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section of an act to organize forces to serve during the war, approved February 17,
1864; and

S. 14. An act to amend an act entitled "An act to provide an invalid corps,"
approved February 17, LS64.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed two enrolled bills and
an enrolled joint resolution, I am directed to bring them to the Senate for the signa-
ture of their President.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, who were
instructed by a resolution of the Senate to inquire into the subject,
reported

A l)ill (S. 09) to retire or drop field and company officers from the
Army in certain cases;

which was read the first and second times and considered as in Com-
mittee of the Whole.

On motion l)y Mr. Walker, to amenci the bill by striking out of the
first section the words

and that hereafter no officer of the staff shall be assigned to connnand in the line,
except in cases of emergency, until an appointment can be made.

It was determined in the negative.

No amendment being made, the bill was reported to the Senate.
Ordered, That it l)e 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.



154 JOURNAL OF THE [June 4, 1864.

The following bills were severally read the first and second times
and referred to the Committee on Finance:

H. R. 123. An act making appropriations for the support of the
Government of the Confederate States of America from July 1 to
December 31, 1861, and to supply a deficiency;

H. R. 121. An act making- appropriations for the postal service of
the Confederate States for the year 1862 and 1863; and

H. R. 138. An act to increase the compensation of the heads of the
several Executive Departments and the Assistant Secretary of War
and the Treasury.

The bill (H. R. 119) to amend an act entitled "An act to regulate the
supplies of clothing to enlisted men of the Navy during the war,"
approved April 30, 1863, was read the first and second times and
referred to the Committee on Naval Afi'airs.

The joint resolution (H. R. 12) to impose certain additional duties on
the Quartermaster-General was read the first and second times and
referred to the Committee on Military Afi'airs.

Mr. Maxwell, from the connuittee, reported that they had examined
and found trulv enrolled t»iUs and a joint resolution of the following
titles:

H. R. 8. An act to authorize the judges of the district courts of the
Confederate States to appoint and change the times and places of hold-
ing the courts in their respecti\'e districts;

H. R. 125. An act to establish certain post routes therein named; and

H. R. 10. floint resolution of thanks to the Ninth Regiment of Texas
Infantry.

The Pi-esident pro tempore having signed the enrolled bills and
enrolled joiiitresolution last reported to have been examined, they were
delivered to the Secretary of the Senate and l)y him forthwith presented
to the President of the Confederate States for his approval.

T'he Senate proceeded to consider the amendment of the House of
Representatives to the joint I'esolution (S. 8) directing the settlement
of the claim of Zedekiah McDaniel and Francis M. Ewing, for destroy-
ing the Federal gunboat Cairo b}' means of a torpedo; and

Remlvecl^ That they concur therein.

Ordered^ That the Secretary of the Senate inform the House of
Representatives thereof.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom
was referr(>d the bill (H. R. t>0) to authorize the President to confer
temporary rank and conuuand upon officers of the Provisional Army
who may l)e assigned for special service, reported it with the recom-
mendation that it ought not to pass.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Conmiittee on Militar}^ Affairs, to whom
was referred the bill (H. R. 12) to provide for the enrollment and con-
scription of certain noncommissioned ofiicers and privates in the Trans-
Mississippi Department, reported it with amendments.

The Senate i-esumed. as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (II. R. 131) to amend an act entitled "An act to estab-
lish a niter and mining bureau." approved April 22, 1863; and having
been amended on the motion of Air. Burnett, it was reported to the
Senate and the auKMidment was concurred in.

Ordered^ That the amendment l)e engrossed and the bill read a third
time.

The said bill as amended was read th(> third time.



June 4, 1864.] SENATE. 155

Resolved, That it pass with an amendment.

Ordered^ That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House
of Representatives in the amendment.

On motion by Mr. Henry,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

The doors having been opened,

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

Mr. President: The President of the Confederate States, on the 2d instant, approved
and signed an act (S. 33) to regulate the compensation and mileage of members of
Congress and increase the compensation of the officers of the Senate and House of
Representatives.

The President yesterday approved and signed an act (S. 22) to secure the prompt
printing of the laws of the Confederate States.

The President has to-day approved and signed the following acts:

S. 15. An act to furnish transportation to officers of the Army and Navy while
traveling under orders; and

S. 23. An act to provide for the appointment of additional military storekeepers
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States.

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

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

Richmond, Va., June 4-, 1864-
To the Senate and House of Representatives:

I herewith transmit for your consideration communications from the proper
officers, submitting estimates of the amount required to l)e appropriated for the
period ending December 31, 1864, under the act approved June 2, 1864.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.
The message was read.

C/rdered, That it be referred to the Committee on Finance.
The following message was received from the President of the Con-
federate States, by Mr. B, ^N. Harrison, his Secretary:

Richmond, Va., June 2, 1864.
To the Senate and House of Representatives:

I herewith transmit for your information a communi(;ation from the Secretary of
War, covering copies of additional reports of military operations during the vear
1863.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The message was read.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Military Af airs.
The following message Avas received from the President of the Con-
federate States, by Mr. B. N. Harrison, his Secretary:

Richmond, Va., June 1, IS64.

To the Senate and House of Representatives:

I herewith transmit for your information a communication from the Secretary of
War, covering copies of several additional -reports of military operations. It is sug-
gested that the.se reports should not be published or used otherwise than for the
information of Members and Senators of the Confederate States Congress.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The message was read.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Military Aflairs.

Mr. Johnson of Arkansas submitted the following resolution; which
was considered and agreed to:

Resolved, That the President pro tempore appoint a committee of three, who shall
be empowered to inquire and, if practicable, to employ one or more competent ste-



156 JOURNAL OF THE [June4,l8(U.

nographers, by contract, subject to the ratification of the Senate, whose duty it shall
be to report the debates and jiroceedings of the Senate, and who shall become officers
of the Senate, incurring the obligations and taking the oath projier in their case as
officers of the body; and that said committee make their report to the Senate at its
next session.

Mr. Orr, Mr. Brown, and Mr. Johnson of Arkansas were appointed
the committee under the resolution.

The hour of half past 3 o'clock having arrived, the Senate took a
recess until 8 o'clock p. m.

8 o'clock p. m.
A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Dalton:

Mr. President: The President of the Confederate States has notified the House of
Representatives that on the 8(1 instant he approved and signed an act (H. R. ^2) 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 Mav 1,
1863.

And that he has to-day approved and signed a joint resolution (H. R. 9) respon-
sive to the resolutions of the general assembly of Virginia "asserting the jurisdiction
and sovereignty of the State of Virginia over her ancient boundaries."

Mr. Semmes sul)mitted the following resohition for consideration:

Resolved {the House of Representatives concurring), That the time fixed for the
adjournment of the present session of Congress be extended to Saturday, the elev-
enth day of .Tune, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, and that the President of the
Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives adjourn their respective
Houses, sine die, at twelve o'clock meridian on that day.

The Senate proceeded to consider the said resolution; and

On motion I)}' Mr. Orr, to amend the resolution by striking out
"Saturday, the eleventh,"' and inserting ""Thursday, the ninth," and
})y stiikingout "twelve o'clock meridian" and inserting "four o'clock
postmeridian,"

It was determined in the negative.

On motion In' Mr. Jomison. that the further consideration of the
resolution be postponed until Monday ne.xt.

It was determined in the negative.

On motion l)y Mr. ,Iemison, to reconsider the vote on disagreeing to
the following amendment proposed to the resolution by Mr. Orr, viz:
Strikeout " Saturday, the eleventh," and insert "Thursday, theninth,"
and strike out "twelve o'clock meridian" and insert "four o'clock
])ostm(Midian,"

It was determin(Ml in the negative.

The resolution was then agreed to.

On motion by Mr. Ilaynes, to reconsider the vote on agreeing to the
resolution,

It was determined in the negative.

(h-dc/'ed. That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House
of Representatives in the resolution.

jSlr. Sparrow, from the con unit tee of conference on the part of the
Senate on tlu; disagreeing votes of the twp Houses on the bill (S. ?.l)
to promote the etliciency of the cavalry of the Provisional Army, and to
punish lawlessness and irregularities of any portiojis thereof, repoi'ted

That they have met the managers on the part of the House of Representatives, and,
after due conference, recommend tiiat the amendment of the House to the bill of the
Senate be concurred in with the following amendments:

After the wonls "officer or," in the thinl line, insert the word "officers," and
after the word "soldier," in the fniirth line, insert the words "or soldiers," and
after the word "him," in the fifth line, insert the words "()r them."



June 4, 1864.] SENATE. 157

The Senate proceeded to consider the said report; and

Resolved, That the}" concur therein, and that the bill })e amended
accordingly.

Ordered^ That the Secretary inform tlie House of Representatives
thereof.

The Senate resumed, as in Connnittee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (S. 64) to provide for the establishment of a bureau of
polytechnics for the examination, experiment, and application of war-
like inventions; and no further amendment being made, the bill was
reported to the Senate.

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

The said bill was read the third time.

On the question,

Shall the bill now pass?

After debate,

On motion by Mr. Johnson of Arkansas,

Ordered^ That the further consideration thereof be postponed until
Monday next.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (H. R. 135) to increase the compensation of the assistant
clerks in the Senate and House of Representatives.

On motion by Mr. Burnett, that the further consideration of the hill
be postponed indeliniteh".

It was determined in the negative, \^, ^. /y

On motion b}^ Mr. Johnson of Arkansas,

The 3'eas and nays being desired b}" one-fifth of the Senators present,

'Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Burnett, Johnson of Arkansas, and Oldham.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Barnwell, Brown, Graham, Haynes, Henry, Hill, Hunter,
Johnson of Georgia, Johnson of Missouri, Maxwell, Mitchel, Orr,
Semmes, Sparrow, Walker, A\'atson, and Wigfall.

On motion by Mr. Hill, to amend the bill by striking out " tifty per
cent,"' lines 3 and 1, and inserting "thirty-three and one third per
cent,"

It was determined in the affirmative.

On motion by Mr. Graham, to amend the })ill by inserting the follow-
ing independent section:

Sec. 2. That the 8ergeant-at-Arms of the Senate shall receive five hundred dollars?,
and the Doorkeeper of the Senate shall receive five hundred dollars, in addition to
the amount now allowed by law, to continue only for the term of twelve months.

On motion b}" Mr. Simms, to amend the proposed amendment by
striking out the words "the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate shall
receive five hundred dollars, and,"' lines 1 and 2, and by striking out
"five hundred dollars," line 1, and inserting in lieu thereof "one
thousand dollars,"

It was determined in the affirmative.

On motion by Mr. Johnson of Georgia, to amend the proposed
amendment by inserting after "Doorkeeper," line 3, and th(> "Assist-
ant Doorkeeper." and by inserting after "dollars," line 4, "each,"

It was determined in the affirmative.

The amendment proposed by Mr. Graham, as amended, was then
agreed to; and



158 JOURNAL OF THE [June 4, 1864.

On motion by Mr. Jemison,

Ordered, That the bill be recommitted to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Johnson of Arkansas (by leave) introduced

A joint resolution (S. 11) relating- to the exchange of the daily news-
papers of the Confederate States with those of England and France;
which was read the first and second times and considered as in Com-
mittee of the Whole; and no amendment being proposed, it was
reported to the Senate.

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

The said resolution 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. Wigfall, that the vote on passing the bill (H. E,.
98) to amend an act entitled "An act to reduce the currency and to
authorize a new issue of notes and bonds," approved February 17,
1861, be reconsidered.

It was determined in the negative, \ ^r * : ^i

On motion by Mr. Haynes,

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

Those who voted in the attirmativc are,

Messrs. Barnwell, Burnett, (iraham. Hill, Hunter, Jemison, Johnson
(»f (leorgia, Orr, Scnmies, Sparrow, and Wigfall.

rhose who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Baker, Brown, Haynes, Henry. .Johnson of Arkansas, John-
son of Missouri, Maxwell, Mitchel, Oldham, Simms, Walker, and
Watson.

So the Senate refused to reconsider the vote on passing the said bill.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the consid-
eration of the bill (S. 'MS) to ])r()vide for the impressment of the railroad
iron, e([uipinents, and roiling stock of railroads when thjB same shall
l)ecoin(> necessary for the publii- defense, and to make further pro-
visions for the efficient transportation of troops and military supplies;
and

On motion by Mr. (xraham, that the further consideration of the bill
be postponed iiideriiiitely,

On motion by Mr. Hill,

The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the consid-
eration of the bill (S. 65) to aid in the construction of ironclad gunl)oats
for the defense of Western and Southern rivers; and the reported
amendment having been agreed to, the bill was reported to the Senate
and the amendment was concurred in.

Ordered^ That the l)ill be engrossed and read a third time.

The said bill was read the third time.

Resolved^ That it pass, and that the ti'.le thereof be as aforesaid.

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

On motion by Mr. Sparrow.

The Senate resolved into executive session.



•''"le^. 1864.] SENATE. 159

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

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

ExKCUTivE Department, Richmoud, June 4, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, 1 nominate S. L. Oliver,
of South Carolina, to be second lieutenant Company F, First South Carolina Regi-
ment, in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America, under act
approved Aj^ril 16, 1862, for distinguished valor and skill.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

War Department, Richmond, June S, 1S64.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of S. L. Oliver, of South Caro-
lina, to be second lieutenant Company F, First South Carolina Regiment, in the Pro-
visional Army of the Confederate States of America, under act ap])roved April 16,
1862, for distinguished valor and skill, to rank from May 6, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, vour obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

The messag'e was read.

Ordered., That it be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
The following message was received from the President of the Con-
federate States, by Mr. B. N. Harrison, his Secretary:

Executive Department, Richmond, June 4, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

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

JEFFERSON DAVIS.
No. 36.] War Department, Richmond, June 3, 1864.

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

Captains.

George W. Lewellen, of Mississippi, to be captain Company K, Thirty-first Missis-
sippi Regiment, the officers entitled to promotion waiving their claims, to rank April
5, 1864.

John William McCord, of Georgia, to be captain Company G, Thirtieth Georgia
Regiment, the officers entitled to promotion found incompetent, to rank May 25, 1864.

First lieutenant.

Henry Pratt, of South Carolina, to be first lieutenant Company C, Seventeenth
South Carolina Regiment, the officers entitled to promotion waiving their claims, to
rank from May 24, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfully, your 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 Military Affairs.
The following message was received from the President of the Con-
federate States, by Mr. B. N. Harrison, his Secretary:

Executive Department, Richmond, June 1, 1864-
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate A. G. Lane,
of Louisiana, to be a surgeon in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of
America, to rank from July 19, 1861.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.



160 JOURNAL OF THE [June 6, 1864.

Wak Department, fiiilnniDul, .Time 1, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of A. (i. Lane, of Louisiana,
to l)e a i^urgeon in the Provisional Armv of the Confederate States of America, to
raniv from July 19, 18H1.

I am, sir, respectfully, your ol)edient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

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

Executive Department, Riclnnond, June 3, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeahly 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. 3L] War Department, Riclnnond, June 3, 1864-

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

Colonels.

James F. Jones, of ;— , to V)e colonel First Virginia Regiment, Forces Local

Defense (Richmond, Va.), to rank from October 2, 18H3.

Lieut. Col. John M. Martin, of Plorida, to be colonel Ninth Florida Regiment, to
rank from Ai)ril 28, 1864.

I,ienlenont-colonel.

Capt. T. C. Lipscomb, of Mississippi, to l)e lieutenant-colonel Sixth Mississipi>i
Cavalry (organized from men recruited from within the enemv's lines), to rank from
May 23, 1864.

R. C. Morton, to lie major Seventh Battalion Local Defense Forces (Niter liattaiioii,
RichmoiKU, to rank from .May n, 1864.

Capt. R. <;. lirown, to Ix- major Sixth Mississippi Cavalry Regiment (organized of
men recruited within the lines of the enemy), to rank from May 23, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefker.son Davis,

President, etc.

The message was read.

The Senate proceeded to consider the nomination of John M. Martin,
to he colonel of the Ninth P'lorida Regiment; and

Rcsolrid^ That the Senate advise and consent to his appointment,
agreeably to the nomination of tiie President.

< h'd, red. That the residue be referred to the Committee on Military
Atlairs.

On motion b}- ]\lr. Sparrow,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

MONDAY, June 6, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

A message from the House of Representatives, b3^ Mr. Dalton:

Mr. President: The Hou.>je of Represt'iitatives have agreed to the resolution of the
Senate extending the time for the adjournment of the present session of Congress to
Saturday, the 11th day of June, instant.



June 6, 1864.] SENATE. 161

Mr. Oldham, from the Committee on Commerce, to whom was
referred the bill (H. R. 147) 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, 3 864, 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 pass to a third reading.

The said bill was read the third time.

Resolved^ That it pass.

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

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom
was referred the joint resolution (S. 9) of thanks to Gen. E. Kirby
Smith and the officers and soldiers of his command, reported it with-
out amendment.

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

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

The said resolution was read the third time.

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

Ordered^ That the Secretar}^ request the concurrence of the House
of Representatives therein.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military iVffairs, to whom
was referred the bill (H. R. 106) to increase the compensation of the
noncommissioned officers and privates of the Army of the Confederate
States, reported it without amendment.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the consid-
eration of the said bill; and having been amended on the motion of
Mr. Jemison, the bill was reported to the Senate and the amendments
were concurred in.

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

The said bill as amended was read the third time.

Resolved^ That it pass with amendments.

Ordered^ That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House
of Representatives in the amendments.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was
referred the bill (S. 56) to authorize the appointment of graduates of
military institutions as cadets in the Provisional Army of the Confed-
erate States of America, reported it with the recommendation that it
ought not to pass.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was
referred the bill (S. 54) to organize the light artillery of the Confed-



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