. The ineiiibers of said subcomniittee and secretary shall
be tillo\w(l transportation and the actunl expenses iiicurrcd by tliein in trareling from place to place.

Mr. Keeble moved to amend tlie resolution by striking out all after
the word discreet.
The amendment was lost, and the resolution was adopted.
Mr. Clopton, from the Medical Committee, reported
A joint resolution for the relief of prisoners of mar ;
which was read a first and second time, postponed, and placed upon
the Calendar.
Mi. Funsten, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to whoin had
been referred the memorial in behalf of Commander Maury and
e recommendation
consideration, and
to whom had been referred
avy Company, praying for
with the recommendation
consideration, and

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M r . IIthislit.ll, from the Coiniiiittre on Cli1ims, to whoni h i ~ dbeen


referred
A bill fH. 13. 13>*. for thc relief of ,J:iiiwh IYilson lleniiett, assistmt quartermaster of tlie confederate States,
reported back the .s:tnie Kith the recoinniendatioii t l ~ it,
t do lie iipon
the table : which T ~ agreed
S
to.
Mi=.Dnpri.. from the Joint Committee on Printing, submitted a
written report : which was laid upon the table.
Mr. Russell, from the joint committee to wait upon the President,
reported that tlic committee h a d performed that duty, and that>the
Pre-iicleiit h a d informed them that he had no further communication
to make. except to notify the IIouse that he had affixed his signature
to certain bills.
A niessage wa:, received from the President, by Mr. Harrison, his
Private Secretary, ah follows, r i z :
E s e c u ~ n eOFFICE. Richt)ioliil. T-n.. Jtoic 1 4 . 18ti/t.
TO t h e honorat~leSPEAKER OF T H E ISOasE OF REPRESESTATI\ES.
JIr. Spcriffcr: Tlic President has to-clax approred aiid signal the following
act :
H. R. NO . An act t o miend t h e laws relating to the coiiimutatiori value of
hospital rations.
Tery resgectfully, your obedient seri aiit.
KIIITOS s.IAIlCIPOS.
1) i c o t c .S:crrtttri~.t/.

A meshage was receirecl from the Senate. by 3Ir. Sash, the Swretar? of that body; 11-hicli i\ as follov 5 , r i z :
Vr.,\pwxo . The Iresicleiit o f the (onfederate States hns notified the Seilate
thit he h,is thi.: day :i~)proreda i i d signed acts of the following titles. viz :
8. 1. -111act to proride and o i p t i i z e a general staff for ilrniies in the field, to
s e n e during tlir v t i r ;
S. .>.j.S n act to iiutliorize the formation of lien- conimnnd~.to be coniposed

of superuuuickrarj- ofhcers TI ho t i i q - resign to join sucli cominands, i i i i d to limit


and rectrict tlie nl~liotntninitof oihcers iii certaiii cases ,
the appointment of qutlrtc
aries and assistant colnm
iiii act entitled An act to proliibit tlir. iiupxtatioii
or of itrticleq not necessaries or o f coiiiiuoti use.. ;ipprored February

8. CJI..\XI act to ainericl


of

lu\ul.itl-.

ti. 1SlX :

;ic.i to ;ritieiiil ii:i iict mtitled .hact to orgi~iiizeiiiilitaq courts to


S. {jl.
attend tlie hrniy of the Confederate States in the field. anil to clefme t h e powers
of said courts :
S. 70. &\LI act to a~iieiiditn act entitled An act to iiiiirlitl ~ I I I :ict entitled -111
::ct t o organize military courts t o atterirt tlir ,Iring of tile Confederate States ill
t h e field. and to define the powers of said courts, approred February 13. lSG4 :
and
s. 72, ;let to ameilc1 an a c t entitled An act to orgaliize iiiilitary courts to
atterrd tlie ,lrmy of t h e Confederate States i n the field, alld to define t h e poTers
of said courts, approred October 9, 1863.

The hour 11 aving a rr i x-ed,


Tile Speaker allnounced that, the House stood adjourned sine die.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
OF

THE CONFEDERATE CONGRESS.

O P E S SESSIOS.

The House met at 12 oclock, and \\-as opened with prayer by Rcv.

Dr. Duncan.
Upon the call of the roll the following members answered t o their

F m m the State of-

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ William P. Chilton.

,~ABAJIA_

David Clopton.
James S. Dickinson.

William E. Smith.
Mark H. Blandford.
Clifford Anderson.
John T. Shemnalie.
Joseph H. Echols.
James M. Smith.
George N. Lester.
Hiram P. Bell.

(:mncr.A

I<F,STT-CKY_

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ --

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W&s B. Machen.
George W.Triplett.
Henry E. Read.
Jam& S. Chrisman.
Theodore L. Bnrnett.
Roratio W. Bruce.
Humphrey Marshall.
Eli M. Bruce.
James W. Moore.
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Charles J. T7iller6.
Lucius J. Duyrk.
John Perkins, jr.
Jehu A. Orr.
Israel Welsh.
Henry C. Chambers.
Ethelbert Barksclaie.
Thomas 1,. Sneatl.
John B. Clark.
Aaron H. Conrow.
George G. Vest.
Robert A. Hatcher.
James T. Leach.
Thomas C. Fuller.
Josiah Turner, ji-.
John A. Gilmer.
James G. Ramsay.
Burgess S. Gaither.
William G. Swan.
John P. Murray.
Edmin A. Keeble.
Thomas Menees.
Michael W. Cluskey.
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VIRGINIA
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Williams C. Wickham.
Thomas S. Gholson.
Thomas S. Bocock.
John Goode, jr.
William C. Rives.
Daniel C. De Jarnette.
John B. Baldwin.
Waller R. Staples.
. Samuel A. Miller.
Robert Johnston.
Charles W. Russell.
The oath to support the Constitution was administered by the
Speaker to Messrs. Wickham, Cluskey, Snead, Conrow, Vest, and
Hatcher .
A message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Xash, their Secretary ; which is as follows, 17iz ;
V r . Bpcaker: I am directed by the Senate to inform t h e House of Representatives that a quoruin of the Senate has assembled, an& that the Senate is
ready to proceed to business.

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a n d inform him t h a t A quornni of both Houses have assemble61 and are ready to
reeeiw any conmiunication he niay think proper to malie.

The Chair appointed Xessrs. Chilton of Alabama, Clark of Missouri. and De Jarnette of Virginia the committee on the part of the
House.
On motion of Jfr. Rarksdale, leave of absence was granted his
colleague, Mr. Singleton. i ~ h o--as detained from his seat by injuries
which he received by falling from his carriage.
On motion of 531.. Swan. leave of absence was granted his colIeagne, MI-.
IIeiskell (now a prisoner i n the hands of the enemy).
0
1
1 motion of MI-. Lester, lean? of absence was granted his colAkin (clctajriecl froin his seat by indisposition in his
league, XI-.
family).
Mr. Blandford introduced
* A bill * to levy acltlitional forces for the armies of the Confederate
States:
which n-as read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Jfilitary AEairs.
Mr. Chambers offered the following resohition :
Resolzed, T h a t the valor, constancy, and endurance of our citizen soldiers,
assisted by the steady cooperation of all classes of population not in the field,
\\ill continue a sufficient guaranty of the rights of tlie States and the indeIbendence of t h e Confederate States.

On motion OP Xr. Chambers, the consideration of the resolution


was postponed until T h u r d a y morning, and niade the special order
after the morning hour.
Jlr. Jfiles ii;troducecl
A bill . to abolish promotion by seniority in the Army arid substitute instead promotion from and to all ranks from merit and
capacitj- alone J
nhich was read a firht and second time and referred, with accompan+ng papcrs. to the Committee on Military AEairs.
A h . 3Gles oEered tlie folloving resolution : which was adopted :
Resolcoil, That the Committee on 31ilitnry Affairs be instructed to inquire
into the expediency of reorganizing the ctrvnlry serrice upon the basis of the
C;overnmerit and not the privates owning t h e horses used by the latter ; also
of affording just compensation to ofEcers for their horses killed, lost. or disabled in t h e seryice.

Jlr. Murra? introduced


Ak joint resolution * in relation to the Government of Mexico;
&ich --as read a fir4 and iecond time a i d referred to the Committee
on Foreign AEair-.
Alr. Swan ofFered the following resolution :
Re.solcfd, T h a t in the judgment of this House no exigencg now exists or is
11;,ely to occur in the military zdY2ir.s of the Confederate States which demands
illat negroes sh:ill Iw iiln(.ctl in s e r r i w :IS soldiers in the field.

Bfr. Sn-an moved tltal the consideratjon of the resolution be postponed iintil Tliardnj. and deniarided the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which were ordered,
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hn(1 recorded a s foilct\ys> V .~ :Z / Yeas
Kays______________________-_
26
Teas : Anderson, Bell, Blandford, Horatio IY. Bruce, Burnett,
Chambers. Chilton. Chrisman, Clark, Conrow, De Jarnette, Dupr6,
Echols, Fuller, Gaither, Gholson, Gilmer, Goode, Hatcher, ikon,

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Lester, Miller, Orr, Ramsay, Rives, Russell, J. 31. Smith, W. E.


Smith, Snead, Staples, Swan, Welsh, and Mr. Speaker.
Nays : Baldtvin, Barksdale, Eli M. Bruce, Clopton, Cluskep. Dickinson, Farrow,, Hanly, Johnston, Keeble, J. T. Leach, Rfachen, &farshall, Menees, Miles, Moore, Perkins, Read, Shewinake, Simpson,
Triplett, Turner, Vest, VillerQ, Wickham, and N7itherspoon.
SOthe motion prevailed.
A message lvas received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secretary ; which is as f o h v J s , viz :
Speaker: 1 am directed by the Seiiate to inform the House of Representatives that the Senate have appointed a committee, jointly with the conmiittee
appointed 011 the part of the IoUSe of Representatives, to wait on the President
of the CoIlfederate States and inform him that a quorum of each House has
assembled, and that Congress is ready to rcceirc any colnnlunication lie tnay bt:
pleased to make; and the Senate have appointed as snch coiiiinittee on tEeir
part Mr. 1-1111, JIr, Bxrnmell, and Mr. Graham.

Mr. Chilton, froin the committee to wait upon the President, reported that the committee had performed their duty, and that the
President had informed them that he would immediately send to the
House a message in writing.
Mr. Russell offered the following resolution ; which was adopted,
viz :
Resolved, That the President be requested to communicate to this House 81
copy of Captain Farinbolts report of the engageiiient a t the Staunton River
Bridge on the twenty-fifth June, eighteen hundred and sixty-four.

Mr. Staples offered the following resolution ; which was adopted,


viz :
Resolved, That the Committee on Ways and Xeaiis inquire into the expediency
of reporting a hill so inodifgiiig the act of the seveiiteeiith February, eighteen
hundred and sixty-four, iniposing taxes, a s to authorize the holders of four per
cent certificates or bonds to use the sanie in the payment of a l l taxes assessed
in the year eighteen hundred and sixty-four.

Mr. Wickham offered the following resolution ; which was adopted :


Resolved, That the Committee 011 Foreign Affairs inquire as to whether any
further legislation is necessary to facilitate the exchange of prisoners.

Mr. Russell introduced


A bill grantino seats on the floor of the HOLEC
of Eepresentatives
to the principal o&cers in the Executive Departments ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary.
Mr. Moore offered the following resolution ; which v a s adopted :
Re.rol?:ed,That the Coininittee on Ways and Means be instructed to bring in n
bill appropriating
dollars for the purchase of comfortable clothing for
our soldiers who a r e prisoners of war in the hands of the enemy.

Mr. Clark introduced


construe and declare more explicitly the meaning of an
e the compensation of the heads of the several Executive
and the hssistmt Secretary of W a r and the Treasury
and of the Assistant Attorney-General and the Comptroller of the
Treasury and other
therein named, approved June fourteenth,
ferred to the Committee

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The Chair laid before the House a niessage froin the President;
ivhich was read as follows, i-iz :
To the Ycnate mi d Hotcsc o f Rcpre.soitutiz;es of the Cotzfederate States of
America :
It is with satisfaction t h a t I welcome your presence at an earlier day than
t h a t usual f o r your session, and with confidence t h a t I invoke the :lid of your
courisels :it ii tirile of such public exigency. The canigaign which was coniriienced aliitost siinultn~ieouslywith your session early in May last, a n d which
was still in r)rogress at your tu3journment i n the niiddle of June, h a s not yet
reached its close. It h:is been irosecuted on a scale and with a n energy heretofore uneqqualed. When we revert to t h e condition of our country a t the inception
of t h e operations of the present Fear, to the magnitude of the preparations made
by the enemy, the iiuniber of his forces, the accuinulation of his warlike supplies, a n d t h e prodigality with \vhich his vast resources h a r e been lavished i n
the attempt to render success assured ; wrlien we contrast t h e numbers and
means at o u r disposal for resistance, a n d when we contemplate the results of a
struggle apparently so unequal, n-e can not fail, while rendering the full meed
of deserred praise to our generals a n d soldiers, to perceive t h a t a power higher
than man has willed our delirerance, and gratefully to recognize the protection
of a kind Pror idence i n enabli~igu s successfully to n-itlistand the utniost efforts
of the eneniy for our subjugation.
At the beginning of the year t h e State of Texas was partially in possession of the enemy, a n d large 1,ortions of Louisiaiia a n d Arliansas lay apparently
defenseless. Of t h e Federal soldiers who inracled Texas none are lrnomn t o
remain except a s prisoners of war. I n northwestern Louisiana :I large a n d
well appointed army. aided by a Don-erful fleet, w a s r e p e a t e d l ~defented, a n d
deemed itself fortunate in finally esca1)ing Ivith a loss of one-third of i l s n u n bers. a large p a r t of its military train, and liiari>- transports and gunboats.
T h e enemy's occul~ationof t h a t State is reducccl to the narrow district commanded by t h e guns of his fleet. Arkansas lias been recorered with the exception of a few fortified posts, while our forces have penetrated into central Xishouri. affording to our oppressed brethren in t h a t State an opportunity. of which
man>- h a r e avai led themselves. of striking for liberation from the tyranny t o
which they have been subjected.
On the e a s t of t h e Jlississiijpt. i:i spite cf some rererses, n-e l i a \ e much cause
for gratulatioii. The e m m y Iioped to effect during the present year, by conccn
tr,ttioii of forces, the conquest ~ ~ h i clieh had previously failed t o accomplish by
more extended operations. Com1:elled, therefore, to witlidra\x- or seriously to
n-eaken the strength c:f the armies of occupation at different points, he h a s
afforded u s the op:)ortunity of recorering possession o f extensive districts of
our territory. Seiirly the whole of northern a n 4 \vestern Mississippi, of northern Alabama. and of western Tennessee are again in our possession; and all
attempts to peuetrltte from the 'coast line into the interior of the Atlantic aiid
Gulf States have bee11 baaed. On t h e entire ocean and Gulf coast of the Confederaq- t h e whole success of the eneniy, with the enormous n a r a l resources at
his coinniand. has been limited to t h e capture of the outer defenses of Mobile
Ray.
If x-e no^ turn t o the results accoinplished by the two great armies so confidently relied on by the invaders as sufficient to secure the subversion of our
(;overlimelit ant1 t h e subjection of our people to foreign domination. we have
still greater cause for derout gratitude to Divine Pon-er. I n southwestern
1-irginin successive armies n hich threatened the cnpture cf Lynchburg a n d
Salt\ ille have been routed a n d driven out of the country, aud rl portion of eastern Tennessee rcconquered bj- our troops. I n northcru Tirginix extensire
districts formerly owupied by the enemy a r e now free from their yresence. I n
the lo~vervalley their general, rendered desperate by his inability t o maintain
a Ilostile occupation, has resorted to the infamous expedient of converting a
fruitful land iuto a desert by burning its niills, grlinwries, a n d homesteads, a n d
destroring t h e fcoil. stiindiiig crops, l i r e stock, and agricultural implemeIits of
peaceful noncombatants. The niiiin army, after a series o f defeats in which its
losseq h a r e been enormous ; after attempts by raiding parties to break up
our railroad communications, which h a r e resulted in the destruction of a large
pnrt of the cavalry engaged in the work ; after constant repulse of oft-repeated
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with, i t is hoped, ITTaning prospect of further progress in the design, still engage4
in an effort, comlnenced more than four nior~tlrsago, to c:lpttirr the town of
Petersburg.
~ i i carmy of General Sherman, although succeeding, at the end of tlie sumiiier, in obtaining possessioii of Atlanta, has been unable to secure ally ultiIllate advantage froni this success. The same general, who in February last
-marched a large arnly from Viclrsburg to Meridian with 110 other result than
being forced to mardl back agiin. was able, by tlte aid of grently increased
numbers, alid after utucdlidelaj-, to force a pmsage from Chattanooga to Atlanta,
only to be for the second t h e compelled to withdraw on tlie line of his advance
without obtaining control of ii single niilr of territory beyond tlie iii,trro\v track
of his march, and without gaining aught beyond the precnrious possession of a
few fortified points in which he is compelled .to maintain heary garrisons a n d
which a r e menaced with recapture.
The lessons afforded by the history of this war a r e fraught with instruction
and encouragement. Repeatedly during the war have formidable expeditions
been directed by the enemy agninst points ignorantly SuppoSed to be of vital
importance t o t h e confederacy. Sowe of these expeditions hare, at iininense
cost, been successful, but in no instance have the promised fruits been reaped.
Again, i n the present campaign, was the delusion fondly cherislied t h a t the
capture of Atlanta and Richmond n-ould, if effected; end the war by tlie orerthrow of our Government and the subniission of our people. We can now judge
by experience how unimportant is the influerice or tlie former event upon our
capacity for defense, upon t h e courage and spirit of the people, arid the stability of the Government. Wc may in like inmner judge t h a t if tlie canrpnign
against Richmond had resulted in success instead of failure ; if t h e valor of the
army, under the leadcrsliip of its accom1)lished ccniniancler, had resisted in
rain the overwhelmirig masses mhich were, on the contrary, decisively repulsed ;
we had been compelled to evacuate Richmond as well a s Atlanta, t h e Confedacy would have remained as erect and defiant a s ever. Sothing could have
en changed i n the purpose of i t s Gorernnient, in the indoinitable r a l o r of its
troops, or in the unquenchable spirit of its people. The baffled and disappointed foe n~ouldin rain have scanned the reports of your p?oceedinq, a t some
new legislative sent, for any indication t h a t progress liad been made in his
gigantic task of conquering a free people. The truth, so patent to us, must
ere long be forced upon the reluctant Nortlierii mind. There :ire no vital points
on the greservation of which the continued existence of the Confederacy
depends. There is no military success of the enemy which can :accomplish its
destruction. Not the fall of Richmond, nor Wilniington, nor Charleston, nor
Savannah, nor Mobile, nor of all combined, can save the eneiiiy froiii the constant nnd exhaustive drain of blood anc? treasure which must continue until
he shall discover that no peace is attainable unless based on the recognition of
onr indefeasible rights.
Before leaving this subject it is gratifying .to assure you t h a t the military
supplies essentially requisite for public defense will be found, as heretofore,
adequate to our needs, and that :~bnridarit crops b a r e rewarded the labor of
the fiariuer tiid rendered abortive the inhuman attempt of the enemy t o produce,
by devastation, famine among the people.
I t is not in 1ny power to announce any change in the conduct of foreign
1)owers. No such action has been taken by tlie Christian nations of Europe :is
niiglit justly hare been expected from their history. froni tlie duties imposed by
jntern:itional law, and from the claims of humanity. It is chmitable to attribute their collduct to 110 worse inotivc thiln indifference to the consequrllces of

reniembered by ine in which a nation pretending to


other asserting its independence has been the first
such independence. No case can be recalled to my
failed to set tlie example of recognizing
satisfied of the inability of its enemy to

neutral powers to pel


uation asserting dom

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a r n ~ s .a n d if not. 11srecognition of t h e resisting party. to cli


further continuance of the contest. And the reiisou w h y tlii
bent 011 Iirutml ITIS
is pl:iinly zipparent when \r-e reflect ti
passion which blintl the judgment of the piirties to the conflict cause the
eontinuance of active uxrfaiv. and consequent useless slaughter, long after t h e
ineritabie result h m liecoine apparerit to :ill not engaged in t h e struggle. So
1oug. therefore. :is neutral natious fail. by rcwgnitiou of our iridegendetice, to
:innounce tlult in tlieir judgment t h e Uuited States a r e unable to reduce the
Coiifetleracy t o xnbniission, their conduct will be accepted by our eueiuies as a
titci t encourz\gcurcnt to continuc their efforts. nnil as nu i~nplied tissurance
that belief i?; entertained 1)s neutral nations iu the success of their desigus.
A clirrct stininlus, \\-lietlier intentional or not, is tlins applied t o securing a continuanc*e of tlie c:lrn;ige ;iud c1er:istatiou which desolate this continent and
which the5 profess dee1)ly to deplore.
The disregard of this just, huuiaiie. and Christian public duty hy the uations
of ]Europe iij the uiore re1llarli:lhle from t h e fact t h a t authentic expression has
long siiice bren yilen b) the Go\ernirietits of both France and England to t h e
conviction t h a t the United States are unable to conquer tlie Confederacy. It
is now more than t\v-o years since t h e Governnieiit of France announced offici;tllr to tlie ciibinrts of rmidoii nnd St. Petcrshiirg its owii coiiclusion t h a t t h e
Uilited Stzites were unablc to achieve any decisive military success. In t h e
a n s ~ r w ssent by those 11on.er.sno intinitition of :icontriiry opinioti wis conveyed ;
aiid i t is notorious t h a t in s1)eeclies. lmtli in and out of luliiuiieut, t h e members
of Her Britannic Majestys Government h a r e not hesitated t o express this
conviction in unqualified terms. The deuial of our right under these circumstances is so obviously unjust and discriminates so unfairly i n favor of t h e
United States t h a t neutrals h a r e sought to palliate the ~ r o n g of
, which they
are conscious, by professing t o consider, in opposition to notorious truth a n d
to t h e lino\y1i belief of both belligerents. t h a t tlie recogiiition of our independence
n-ould be ralueless without their further intervention iii the struggle, a n
discliiim t h e desire and mistrust t h e advantage. We
interrention of m-liich ix?
seek uo favor, I\ e wish 110 intervention. we know ourselves fully competent to
miiutaiii our own rights anc! ii!de;reiicleiice agirinst the inraders oP our conuti-F ;
and IT e feel justified in asserting t h a t without the aid derived froin rccruiting
their ariniw from foreign countries the invaders n-ould ere this have been
6ri.i e n from our soil. K h e n the recognition of the Confederacy \vas refused
by Great Britain in the fall of lS(i7. t h e refusal was excused on the ground t h a t
any action by Her 3lnjedj-s Gorernment n-ould har-e the effect of iuflaming
t h e passions of t h e belligerents and of preventing tlie return of peace. It is
assumed t h a t this opinion n a s sincerely entertained, but the experience of two
years of unequal cnruage sho\vs t h a t i t \ \ a s erroneous, and t h a t the result mas
the rererse of what t h e British ministry humanely desired. A contrary policy,
a policr j u i t to us, a po1icj7 diverging froin an unvarying course of concession
to all the demands of our enemies, is still n i t h i u t h e power of Her Jlajestys
t o presume. be productive of consequences
Government, and n-ould, i t i s
the opposite of those which h
unfortunately follovc-ed its whole course of
conduct from t h e commencement of t h e mar to t h e present tiine. 111 a word,
mice is ii:iyossible m-ithout independence, a n d i t is not to be espected t h a t
the enemy will anticipate neutraIs in the recognition of tliiit independence.
&-he11 the history of this 1 7 - a shall be fully disclosed, the calm judgment of
t h e iiiipiirtiiil publicist will, for tliese reason?;, be unable to absolve the neutral
nations of Europe frdni a share in t h e moral rcsponsihilitj- for the myriads of
hunian lires t h a t hnve been unnecessarily sacrificed during its progress.
The rerien-ed iustanc??s in n.hic11 foreign powers have given u s j u s t Cause of
couiplaint need not here be detailed. The extracts from the correspondeuce of
the State Degartiiient which accompany this niessxge x i 1 1 afford sucli further
pren witliout detrinient to the public interest; and we
infor1nation as c:tu
nlust reserve for t h e iutnre such action as may then be deemed advisable t o
secure redress.
your s1)ecial attention is earnestly invited to t h e report of the Secretary of
t h e Treasury. subniitted in conforinity with I%\\-. The facts therein disclosed
:ire f a r from discc~iirapiiig.:ind clemonstrate tliirt, with judicious legislation, we
shall Ire enabled to inect all t h e exigencies of the war from our abundant resources, and avoid, at the saiire tiine, such a n accumulation of debt as mould
render at all doubtful our capacity to redeem it.
The total receipts iuto the Treasury for t h e tn-o quarters ending oil t h e 30th
September, 180.4,\yere $418,101,580,which sum, added to t h e balance of $308,-

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582.722 that relnnined i n tlie Treiisury oil the 1st April last. forills :I ~ o t i i lof
$723,474,272. Of this total not f a r from half-that
is to say, $W2,5(;0.327have bee11 applied to the estiriclion of the public debt. while t h e tot;il ~ x p e u d i t u p s have bee]] 9;272,378,505, leriving a balance in the Trc,isnry oii the 1st
October, 1864, of $108,435,440.
The tottil nniount of the public debt, as exhibited on t l ~ ebooliS of the Register of the Tre:lsurr on the 1st October, 1864, \%IS $1,147,970,208. of whic.I1
$r,s9,34O,O90 \vere funded debt bearing interest, ~283,880,160wer? Treasnry
notes of the new issue, nnd the reinainder consisted of tiie foriiier i<sup of
Treasury notes which will be converted into other forms of debt and w i l l cease
to esiSt-:us cnrrency 011 the 31st nest 111011th.
~1le
reIjort, hornever, explains that in cousequence of tlie nbsenc.e of certnin
returns fro111 distant officers the true amount of the debt is k S S by about
haif iiiillions of dollars th;ul appears on tlie boolrs of the
twenty-oiic n n d
Register, and that the total public debt 011 the 1st Of last 1uo11tlim:ly he f:iirly
considered to hare been $1,1?6,381,095.
The ilicreilse of the public debt ciaring the six months from the Is1 April t o
the 1st October was $97,05O,SSO, being rather more than $16,000,000 per month,
and i t \rill be apparent on i i perusal of the report that this ;iugrueuti~tionwould
have beer1 avoided nnil a positive rednction of the nlnount n-o~~ltl
IIXW beeit
effected but for certain defects i n the legislation on the subject of t h e finances,
which are pointed out in the report and which seem t o iidniit of eilsy reniedy.
In the stateinents just made tlie foreigu debt is omitted. I t consists only of
the unpaid balance of the l o m Bno~vnas the cottou loan. Tliis bal::ncc. is but
E2,300,000, and is adequately prorided for by about %0,0OO bales of cotton
owiied by the Gorernnieiit, even if the cotton be rated as irorth but (t pence per
pound.
re is one i t p i of the public debt not included in the tiiljlw prescnted, to
your nttention is required. The bounty bonds proniised to oar soldiers
the third section of the act of 17th February, 1864, were deliverable on the
October. The Secretary has been unable to issue thein by reason of a n
omissioii i n the law, no time lteing therein Exed for the payment of the bonds.
The aggregate apgro1xi:itious called for by the diEerent departiueuts of the
Government, accordiiig to t!ie estimates suhinittcd with the report, for t h e six
13-hile the Secremonths ending on the 3Uth Jmic~,3505, amount to $438,102.(370,
targ estiinates that there will rrmaiii unexpended out of fornier approiiriations
011 the 1st January, lSGT,, :I balmce of $467,416,504. It would therefore seein
that fornier estiniates llilre been lnrgelg in excess of actual expenditures, and
that 110 additional iippropriations are required for meeting the needs of the
public service up to the 1st July of next year. Indeed, if the estimites IIOW
11resentctl sliouId 1)roie to be as niuch in excess of actual espeuditures :is ha3
heretofore been the ciisc, i? considerable balance will still reinain iinexpended
:it the dose of the first I i i i l f of the ensuing year.
The chief difficulty to be al)l)rehended in nnection with olir finanres results
from the depreciation of 7'
ich seems justly to be attributed
by the Sccrc.t;iry to two ciit
n auiount niid \y;int of confideiice
i n iiltinliitc redeinption ; for
renredies are suqgested tliiit ~ y i l lcolii~llcutltlitwisel\ cs to your considerntioii as k i n g practicable as 11ell a s efficient.
The niaiii fcaturcs of tlie plan presented are substnntially these : I.'irst, that
the fxitlt of the Goveri:iiient l:e pledged t h t the notes sh;ull e r e r remain exempt
froin t:is:i~ion; Second, that no issue shall be made beyond t h a t which is
alyeatly nntliorized by law : third, thiit a certain fixed portion of t h e annual
receipts froin tax:ition iluring the war shall be set apart specially fcr the
grildtlill cxtinction of the outsttincling amount until i t shall hare been reclucerl
to $150,000,000; and fourth, the pledge and appropriation of such proportion of
the tiis i n kind, and for such iiuniber of yeiirs after the return of I)eace, as shall
be finfficicnt for the final redeinptiou of the entire circulation. The details of

'

ortance of the subject.


t a x laws which
all Governmeiit
cri min:i ti on i II ta
on banks 011 the

and from any adverse disem ; for placing the taxatloll


other corporate bodies ; for

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securing the p a g m e ~ ~
into
t the Treasury of t h a t portioii of tlie brink circulation
which is liable to confiscation because held by alieii enemies : for tlie conversioli
of the interest-beariiig Treasury uotes iiow outst:riicliug into coul)on bonds, and
for the quarterly collection of taxation ; a l l present 1)riicticiiI questions for
legisliltion. which. if wisely devised. will greatly iiiiprore the puhlic credit ilnd
alleviate t h e burthens iiow imposed by the extrenie and unnecess:iry depreciation iu the w l u e of t h e currency.
The rettirns of t h e Produce Lottii Bureau are subiiiittccl witli tlic report. and
tlie inforination is conveged t h a t t h e Treasury agencj- in the Tr;iiis-lIississippi
Dei)artmerit hils been fully org:uiized a n d is i ~ o wiri operntion wit11 proiiiise of
efficiency and success.
The provision heretofore made to some extent for illcreasing the compensation of public officers. civil a n d inilitarg, is found to be in soiiie places inadequate to tllcir snl~l)ort--perha~)s iiot more so aiiywllere than in Richniondand iriquirj- with i t riew t o appropriate remedy is suggested to your considerittiorr. Tour notice is also called t o the condition of certniii officers of the
?'reasiir~.who n-ere o ~ u i t t e din the Inws heretofore p:tssed for t h e relief of other
public officers, a s Iiieiitioiied i n tlie report of t h e Secretary of the Treasury.
The condition of t h e various branches of t h e military service is stated in the
accoinpanying report of the Secretary of War. ll~iiongthe suggestions made for
legislative action with a view to a d d to the iiunibers and eKiciency of the
Army. a l l of which will receive your consideratioil, there are soiiie proininelit
topics which iiieri t special notice.
T h e exeiiiptioii frolit iiiilitw.~ c2uty ilon- trccordccl by law to a11 persoils
cxiigaged in certain specified pursuits or 1)rofessions is shown by experience to
be unwise, nor is i t heliered t o be clefensible in theory. The defense of home,
family. and country is universally recognized a s t h e par:iiiiourit political duty of
every inember of societx, m d in a forni of gowriiiiiexit like o~irs,where each
citizen enjoys an equality of rights aiid privileges. nothing can be more
invidious than a n uuequ;il distribution of duties aiid obligations. S o pursuit
iior position slioulcl relieve auj-o~ien-110 is able to do active duty from enrollment
i n tlre Army, milcss liis frinctions or services are inore useful to the defeiise
cif liis country in another sphere. But i t is iuanifest tliat this can not he the
c';ise with entire tl;isses. All telegraph operators, \vorl;nreii in iilines. professors,
te;icliers. eiigiiiecrs, editors ant1 enil)loyces of ne\vs1)nl)ers, journeynien printers,
a1roeiii;iliers. tiiniicrs, hl;ic!snritlis. niillers. 1)Iiysicims. ant1 the numerous other
iiientioned i n the laivs. cfii iiot. in tire nature of things. be either equally
ry j i i their several 1)ro
s, iior ilistribulctl l l i r ~ ~ ~ ~ g l tlic
i o i rconiitrg
t
in
nmnbers required a r e foiind i n eiich locality ;
;imrtions that oii1.y the
r!or can i t be every\\-liere iiii
e t o replace those within the coiiscript age
1)y iiien older a n d less capable o f active field services. d discretion should be
vested iii the military authorities. so tliat a sufficient nuiri1)er of tliose csseiitinl
to the public: serrice might be detailed to continue the exercise of their
pursuits or ~jrofessions.but tlie exemption from service of the entire classes
aliould be \~-11011~- abandoned. It affords great facility for ::buses, offers t h e
well ~s the read)- iiieaiis of c:icapillg s e n i c e by frauclulent
oiie of the priiiciptil obstructiozis to the cffieicnt operation o f the
%
. genertil uiilitia l a ~ vis :ieeclfiil in the iiiterest of the public defense. The
('mistittition. by vestiug the power in Coiigress. iiiiiwt:s on i t the d u t ~ -of
Ijrovicling .. for orgiiiiiziiig. irriiiing. and disciplining tlie militia, ai:d for governir!; s1ic:h pnrt of tliein as niny be employeti in the service of the Confederate
States." 'rhe great diversity i n the legislntion of the severtil Stiites on this
subject tiiid t h e iibseiice of ail>- provision establishing tin exact method for
c;:!Iiiig the inilitin iritn Confederate service a r e sources of einbnrrnssnient
suffered t o iiiipede defensive measures.
7-hit.h ought 110 longer to
The :pyisIation in r ~ l a 11 to the cwralry deni:iiids clixiige. Tlie policy 41f
rcy1uiriig the inen to f u r h their own horses has proren pernicious in niariy
resylects. I t interferes \.;it2 discipline, impairs efficiency, and is the c:iuse of
freqvreiit :xiid prolonged absence from appropriate duty. The subject is fully
tre;ited i!i the Secretary's report. 113th suggestions 2s: to the pro1)er measures for
reforming t h a t branch of the service.
The recolnmen(1ation hitherto often maclc is agiiiii renewed, t h a t some mensure
be ::dopted f o r t h t recrgaiiixatian and consolidation of conipnnies and regiments
r h e ~so~ f a r reduced in nuiiihers as seriously to impair their efficiency. It is
tlte !iiore necessary t h a t this should be done. as the absence of legiskition on the
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It is surely a n evil t h a t a coinmanding officer


which forces upon him the choice of allowing
d to be seriously inipaired or of irttriuj)ting to
he exercise of doubtful authority t h e walit of proper legal provisiori.
The regard for the sensibility of officers who have lieretofore served with credit,
and which is believed to be the controlling motive t h a t has hitherto obstructed
legislation on this subject, however honorable and proper, mag be carried to a
point \\,hi& seriously injures the public good; arld if this be the case, i t can
scarcely be questioned which of the tire coilsiderations should be cleemed
paramount.
The Secretarys recommendations on the subject of facilitating the acquisition
of the iron reqiiired for maintaining the eficiency of rnilroad cornniunication on
the importaiit niilitarg lines are commended to your favor. The necessity for
the operation i n full vigor of such lines is too apparent to need coiiinient.
The question in dispute between the tlvo Governments relative t o tlie ew1i;ingc
of prisoners of war has been frequently presented in fornier messages and
reports, and is fully treated by the Secretary. The solicitude of t h e Government
for the rclief of our captive fellowcitizens has linoir-ii no abatenient, but has, on
the contrnry, been still more deeply evoked by the additional sufferings to which
they have been wantonly subjected, by deprivation of adequate food. clothing,
and fuel, which they were not even 11erniitted to purchase froin tlie prison sutlers. Finding that tlie enemy attempted to excuse their barbarous treatment
by the unfounded allegation t h a t it \ras retaliatory for like conduct on our part.
an oirer was made by us mith a view of ending all pretest for such recriminations or pretended retaliation.
The offer has been accepted, and each Government is hereafter t o be allowed
to provide necessary comforts to its own citizens held calkive by the other.
ts are in progress for the immediate executioii of this agreement, and
that but few days will elapse before we shall be relieved from the
thought that painful physical suffering is endured by so many o f our
fellow-citizens, whose fortitude in captivity illustrates the national character
as fully as did their valor in actual conflict.
J
The employment of slaves for service with the Arm57 as teamsters or coolis, or
in the way of work upon fortifications, or in the Governinerit workshops, or i n
hospitals, and other similar duties, was authorized by t h e act of 17th February
Isst, and provision \vas made for their impressment to a number not exceeding
20,000, if it should be found impracticable to obtain then1 Iry contract with the
owners. The law contemplated the hiring only of the labor of these slaves ant1
imposed on the Gorernuient the liability to pay for the value of such as might be
lost to the owners from casualties resulting from their euiployment in the
service.
This act has produce
I t than was anticipated, and further provision
is required to render it
But my present purpose is to invite your coilclical modifieation in the theory of the law.
sideration to the propri
Viewed iiierely :Is property, aiid tilerefore a s the subject of impressment, the
serrice or labor of the slave has been frequently claiined for short periods in
the construction ol defeiisive \TOrIis. The slave, however, bears allother relation

dds greatly to the value of tlie negros labor.


e positions to which neyroes cat1 be assignwl

person predominates so f a r a s to render it

was drlivvn to reside within its liniits after the close of his public. s r w i c e ? The
permission ~ v o u l d doubtless be inore rendily accorded as i i re\r,ird for past
faithful service, and :I rloulrle uioti\ e for eenlous discharge of duty \vould thus
be o f f e r ~ lto thohe enrl)lt)jc ~ 1))l tlie Goveriiiiient-tlieir
f
ficiitioii of tlir local :ittac4inicut \vhicli is so marked a char
mid fornis so lmonerfnl iiii incentire to his :ictiou. Tlie
liberate the negro (XI liis discliarge uftclr service fliitlifully
preferable to t h a t of griirrt g iiiiniec1i~iteiu:?iiumissioii or
i n servitnde. If this polic sliould recouuuend itself to the jnclgment of Congress, it is suggested that.
iidditioii to tlie duties heretofore performecl by the
slave. hc might be aclv:iutageoudy eiitployrd as pioneer and engineer laborer ;
and i n th:it event t h a t tlir II iber rhould ltr ;iugniented to 40,000.
Be>-ond this liinit :iud tl e P I I I ~ I O J iiients it does not seem to me desirnhle,
under existing circniiistaiic
to go. A broad morwl distinction exists between
the use of slar es iis soldier.: iii the defense of tlieir homes and tlie incitenieut of
the sniiie persons to insurrcction :igaiii.;t their misters. Tlie one is justifiable,
if uwestary. t h e otlier is iniquitous and unwortliy of a cirilized people; and
such is tlie juclgment of a11 IT riters on public Ian. ns \\ell as tliat elpressed mid
insisted on by o u r eiiciiiies i n all wtirs prior to t h a t now waged against us. Py
noite h a \ e the I)r;ictices of \vhich they :ire iio\v guilty hem denounced with
greater severity than by tlirmselves i u t h e two \vnrs with G r w t Rritain i n the
last and iu the present century ; and in t h e Declaration of Indepemdence of 1776,
when enuiueratioii was made of the \woiigs whicli justified the revolt from
Great Britain, tlie climax of atrocity TI as cleeme(1 to be reached only when the
English iiioriarch was denounced as havine: exci tcd domestic insurrections
nlilollgst 11s.
The subject is to be viewed by us. tilerefore, solcly in the light of policy and
our social economy. When so regarded, I must dissent from those wlio ndrise
a general lery aiid ariiiing of t h e slaves for t h e duty of soldiers. 17ntil our
white popuhtiou shall pro\ e insufiicient for the armies we require and can
afford to keel> ill the field, to employ a s a soldier the ucgro, \\ Iio litis merely been
a h ii Iabcrer the white i i i m :iccnstonied from his j-outh to
traiiie(1 to labor.
the> IIW of fireatxi\ \I oiild ~c;ircel? Ite deemed wise or aclrnntageous by any,
and this IS, the question 11ow befoie us. But should the alternative r r e r be preseiirecl 6 1 f subjuwtiori or of tlir, (niploj nient of the slit\ c LIT a soldicr, there seems
no rea\.uii to doubt wh.it slioulcl then be our decision TTliether our xiew embrncc. \rti,tt nonld. i n >o cxtrciiile i i crise. be the suiii o t 1uiscr.v rntiiilect by the
dominion of the eiiemy. or he rehtricted solely to tlie effcvt ul)oii the \velfare
and happiiiess of the iiegro polmlation themselres, the rezult 11 ould be the same.
The al)Iballing clenioralizntion. suEeriiig. @seas?, and dciitli \\-liicli have been
cui of po1ic.c for t h e kind
causeil by partially substituting :he invaders
lid slave hn\e lbeen a suiirelation prex iousl) subsisting between tlie mast
cient demonstration tliat external iuterfereuce with our in-,titution of domestic
SI:~\pry is 1,roductive of eril only If t h e wbject involrecl 110 other consitleration
than the 111ere right of property. the sacrifices lieretofore niade by our people
ell such as to permit 110 doubt cf their readiIip\s to surrender every posii1 order to secure their independence. But t h e social and 1)olitical questioI1. Lvhich is e ~ c l n s i ~ e lunder
y
the control ot the s ~ r e i a lStales, has a f a r
\rider and more enduring iiii~wrtancetl1ii11 t h a t of iJet.uniarj interest. In its
Iiianifold pllases i t einbraces t h e &ihility of our republicm institutions, resting
on t h e actual political equality of a11 its citizen-. and includes the fulfillment of
the tasl; \v,-hich has bee2 .:o Iiappily ht~gun-tl~at of iinproring the condition
and Christiiiriizing the Africans who have, by t h e \Till of Prol-idenCe, been placed
in our charge. Coinparing t h e r e w l t s of our o n n experience with those of the
experinpiits of others who ha\ e borne similar relations t o the African race, the
jEople of the several States of tlie Confederacy liare abundant reason to be
s a t i s f i d t\-ith t h e past and t o use the greatest circuiuspectioii in deteriiiining
rllrir course. These considernti6ns. however, a r e rdtlier applicable to tlie improbal)le contingency of o u r need of resorting to this eteiiierit of resistance than
to o11r IJresellt condition. If the recomiiieiidatioii ub:)re iiiade for tile triiiiiing
of 4o.r)w iirmoe.; for thrl service iiidicated ~houlclmect your approvnl, i t is certail1 tililt even this limited number. by tlieir prepiiriitory traiuinq in interrnecliate duties, vc.ould foriii a niore rtilual)le reserve force. i i i caw of urgency, than
threefbld their nun~her suddenly cillecl from fiic!(l I 111or.\\.1111e :I fresli levy
could, to rl certain extent, supply their places i n the special service for which
they are uow t ~ 1 ~ l o ) r n l .

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The regular annual reports of the Attorney-General, the Secretary of the


xavy, all& the Postmaster-General are appended, a n d give au\ple infornvation
relwtire to the conditioll of the respective Degartinents ' r l ~ c y coiitziiii suggestiolls for legislative provisions required to remedy such defects in the existing laws :is ]1a\,e been disclosed by experience, but 11o11e of SO general or imIlortalit character as to require that I should do more than reconmend them
to your favorable consideration.
The dispositioii of this Goreriment for a peaceful solution of tlie issues which
the enellty has referred to the arbitrament of arms has been too often manifested aild is too well known to need new assurances. But \rliile i t is true that
I~ldiriduals:ujd 1);trties i n the United States have indicated ii desire to snbstitute reasoil for force, and by liegotiation to stop t h e further sacrifice of hul ~ a nlife, and to arrest the calamities Ti-hich now afflict both countries, the
authorities \yho control the Gorerninent of our enemies Iiare too often and too
clearly expressed their resolution to mrke no peace ex(.ek)t on ternis of our
nlicoriditioiial submission and degradation, to leave us ally hope of the cessatioii
of llostilities until tlie delusioii of their ability to conquer us is dispelled.
Among those \rho :we already disposed for peace, ni:iiiy iire actuated by principle and by disaplroval and abhorrence of tlie iniauitous warfare t h a t their
Governuient is nuging, wliile others are niored by tlie conrictioii tlint it is no
longer to the interest of tlie United States to continue a struggle in which success is unattainable. Whenever this fast-growwig ,conviction shall h a r e taken
tiriii root in the niiuds of a iirajority of the Northern people. there Trill be IKOduced that willingness to negotiate for peace which is now confined to our side.
Pence is rnanifestly iinpossible unless desired by both parties to this war, and
the disposition for i t among our enemies will be best and most certainly
erolied by the deinonstrwtioii 011 our part of ability and unshaken deterniin;i tion
to defend our rights and to hold 110 earthly price too dear for their purchase.
Whenever there shall be on the part of our enemies a desire for peace, there
will be no difficulty in finding means by mliicli negotiation (':in be opened ;
but i t is obvious that no agency can be called into action until tliis desire shall
be inutual. When that contingency shall happen, the gorernmeiit to \\ liicli
is confided the treaty-innking power ciiii be a t no loss for niciins iiclai)trd to
accoinplish so desirable an end.
I n the hope that the day will soon be reached when, under Diyine favor, these
Stfites may be allowed to enter on their former peaceful pursuits :tiid to develol)
the itbnndnnt natural resources with which they are blessed, let us, then, resolutely continue to devote cur united and unimpaired energies t o the defense of
our homes, our lives, and our liberties. This is the true path to peace. Let us
tread it with confidence in the a s s u r e result.
JEFFEltSOS DAVIS.
l%ICHbIOND, V A . , >'OVC??lbCr 7 , 1864.

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Secretary of the Treasury.
On motion of Mr. Marshall, the reading of the cominunication of
the Secretary of the Treasury and the documents accompanying the
message of the President was dispensed with.
Mr. Marshall moved that 2,000 copies of the message of the President, of the reports of the Secretaries of the Treasury arid of War,
of the Postmaster-General, and the Attorney-General be printed.
The rule having been suspended requiring the motion to be referred
to the Cominittee on Printing, the motion prevailed.
On motion of Mr. Chambers, the report of the Secretary of the
Xavy was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs, with instructions to report whether it shall be printed.
On motion of Mr. Miles, so much of the President's message as
relates to finance, to
report of the Secretary of the
Treasury, was referre
ee on Ways and Means ; so much
a s relates to military
with the report of the Secretary
of War and the accom
cuments, to the Conimittee on Mili-

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tar:\- Affairs: so muc11 a s relates to naval affairs, together with the


report of the Secretary of the Savy, to the Committee on Kaval Affair.;: so milch as relates to postal affairs, with the report of the Postinilster-General. to the Coininittee on Post-Offices arid Post-Roads ;
so niuch as relates to the judiciary, Kith the report of the AttorneyGeneral, to the Committee on the Judiciary; so niuch as relates to
foreigii affairs, with report of Secretary of State, to Committee on
Foreign Affairs, and so ninch as refers Lo the acquisition of iron for
railroads. to the Coinmittee on the Quartermasters and Commissary
Departments, with instructions to inquire into the general subject of
increasing the supply of iron and manufactures of iron during the
war.
On niotion of Mr. Jlarshall,
The House adjom*neduntil 12 oclock to-morrow.

SECOSD I>AS--TUESDBY,

XOVEXBER
8, 1864.

U P E S SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Duncan.
Messrs. Batson of Arkansas and TTilkes of Jlissouri appeared, were
sworn to support the Constitution, and took their seats.
On motion of Mr. Menees. leare of absence was granted his colIwgue. Ah. Atkins, who was detained from his seat by sickness in his
family, and his colleague: JIr. Cluskey, who was detained by rea3on of
hi- wound.
The Chair laid before the IIouse a cornmimication from the goveriior of Virginia, transniittiiig the proceedings of the governors of
-ereral of the States of the Confederacy: IT-hicli, oil motion of Mr.
Perkin>. were ordered to he printed and spread upon the Journal.
The proceedings are as folloxrs, viz :
Lrfter f i w n the gocernor of T ~ r g m u ,coauriuizicating a .series of resollhtions
pnssed ( i t (I meeting of the !joceriioi.s of the States of Virginia. Xorth Carolina. South Curolitia. Georgia. Slahaiiiu. mid Miwissippi. held in Augusta, CTa.,
oil Motidag. the 17th d a y o f October, 1 S 6 j .

STATEOF VIRGINIA,
EXECUTIVE
DEPARTMENT,
Richinoiid, Socember 7 . 1864.
t l i t Hou.se of Repvesentatices of the Confederate Slates.

20 ilre S D P i i L e r (,f
S I R :I lierenith inclose the proceedings of the governors of several of the
States of the (onfederac) . which sou will please present to your body.
I aiu. sir, yours. most respectfully,
X U . SMITH.

dt a meeting of t h e governors of the States of Virgini;i, Sort11 Carolina, South


(*arolin:i. Georgia. Alabama. and Jlississippi, held iii Augusta, Ga., on Monday,
tlie 17th d:iy of October. 1864, Governor William Smith presiding, after a full,
free. and hariiionious consultation and interchange of roririsel, the following,
n i i ~ o n gtrtlrcr 7-iem. were expressed :
Ziewl7~rd.?h;it tliere is notliing in the present aspect of public affairs to cause
an^ nbnte~l~eiit
of our zeal in the prosecution of the war to the accomplishnient
of i i 1)eace bnLcti o n the independence of the Confederate States. And to give
encourageinen: to oiir 1)r:a~esoldiers in the field, a n d to strengthen the Confwtfeixte nuthorities in the pursuit of this desirable end, we will use our best
pxertioiis to increase t h e effective force of our armies.
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Resolved, That the interests of each of our States are identical in t h e present
struggle for self-government, and wisdom and true patriotism dictate that the
military forces of each should aid the others against invasion and subjugation,
and for this purpose we mill recommend to our several legislatures to repeal all
such laws as prohibit the executives from sending their forces beyond their
respective limits, in order that they may render temporary service wherever
most urgently required.
Resolved, That whilst i t is our purpose to use every exertion to increase the
strength and efficiency of our State and Confederate forces, we respectfully and
earnestly request that the Confederate authorities will send to the field every
able-bodied man, without exception. in any of its various departments, whose
Dlace can be filled by either disabled officers a n d soldiers, senior reserves, or
&roes, and dispense with the use of aH provost and post guard, except in important cities or localities mhere the presence of large bodies of troops make
then1 necessary, and with all passport agents upon railroads not in t h e immediate vicinity of the armies, a s we consider these agents an unnecessary annoyance to good citizens and of no possible beneht to the country.
RPsoZved, That we recommend our respective legislatures to pass stringent laws
for the arrest and retur1i to their commands of all deserters i ~ stragglers
d
from
the Confederate armies or State troops, and that i t be riiade the special duty,
under appropriate penalties, of all civil and military oficers to arrest and
deliver to the proper authorities all such delinquents.
And whereas the public enemy, having proclaimed t h e freedom of o u r slaves,
a r e forcing into their armies the able-bodied portion thereof, the more effectually
to wage their cruel and bloody war against us : Therefore be it
Resolved, That i t is the true policy and obvious duty of all slave owners
timely to remove their slaves from the line of the enemys approach, and especially those able to bear arms; and when they shall fail to do so, t h a t i t should
be made the duty of the proper autboritics to enforce the performance of this
duty, and t o give to such owners a11 necessary assistance as f a r as practicable.
Iicsolced, That the course of the enemy in appropriatiug our slares who happen to fall into their hands to purposes of war seems t o justify a change of
policy on oiir part ; and whilst o\sners of slaves, under the circumstances, should
freely yield them to their country, we recommend t o our authorities, under
proper regulations, to appropriate such part of them to the public service a s
may be required.
Resobed, That the States have the right to export such productions and to
import such supplies as may be necessary for State use or for the comfort or
support of their troops in service, upon any vessel or vessels owned or chartered by them, and that we request Congress, a t its nest session, to pass laws
remoriiig all restrictions which have been imposed by C o n f d e r a t e authority
upon such exports or imports by the States.
And, lastly, we deem i t not inappropriate t o declare our fir111 and unalterable
Purposc, as we believe it to be that of our fellow-citizens, to maintain o u r right
of Self-government, to establish our independence, and to uphold the rights and
sovereignty of the States, or to perish in the attempt.
IZesoEved, That the chairman be requested to send a copy of these resolutioiis
to His Excellency President Davis, one each to the President of the Senate and
the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to be laid before the respective
bodies, and one to the governor of each State in the Confederacy.

The Chair also laid before the House a communication from Captain Lee, in charge of the office of orders and detail, Confederate
States Navy Department, transmitting for distribution 100 copies of
the Navy Register for 1864; which mas laid upon the table.
Mr. Hanly offered the following resolution ; which was adopted,
viz :
Resolved, That t h e President be respectfully requested to communicate to this
House whcther any appointments have been made under the act entitled A11
act to provide and organize a general staff for armies in the field, to serve
during the war, approved June fourteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ;
and if not, why have
beeu made in pursuance of said act.

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Also. the following resolution; which as adopted, viz :


Rcsolrwl, T h a t t h e Coininittee on Jlilitnry Affairs be. iiml they a r e hereby,
instructed to inquire whether the officers and privates of our armies have or
have not been paid for the past several months ; and if not, why.

Mr. Blandford introduced


A bill '. to repeal an act entitled 'An act to impose regulations upon
the foreign commerce of the Confederate States to provide for the
public defense,' approved February sixth. eighteen hundred and
sixty-four :
\T-hich n-as read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Conimerce.
Xr. Bell oflrrecl the follon-ing resolution ; which was adopted, riz :
Resolctd, T h a t t h e Committee on Jlilitary Affairs be instructed t o inquire
into t h e cause of t h e absence of so ittaiiy officers ;ind holdiers from the Army,
and ascertain whether the failure t o keep them with their proper commands
results from defective legislation or inefficient enforceirtent of the lam, and
report by bill or other<%-ise
such iiieasure as in their judgment will most speedily
and effectually return them t o their respective commands, and prevent in the
future t h e recurrence of such uuauthorized absence.

Jfr. Burnett introduced


A joint resolution " of thanks to Brigadier-General John S. Williams and the officers and men under his conimaiicl for their victory
owr the enemy a t Salt\-ille. T'irginia, on the second clay of October,
eighteen hundred and sixty-four ; ?'
n-hich Tl-as read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
M r . Chrisman offered the following resolution ; which was adopted,
riz :
Resolred. T h a t t h e President be respectfully requested. if not incom~)atible
Kith the public interest, to cause to be furnished to this House the names of all
persons specially exchanged by the commissioiiers of t.srli;iiire sinte the establishment of the bureau for t h e exchange of prisoners ; also the time of the capture and the date of exchange.

Also, the following resolntion :


Eesolced. That this Hoube d o no\+ proceed t o dritir for seats.

Mr. Foote called the question ; mhich wai ordered. and the resolution was adopted.
The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Treasurer relati\ e to the pay of members during the vacation ; which was
laid upon the table.
Mr. Barksclale introduced
-1bill 'r to provide for the more effectual punishment of crimes and
misdemeanors against the Confederate States : '.
which as read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary.
,1lso. a bill .'to define the crimes of larceny and embezzlement
again5t the Confedcrate States: " which was read a first and second
tirrie arid referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
.&o, a bill '. to regulate the compensation of certain officers; "
7;rhich was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary.

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Mr. Vest introduced


A bill for the relief of Major John Reid, of Missouri : *'
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which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Claims.
Mr. J. T. Leach introduced
A bill ('for the suppression of intemperance and it:, cullcoinitant
evils in the civil and military departments of the Confederate (h-ernment ; "
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Conlmittee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Miles introduced
A joillt resolution " authorizing the raising and organizing of a
Polish legion;
which as read a first and second time and referred to the C'oniinittee
on Military A4ffairs.
Also, a bill '. to authorize the consolidation of companies. battalions, and regiments ; which was read a first and second time and
referred to the Committee oil Military affairs.
Also, ti bill " to construe and declare more explicitly the meaiiiiig
of an act entitled 'An act to increase the compensation of the heads
of the several Executive Departments and the Assistant Secretary
of War and the Treasury and of the Assistant Attorney-General and
the Comptroller of the Treasury and other officers therein named,'
approved June foarteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ;" which
\\'as I W ~a first and second time and referred to the Coiimittee on
Ways and Means.
Mr. Miles offered the following resolution ; which TI as adoptetl :
))

))

Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed t o inquire into


the expediency of adopting some legislation by which citizens of the Confederate
States liable to niilitary duty now absent abroad (unless in Government service)
and not resident abroad at the commencement of the present \\ 11' 111ay be
compelled to return and perform such niilitary duty, upoil piiin of coiifisciition
of their property and effects, or deprivation hereafter of the electire fmntliise,
or such other penalty as may be deemed most effectual for indl
sentces to return to and assist in defending the soil of their countr

Mr. Foote offered the following resolution :


Resolved, That the Doorkeeper of the House be, and he is hereby. instructed
to procure and place upon the desks of the several members of this body three
of the morniug papers printed in this city during each day of the present session, a t some early hour thereof, each memher being allowed to designate the
papers which he prefers.
Mr. Baldwin demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which merc ordered,

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Bfr. Foote offered tlie following resolution :


ResolLrd, That it be the duty of the Uoorheeper to suppls each one of the
coiiiluittce room* of tlie Rouse regularly with the various morniiig papers
printed in this city.

T h e resolution was not adopted.


3fr. Foote offered the following resolution; which vas adopted :
Hcwl vccl. Ihxt the Committee 011 the Quartermasters and Commissary Departnients I>@ instruc.teri to inquire specially whether i t be true, a s rumored, t h a t unsoii~?dand \rorthlcxs tohacco has been heretofore supplied to our soldiers, instead of the sound tobacco directed by la\\=to be supplied to them, and report
their action herein t o this House a s early as practicable.

3Lr. Foote offered the following resolution :


Resoh?d. T h a t i n -i-ie\r of t h e statement iiiade in t h e Presidents message of
the conduct of foreign poners toward us. i t is alike expedient and necessary t o
our ow11 lionor as nu independent people t h a t all attempts to obtain recognition
at their hands by direct efforts of any kind on our p a r t should be desisted from,
and t h a t a l l diplomatic agents heretofore accredited t o any of them should be
a t ouce withdrawn.

On motion of M r . Foote, the resolution was referred to the Committee on Foreign d f f airs.
JIr. Foote offered the following resolution; which mas adopted,
riz :
Resolced, T h a t t h e Committee on Quartermasters and Coinmissary Departments be instructed to inquire thoroughly into the present condition of said
de~)wrti~ients,
with if view to ascertaining whether any additional legislation i s
necessary to increase their efficiency; and also with a view to ascertairiiiig
vhether w n j pecuninrj- frauds hare been coniriiilted by persons in the employ;!lent of said cltJ1iartinents. and iilso T h a t additional legislation may be needed
for the punishnieiit of fraudulent conduct on the p a r t of the employees thereof,
and for the prerentiou. so f a r as practicable, of such fraudulent practices in
future.

Mr. Foote also oflered the following resolution ; which was


adopted :
Rcsolceil. T h a t the Committee on Quartermasters and Conimissary Departments be instructed to inquire whether i t be t r u e that the Coimiiissary Uepartnient of the Confederate Gorernment paid. or agreed to pay. to any persons
n-haterer. during t h e nionthc: of July and August last, the sum of t1iirt)- doll.irs
or fort7 dollars per lmshel f o r wheat. aiid who, i f any, were the indivic?ii:ils with
M hom such extraordinary contracts were made, together IT-ith all tlie inateri:il
ci rcuuirtanccs conr~ectedtheren-ith.

Jfr. Foote oflerecl the following resolution, to wit :


Resolved, T h a t thic: House
cordially concur in t h a t portion of the r i e m
oxpressed by the Prrrident in
late aiinual message touching the eniployment
of &res by the Confederate Government in connection with the present n-ar,
11 hich is ein1,rncetl in the follmring In-opositions :
First. The general levy a n d ariiiirig of t h e slares for the duty of soldiers
would he inexpedient.
Seconcl. 1-ntil our white population shall prove insufficient for the armies we
require kind ~ x n
afford to keep in t h e field, to employ :is a soIdier t h e negro.
\~-vhohi15 nlerely I,ePii trained to labor, and a s a laborer the white man RCCIISto~nedfrom his youth to firearms mould neither be \T-ise nor tidrantageous.
Third. Slioiiltl the iilternntire ever be preseiitecl of suhinission [ r n h j u ~ a t i o n ]
or of the e m ~ ~ l o y m eof
n t tlie s l a w a s a soldier, then such employmeiit \vould be
right and proper.
Fonrth. The act of tht. st.1 euteeiith of Pebru:iry last haring provided for t h e
inipressrilent of slares to i i nuniber not exceeding twenty thousand, if it should
lie found impriicticahle to olttain them by contract v i t h the owners, and said
1:rn. contemplating t h e hiring of the labor only of these slaves slid irnposing on tllr
Government the liability to pay for the value of such as might be lost to t h e

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owner from casualties resulting from employmen! in t h e service, now, for the
purposes enumerated in said act of IiebruarF last. instrnctioii i u the manner of
encamping, marching, and parking trains is needful. SO t h a t eWll in this limited employment length of service adds greatly to tile \:llue of the negros
labor; for these and for other reasons it is cspcdient that the Government
should acquire for the public service the entire 1)royerty ii! the labor of the
slave and to pay therefor due compensation, rather th:1n to iniprrw his labor for
short terms ; and when said przperty is thus acquired it would be eminently
politic that emancipation should be held out to him as x rewv;wd for faithful
service, and all proper egorts should be made to obtain t h e perniission of the
State from wrhich he iviis drawn to reside within its limits after the close of his
public service.
Fifth. Should this policy be adopted, i t is cvideiit t h a t i n addition to the
duties heretofore performed by the slave, he might be advnntngeously employed
as pioneer and engineer laborer; and in t h a t event t h a t t h e nuniber should be
augmented to forty thousand.
Sixth. Beyond this limit aud these employments i t does not seem desirable.
under existing circunist:inces. to go.
Seventh. A broad moral distinction exists between the use of slaves 21s soldiers in the defense of their homes and the incitement of the s:iiiie persons
[to insurrectio~i]against their masters. The one is justifinble, if necessary, and
the other is iniquitous and unworthy of a civilized people.
R e s o l w d , That in the whole action of the Confederate Government on this
important subject it is desirable :tiid necessary to have tlie sanction and agyroval
of the sovereign States who constitute this Confederacy, and that no importilnt
movement looking to the emancipation of the slaves of the South, or of any portion thereof, should be taken bS this Gorermnent without the unirnimous consent
of the people of said States in convcrition assembled.
Eesolced, That Congress have no authority to interfere with the emancipation
of slaves or the treatment of them, in any of thp States, without the consent of
said States, and that nothing could be niore unfortunate a t this time than the
assertion of a power on the part of the Confederate Government to emancip;ite
iiny portion of the slares of the South, either as a war or pence iiieasurc, or
under any possible circumstances, without the consent thereto being first had and
obtained of the State or States wherein such slaves shall be resident.

On motion of Mr. Foote, the consideration of the resolution was


postponed until Thursclsy.
Mr. Colynr offered the following resolution ; which r a s adopted :
Resolved, That the prompt payment of our troops, according to lam, i s a matter of the first importance; and whereas a t the last session of Congress it T T ~ S
supposed ample provision had been made for the payment thereof, not\\-ithstanding, from some cause, thc Army of Tennessee and perhaps other armies have been
greatly neglec>ted aild not paid off for many months while other armies hnre
been promptly paid,
Therefore the Committee on Ways and Neans should a t once ascertain the
eiiuse of this delay and neglect and report the same, with the remedy, by bill or
otherwise.

Also, the following resolution ; which was adopted :


Resol tml, lliat the Committee on the Judiciary inquire into t h e expediency of
confcrnng upon the district courts of the Confederate States of Bmericti the
p o \ ~ c rto gritlit the writ of mandamus in msed \rhereiii the siinie power w n s
vestcd heretofore by law in tlie Supreme Court of the linited States, and that
the coiimittee report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Chambers,


The House adjourned until 12 oclock to-inorrov.

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OPEA- SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Duncan.
The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Hon.
A. H. Garland, of Arkansas, late a member of the House, relative to
his election to the Senate; d i i c h was read and laid upon the table.
Xr. Russell, under a suspension of the rules, offered the following
resolution :
ResoIned, T h a t t h e Spealier he authorized to assign t o the committees of this
House t h e nietlibers \\ho h a l e taken their seats since the organization of said
committees.

The resolution was adopted.


Xr. Russell submitieti the following resolution ; which was adopted :
Resolved, T h a t the Committee on the Judiciary inquire into the expediency of
increasing t h e tonipensation of wamhuls, jurors, and witnesses in the courts of
the C o n f d e r a t e States.

Mr. Russell introduced


A bill to provide means to carry on the war ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
Also, a bill (to lay an export duty on cotton, tobacco, a n d naval
stores; which was read a first and second time and referred to the
Committee on TTays and Means.
Also, a bill * to consolidate the public debt : which was read a first
and second time and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Air. Goode presented the memorial of Caswell Turpin, praying compensation for the loss of a storehouse in the tovn of Liberty, Va.,
illegally impressed by the Confederate authorities and de4royecl by
the public enemy : -&ich was referred to the Committee on Claims.
JIr. Goode offered the following resolution : n-hich was adopted,
viz :
R r w l r e d . T h a t the Comnlittee on Military L4ffairs he instructed to inquire
into the espedieiicj- of repe:tliiig so much of t h e act approved seventeenth of
Fehriiary, entitled dn act t o organize forces to serve during the war, as
exempts one perwn a s oretseer or agriculturist ou t w + i fitrm or plantation
upon n-hich there were upou the first day of .Jxnn,iry 11-t fifteen able-bodied
field hands between sixteen and fifty.

Air. Gholson precentecl the memorial of Edviin Tlilliams, praying


compensation for crops destroyed by the troops of General Reauregard; which was refcrrccl to the Conmiittee on Claims.
Air. Gholson offered the following resolution : which \\-as adopted,
viz :
Resolved, T h a t t h e Committee on Ways and Means, when they come to report
a bill imwsing taxes for the support of Government, etc., sliall, if practicable,
embrace the whole subject in a single act.

Mr. \Tickham introduced


-1bill to amend an act to increase the efficiency of the.hrmy bv
the employment of frec negroes and slaves in certain capacltics,
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which was read a first and second time and rcferrcd to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Baldwin offered the following resolution : which was adopted,
viz :
Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary inquire and report r h e t h e r
it is competent for this House, by simple resolution, to establish a t t h d public
expense a newspaper for the publication of the proceedings 6f the House.

Also, the following resolution ; which was adopted :


Resolved, That the select conlmittee appointed

:it t h e Inst session to make


arrangements for reporting and publishing t h e debates and proceedings of this
IIouse be directed to report without delay all that has been done upon that
subject.

Mr. Clopton offered the following resolution ; which was adopted :


Resolved, That the President be requested to cause to be communicated to the
House copies of all instructions now in force which h a r e been issued to the
assessors and collectors of taxes, both of the money tax and tax in kind.

Mr. Dickinsoii moved that the rules be suspended to enable him to


offer the following resolution :
Resolvecl, That the memorials and papers in support of the various claims
preseiited to the House at the last session, and which were not acted upon at
that session, be withdrawn from the files and referred to the Committee on
Claims.

The motion was lost.


Mr. Shewmake presented the petition of certain route agents of the
Post-Office Department, asking an increase of pay; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Echols introduced
A bill to explain the word family as used in the fifth sestion of
an act to amend the tax laws passed June fourteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
Mr. H. W. Bruce offered the following resolution; which was
Rdopted :
Resolved, That the Committee on Ways and Means be instructed to inquire
into the expediency of introducing a bill to make a necessary appropriation to
1)iIY for the horses of soldiers killed in battle.

Mr. Read offered the following resolution ; which was adopted :


~esolvecl,That the Coiiirnittee on Mediciil Affairs be instructed to inquire into
the propriety of increasing the compensation now allowed to matrons of hospi tals.

MY.Moore offered the following resolution; which was adopted :


Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs inquire wliether any f i i i s ther legislation be necessary to expedite the process of sending conscripts to the
L\r111y where they are found capable of duty in the field, and of sending them
home where they are found unfit for duty, and that they report by bill such
modification of existing laws as may be required to render more efficient the
present system of putting troops into the Army.

M i . Read offered the following resolution ; which was adopted, viz :


Resolved: That the Co
the propriety of establis
styled the Bureau of

Mr. Viller6 introduce

tary Affairs be instructed to inquire into


bureau from the Department of War, to

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h bill to amend an act entitled An act to increase the efficiency


of the Arniy by the eniploynent of free negroes and slaves in certain
capacities:
d i i c h was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military ,iffairs.
Nr. Perliiiis introduced
A bill t o establish two judicial districts in the State of Louisiana ;
n-hich was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
011 the diidiciary.
Jfr. Perkins offered the following resolution ; which was adopted,
riz :
Resoked, That the President of the Confederate States be requested to inform
Coiigress hether the Ilouorable Howell Cobb, President of the late Provisional
Congress, has complied with t h e a c t of seventeenth February, eighteen hundred
and sixty-four, by which he was instructed to h a r e prepared two copies of the
Journal of the Prorisional Congress and the proceedings of the conrcution which
framed t h e Provisional and Permanent Constitutions of the Confederate States
one cepy of which was to be deposited in the office of t h e Department of Justice ;
and if iiot, to communicate to Congress any information he may have as to the
present state of the work ; also n-hether the originals of the Journals and proceeiiiugs aforesaiii have been sealed a n d deposited for preservation with the
Secretary of State, in accordance with law.

Mr. Chambers offered the following resolution ; which was adopted,


viz :
RewEced, T h a t the Secretarr of tlie Trensurj he requested to inform this
IIouse what amount of claims from each State has been paid or nllowxl uuder
the act of .Julie fourteeiith. eighteen huiidred nud sixty-four, to provide for the
wt2iblinhnimt and paynient of rlniins for a certain description of property takeu
or inforn~allyiuiiiresqed for t h e use of the Army.

M r . Barksdale introduced
A bill * * t o amend the sequestration laws of the Confederate

States; *
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary.
JIr. Miles presented a communication froin the Comptroller of the
Treasury relative to compensation for horses ; which was referred to
tlie Committee on Jlilitarp Affairs.
3fr. Miles introduced
-1 bill .-to establiJi a general intelligei~eoffice;
wliich was read a first and second time arid refrrred to the Cornniittee
on Military Affairs.
Jlr. Swan offered the following resolution :
Re.stil~ed,T h a t t h e chairman of the Comuiittee on Pay and Jlileage be, aud
lie is hereby. authorized a u d directed to pay Jlrs. Sarah -1. Eleiskell the pay and
:liilenge already due or liereaftrr to accrue to J. R. Ileiskell, while he mag be
held as a prisoner by the public enenix.

The resolution was referred to the Committee on Pay and Mileage.


Jfr. Swan offered the following resolution : which was adopted, v1z :
Resoz?;ed, T h a t t h e Committee on Jf ilitary Affairs be instructed t o inquire
into the expcdieiicy of proriding by lam for the certain remoral, to points within
our military lines. of all able-bodied adult male negroes, as the necessities of the
-Tar may constrail1 t h e abandonment of territory to t h e enemy; and t h a t the
mmmittee report by bill or otherwise.

JOURNAL O F THE

Mr. Foote offered the following rcL-ol:!tioii:


Resolge& That the recommeildation Collt~llli~d
i l l the l'resi(ktit's message, that
Congress should vest in the military authorities J W n er to detail sI1L.h editors and
needful employees of newspapprb as they may consider proper for the conducting of said papers, and to put all others in the military serric>e,iS one nhich
this House can by no means approve.

Mr. Barksdale moved that the resolution be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Foote demanded the yeas and nays thereon ;
Which were ordered,
-r
Yeas-----------------------53
And recorded as f o l l o ~ ~viz
~ s: , Nays _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 13
Yeas : Anderson, Baldain, Barlrsdale, Batson, Blandford, Bradley,
Eli M. Bruce, Horatio IV. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clark, Clopton, Colyar, Conrom, Dickinson, Dupr6, Echols,
Ewing, Farrow, Funsten, Gaither, Gholson, Goode, Hatcher, Hilton,
Holliday, Johnston, Kenner, Lester, Bfachen, Menees, Mile?, Miller,
Montague, Moore, Perkins, Read, Rives, Russell, Shewmake, Sinipson,
J. M. Smith, W.E. Smith, Snead, Staples, Swan, Triplett, Vest, Viller8, Welsh, Wickham, Wilkes, and Witherspoon.
Ways: Bell, Foote, Fuller, Garland, Gilmer, Hanly, J. &f. Leach,
J. T. Leach, Marshall, Murray, Orr, Ramsay, and Turner.
So the motion prevailed.
Mr. Russell, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to wlioni h a d
been referred
A bill " grantin seats on the floor of the House of Representatives
to the principal oi%
cers in the Executive Departments."
reported back the same with the recommendation that it do pass.
On motion of Mr. Russell, the consideratioii of the bill was postponed until Tuesday next, and made the special order after the morning hour.
On motion of Mr. Welsh, the House resolved itself into secret session; and having spent some time therein, resolved itself into open
session.
On inotion of Mr. Gaither,
The House adjourned until 12 o'clock to-morrow.
SECRET SESSION.

The House being in secret session,


The Chair laid before the House a communication from the President ; wliicli was read as follows, viz :
RICHMOND,YA., N o v e n i b e ~9, 1864.
T o tlae Senute und House of Representutiues:

I hererith tmisniit for your consideration a coniniunicatioii from the Secretary of War, showing that a dangerous conspiracy exists i n some of the
counties of southwestern Virginia, and in the neighboring portions of North
Carolina and Tennessee, which i t is found impracticable t o suppress by the ordinary course of law. The facts are so fully exhibited by the repo1-l and accompiuiying papers, hereby su
der it unnecessary to repeat them
or to do more than invite
to disclosures upon which I deem
i t my duty to wcoinmend
e writ of habeas corpus, in order
that full efficiency may
tarp power for $he repression of
the eTil.
It lnay be proper here
f the term for whicll
the writ was suspended,
as encountered, particularly

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267

and Rjghniond, on account of the inability of the ulfitziry


and hold suspected persous against whom the testimonj
fill1 :~ssiirancet h a t they Ivere spies or holding treasonablp
c~oniniuni~:itionwith t h e enemy. though legal proof could not be adduced to
secure their commitment and coiiriction 1 ~ t1h e conrts, either because of the
character of t h e evidence or of t h e necessity for concealing the sources of inforlustion, which were not unfrequeritly within t h e enemy's lines
JEFFERSOX DAVIS.
11,

On motion of Xr. Russell,


The message and accompaiiying documents were referred to the
Conmiittee on the Judiciary.
On motion of Mr. Swan.
The House resolved itself into open session.

FOUIITH DAY-THT'RSDhY,
OPE>

XOVEXBER
10, 1864.

SE;SSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and TvaS opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Duncan.
JIr. Staples offered the following reFolution : vhich was adopted,
riz :
Resobed, T h a t a special cominittee of three 1
expediency of nil :ippeal on the p,irt of ('ongre
Confederacy f o r a modififiitioii of tlwir I:I\V%
employees froni military service.

ointed to inquire into the


the s e ~ e r n lStates of the
ipting Rt;ite oflivers and

JIr. Anclersori introduced


A\bill '. to amend the lan s in relation to the receipt of coniiterfeit
Trea>ury notes by public officer- :"
which \-asread a fir4 :iiicl -eroncl time and referred to the Committee
on 1Yaj-s and Jlean..
Jfr. Lester offered the follon-ing resolution : which was adopted,
siz :

Resolced, T h a t the President be. and he is hereby. respectfully requested


if not incompatible w i t h the public interest, to caiise ttw 1)i~);)erofficer or
officers to lap before this House a detailed statement of the tax in Bind assessed
tetl east of the Mississippi River during the year eighteen hundred
three. and ah0 of the present year as far as returns have been inadsay. the nuillher of bushe15 of wheat, corn. oats. rye. and buclin-heat,
ity of rice. Irish I)otutoes, sweet potatoes. cured liiiy, and fodder ;
also. the number of ponilds of bac40ri and sagar, also. the qmintity of wool. cot
ton, and tobacco ; also. the iiuniber of gallons of sirnl, :and iiio1assc.s. qiving in
the statement t h e qu;intily dcriT-etl froni each State
d l w , t h a t he cause titi.: IIonze to he informed of Iiow much of each of tlir
:trticles Lefore eniiiiier<itcd !I
1)urchased by :inti for the me of the (;orc.rnmeiit cluring t h e time :ifol
iiiforniea of liov iriiic.li of .;.lid ~ ~ ~ i i i i i ! ~ i x t ~
, t1i;it he c a ~ i s ethe IIrn
s has been impressed during t h e time afores:tid.
;\nd t h a t this detiniled inforination be given to the IIousr at the ciirliest
~iracticaibleday.

AIw, the following resolution: which was adopted. r i z :


Resol~ed,T h a t t h e President be requested to c a w e the Secretary of War to
furnish to this House t h e items or particulars which lii~i!<eup his eStilIlate O f
four hundred a n d two inillion nine hundred and twelve thousand two hundred
and six dollars and thirty-three cents necessary for his Department for the,
six months fro111 first January to first .July, eighteen Iiunctred and sixtg-fi7 et h a t is to say, what sum is necewwg to 1)ay off the oflirers and soldiers of the
js necessary to suli\i\t the Army arid forage its animals? What
Army?
~ l l mis Iipcessary to clotlie the .\ring? What sum i n iiecessary to transport the

10, 1804.

ov.

Army? And SO on, giving every item in detaiL; and t h a t the President bc
requested to cause the Secretary to comply with this resolution as soon as
practicable.

Mr. Marshall introduced


A bill concerning the emoluments and pay of the clerk of the
district court of the Confederate States of America for the eastern
district of Virginia ; )
wliich was read a first a i d second time and referred to the Coinmittee
on the Judiciary.
Mr. Farrow offered the following resolution ; which was adopted,
viz :
Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire
whether any and what legislation may be proper to remedy the abuse of the practice of granting furloughs by generals in the field for recruits, so as to prevent
said furloughs from being monopolized by purchase by a few individuals.

Also, the following resolution ; which mas adopted :


Resoloed, That Senate bill numbered sixty-three, being a bill i f o r the relief
of Mrs. Margaret A. Rice, be taken from the Calendar of the last session and
placed upon the Calendar of the present session.

Mr. Murray introduced


A bill to prevent malicious arrest of officers of the Army;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Foote offered the following resolution :
))

Resolved, That whilst prosecuting the pending war with a11 energy and earnestness, reasons of policy, justice, and humanity alike require that the President
should be armed with adequate power to offer complete anloesty t o a l l such of
the citizens and residents of the Confederate States a s heretofore, under delusion, or otherwise, have been hostile to our cause, but who a r e no\\ willing to
Come forward and take upon themselves the obligation to support our Government as good and true citizens.

On motion of Mr. Foote, the consideration of the resolution mas


postponed until Wednesday next, and made the special order.
The Chair laid before the House a communication from the President ; which was read as follows, viz :
RICHMOND,
VA., Yozjembcr 9 , 186/t.

Yo the Senate and House o f Representatives:


I herewith transmit n coriiniunic~tionfrom the SecretirJ of ~ y i ~ corering
r,

copies of several reports of military operations during the present year, and
renew my Suggestion that all such papers are suhniitted f & the inforniation of
C W m Y S , unc2 that it is not considered advisable to publish them at this time.
JEFFERSOS DAVIS.

On motion of Mr. Miles, the message and accompanying documents


w r e referred to the Coinniittee on Military Affairs.

The House then proceeded to the consideration of the special order,


viz :
The resolution of Mr. Chambers that the valor, constancy, and
e steady cooperatioil
1 continue a sufficient
e independence of the
1, resolved itself into secret
solved itself into open

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269

Xr. S ~ a nmoved t h a t the House take a recess iintil half past 7


oclocli.
Blr. Orr moved that the House adjourn; which latter motion
prevailed, and
The Speaker announced that the House stood adjourned until
12 oclock to-morrow.
SECRET SESSION.

The House being in secret session,


BIr. Russell, from the Committee on the Judiciary, reported
A bill to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in
certain cases for a limited period,
11-ith the recommendation that it do pass.
The bill was read a first and second time.
The question being 011 postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negatiye.
5Ir. Marshall submitted the following aniendnient :
4

Add as a n independent section at t h e end of t h e bill the following, vie:


This act shall not be construed t o extend beyond Sen River eastward in
the State of Virginia, nor south beyond Murphx, in Cherokee County, or east
of t h e Blue Ridge, in t h e State of S o r t h Carolinn, nor west beyond Chattanooga.
uor north heFond the Kentucky line.

M r. Baldwin submitted the following amendment to the amendment of Mr. Marshall:


.Mcl at t h e end t h e follon-ing: nor to any p a r t of the Eleventh Congressioiial district of Tirgiuia.

Pending which.
On motion of Mr. Staples,
The House resolved itself into open session.

FIFTH DAY-FRIDAY,

Kov~~rslsrr
11, 1864.

O P E S SESSIOS.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and n-as opened with


p a v e r by Rev. Dr. Duncan.
The Chair announced the appointment of the special committee
under the resolution of JIr. Staples to inquire into the propriety of
addressing the different States upon the subject of lessening the
nunher of exempts. as follows, viz:
Xessrs. Staples of Virginia, Lyon of Alabama, and J. 1s.I. Smith of
Georgia.
The House then, on motion of Mr. Russell, resolved itself into
secret session ; and haring spent some time therein, resolved itself
into open session.
Air. Miles moved that when the House adjourn it adjourn to meet
at 12 oclock Monday.
The motion prevailed.
On motion of M r . Gilmer,
The IIouse adjourned.

[Xov. 14. lS(;.k.


SECRET SESSION.

The House being in secret session, proceeded to the consideration


of the bill '' to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in
certain cases for a limited period."
Pending which,
The House, on motion of Mr. Gilmer,
Resolved itself into open session.
9

SIXTH DAY-MONDAY,

R'ovEarum

1.1>1864.

OPEN SESSION.

'fhc Chair laid before the House a conimunicatioii f roiii the President; which was read as follows, viz:
RICHMOND,
V A . , 3 OCc'tILbCr 11, 1864.
Tu the House of Representatives:
In response to your resolution of the 14th June last, I herewith transmit coinnluriications from the Secretaries of the Treasury and of War. collreying the
information desired relative to the tax in kind and other taxes collected from
the several States for the year 1863.
JEFFERSON DAVIS.

. The communication and accompanying documents were referred to


the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed.
The Chair also laid before the House another conmimication from
the President ; which was read as follows, viz :
RICHMOND.
VA., Soce?nnber 11, fS64.
T o the Senate and House of Representatives:
I herewith transmit for your information a cornmunic;~tic;nfrom the Secretary
of War, covering copies of the reports of Maj. Geri. S. R. Forrest, relative to the
battle of Tisbomingo Creek, and of Capt. B. L. Farinholt, relatile to the 'engagement of the enemy with the reserve forces a t Staunton Rirer Bridge.
J E F F E R S O S DAVIS.

On motion of Mr. Miles, the communication and accompanying


documents were referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
The Chair announced the appointment of Mr. Kenner of Louisiana
to the Committee on Ways and Means, Mr. Clark of Missouri t o the
Committee on Military Affairs and Elections, 3fr. Vest of Missouri
to the Committee on the Judiciary, Mr. Snead of Missouri to the
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mr. Conrow of Missouri to the Committee on the Commissary and Quartermaster's Departments, Mr.
Cluskey of Tennessee to the Committee on Xaval Affairs, Mr. Garland of Arkansas to the Committee on Ways and Means, Mr. Hatcher
of lS'Iissouri to the Committee on Ordnance and Ordnance Stores, Mr.
Wilkes of Missouri to the Committee on Indian Affairs and to the
Committee on PostZOffices and Post-Roads.

others for renewal of Cons referrcd to the Committee

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271

died from renioral and exposure whilst siiflering from disease contracted in the service : mliich was referretl to the Committee on
c 1aims.
'
Jlr. Staples presented the niemorial of Williain C. Hagaii, captain
and a&tant commissary of subsistence, asking relief from liability
for funds captured by the enemy; which was referred to the Cornmittee on Claims.
Mr. Dickiiison introdnced
A bill *- to amend an act entitled 'An act providing for the establishn~cntand payment of claims for a certain description of property
takeii or infornially iinprcwecl for the use of the Army; ' ')
which w a s read a first a i d second time and referred to the Committee
on 1YaJ-s and Jfeans.
Jfr. Clopton introduced
h bill for the relief of Robert H. Wynne ; "
which 3%as read a first and second time and referred to the Cornmittee
on Claims.
Mr. Chiltoii presented the niemorial of officer:, of the Forty-third
Keginlent of Alabama Volunteers, asking relief from a n order of the
T a r Department, conscribing officers who resign their commissions ;
which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
Sh. Chilton introduced
A bill '' to abolish distributing iiost-offces. and t o require iiiail matter t o be sent direct to it5 ctedination : '*
TI hich was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
011 Poc-t-Officesand Pod-Roads.
Alko. a bill "to increase the pay of route agents engaged in the
postal service : .. which n-ai read a first and second time and referred
to the Coniiiiittee oil Po.t-Ofice> arid Post-Roads.
,\l~o, a bill to admit the importation of hand cards for carding
cotton or wool, dirty free: n-hich was read a first and second time
and referred to the Committee on Commerce.
Jfr. Garland introduced
h bill (* to proride for the payment of claims against the Government for property illegally impressed and irregularly taken for its use
in the Trans-Xississippi Department ; "
which n-as read a firct and second time and referred to the Committee
on K a j - s and Jfeaw.
Jlr. IT. E. Smith presented the niemorial of sundry citizens of
I\iitchel! County, Ga.. asking a change of mail route 1649; which
n-a.: referred to the Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads.
Mr. IT. E. Smith also introduced
-1bill to cllnilge aiid establish mail route one thonsanrl six hundred aiid forty-nine in the State of Georgia: *'
\ ~ h i c l was
i
read a first and second time and referred t o the Committee
011 Post-Offices and Post-Xoacls.
Mr. Shewmake offered the follon-ing resolution : ivhich was adoptecl,
viz :
"

(*

Resoli ed, T h a t the Military Corninittee inquire into t h e propriety and justice
of incre;isiiig the l i a y of commissioned officers of the Army below the grade of
brigadier-general, and report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Bell introduced


,
i
bill *' to continue in force a n act entitled 'An act roviding for
the establishment and payment of claims for a certain f;escription of

272

JOURNAL OF THE

[Nov. 14. 1S64.

property taken or informally impressed for the use of the Army,


approved June fourteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ;
which was read a first and second time and rcfcrred t o the Committee
on Ways and Means.
Also, a bill providing for the discharge of soldiers in certain
cases and their future exemption from military service; which was
read a first and second time and referred to the Conmiittee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Bell also offered the following resolution; which was adopted,
viz :
Resolfled, That the Committee on Ways and Means be instructed t o inquire
into the expediency of adopting or enacting a tax bill, based upon t h e ad valorem
principle, and one that will avoid the inequalities and complexity o f the present
legislation upon that subject, and by its simplicity, equality. and fairness, commend itself to the approval of the enlightened popular judgment of the country ;
and that said committee report to this House by bill or otherwise as early as
practicable the result of such inquiry.

Mr. Anderson offered the following resolution ; which was adopted,


viz :
Resolvsd, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire and
report what relief ought to be granted bonded agriculturists who have been
placed by Confederate or State authority in the military service.
T h a t said committee also inquire into the propriety of allowing transportation
to officers of the Army when traveling on furlough.

Mr. Echols offered the following resolution ; which was adopted,


viz :
Whereas i t is the highest duty of all Christian nations to recognize the authority of God and acknowledge their obligations to His Divine Providence ; and
Whereas i t is peculiarly appropriate t h a t the people of this Confederacy, who
have had during this unequal contest such signal manifestations of His beneticent approval, should confess the same ; and
Whereas we have seen with pleasure the efforts of some of our wise and distinguished military leaders to keep sacred the Sabbath day, and desiring that
its observance should be universal among both the Army and S a v y : Therefore,
we, the Representatives of the people, do resolve,
First. That we heartily approve the course of some of our commanding geuerals, who have thus f a r during the war endearored to keep a n d observe the
Sabbath day.
Second. That we recommend to all the officers in command in t h e Army and
Navy t h e propriety of obedience to the Supreme Governor of t h e Universe in
this particular, and that they dispense with all military reviews, parades, etc.,
and t h a t the chaplains and missionaries under their authority he granted the
privilege to hold religious services as f a r as practicable on this holy day.

Mr. Read offered the following resolution; which was adopted, viz:
Resolved, That the Committee on Medical Affairs be instructed to inquire into
the nianageinent and condition of the military prisoners of this Government, :ind
that they report w h a t additional legislation is necessary for the better regulation of the same, and that they be empowered to send for persons and papers.

Mr. Perkins introduced


A bill to facilitate the settlement of claims of deceased officers and
soldiers ;
which was read a first
The rule having been suspended requiring the bill to be referred to

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273

On motion of 3fr. Simpson, the bill was ordered to be printed.


Mr. Welsh offered the following resolution ; which was adopted,
T-iz :
Resolred, T h a t the Committee on Ways nnd Neans be instructed to inquire
into the propriety of making the certificates given by purchasing officers of t h e
Government a n d the ascertained indebtedness of other public agents to citizens
of the Confederacy receivable in payment of taxes, and t h a t they report by bill
or otherwise.

X r . Conrow offered the following resolution ; which was adopted,


riz :
ResolTed. T h a t the papers appertaining to the claini of Albert Daiiner be
talien from the files of the last session of the F i r s t Congress a n d be referred to
the Committee on Claims fqr the present Congress.

3fr. Fnrron- offered the follom-ing resolution ; which was adopted,


viz :
Resolved, That the joint resolution of thanks to and for the relief of APajor
Gaspar Tochman, formerly of the Polish army, which was reported from the
Committee on Claims at t h e k a s t session of Congress and ordered to be placed
on t h e Calendar. be made the special order for Thursday next after t h e expiration of t h e morning hour, and t h a t i t be continued as the special order from day
to day until disposed of.

M r . Simpson offered the following resolution ; which 71-as adopted,


3-iz :
Resolred, That i t be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means t o inquire
nix1 report whether or not the construction which has been given by t h e Treasiirj- Department to the first paragraph of the first section of a n a c t to amend the
t n s lav,-s, approred fourteenth June, eighteen hundred and sixty-four. by which
t3e credit of the t a x in kind has been restricted to the ad raloreni tax derived
f r o m certain property actunlI3- einp1oFed in agriculture, is in accordance with
the t r u e intent and meaning of said act: and if not, m-hether any additional
legislation is necessary for a proper construction thereof; and t h a t they report
by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Miles offered the following resolution ; which mas adopted,


viz :
Resol?;ed, That in riew of the effect upon discipline produced by officers being
properly uniformed, decently clad, and readily distingnished by the insignia of
their rank, the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to innuire into the
Pspedency of supplying all commissioned officers of the Army, at the expense of
the Government, with uniforms, arms, and accouterment? appropriate to their
rank.

Xr. Xiles introduced


bill to provide for the appraisement of and compensation for
horses lost in the Army by the casualties of war :
mhich was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Xilitary Affairs.
IIr. Jfiles offered the following resolution ; which mas adopted :
Resolued, T h n t the Committee on Printing be instructed to inquire into the
expediency of allon-ing bx law one hundred a n d fifty copies of t h e acts of each
session of Congresq for the use of t h e War Department.

Mr.Foote introduced

joint resolution of thanks to General W. 3. Forrest and the


oficers and men of his command ;
TThich was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
0 J-VOL

7 4 % M-18

JOURNAL OF THE

[Nov. 14, 1864.

Mr. Foote offered the following resolution :


~ ~ s o l ~That
e d , it is by no means expedient t h a t a general niasimum of prices
should be laid on agricultural products, but that I t 1s desirable t h a t the families
of soldiers now in the niilitary service of the Confederate States nnd the surTiring families of all n ~ h ohave died or may hereafter die in said service should
be supplied by the Government with a reasowable amoLlnt of t h e neCeSS:iries of
life at the prices whieh said Government may have paid for the same.

On motion of Mr. Foote, the resolution v a s referred to the Committee on Military affairs.
Mr. Foote offered the following resolution :
Resolved, That i t is cmincntly desirable that at as early a period i i s practicable the Committee on Ways and Means in this House should agree upon and
report for consideration a financial bill, and that in consideration of thc
adniirably digested financial views embodied in the report of t h e Secretary of
the Treasury just laid before this House, the importance of harmony of action
between the said Secretary and Congress in regard to the fiscal conwrns of the
Government arid the desirableuess of Exing the responsibility a s to the successful
management of the affairs of the Treasury upon the incumbent of t h a t Depnrtment, any financial Bill reported to the House should be so drawn as iu a11
its essential features to correspolld with the recdmmendatiou of said Sceretnry
of the Treasury.

On motion of Mr. Foote, the resolution was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Cluskey introduced
A bill " to amend an act entitled 'An act to provide tobacco for the
y,' approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixtywhich mas read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Commissary and Quartermaster's Departnients.
Mr. Cluskey offered the following resolution ; which was adopted :
Resohed, That the Committee on the Medical Department be instructed to
report as early as practicable n bill for the better organimtion of hospitals, so
as to secure a proper preparation of the food for the patients therein.

On motion of Mr. Russell, the House resolved itself into secret


session ; and having spent some time therein, resolved itself into open
session.
On motion of Mr. Wanly,
The House adjourned.
SECRET SESSION.

The House being in secret session,


The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Secretary of the Treasury, touching the Produce Loan Bureau and the
Treasury Note Bureau.
On motion of iMr. Lyon, the reading of the report \Tab suspended,
and the report and the accompanying documents were referred to the
Committee on Ways and Means.
The House resumed the consideration of the bill * * to suspend the
priyile$e of the writ of habeas corpus in certain cases for a limited
period.
Pending which,
The House, on mo
Resolved itself int

Nov. 15, lXS4.3

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

S E V E N T H DAY-TUESDAY,

275

JSOVEIYIBER
15, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The Housc met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Peterkin.
The Chair laid before the House a communication from the Second
Auditor of the Treasury, submitting a report upon the claim of the
State of Xorth Carolina under the act of the Provisional Congress
approved August 30,1861.
On motion of Mr. Smith of Sorth Carolina, the coniinunication
and accompanying documents were referred to a select committee of
one from each State, to be appointed by thechair.
The Chair also laid before the T-lonse another coniinunication from
the Second Auditor, submitting a report upon the claim of the State
of Louisiana under the act of the Provisional Congress approved
August 30, 1861.
On motion of Mr. Perkins, the communication and accompanying
documents were referred to the same committee to n-liicli the report
on the claim of Korth Carolina was referred.
The Chair announced the appointment of Mr. Batson of Arkansas
to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. Orr, from the Committee on the Commissary and Quartermasters Departments, reported
A bill to protect the Confederate States against frauds, and to
proride remedies against officers and employees of the Government
coinmitting them ;
IT-hich RIB read a first and second time.
On motion of Xr. Orr, the bill mas postponed until Thursday veek,
made the special order for that day after the morning hour, and from
day to day until disposed of, and ordered to be printed.
3fr. Chilton, from the select committee t o investigate the charge of
disloyalty preferred against W.R. 177. Cobb, member-elect of this
House from the State of Alabama, submitted a report and the following resolution :
ResoZ?;cd. That Williamson R. FC. Cobb, a mcmher-elect t o this House from
t h e State of Alabama. having failed t o appear and claim his seat, but remains
within the enemys lines on terms of friendly intercourse with them. thas manifestinq his disloyalty to the Confederate States, be, and he is hereby, expellcd
fi-om membership in this House as such Representative.
Kcsolcerl. That a cogs of the foregoing resolution be form-arded t o tlir governor of t h e State of *-Iiabama, t h a t the proper steps may be taken to fill the
racanci occasioned by the expulsion of said W.R. TI. Cobb.

The question being on postponing the resolution and placiiig it on


the Calendar.
Ifr. Chilton drnianded the yeas and nays :
Which were ordered.
Yeas: Sonc.
Says : Anderson, Baldwin, Barlisdale, Batson, Bell, Blandford,
Boyce, Bradley, Eli 31. Bruce, Horatio TIT. Brucc, Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, Chrisman, Clark, Clopton, Cluskey, Colyar, Conron-,
Cruikshank, Dickinson, DuprQ, Echols, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither, Garland, Gholson, Goode, Hanly, Hartridge,

276

JOURNAL O F THE

[ S o \ . 17, 1864.

Hatcher, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Icenner, LamIrin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lester, Logan, Lyon, Machen, McMnllin, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague, Jf urray, Orr, Perkins, Itamsav.
Read, Rives, Russell, Shewmalie, Simpson, J. &
Smith,
!I. W.E. Smith.
Smith of North Carolina, Snead, Staples, Swan. Triplett, Turner,
Vest, VillerQ, Welsh, Wickham, Wilkes, Vitherspoon, and Mr.
Speaker.
So it was decided in the negative.
Mr. Chilton submitted the folloving aniendnient to tllc fir3-t resoIntion (in the nature of a substitute) :
Resolced, That the seat of Williamson R. W. Cobb as R meiikher-elect to the
House of Representatives of the Second Congress of the Confederate Statw
from t h e Third Congressional district of the State of Alabama be. iiud tlie s:mc~
is hereby, declared vacant, he refusing to appear and claim the snnre, but
remaining with the enemy, and the name of said Cobb is hereby ordered to be
stricken from the roll of members of this House ;

which was agreed to.


On motion of Mr. Smith of North Carolina, leave of absence was
granted his colleague, Mr. Bridgers (detained from his seat by the
severe illness of a member of his family).
Mr. Chilton submitted the following resolution ; which was adopted :
Resolved, That with gratitude to the all-wise Disposer of Events for His a i d
and protection to us in the past, and with humble trust in His providential
guidance in the future, this House does heartily unite with the President in
the recommendation that Wednesday, the sixteenth instant. be observed as i i
day of public worship, and to this end when this House adjourns to-day i t will
adjourn to meet on Thursday next.

On motion of Mr. Russell, the House resolved itself into secret session ; and having spent some time therein, resol~editself into open
session.
On motion of Mr. Machen,
The House adjourned.
SECRET SESSIUIU.

The House being in secret session,


Resumed the consideration of the bill '. to suspend tlie privilege of
the writ of habeas corpus in certain cases for a limited period."
Pending mhich,
The House, on motion of Mr. Machen,
Resolved itself into open session.
E I G H T H DAY-TfIUBSDhY,

KOVEMRER
17, 1864.

OPEN SESSIOK.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Peterkin.
On motion of Mr. Kenner, leare of absence mas granted his colleague, Mr. Conrad (detained from his seat b~7the severe illness of B
member of his family).
On motion of Mr. Kee
eague, Mr. McCallum.

Nov. 17, 1864.7

HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

277

The House resumed the consideration of the unfinished business of


Tuesday; which was the resolution introduced by Mr. Chilton declaring \ w a n t the seat of Williamson R. JV. Cobb.
Mr. Chilton nioved a call of the House ; which was ordered.
Upon a call of the roll the following members answered to their
names :
Mcssrs. Anderson, Ayer, Baldwin, Batson, Bell, Blandford, Bradley, Eli M. Bruce, Horatio TV. Bruce, Burnett, Chambers, Chilton,
Chrisman, Clark, Clopton, Cluskey, Colyar, Conrom, Cruikshank,
Dickinson, DuprB, Echols, Ewing, Farrow, Fuller, Funsten, Gaither,
Garland, Gholson, Goode, I-Ianly, Hartridge, Hatcher, Hilton, Holliday, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lester,
Logan, Lyon, Jfachen, McMullin, Miles, Miller, Montague, Moore,
Murray, Qrr, Ranisay, Rogers, Russell, Shewmake, Simpson, J. M.
Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of Korth Carolina, Snead, Staples, Swan,
Triplett, Vest, VillerB, Wickham, Wilkes, Witherspoon, and Mr.
Speaker.
A quorum being present,
On motion of Mr. Chilton, all fiirther proceedings under the call
were dispensed with.
Mr. Chilton, by consent, modified his amendment to the first resolution by substituting the word fililiilg for the word (refusing.
Mr. Clark moved to amend the resolution bj? striking out the first
resolution as amended and inserting in lieu thereof the first rrsolution as reported from the committee.
Mr. Swan moved to amend the amendment of Mr. Clark by striking
out the \Thole and inserting in lieu thereof the follo-ising, viz :
ResoEved, That TTilliamson R. W. Cobl), having been elected a member of this
House. and it appearing t h a t the said Cobb since his election has chosen t o
adhere to the public enemy and is therefore unworthy of a place in this House,
t h e representation of the Third district of Alabama is declared to be TTacant.

Mr. Blandford called the question ; which was ordered.


The question being on the amendment of Mr. Swan to the amendment of Mr. Clark,
It was decided in the negative.
The question recurring on the amendment of Xr. Clark,
It Tas decided in the affirmative.
X message was received from the Senate, by Mr. Sash, their Secretary ; which is as follovs, viz :
X r . &pealei:The Senate h a r e passed bills of the following titles, vie :
R. 90. An act to anlend t h e third section of an act entitled An act to organize forces to serve during the war. approved February 17, 1864 ;
S. 91. An act to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to exchange coupon
bonds for 7.30 Treasurr notes; and
S. 93. An act to amend an act entitled.An act to provide for the safe custo provide for the
tody, Ixintiiig. publication. and distribution of t h r l a ~ s and
,
appointinwit of an additional clerk in the Department of Justice, approred
August 5, 1861;
I n vhich I am directed to ask t h e concurrence o f this House.

The question recurring on the resolution a s amended,


Mr. Chilton demancled the yeas and nays;
Which Tvere ordered,
And recorded as follo.cvs, viz: l e a s _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 7.5
r\ays_____-_______-------_-_- 0
Peas : h d e r s o n , dyer, Barksdale, Batson, Bell, Blandford, Boyce,
Bradley, Eli M. Bruce. Horatio 11. r3rwe. Bnmett, Chiimber~,Chil-

i7

JOURNAL O F THE

ov.

17, 1864.

t011, Chrisman,

Clark, Clopton, Cluskey, Colyar, CO~I~O\T.,


Cnril;shank,
De Jarnette, Ilickiiisou, Duprb, Echols, K ~ l n g Farrow.
,
I~7idler,Fun:,ten, Gaither, Garland, Gholson, Goode, I-Eanly, Hart ridge, I-latvher,
Nilton, Holliday, lieeble, Kenner, Lmiliin, J. M. Leach, ,J. T. Leach,
Lester, L o p n , Lyon, Machen, &fcNullin. Afiles, Nilleu, Montague,
&ore, Murray, Orr, Perkins, Ramsay, Rives, Rogers, Russell, Shewmake, Simpson, J. M. Smith, W.E. Smith. Smith of Soulli Carolina,
Snead, Staples, Swan, Triplett, Turner, Vest, VillerQ, Welsh, T i c k ham, Wilkes, Witherspoon, and Mr. Speaker.
Nays: None.
Two-thirds of all the members having voted in the affirniative, the
resolution was adopted.
The Chair laid before the House a communication from the President; which was read as follows, viz:
RICEIMOAI),
Ta., .\rouc~~zbr)
15, 1864.
To the Senate and House of Representatiim:
I herewith transmit for your consideration a couimunication from the Secretary of War, submitting a n estimate for an additional appropriation to he
employed or the purpose which he indicates.
JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The communication and accompanying documents were referred to


the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed.
The Chair laid before the House another coiiirnunicatioii froin the
President; which was read as follows, viz :
,

R I C H M O XVA.,
~ , Xo?;embw 13, ISGi.
To the Senate and House of Representatives:
I herewith transmit or your information a communication from the Secaretary of War, co~eringa copy of the report by Gen. G . 1. Beaureg:irti of f,!eriitious on Morris Island during the months of July, August, and September.. 1SC;R.
JEFFERSOS D.IVIS.

The communication and accompanying documents were refcrred to


the Committee on Military Affairs.
The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 93) to amend
an act entitled An act to provide for the safe custody, printing, publication, arid distribution of the laws, and to provide for the appomtineiit of an additional clerk in the Department of Justkc, apl>rovecl
Ahngust fifth, eighteen hundred and sixty-one; which m s rwd a
first ancl second time and referred to the Committee on Printing.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 90) to amencl the third section of t i n act
entitled An act to organize forces to serve during the war, appro17ed
February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four ; ) which was
read a first and second time and referred to the Committee on Jiilitary hff airs.
Also, a bill of the Senate (S. 91) to authorize the Secretary of the
Treasury to exchange coupon bonds for seven-thirty Treasury notes :
which mas read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
Mr. J . M. Leach, under a suspension of the rules, offered the following resolution ; which was adopted :
ResoZved, That the Committee on the Quartermasters and Commissary
Departznents be instructed to inquire and ascertain why t h e hospitals for the
sick and wounded soldiers in and neRr the city of Richmond a r e not hettfv supplied.with wood and coal, an
tion, if any, is necessxry, and report
s TIonse I)y bill or 0th

XOV.

IS, 1864 1

ECOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

2 19

Mr. Lgon nioved to reconsider the vote by which Stwate bill (s.90)
amend the third section of an act entitled An act to organize
forces to serre during the war, approved February seventeenth,
eighteen hundred and sixty-four, was referred to the Committee 011
Military Affairs; mhich motion prevailed.
On motion of M r . Lj7011,the bill was referred to the Committee on
Ways and Means.
On motion of Mr. Russell, the House resolved itself into secret session; and having spent some time therein, resolved itself into open
session.
On motion of Mr. Murray,
The House adjourned.

. to

SECRET SESSION.

The House being in secret session,


The Chair laid before the House a communication from the President : which was read as follows. viz :
RICIXMOXD,
VA., Focencber 15, 1864.
To the Senate and House of Representatives:
I herewith transmit for your information. in secret session, a cominunlcation
from the Secretary of State, submitting copies of the correspondence with our
commissioners abroad referred to in my message of the 7th instant.
JEFFERSOS

~~171s.

The communication and accompanying documents n-ere referred to


the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
The House resumed the consideration of the bill to suspend the
privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in certain cases for a limited
period.
Pending which,
The House, on motion of Mr. Blandford,
Resolved itself into open session.

NINTH DAY-FRIDAY,

SOYEMBER
18, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and mas opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. JYfinnigerode.
Mr. Holliday offered the following resolution ; vhich was adopted,
riz :
Resolced, T h a t t h e Committee on Military AEairs be instructed to inquire
into the expediency of extending the term within which i t is now provided t h a t
the act entitled An a c t for t h e e s t i b l i s h m e ~ ~
and
t payment of claims for a certain description of property taken or informally impressed for the use of t h e
Army shall cease o r cletcrmiiie, and also t h e propriety of increasing the ~ a y
of the commissioners undpr t h e same.

Mr. Russell introduced


A bill * to define and punish conspiracy against the Confederate
States; ) n-hich xras read a first and second time and referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. Staples offered the following resolution ; which was adopted,
viz :
Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs inquire into the expediency
of so amending t h e act approved bebruary eleventh, eighteen hundred a n d

"3V.

18, 1864.

sixty-four, providing Conlpensatioii for officers or iirivates ~ l l ol ~ haa r e~performed staffduty,'* as to malre said act prospective in its operatioil.
iL

Mr. Staples introduced


A bill ('to rovide for the payment of horses killed, captured, lost,
permanent y disabled in the Confederate States service; "
which was read a first and secona time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Wickham presented the memorial of E. S.&Elrog and others,
civil employees in Confederate States Clothing Bureau, Qwdrtermaster's Department, Richmond, Va., asking relief tinder the act of Congress passed June 14,1864, increasing the pay of clerks and employees
in the various Departments in Richmond; which mas referred to the
Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Wickham ofTered the following resolution; which was adopted :

Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into


the espedieiicy of increasing the salary of tlw judge of the Confederate States
court for the eastern district of Virginia.

On motion of Mr. Wickham, leave was granted him to vithdram

from the files of the House, on the usual terms, the memorial of

Charles Y. Morris for increase of compensation for transporting the


mail from Richmond to Lexington, presented a t the last se.;sion.
Mr. Funsten presented the memorial of civil employees in the quartermaster's office in Richmond to amend the law of June 14, 1864,
increasing the pay of certain officers; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
A h . Baldwin offered the following resolution ; which was adopted :
Resolved, That the President be respectfully requested to inforin this House
by authority of what law the War Departnient is now conducting an impressment of slaves in Virginia, without regard to the State law upon that subject.

Mr. Gholson introduced


A bill " to regulate the compensation of the marshal of the Confetlerate States of America for the eastern district of Virginia ; ,?
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Coininittee
on the Judiciary.
Mr. Gholson presented the memorial of Robert Harrison and others,
praying that the Government mill allow them to purchase certain
necessaries a t Government prices ; which vv"s referred to the Committeo on W:tys and Means.
Mr. De ,Jarnette presented the memorial of the citizens of Culpeper
County, Va., praying that the collection of the taxes due in 1863
may be suspended in that county; which was referred to the Committee on M'ays and Means, accompanied by a letter from the
Treasury Department on that subject.
The Chair presented the proceedings of the county courts of .\ppoiriattox and Bucliingham relative to the ways and means of providing
a n adequate support for the families of soldiers; which was referred
to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. Baldwin offered the following resolution j which was adopted,
vix :
ResoZved, That the President be respectfully requested to communicate to this
Hoi?se the rWort of Geuernl J. E. Johnston of military operations in Georgia
during the last spring and summer.

Nov. 18, 1864.1

HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

281

Mr. McMullin offered the following resolution ; whict was adopted,


viz :
Resoleed, That the Committee on Ways and Means be instructed to inquire
i n t o t h e expediency of providing by law for equalizing the tax i u kind upon
cotton and wool, and that they report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Goode offered the following resolution; which was adopted,


viz :
Itesotued, That tlie President be res1)ectfully requested to cause the proper
officer t o cominuilicate to this House copies of all orders which have been issued
to impressing officers direetiug the impressnleut of brandy, arid also to inform
t h e House what quantity of brandy has been impressed, for what purpose, and
w h a t disposition has been made of it.

Mr. Chilton introduced


A bill to establish the Supreme Court of the Confederate States;
which was read a first and second tililt: and referred to tlie Committee
on the Judiciary.
Mr. Cliilton offered the following resolutioii ; which was adopted,
viz :
))

IZesoZzjetl, That the Coininittee on Military .iffairs do inquire whether aiiy


mid w h i t legisli\tion is necessary to expedite the revision of tbe decisioiis of
milittiry courts, courts-nwtial, and cxnmiriing bo:irds, and that said committee
report by bill or otherwise.

Mi.. Lyon introduced


A bill t o provide for the impressnient of tlie railroad iron, eqiiipnieiits, and rolling stocli of railroads, etc. ;
which was read a first and second t h e and referred to tlie Coninlittee
on the Judiciary.
Mr. Clopton offered tlie following resolution ; which was adopted,
viz :
Resolved, That the Conimittee on Ways and Xlenns be instructed to inquire
into tlie expediency of anthorizing the reception of four per cent certificates or
bouds iu p:xynirut of taxes 1xiyahle in the yexr c>ightren liuridred and sixty-four,
although the taxes may not be paid before tlie expiration of the year.

Also, the following resolution ; which was adopted :


Resolvetl, That tlic Coninlittee on W n y s nnd XIeniis be instrncted to inquire
into the expediency of imvidiiig by legislatioil for tlie relief of the taxpayer
whcu tlie ainount of tlie four per cent certificiltcs or boiids tendered i n payment
of his taxes is in excess of the amount of his taxes.

Mr. Cruilc.;hanlc pre.;ented the llIe1T1orii11 of citizens of Shelby


County, Ala., requesting the detail of millers, shoemakers, and tanners
for that county; which ~7asreferred to the Committee on Military
Affairs.
Mr. Hanly offered the following resoliitioii ; which was adopted,
viz :
Resolved, That the Coininittee 011 Wags and Means be instructed to inquire
iuto the expediency of providing by h w for securiug to our prisoners of war
the norninal villue in the iiew issue of all Treasury notes o f the old issue which
\>ere in their liarids when captured and by tLen1 wtaiiied during their imprisonment.

Mr. Garland offered the following resolution ; which n7as adopted,


vjz :
RrsoltwZ, That the suggestions of the Secretary of War in regard t o maintaining the number and efficiency of our army organizations by reducing and ton-

28 2

JOURNAL O F TEE

[Nov. lS, 1864.

solidating them be referred to the Committee On Military Sffairs with instructions to report upon them, by bill or otherwise, a t their earliest conreiiience,

Mr. Rogers offered the folloving resolution ; which n-as adoptecl,


viz :
Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructetl to inquire into
the expediency of increasing the salary of the judge of the Confederate States
court for the northern district of Florida.

Mr. Hartridge introduced


d bill to increase the salaries and coinpsnsatioii of certain officers
of the Treasury therein named ;
which mas read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
Mr. Hartridge presented the meniorial of the banks of Savannah,
asking relief from the operation of the currency a i d tax act\; which
was referred t o the Committee on Trays and Xeans.
Mr. Blandford presented the memorial of the marshal of the Confederate States district of Georgia, asking increase of coinpensa tioii ;
which mas referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Mr. J. M. Smith introduced
A bill (to amend an act entitled (An act to provide for the establishment and payment of claims for a certain clcscriptioii of property
taken or informally impressed for the use of the Army, approved
June second, eighteen hundred ancl sixty-four ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Claims.
Mr. Bell introduced
A bill to establish a certain post route;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Coniniittee
on Post-Offices and Post-Roads.
On motion of Mr. Shewmake, leave of absence was granted his colleague, Mr. Anderson, whose home is endangered by the proximity of
the public enemy.
Mr. TV. E. Smith introduced
A bill to provide for the public defense;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Dupr6 offered the following resolution ; which w a s adopted,
viz :
((

R~.~oZaed,
That the Committee on m7a5-s and Means be directed to iiiguire
into the expediency of so altering the present tag law as t o place upon the saiiie
footing with solvent credits here all moneys abroad held there before the ~ a r
or being the produce of property shipped abroad before the w m in the course of
trade.

Also, the following 2esolution ; which mas adopted :


Rcsolved, That the President be requested to inform this House mhat aniount
of money has been expended in the payment of the Army in the Trans-Mississippi Department since the appointment of General E. K. Smith to the command
thereof.

Mr. Welsh presented the memorial of James Sykes, asking that


irioncp be refunded which was expended in raising and equipping a
cavalry coinpany ; which was referred to the Committee on Claims.

Nov. 18, 1864.1

HOUSE O F EEPRESENTATIVES.

288

Mr. Welsh introduced


h bill ( t o furnish the judges of the State courts with paniplilet
copies of the acts of Congress;
which mas read a first and second time and referred to the Cominittee
on the Judiciary.
Nr. Conrom presented the memorial of Capt. J. Chaytor, asking
relief from loss sustained by robbery of Government funds; which
was referred to the Committee on Claims.
Mr. Vest offered the following resolution ; which was adopted, viz :
Resolved, T h a t the President be respectfully requested to cause the Secretary
of W a r to inform this House what contracts have been made by the War
Department, with individuals or companies, in tlie Trans-Mississippi Department, for the furnishing supplies o f any sort to the Gorernment. to be paid for
in cotton, and if any such contracts have been made, what amount of supplies
and of what description has been receired by the Gorernment, aiirl vcthat amount
of cotton delivered under said contracts.

Mr. Clark introduced


bill for the relief of Confederate prisoners held i n custody by
the authorities of the United States;
which mas read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Ramsay offered the following resolution ; which was adopted :
Eesolvecl, T h a t the Committee on W~3ysand Jleans be iiistructed to inquire
into the expediency of increasing the compensation now allowed by law to
district collectors of the Confederate tax, and report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Ramsay also presented a letter on the subject; which was


referred to the Committee on Wags and Means.
Mi-. Ramsay offered the following resolutioii :
Resolwd, That from and after Saturday next the House shall meet at eleven
antemeridirin ;:nd adjourn at three oclocli postmeridian until otherwise
oixlered :

which was not adopted.


*
Mr. J. M. Leach offered the following resolution; whick was
adopted :
Resolued, T h a t the Committee on Military Affairs be inslructed to inquire
into the expediency of repealing so much of the act, passed t h e seventcenth
Eebruary last, as exempts from conscription persons owning and ~vorking
fifteen httrids or more b e k e e n the ages of sixteen and fifty years, and report
to this IIouse by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Logan presented the petition of sundry citizens of Polk


County, X. C.. praying the establishment of a mail route; which was
wferred to the Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads.
Mr. J. 7.Leach introduced
A joint resolution (condemning secret sessions ;
hich was read a fird and second time and referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
MI-. Miles offered the following resolution ; which was adopted :
Resolved, T h a t the Corninittee on Naval Affairs be instructed to inquire into
the expediency of putting the officers and enlisted men of the Marine Corps
upon the same footing with reference to pay and allowan\ces as those of the
same grade in the irrfiiiitry of the Provisional Army.

Mr. Miles presented a letter from Col. Lloyd J. Beall on that subject; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

284

JOURNAL OF THE

[NOT.18, 1864.

Mr. Miles introduced


A bill to amend an act entitled An act to organize forces to serve

during the war ;


which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Miles offered the following resolution ; which was adopted :

Resolved, That the Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads be instructed


to inquire into the propriety of increasing the coinpensation of the clerks ant1
employees of the post-office at Charleston, South Carolin:r, and report by bill op
otherwise.

Mr. Miles presented a letter on the same subject; which was referred to the Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads.
Mr. Farrow, under a suspension of the rules, offered the following
resolutiong:
,~
Resolved, That Senate bill (S. 63) for the relief of Mrs. Xargaret A. Rice,
now on the Calendar, be taken up for consideration.

The resolution .was adopted.


The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title was read
and agreed to.
Mr. Farrow offered the following resolution ; which was adopted :
Resolved, That the Committee on the ;Medical Department be instructed to
inquire and report if any and what legislation is necessary to secure to patients
the better distribution of hospital supplies.

Mr. Cluskey presented the memorial of clerks arid employees in


Richmond Arsenal, asking increase of compensation ; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
A message \Vas received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secretary; which is as follows, viz :
Mr. Speaker: The Senate have passed a bill of the following title, vie:
S. 86. An act fixing the salaries of certain civil officers in the Trans-Mississippi Department;
I n which I am directed to asBBthe concurrence of this House.

On motion of Mr. Russell, the House resolved itself into secret


session; and having spent some time therein, resolved itself into open
session.
The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. SO) fixing the
salaries of certain civil officers in the Trans-Mississippi Department; which was read a first and second time and referred to the
Committee on Ways and Means.
On motion of Mr. McMullin,
The House adjourned.
SECRET SESSION.

The I!Ious< being in secret session,


Resumed the consideration of the bill to suspend the privilege of
the writ of habeas corpus in certain cases for a limited period.
Pending which,
The House, on motion of Mr. McMullin,
Resolved itself into open session,

Nov. IS, 1864.1

HOUSE O F REPRESENTATIVES.

T E N T H DSY-SATURDAY,

285

NOVEMBER
19, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and mas opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Baker.
On motion of Mr. Clopton, leave of absence was granted his colleague, Mr. P u g h (detained from his seat by indisposition).
Mr. Blandford moved that the rule be suspended limiting the
Committcc on Military Affairs to one member from each State, to
enable the Chair to appoint another member to that committcc.
The motion prevailed, and the Chair appointed Mr. Wickham of
Tirginia a member of the Committee on Military Agairs.
3lr. Perkins, from the Select Committee on Reporting the Debates
of the IIouse, submitted a report; which was read and, on motion,
laid upon the table.
Mr. Staples, from the Select Committee on the Subject of Exemption of State Officers, submitted ii report and the following resolution :
ZesoZvecl, That a joint committee be appointed, to consist of one member
from each State on the part of the House xnd such number a s rnay be appointed
by the Senate, whose duty i t shall be to ascertain the number of officers i n
each one of the several States eaenipted by existing lams from military service
in the armies of the Confederate States, for the purpose of carrying on the
governnient of such States, and if the Iiumber so exempted be larger than the
public necessity shall seem to require, t h a t the committee prepare and report
to the House a n address appealiiie to each one of said States $0 to modify
their respectiire exemption laws :is to render liable to military service all ablebodied men between eighteen and forty-five years of age whose service in
their serer:il offices may he temporarily dispensed with mitliout detriment to
the government of such State.

The question being on postponing the resolution and placing it on


.the Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
The following messages were received from the Senate, by Mr.
Nash, their Secretary :
MY. Speaker: The Senate 1i:i.ie passed a bill ( R . 103) to nineud a n act
entitled An act to organize forces to serve dcring t lie IVIIP. approred February 17, 1864; in mhich I am directed to xslr the concurrence of this House.
J[,-. Spc&y:
The Senate have passed bills of the following titles; in which
i xm directpd to nsli tlie concurrence of this House, .iiz :
S. ~ ( iAn
. act to extend tlip time within which holders oC Treasury notes of
the old issue may exchange tlie same for notes of the new issue; aiid
S. 100. l ~ act
i
to aiiiend the act to provide an invalid corps, approved Fetiruary 17, 1864.

The morning hour having expired,


311%
H.
. W. Bruce moved that the Calendar be postponed; which
motion prevailed.
Mr. Blandford called the question ; which was ordered, niid tlic
rcsolntion was adopted.
Mr. Staples llloved to reconsider the vote by which the resolution
T T ~ Sadopted.
The mption to reconsider was lost.
The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 103) to amend
an act entitled An act to organiie forces to serve during the war,

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JOURNAL O F THE

1xu\. 21,

3864.

approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty - f oilr ; 7 7


which was read a first and second time.
On motion of Mr. Clark, the rule having been suspended requiring
the bill to be referred to a committee, the blll was read a third time
and passed, and the title was read and agreed to.
Mr. Miles moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill was
passed.
The motion to reconsider was lost.
The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill (S. 96) to extend
the time within which holders of Treasury notes of the old issue niay
exchange the same for notes of the new issue; which was read a
first and second time and referred to the Cormlittee on Ways and
Means.
Also, a Senate bill (S. 100) to amend the act to provide an invalid corps, approved February seventeenth. eighteen hundred and
sixty-four; which was read a first and second time and referred to
the Committee on Military Affairs.
On motion of Mr. Blandford,
The House adjourned.
E L E V E N T H DAY-MONDAY,

21, 1864.
KOVEMBER

0PEhT SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with


prayer by Rev. Dr. Hoge.
On motion of Mr. Hartridge, leave of absence was granted his colleague. Mr. Shewmake, whose home is endangered by the approach
of the public enemy.
Messrs. Herbert and Darden, of Texas, and Ah. Sorton, of Missouri, appeared, were sworn to support the Constitution of the Confederate States, and took their seats.
On motion of Mr. Smith of Alabama, his absence until the present
time was excused, he having been detained from his seat by sickness
in his family.
Mr. Russell offered the following resolution :
Ecsolvcd, That this House deems i t proper, in view of recent events, to repeat
the declaration ninde by Congress in a joint resolution approred March eleventh,
righteen hundred and sixty-two, declaring the sense of Congress in regard to
reuniting \\-it11the United States, t h a t i t is the unalterable determination of
the people of the Confederate States, in humble reliance on Almighty God, to
suffer a l l the calamities of the most protracted war, but t h a t they will never,
on any terms, politically affiliate with a people who a r e guilty of a n invasion
of their soil find the butchery of their citizens.

311,.Rimell called the question ; which was ordered.


Mr. Russell demanded the yeas ancl nays on the adoption of the
resolution ;
Which were ordered,
- -- -- -- -- ---- --- ---- 84
___-__-c----___-----

, Bell, Blandford, Royce,


, Horatio W. Bruce, Bur-

Clopton, Cluskey, Colyar,


ette, Dickinson, Dupr6,
arland, Gholson, Goode,

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HOUSE OF REPRESENLATIVES.

287

Hanly, I-Iartridgc, Hatchcr, Herbert, Hilton, Holder, Holliday, Jo1i11ston, Keeble, Kenner, Lamkin, J. M. Leach, J. T. Leach, Lester,
Logan, Lyon, Machen, McMullin, Menees, Miles, Miller, Montague,
Moore, Murray, Norton, Orr, Perkins, Ramsay, Read, Rives, Rogers,
Russell, Sexton, Simpson, J . M. Smith, W. E. Smith, Smith of Alabama, Smith of Xorth Carolina, Snead, Staples, Swan, Triplett, Turner, Vest, VillerB, Welsh, Wickham, Wilkes, Witherspoon, and Mr.
Speaker.
Kays: None.
So the resolution was unanimously adopted.
Mr. Russell inoved to reconsider the vote by which the resolution
was adopted, and called the question ; which was ordered.
The motion to reconsider mas lost.
Mr. Moore moved that the rule be suspended t o allow inembei-s who
were not present when the vote on the adoption of the resolution was
talien to record their votes at any time during the day.
The motion prevailed.
A message mas received from the Senate, by Mr. Nash, their Secretary ; which is as follo-r\~s,
viz :
Mi..

Speaker: The Senate h a r e passed bills of the following titles, vie:

S. 89. An a c t to repeal a p a r t of the twenty-sixth section of a n act approved


February 15, 1862, entitled An act to alter and an1~11dan act entitled An apt

for the sequestration of the estates, property, and effects of alien enemies, and
for indemnity of citizens of the Confederate States and personq aiding the sanic
in the existing war with the United States, approved August thirtieth. eiqhteen
bundred and sixty-one ; and
S. 101. An a c t to authorize t h e exchange of registered bonds issued tinder the
act of February 25, 1861, for coupon bonds of likc amounts and times for
payn,ent ;
In nhich I am directed to ask the concurrence of this House.

Mr. Wickham offered the following resolution ; which was adopted :


Rcsolred, T h a t the Committee on Claims be instructed to inquire into the
espediency of authorizing the Secretary of the Treasurr to i s w e to John F.
Whitfield duplicate bonds of the fifteen million loan in lien of certain bonds
of t h a t description, the property of said Whitfield, which n-ere destroyed on
board the steamship Beauregard on the twenty-sixth of .Tune, eighteen huutlred and sixty-three, to prevent their falling into the hands of the enemy.

BIr. McMullin presented a communication from Williani Y. C.


franimond, touching certain recommendations of the Secretary of
War : x-hich was referred to the Conmiittee on Military Affairs.
Xr. Cruikshank oBered the follo117ing resolution ; which was
adopted, viz :
12esoli;ed. T h a t the Committee on Military Bffairs be inrtructed to ascertain
what legislwtion, if any, is necessary to carry into immediate effect the agreement recently inade with the Federal authorities by which the Government
of the Confederate States is authorized to send contributions of food arid
clothing to prisoners in the hands of tne enemy in order that such supplies as
are necessary to the health and comfort of our prisoners ruay be promptly
furnished.

Jlr. Hilton offered the following resolution ; which was adopted :


Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire
\\ll:it legislation, if any, is necessarj- to secure the reqimental and company
oliicws, whose superiors in rank are held in captivity by the enemy, the proniotion to which they are justly entitled.

288

JOURNAL OF THE

OV.

21, 1864.

Mr. Hartridge introduced


A bill (to fix the salary of the judge of thedistrict courl of the
Confederate States for the district of Georgla;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Collllnittee
on the Judiciary.
Mr. Bell introduced
A bill to continue in force an act entitled An. act to increase the
compensation of noncommissioned officers and privates in the Army
of the Confederate States, approved
June ninth, eighteen hundred
__
and sixty-four ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary.
Mr. Viller6 offered the following resolution ; which was adopted :
Resolged, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to_ inquire
into the expediency of organizing a corps, to be styled the Corps dElite, to
which shall be assigned officers without commands, or whose commauds, by the
chances of war, have been reduced below the minimum number of effective men.

Mr. Lamkin offered the following resolution; which was adopted :


Resolved, That the Committee on Xilitary Affairs he instructed to inquire into
the expediency of repealing so much of the act entitled An act to regulate the

destruction of property under military necessity, and to provide for the indeninity thereof, approved March seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, as
authorizes the burning of cotton belonging to parties other than the Confederate
States Government, and that they report to this House by bill or otherwise.

Mr. Orr introduced


A bill to amend an act entitled An act to amend the tax laws,
approved fourteenth June, eighteen hundred and sixty-four :
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means.
Mr. Barksdale introduced
A bill to prohibit trading with the enemy;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary.
Mr. J. T., Leach introduced
A joint resolution in favor of female clerks in the Departments of
the Confedarate Government ;
which mas read a first and second time.
Mr. J. T. Leach moved that the rule be siispencled requiring the
joint resolution to be referred to a committee, and demanded the yeas
and nays thereon; which mere not ordered.
The motion to suspend the rule mas lost, and the joint resolutioii
was referred to the Committee on the Quartermasters and Commissary Departments.
Mr. J. T. Leach introduced
A joint resolution defining the rights of the States in fllrnishiiig
soldiers for the Confederate service ;
which was read a Erst and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Smith of North Carolina introduced
A bill declaring four per cent bonds and certificatw therefor
receivable in payment of public taxes, and regulating the transfer
thereof ;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Comrnittce
on Ways and Means.

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H O U S E 011 BEPRESE;NTATIVES.

289

Mr. Smith of Korth Carolina offered the following resolution ;


which was adopted, viz :
Resolved, T h a t the Secrctary of the Treasury bc requested to co~ninunicate
to the House whether Treasury notes of the new issue are exchaiiged for those
of the old according to the requirements of the currency act of tlie seventeenth
February last: and if not, tlie reasons therefor, and the arrangements made
for such exchange.

Also, the iollowing resolution ; which v a s adopted :


Re.soZ?;ed, That the Coinniittee on Ways and Xeans be directed to ascertain
aiid report whether in the execution of the t a x laws instructions have been
issued from the Treasury or War Ikpartiiiciits to the following effect :
1. Declaring plantation slaves too young to labor and plantation stock not
directly or indirectly used in tilling the soil not agricultural property, and
denying their owiier the benefit of the credit arising from the tithes yielded
from such plantation.
2. Separating and diridirig farms and excluding trom the benefit of the same
01unculli\ ated i)ilrtS thereof beyond a limited aniount,
credit, all the ~\~oodlsuId
bearing soiiie definite ratio to the whole or the cultivated portions of the same.
3. Divesting assessors of their functions a s appraisers and prescribing values
to he piit on protluce and other property in certain caws.
4. Deteriiiining the amount of grain received in raising and fattening hogs
:rnd to be exrinpt from tithes, without regard to the judgment of the assessors
or the circumstances of each case.
And th& they report whether these instructions. i f issued, are warranted bx
Iiiw, and what remedy, if any, is required to iiisuir the execution of the la\\
as enacted by Congrcsa.

Also, the following resolution ; which was adopted :


Resolved, T h a t the Committee

011 Military Affairs be iiistructed to inquirr


and report to the IIouse whether any ancl what legislation is required to prerent tlie prostration of the industrial interests of the country to ensue from
, of the Adjutant and Inspector Genthe executioii of Geiier:il Orders, So.
erals Office. rerokiiig all details of persons between the ages of eighteen and
forty-five years riot in the employ of the Government; and to secure to the
country a sufficient supply of the iiiwhanical skill and labor upon which the
successful yrosecution of its agricultural and other operntions depend.

Mr. Smith of Korth Carolina presented a coininunication from the


adjutants of the S o r t h Carolina regjments, touching their position in
the service; which was referred to the Committee 011 Military
Affairs.
Mr. Fuller presented a coininunication from John W. Hinsdale,
captain and assistant adjutant-general, relative to the funding of
certain inoriey; which was referred to the Committee on Claims.
Mr. Fuller introclneed
h bill t o amend an act entitled An act to organize forces t o serve
cluring tho war, approved February seventeenth. eighteen hundred
aiid sixty-f our ;
which was read a first and second time ancl referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Miles presented the niemorial of Mrs. Af. A. Snowden and
others, of South Carolina, in relation to a bazaar sale in aid of
soldiers homes and hospitals and clothing for the Xavy ; which was
referred to the Committee on Commerce.
Mr. Simpson introdnced
A bill (to provide for filling vacancies in company, battalion, and
regiinental officers;
which was read a first and second tinie and referred t o the Committee
on Military Affairs.
))

C J-101,

7 4 5 31-19

JOURNAL O F THE

mar. 21, 1864.

Mr. Farrow introduced


A bill (to prohibit the improper purchase of furloughs granted for
recruits and the arrest of deserters ;
which -.as read a first and second time and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
Mr. Murray introduced
A bill for the relief of Captain 0. P. Schoolfield and others;
which was read a first and second time and referred to the Gominittee
on Claims.
Mr. Swan offered the following resolution ; which was adopted :
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be respectfU11y requested to cornmunicate to this House what requisitions. if m y , hare been inade sinre April first,
eighteen hundred and sixty-four, u11on the Treasury for funds \vherewith to l n y
the officers n ~ i dsoldiers of the Army and for the purchase of subsistence; and
also, that he furthermore he requested to inforni the IIouse whether such requisitioiis have been met in whole or in part ; and if not, why not.

On motion of Mr. Holliday, leave of absence was granted his colleague, Mr. Funsten (called home by sickness in his family).
Mr. Rolliday, by leave, offered the following resolution ; vhich was
adopted :
Resolced, That the Committee on Military Affairs inquire into the espcdiency
of so amending the act providing for an invalid cor1)s as to extend the benrfit of the same to those officers and privates n-ho had resigned or been discharged
prior to the passage of the act.

On motion of Mr. Lester, leave of absence was granted his colleague, Mr. Echols, whose home is endangered by the approach of the
public enemy.
The Chair laid before the I-Iousc a Senate bill (S. 101) to authorize the exchange of registered bonds issued under the act of February
twenty-eighth, eighteen hundred and sixty-one, for coupon bonds of
like amounts and times for payment; which n-as read a first and
second time and referred to the Conimittee on lTTays and Mea+
Also, a Senate bill (S. 89) to Tepeal a part o f the tweiity-sixth section of an act approved February fifteenth, eighteen hundred and
sixty-two, entitled An act to alter and amend an act entitled An
act for the sequestration of the estates, property, and effects of
alien enemies, and for indemnity of citizens of the Confederate States
and persons aiding the same in the existing war with the United
States approved August thirtieth, eighteen hundred arltl sixtyone; . .which was read a first and second time and referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.
On motion of Mr. Russell, the House resolved itself into secret session; and havmg spent some time therein, resolved itself into open
session.
The Chair laid before the House a message from the President;
which was read as follows, viz:
RICHMOXD,
VA., Aovemhw 2 t , 1864.
To the Bouse of Representatices:
In reslloiise lo your resolntioii of the 8th instant, I heremith transmit a c o w
municntion from the Secretary of War, which conveys the information requested
relatlve to tho act of June 14,1864, to provide and organize a general staff.
TIE serentli swtiou of the act invests the Executive with the discretion which
has heen exercised.
stricting :ipl)ointments, indicates
thr. course which has
t to ascertain with accuracy
the iiiiluber of oace
so as td distribute them in

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

291

accordaiice with the order from the Adjutant-General's Office, a copy of which is
annexed, as well ils to ascertain whether there are not supernumerary staff
officers now in commission who should be discharged.
JEFFERSON DAVIS.

On motion of Mr. Miles, the message and accompanying documents


were laid upon the table and ordered to be printed.
The Chair also laid before the House another message from the
President; which was read as follows, viz:
hIcIIxom, VA., Nocenzber $1, 1864.
Yo the liouse of Represeittaticcs:
In response to your resolution o f the 9th instant, I herewith transmit cominunications from the Secretaries of the Treasury and of War, covering copies
of all instructions now in force \Yhicli hare been issued to the assessors and
collectors of taxes.
JEFFERSON DAVIS.

O n motion of Mr. Clopton, the message and accompanying docnmerits were referred to thc Commi
on Ways ancl Means.
Mr. Crriikshank, froin thc Committee on Eiirolled Bills, reported as
correctly enrolled
S . 63. Llbill for the relief of Mrs. M:Lreirct A. Rice; and
S. 103. ,11 bill to ainciid an act entit1ed"An act to organize forces
to serve cliiriiig the war," approT-ecl February 17, 18G4.
ilnd the Speaker higned the saint'.
On motion of Mr. Bell,
The House adjouriiecl until 12 o'clock 111. to-morrow.
SECRET SESSION.

The House being in secret session,


Resumed the consideration of the hill " to suspend the privilege of
the writ of habeas corpus in certain C ~ S C Sfor a limited period."
Pending which,
The House, on motion of Mr. McMnllin,
Resolved itself into open session.

TIITELFTH DAY-TUESDAY, SOVEMBEIC


22, 1864.
OI'EN

SESSION.

The IIoiisc met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened -\Tit11


prayer by Rev. I h . Hop.
On motion of Mr. En 1119,
Orderrcl, That it 1x1 certificcl upon the Journal that had he been
present yesterday he would have voted in the affirmative on the resolution offered by Mr. Russell declaring the determination of the
people of the Confcderatc State5 iiever to reunite with the peoplc of
the United State\.
On motion of Mi.. htkins,
Ordered. That a similar record be made in his case.
Mr. Lyon, from the Committee on Wag> and Means, to whom had
been referred
resolution " rela tiw to silpphe5 for our prisoners,"
reported back tlx aine v-ith the recoiiiniendation that the committee
be discharged froin its further consideration ; which .was agreed to.

292

JOURNAL O F THE

OV.

22, 1864.

Mr. Lyon, from the sanie committee, to whom had been referred
a Senate bill (S.91) to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to
exchange conpon bonds for seven-thirty Treasury notes, reported
back the same with the recommendation that it do pass.
The question being on postponing the bill aiid placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
The bill was read a third time and passed, and the title TWS read
and agreed to.
Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, to whom had been referred
a Senate bill (S.90) u to amend the third section of a n act ciititled
An act to organize forces to serve during the \~ar,approved February sei-enteenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, reported back
the same with the recommendation that it do pass.
The question being on postponing the bill and placing it on the
Calendar,
It was decided in the negative.
The bill was read a third time and passed, and tli3 title was read
and agreed to.
Mr. Lyon, from the same committee, to whom had beeii refcwed
A bill (to amend the laws in relation to the receipt of counterfeit
Treasury notes by public officers,
reported back &lieSame with the recommendation that it do pass.
The question being on postponing the bill,
It was decided in the negative.
The bill wab engrossed, read a third time, and passed, and the title
was read and agreed to.
Mr. Miles, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whoiii had
been referred
A joint resolution of thanks to Brigadier-General John S. Williams and the officers and men uiider his command for their victory
over the enemy at Saltville, Virginia, on the second day of October,
eighteen hundred and sixty-foiir,
reported back the same with the recommendation that the committee
be discharged from its further consideration, and that it do lie upon
the table; which was agreed to.
Mr. Miles, from the same committee, reported
A joint resolution of th