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of certain duties;

H. R. 4. Joint resolution of thanks to Maj. 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; and

H. R. 6. Joint resolution requiring the Department of Justice to
furnish the standing committees of the two Houses with printed copies
of the acts of Congress.

The President pro tempore having signed the enrolled bills and
enrolled joint resolutions last reported to have been examined, they
were delivered to the Secretar}' of the Senate and by him forthwith
presented to the President of the Confederate States for his approval.

The Senate resumed, as in Conunitteo of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (S. 15) to authorize the payment of the actual and nec-
essar}' expenses of naval officers while traveling under orders; and

On motion by INlr. Sparrow,

Ordered^ That the further consideration thereof be postponed until
to-morrow.

Mr. Semmes presented the memorial of Mylo N. Byington, praying
the passage of an act to refund certain moneys taken from him by the
military authorities in the State of Louisiana; which was referred to
the Conuuittcc on Claims.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

The doors haying been opened,

On motion by Mr. Semmes,

The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

Mr. Simnis submitted the following resolution; which was consid-
ered and agreed to:

Whereas the Constitution makes it the duty of Congress to provide means for the
support of tlie Government and the maintenance of its public credit; and

Whereas tlie ]»resent depreciated vahie of Trea.-^nry n(jtes not oidy ojK'rates to the
prejudice and injury of the pubUc credit of the (iuvernment and an increase of its
pubHc debt, Imt therel)y impairs its abiUty to maintain efiiciently its armies in the
field by forcing it to issue in payment of supplies for the use of the Army twenty dol-
lars in Treasury notes, to be hereafter paid in gold, for which it receives but one
dollar in gold or its equivalent in supplies, ac-cording to the present standard of value
of such notes; and

Whereas the inevitalde effect of this condition of our finances is to force the Govern-
ment to expend twenty millions of dollars when one million would suttice, thereby
making our public; debt exceed the amount necessary for the i)rosecution of the war
twenty times, or, in other words, making it two thousand millions, when, under a
wiser policy, it should only be one hundred millions of dollars; and

Whereas our counnerce is excluded from the markets of the world, anil the
resources arising therefrom can not be made available as a means of pul)1ic credit, or
as a means whereby suiii)lies may be obtained at rates more reasonable, we are there-
fore comi>ellcd to rely upon our public cri-dit as the oidy means left us whereby the
wants of the Treasury may be supplied and its large outstanding lialiilities iiu't; and

Whereai we kiiow"l)y e'xjierience that the })ublic faith of a jH'ople in the integrity
of their Governmi-nt and its willingness to pay can not and will not sustain, at par
value, or at a rate approximating i)ar value, its pvd»lic credit or its issues of promise



May 23, 1864.] SENATE. 77

to pay Treasury notes; it becomes, therefore, the high duty of Congress to gravely
consider the propriety of so using and applying the internal resources of the country
as to make them not only available in the present exigency, but as a means whereby
the public credit may be restored; provided this can be done without injury or preju-
dice to the property rights of the citizen. To tlie end thereby that these grave ques-
tions may be properly considered and determined, be it

Resolved, That the Committee on Finance be instructed to inquire into the expe-
diency of conferring upon the Government of the Confederate States the exclusive
right and power to sell and dispose of all cotton, tobacco, and naval stores now in
the Confederate States, or which may l)e made or produced during the present war,
and that the right and power thus conferred shall be in the nature of a monopoly, to
continue for the period of five years if necessary.

Second. To enable the Government to exercise availably this right and power, they
also inquire into the expediency of "taking for the public use" all cotton, tobacco,
and naval stores now owned or possessed by any citizen or resident within the Con-
federate States, or which shall hereafter be made or produced during the present
war, provided said cotton, tobacco, and naval stores shall be within the limits or
jurisdiction of said States, by first paying to the owner or owners thereof a just com-
pensation for the same in coin, before the title of the same shall pass to the said
Government.

Third. In order to insure to the owner or owners of all such property a just compen-
sation for the same, the average rates at which all cotton, tobacco, and naval stores
were sold, for the five years preceding the war, should be adopted as a rate of
compensation.

Fourth. That the Government after acquiring the control of all such property should
establish a price at which the same might be sold, which ]irice should not be less
than two hundred per cent over and above the price paid for such cotton, tobacco,
and naval stores.

Fifth. In order to insure a sale of the same upon the best possible terms the Govern-
ment should be authorized to stipulate and guarantee to the purchaser that any cot-
ton, tobacco, or naval stores that might be sold by its authority should not be
destroyed or injured in any place where it might be located by order of the Govern-
ment, in the event the enemy should occupy such locality.

Sixth. In selling or disposing of cotton, tobacco, or naval stores to any foreign Gov-
ernment, their agents, or citizens, that should be first sold which might lie located
in those districts most liable to invasion or capture by the enemy.

Seventh. That the gold or proceeds arising from the sale of all such cotton, tobacco,
or naval stores over and above the cost price of the same, not necessary to purchase
supplies for the Army, should be used by the Government, through trustworthy and
contidential agents, in purchasing outstanding Treasury notes at their ratable value
in the market.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

Mr. Brown, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom were
referred (on the 20th instant) the nominations of James E. Armour, to
be paymaster, and Marsden Bellamy, Basil M. Heriot, and Norton
Kent Adams, to be assistant paymasters, in the Reg-ular Navy, reported,
with the recommendation that all of said nominations be confirmed.

The Senate proceeded to consider said report; and in concurrence
therewith, it was

Eesolved, That the Senate advise and consent to their appointment,
agreeably to the nomination of the President.

Mr. Hill, from the Committee on the Judiciaiy, who were instructed
by a resolution of the Senate to inquire into the subject, submitted the
following resolutions:

Resolved, That nominations made during the session of the Senate, and not con-
tinued or postponed for further consideration by order of the Senate to an ensuing
session, lapse and expire at the end of the session at which the nominations were
made.



78 JOURNAL OF THE [May i'4, 1864.

Resolved, That in case of nominations made during its session the Senate has the
constitutional right by order entered on its Journal to postpone or continue sucli
nominations for furtlier consideration to its ensuing session and at such session to
confirm or reject the same.

The Senate proceeded to consider said resolutions; and

On the question to agree thereto,

Mr. Johnson of Missouri demanded a division of the question; and

On the question to agree to the first resohition,

It was determined in tlie affirmative, " tu '^ ,^

On motion Ij}' Mr. Oldham,

The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present.

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Baker, Barnwell, Caperton, Graham, Henry, Ilill, Hunter,
Jemison, jr., Johii-son of Missouri, ^Maxwell, Mitchel, Oldham, Orr,
Semmes, Sparrow, Walker, and Watson.

On the question to agree to the second resolution,

It was determined in the affirmative, j i^, ,'t -

On motion by Mr. Oldham,

The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present,

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

iMessrs. Baker, Barnwell, Oiperton, Graham, Henry, Hill, Jemison,
jr.. Maxwell, Orr, Semmes, Sparrow, Walker, and Watson.

Those who voted in the negative ar(%

^lessrs. Hunter, .lohnson of Missouri, Mitchel, and Oldham.

So the resolutions were agreed to.

Mr. Sparrow submitted the following resolution; which was consid
ered and agreed to:

Resolved, That all nominations which have heretofore been made to the Senate,
and which have not been finally disposed of by the Senate, but which have been
]K)stponed or continued, be taken from the files and referred to the Committee on
Military Affairs.

Mr, Sparrow, from the Committee on Militar}^ Afl'airs, to whom
was referred the nomination of F. i\I. Green, to l)e colonel, reported,
with the reconuuendation that said nomination be conlirmed.

The Senate proceeded to consider said report; and in concurrence
therewith, it was

Eexolced, That the Senate advise and consent to his appointment,
agreeably to the nomination of the President.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the nomination of P. N.
Lynch, to be special conmiissioner of the Confederate States to the
States of the Church; and

After del)ate,

On motion by Mr. Semmes,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.



TUESDAY, jNIay 24, 1804.

OPKN SESSION.

Mr. Hill presented the cn-dcntials of the Hon. Herschel V. John-
son, elected a Senator by the general assembly of the State of (Jeorgia
for the term of six j'cars froni and after the 18th day of February.



May 24, 1864.] SENATE. 79

1864; which were read, and the oath prescribed by the Constitution
having been administered to Mr. Johnson, he took his seat in the Senate.

Mr. Sparrow presented resolutions of the general assembly of the
State of Louisiana in relation to the further prosecution of the war;
which were read.

Ordered^ That they lie upon the table and be printed.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Dalton:

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed a bill (H. R. 106) to
increase the compensation of the noncommissioned officers and privates of the Army
of the Confederate States; in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

Mr. Semmes presented a resolution of the general assembly of the
State of Louisiana relative to claims against the Confederate Govern-
ment; which was read.

Ordered^ That it lie upon the table and be printed.

Mr. Semmes submitted the following resolution; which was consid-
ered and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs Ite instructed to inquire into the
expediency of causing otttcers of the Quartermaster's and Commissary's Dei)artments
to be detailed or assigned to the duty of auditing and paying claims of the citizens of
Louisiana for all jiroperty impressed by order of officers in the Confederate service
and for hire of teams or negroes.

Mr. Barnwell presented the memorial of citizens of the town of
Beaufort, in the State of South Carolina, praying to l)e relieved from
the payment of taxes imposed by the tax bill of ISG-i; which was
referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Barnwell, from the Committee on Finance, reported

A bill (S, 4-i) to aitthorize certificates of indebtedness to be given
for propert}' purchased or impressed and for transportation, and to
provide for payment of the interest on said certificates in specie;
which was read the first and second times and ordered to be placed
upon the Calendar and printed.

On motion by Mr. Barnwell,

Ordered^ That the comnuuiication from the Secretary of the Treas-
ury recommending certain changes in the impressment laws be printed.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Afiairs, to whom was
referred the joint resolution (H. R. 7) to prevent restrictions upon the
right of members of Congress to visit sick and wounded ofiicers and
soldiers in hospitals, reported it with the recommendation that it ought
not to pass.

The Senate proceeded, as in Conunittee of the Whole, to the con-
sideration of the said resolution; and no amendment being proposed,
it was reported to the Senate.

On the question,

Shall the resolution be read a third time?

It was determined in the negative.

So the resolution was rejected.

Ordered, That the Secretary inform the House of Representatives
thereof.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom
was referred the bill (S. 43) to regulate the pay of a general assigned
to dut}" at the seat of government under the provisions of the act
approved March 25, 1862, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Afiairs, to whom



80 JOURNAL OF THE [May 24, 1864.

was referred the bill (8. 24) to authorize the appointment of additional
officers of artillery for ordnance duties, reported it without amendment.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the con-
sideration of the said bill; and no amendment being- proposed, it was
reported to the Senate.

Ordered^ That it be engrossed and read a third time.

The said bill was read the third time.

Resolved^ That it pass, and that the title thereof be as aforesaid.

Ordered^ That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House
of Representatives therein.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Militar}^ Affairs, to whom
was referred the bill (S. 23) to provide for the appointment of addi-
tional military storekeepers in the Provisional Army of the Confeder-
ate States, reported it with an amendment.

The Senate proceeded, as iu Committee of the Whole, to the con-
sideration of the said bill; and the reported amendment having- been
agreed to, the bill was reported to the Senate and the amendment was
concurred in.

(Jrdvred^ That the bill be engrossed and read a third time.

The said bill was read the third time.

Resolved^ That it pass, and that the title thereof be as aforesaid.

Ordered^ That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House
of Representatives therein.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Conmiittce on Military Affairs, to whom
was referred the bill (S. 35) concerning agents of the Press Associa-
tion of the Confederate States, reported it with amendments.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the con-
sideration of the said bill; and the reported amendments having been
agreed to, the bill was reported to the Senate and the amendments
were concurred in.

Ordered^ That the bill be engrossed and read a third time.

The said bill was read the third time.

Resolved^ That it pass, and that the title thereof be as aforesaid.

Ordered, That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House
of Representatives therein.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered^ That the Committee on Military Affairs be discharged from
the further consideration of the memorial of J. S. Thrasher.

Mr. Brown, from tlie Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom was
referred a communication from the Secretary of the Treasur}^ on the
su})ject, reported

A joint resolution (S. 8) directing the settlement of the claim of
Zedekiah McDanicl and Francis M. Ewing for destroying the Federal
gunboat Cairo, by means of a torpedo;

which was read the first and second times and considered as in Com-
mittee of the Whole; and no amendment ])eing proposed, it was
reported to the Senate.

Ordered, That it l)c engrossed and read a third time.

The said resolution was read the third time.

On the (juestion.

Shall the resolution now pass?

It was determined in the affirmative, ] at ' " \\

On motion by Mr. Brown,



May 24, 1864.] SENATE. 81

The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present,

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Baker, Brown, Burnett, Caperton, Dortch, Graham, Henry,
Hill, Hunter, Jemison, Johnson of Georgia, Johnson of Missouri,
Maxwell, Mitchel, Orr, Semmes, Simms, Sparrow, and Watson.

So it was

Rewlved^ That the resolution pass, and that the title thereof be as
aforesaid.

Ordered^ That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House
of Representatives therein.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the consid-
eration of the 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; and

On motion by Mr. Hill,

Ordered., That the bill, together with the report of the Committee
on the Judiciar}^ (No. 2) thereon, be recommitted to the Committee on
the Judiciar3^

Mr. Hill submitted the following motion for consideration:

Ordered^ That the vote on passing the bill (S. 35) concerning agents
of the Press Association of the Confederate States be reconsidered.

The bill (H. R. 106) to increase the compensation of the noncommis-
sioned oflicers and privates of the Army of the Confederate States was
read the first and second times and referred to the Committee on Mili-
tary Afl'airs.

A. message from the President of the Confederate States, by Mr.
B. N. Harrison, his Secretary:

Mr. President: The President of the Confederate States, on yesterday, apiJ roved
and signed the following acts and joint resolution:

S. 5. An act to provide passports for Senators and Representatives in Congress
when traveling in the Confederate States;

S. 11. An act to extend the franking privilege; and

S. 3. Joint resolution of thanks to Missouri officers and soldiers in the Confederate
service east of the Mississippi River.

Ordered, That the Secretary inform the House of Representatives
thereof.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the resolution submitted ])y
Mr. Sparrow 3^esterday, instructing the Committee on the Judiciary
to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill for the suspension of
the writ of habeas corpus after the expiration of the present law, and
of providing by said bill that the said suspension shall continue until
the close of the next session of Congress; and

The resolution was agreed to.

On motion by Mr. Orr,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

The doors having been opened,

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (S. 15) to authorize the payment of the actual and nec-
essar}?^ expenses of naval oflicers while traveling under orders.^

On motion by Mr, Sparrow, to amend the bill by striking out
"naval," line 2, and inserting after "ofdcers," in tlie same line, the
words "of the Armv and Navy;" by inserting after "Navy," line 3,
the words "or War," and by inserting after "Navy," line 3, the words
"or the Secretary of War,"
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82 JOUKNAL OF THE [May 24, 1864.

It was determined in the affirmative.

On motion by ]\Ii-. Brown, to amend the bill by inserting at the end
thereof the words "and that the Secretary of War and the Secretary
of the Navy, at the commencement of each session, shall report to
Congress a cop}' of all the bills paid under this act, and specify the
items in each case, together with the certificate of the officer rendering
the account,"

It was determined in the affirmative.

On motion by Mr. Brown, to amend the bill b}^ adding thereto the
following proviso:

Provided, That no officer shall receive the benefit of this act who is traveling under
orders issued at hit- own solicitation,

It was determined in the affirmative.

On motion by Mr. Orr, to amend the bill by striking out all after
the enacting clause and inserting:

That officers of the Army and Navy, while travelinji; under orders of tlie War or
Navy Department, shall be allowed transjjortation in kind for themselves and their
personal baggage,

It was determined in the affirmative.

No further amendment being made, the ])ill was reported to the
Senate and the amendment was concurred in.

Ordered^ That the bill be engrossed and read a third time.

The said bill was read the third time and tiic title Avas amended.

Resolved, That it pass, and that the title thereof be "An act to
furnish transf)ortation to officers of the Arm}'^ and Nav}' while travel-
ing under orders."

Ordered, That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House
of Kopresentatives therein.

On motion ])y ]\ir. Orr,

The Senate adjourned.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

The following message was received from the President of the Con-
federate States, b}' Mr. B. N. Harrison, his Secretary:

Executive Department, liidimund, May ;.'.?, 1S64-
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeal)ly to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Brig. Gen.
B. R. Johnson, of Tennessee, to be major-general in the Provisional Army of the
Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

Wau Department, Richmond, May 21, 1S64.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Brig. (len. B. R. Johnson,
of Tenne,s.see, to l)e major-general in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States
of America, for duty with (ieneral Beauregard, to take rank from May 21, !S64.
I am, sir, respectfullv, vour obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

The message was read.

Ordered., That it be referred to the Connnittee on Military Affairs.



May 24, 1864.] SENATE. 83

ExECUTiYK Department, Richmond, May 23, 1S64.
To the Sennte of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate the officers
on the accompanying Ust to the rank affixed to thefr names, respectively.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 45.] War Department, Richmond, May 4, IS64.

Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

Assistant coinmissaries — captains.

J. H. French, of Texas, to take rank from February 19, 1864.
Thomas N. Minter, of Texas, to take lank from February 19, 1864.
1 am, sir, respectfuUv, vour obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

The message was read.

Ordered^ That it be referred to the Committee on Militar}^ Affairs.

Executive Department, Riclnnond, May 23, I864.
To tlie Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate the officers
on the accompanying list to the rank affixed to their names, respectively.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 13.] Confederate States op America, War Department,

Richmond, May 8, IS64.
Sir: I. have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

A djutants — first lieutenants.

William A. S. Taylor, of Virginia, to be adjutant Sixty-first Virginia Regiment,
vice Lieutenant Wright, died, to rank from February 19, 1864.

L. Flournov, of Louisiana, to l)e adjutant Eleventh Louisiana Battalion, to rank
from February 19, 1864.

A. C. Hill, of Texas, to be adjutant Thirty-first Texas Cavalry Regiment, vice
Lieutenant Taylor, resigned, to rank from February 19, 1864.

C. N. Welshaus, of Missouri, to be adjutant Eighth Missouri Regiment, vice Lieu-
tenant Kingsland, resigned, to rank from February 19, 1864.

A. M. Barnes, of Arkansas, to be adjutant Thirty-third Arkansas Regiment, to
rank from February 19, 1864.

George A. Blain, of Texas, to be adjutant Seventh Texas Regiment, vice Lieu-
tenant Douglas, promoted, to rank from February 19, 1864.

R. M. Harkness, of Alabama, to be adjutant Thirty-sixth Alabama Regiment, vice
Lieutenant Hatch, resigned, to rank from February 19, 1864.

Charles P. Roberts, of Georgia, to l)e adjutant Second Georgia Battalion Sharp-
shooters, to rank from February 19, 1864.

G. 0. Greenway, of V^irginia,'to be adjutant Forty-fifth N'irginia I'.attalion, to rank
from Fel)ruary 19, 1864.

Virgil V. Moore, of Tennes.see, to be adjutant Second Mississippi Regiment, Par-
tisan Rangers, to rank from February 19, 1864.

W. J. Sparks, of Texas, to be adjutant Tenth Texas Cavalry Regiment, to rank
from February 19, 1864.

J. P. Butler, of Louisiana, to be adjutant First [.f)uisiana Artillery Regiment, to
rank from February 19, 1864.

Thomas Barrow, "of Georgia, to be adjutant Twenty-ninth Georgia Cavalry Battal-



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