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The messages were read.

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

ExEciTivE Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, June 4, 1864-
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Cadet E. O.
Sykes, of Alississippi, for appointment an second lieutenant of infantry in the Army
of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.



June 7, 1864.] SENATE. 177

War Department, Confederate States of America,

Rkhinond, June 3, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Cadet E. 0. Sykes, of Mis-
sissippi, to be second lieutenant of infantry in tlie Army of the Confederate States of
America, to rank from March 9, 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, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, June 6, 1864.
To the 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.

JEFFEESON DAVIS.

No. 43.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, June 4, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for temporary
appointment (under act approved May 31, 1864) in the Provisional Army of the
Confederate States of America:

Brigadier-generals.

Col. D. A. Weisiger, of Virginia, to take rank from May 31, 1864.
Col. J. C. C. Sanders, of Alabama, to take rank from May 31, 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.

The Senate proceeded to consider the nominations of D. A. Weisiger
and J. C. C. Sanders, for temporary appointment (under act approved
May 31, 1864) as brigadier-generals; and

Remlved, That the Senate advise and consent to the temporary
appointment of D. A. Weisiger and J. C. C. Sanders, to be brigadier-
generals, agreeably to the nomination of the President.

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

Confederate States of America, 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 the accompanying list to the rank affixed to their names, respectively.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.
No. 30.] Confederate States of America, War Department,

Richmond, June 3, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for promotion in
the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

Colonel.

Lieut. Col. M. L. Stansel, of Alabama, to be colonel Forty-first Alabama Regiment,
vice Col. Henry Talbird, resigned, to rank from June 27, 1863.

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178 JOURNAL OF THE [June 7, 1864.

Lieutenant-colonels.

Maj. James Gardner, of Georgia, to be lieutenant-colonel Twenty-seventh Georgia
Regiment, vice Lieut. Col. J. N. Dorsey, dismissed by court-martial, to rank from
April 1, 1864.

Maj. T. G. Trimmier, of Alabama, to be lieutenant-colonel Forty-first Alabama
Regiment, vice Lieut. Col. M. L. Stansel, promoted, to rank from June 27, 1863.

Maj. A. Haynea, of Virginia, to be lieutenant-colonel Twenty-ninth Virginia Reg-
iment, vice Lieut. Col. James Giles, promoted, to rank from April 10, 1863.

Maj. W. H. Campbell, of South Carolina, to be lieutenant-colonel Third Soutli
Carolina or "Palmetto Battalion Light Artillery," vice Lieut. Col. E. B. White, pro-
moted colonel of artillery, to rank from January 18, 1864.

Majois.

Capt. W. S. Wallace, of Georgia, to be major Forty-fifth Georgia Regiment, vice
Maj. J. W. Carter, promoted, to rank from March 17, 1864.

Capt. L. T. Hudgings, of Alabama, to be major Forty-first Alabama Regiment, vice
Maj. T. G. Trimmier, promoted, to rank from November 28, 1863.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Sea-etary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

CONFEOERATE STATES OF AmERKA, f]XECUTlVE DEPARTMENT,

Richmond, June 4, 1S64.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the rei-onimeudation of tl>o Secretary of War, I nominate the officers
on tlae accompanying list to the rank affixed to their names, respectively.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 35.] CoNKEOKRATE StATES OF AMERICA, WaR DEPARTMENT,

Rirlnnond, June 3, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of tlie Confederate States of America:

Adjutant'^ — first lieutenants.

J. W. Tayloe, of Virginia, to be adjutant Second Virginia Cavalry Regiment, vice
Lieut. L. Tayloe, killed, to rank from May 28, 1864.

George C. Jones, of Alabama, to lie adjutant Twenty-third Alabama Battalion
Sharpshooters (original vacancy), to rank from i\Iay 24, 1864.

D. n. L. Lowe, of Mississipjn, to be adjutant Sixteenth Mississippi Regiment, vice
Lieutenant Stewart, declined, to rank from May 24, 1864.

W. S. Hol)inson, of Georgia, to be adjutant Second Georgia Battalion (original
vacancy), to rank from May 4, 1864.

J. H. Bell, of Arkansas, to })e adjutant Thirty-seventh Arkansas Regiment (origi-
nal vacancy), to rank from February I'.l, 1864.

I ani, sir, resi)ectfullv, vour obedient servant,

" ■ JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Confederate States of America, Executive Department,

Richmond, June 4, 1864-
To the Senate of the Confederate Statcv

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

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 32.] Confederate States ok America, 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:

.1 ids-de-camp^jirst lieutenants.

George Phifer, of North Carolina, to be aid-de-camp, for duty with Maj. Gen. Robert
F. Hoke, to rank from May 31, 1864.



June 7, 1864.] SENATE. 179

Augustus W. Belt, of Arkansas, to be aid-de-camp, for duty with Brig. Gen. D. H.
Reynolds, to rank from April 15, 1864.

Frank L. Glover, of Alabama, to be aid-de-camp, for duty with Maj. Gen. C. M.
Wilco^, to rank from May 25, 1864.

Thomas F. Erskine, of , to be aid-de-camp, for duty with Maj. Gen. W. B.

Bate, to rank from May 25, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient seryant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Confederate States op America, Executive Department,

Richmond, June 6, 1864-
To the Senate of the Confederate Stateft:

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, being part
of the nominations made at the last session of the Senate for reconfirmation, and
which were postponed until after its adjournment.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 42.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, June 4, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment in
the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America, being for appointments
for which nominations were made and postponed at the last session of the Senate:

Major-general.
J. B. Magruder, of Virginia, to take rank from October 7, 1861.

Brigadier-generals.

John H. Winder, of Maryland, to take rank from June 21, 1861.
H. H. Sibley, of Louisiana, to take rank from June 17, 1861.
P. O. Hebert, of Louisiana, to take rank from August 17, 1861.
R. S. Ripley, of South Carolina, to take rank from August 15, 1861.
N. G. Evans, of South Carolina, to take rank from October 21, 1861.
J. H. Trapier, of South Carolina, to take rank from October 21, 1861.
AVilliam M. Gardner, of Georgia, to take rank from November 14, 1861.
H. W. Mercer, of Georgia, to take rank from October 29, 1861.
A. R. Lawton, of Georgia, to take rank from April 13, 1861.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Confederate States of America, Executive Department,

Richmond, June 6, 1864-
To the 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, being part
of the nominations made at the last session of the Senate for confirmation, and which
were postponed until after its adjournment.

jj:fferson da vis.

No. 41.] Confederate States of America, War Department,

Richmond, June 4, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for apjiointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America, being for appointments
for which nominations were made and postponed at the last session of the Senate:

commandants of camps of instruction, under act approved OCTOBER 8, 1862.

Majors.

E. S. Ready, of Alabama, to take rank from May 2, 1863.
John F. Andrews, of Georgia, to take rank from May 2, 1863.



180 JOUKNAL OF THE [June 8, 1864.

O. M. Watkins, of Texas, to take rank from May 2, 1863.
J. J. Daniel, of Florida, to take rank from November 14, 1863.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON',

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Confederate States of America, Executive Department,

Richmond, June 6, 186 4.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of "War, I nominate A. J. Tout-
ant, of Texas, to be aid-de-camp to General Beauregard, with the rank of first lieu-
tenant in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America, vice Lieutenant
Beauregard, resigned.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

Confederate States of America, War Department,

Richmond, June 4, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of A. J. Toutant, of Texas,
to be aid-de-camp to General Beauregard, witli rank of first lieutenant in the Provi-
sional Army of the Confederate States of America, vice Lieutenant Beauregard,
resigned, to date from June 3, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfullv, vour ol»edient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jekkerso.n Davis,

President, etc.

The messages were read.

(h'dered^ That the}' be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

On motion l)y Mr. Orr,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.



WEDNESDAY, June 8, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed a joint resolution (H. R.
13) to allow sick and wouncled f)fficers of the Army transportation to their homes,
and hospital acconmiodations; in which they recpiest the concurrence of the Senate.

.\iid they have CDiicurred in the report of tlie coiiiiiiittee of conference on the dis-
agreeing votes of the two Houses on the bill (S. 34) to provide for the compensation
of noncommissioned officers, soldiers, sailors, and marines on detailed service.

Mr. Sparrow, from the committee of conference on the part of the
Senate on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the bill (S. 81)
to ])r()vido for tlie compensation of noncommissioned officers, soldiers,
sailors, and marines on detailed service, reported

That they have met the managers otj tlie part of the House of Representatives,
and, after full and free conference, have agreed to recommend and do recommend to
their respective Houses as follows:

That the Senate recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the House of
Representatives, and agree to the said amendment with the following amendments,
viz:

After "service," section 1, line 2, insert the words "or from the Navy or Marine
Corps."

Strike out sections 2, 3, 4, and 5, and insert in lieu thereof the following:

"Sec. 2. That all such detached or detailed men sliall lie allowed, in addition, not
exceeding two dollars per day, and compensation for all extra work, or for any
uncommon skill or industry displayed in the performance of duties to which they



Junes, 1864.] SENATE. 181

may be assigned, in proportion to the value of such extra labor or uncommon skill
or industry, whether it be in performing an unusual amount of work within the usual
hours of labor, or work performed beyond the usual hours, or extraordinary skill
and superior workmanship displayed in the execution of such duties, the value of
said extra labor or uncommon skill or industry to be determined by the officer or
superintendent imder whose immediate direction said detached or detailed service
may be performed, subject to the approval of the Secretary of War or Navy. The
additional compensation provided in this section shall be the same for both the War
and Navy Departments, under certain rules to be prescribed by the President.

"Sec. 3. That all noncommissioned officers, musicians, privates, sailors, or marines
detailed to Government contractors, shall be so detailed without pay and allowances,
but shall be compensated for their services by wages received from said contractors,
under rules to be prescribed by the Secretary of War or of the Navy."

And that the House of Representatives recede from their amendment to the title
of the bill.

The Senate proceeded to consider the said report; and

ReHolved., That they concur therein, and that the bill be amended
accordingly.

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

Mr. Watson (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 72) to amend an act entitled "An act to organize military
courts to attend the Army of the Confederate States in the Held, and
to define the powers of said courts," approved October 9, 1862;
which was read the first and second times and referred to the Com-
mittee on Military Attairs.

Mr. Graham presented resolutions of the general assembly of the
State of North Carolina, concerning certain acts of the late Congress
of the Confederate States and in reference to the right of North
Carolina in the importation of goods; which were read.

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

The Senate resumed the reconsideration of the joint resolution
(S. 7) in regard to the exemption of editors and employees of news-
papers, returned b}" the President of the Confederate States with his
objections; and

On the question,

Shall the resolution pass, the objections of the President to the
contrary notwithstanding?

It was determined in the negative, j >t ^\ ' -, ,.

The vote having been taken by yeas and naj^s, as required by the
Constitution,

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Baker, Burnett, Haynes. Henry, Maxwell, Mitchel, Oldham,
Orr, Semmes, Sparrow, and Wigfall.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Barnwell, Brown, Graham, Hunter, Jemison, Johnson of
Georgia, Johnson of Arkansas, Johnson of Missouri, Walker, and
Watson.

So it was

Resolved^ That the resolution do not pass, two-thirds of the Senate
not agreeing thereto.

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

The Senate resumed the reconsideration of the bill (S. 24) entitled
"'An act to authorize the appointment of additional officers of artillery



182 JOURNAL OF THE [June 8, 1864.

for ordnance duties," returned by the President of the Confederate
States with his objections; and

On the question,

Shall the bill pass, the objections of the President to the contrary
notwithstanding ?

It was determined in the negative, \ ^i ^<^

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The vote having been taken by yeas and na3's, as required by the
Constitution,

Mr. Wigfall voted in the affirmative.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Baker, Barnwell, Brown. Burnett, Graham, Hajmes, Henry,
Hill, Hunter, Jemison, Johnson of Georgia, Johnson of Arkansas,
Johnson of Missouri, Maxwell, Mitchel, Oldham. Orr. Semmes, Simms,
Sparrow, Walker, and Watson.

So it was

Remlrcd^ That the bill do not pass, two-thirds of the Senate not
agreeing thereto.

Ordered^ That the Secretary inform the House of Represeutatix es
thereof.

Mr. liarnwell, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred
the bill (II. II. 123) making appropriations for tiie support of the Gov-
ernment of the Confederate States of Amei'ica from July 1 to Decem-
ber 31, 1861, and to supply a deticiency, reported it without amend-
ment.

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 l)ill was read the third time.

ReM)lv('d, That it pass.

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

The following bill and joint resolution were severall}' read the first
and second times and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs:

H. R. 112. An act to amend an act to organize forces to serve
during the war, approved ITth Fel)ruarv, IS()4; and

H. R. 13. Joint resolution to allow sick and wounded officers of the
Army transportation to their homes, iind liospitul acconunochitions.

The following bills were severally read the first and second times
and refened to the Connnittee on Finance:

H. R. 150. An act concerning the salary of the Treasurer;

H. R. 151. An act to amend an act entitled ""An act to reduce the
currency and to authorize a new issue of bonds and Treasur}' notes,"
approved February 17, ISOI;

H. R. 152. An act to amend the first section of an act entitled ''An
act to organize the clerical force of the Treasury Department," approved
February 13, 18«)2: and

H. R. 153. An act to amend an act entitled "An act for the relief of
taxpayers in certain cases,"" approved February 13, 1861.

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendment of the House of
Representatives to the bill (S. 59) to authorize the owners of the reg-
istered eight per cent ten-year convertible bonds issued under the



Junes, 1864.] SENATE. 183

provisions of the act. approved May 16, 1861, to exchange the same
for coupon bonds; and

Resolved^ That they concur therein.

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

Mr. Oldham, from the Committee on Commerce, to whom was
referred the bill (S. 60) to amend an act entitled "An act to prohibit
the importation of luxuries, or of articles not necessaries or of common
use," approved February 6, 1864. reported it without amendment.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Aflairs, submitted
the following resolution for consideration:

UeMdved, That the report's of officers of iniUtary operations, whieh have been com-
municated to the Senate by the President at the'present session, be placed upon the
tiles of the Senate; and that the Secretary be directed not to furnish copies of said
reports to anyone without the leave of the Senate.

The Senate proceeded to consider the said resolution; and

On motion by Mr. Orr, to amend the resolution by striking out the
words "placed'upon the tiles of the Senate; and that the Secretary be
directed not to furnish copies of said reports to anyone without the
leave of the Senate" and inserting in lieu thereof the words "" laid upon
the table and printed for the use of the Senate,"

It was determined in the negative.

The resolution was tiien agreed to.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered, That the Committee on Military Afi'airs be discharged
from the further consideration of the message of the President trans-
mitting copies of the charges and specifications and of the accom-
pan3^ing papers in the case of Maj. H. C. Guerin.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom
was referred the bill (S. TO) to amend an 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, and' to define the powers of said
courts,' " approved Februarv 13, 1861, 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 Military Affairs, to whom
was referred the joint resolution (H. R. 11) of thanks to Maj. Gen.
Richard Taylor and the oificers and men of his command, reported it
without amendment.

The Senate pi-oceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the consid-
eration of the said resohttion; and no amendment being proposed, it
was reported to the Senate.

Ordered, That it pass to a third reading.

The said resolution was read the third time.

Resolved., That it pass.

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



184 JOURNAL OF THE [Junes, 1864.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered., That the Committee on Military Affairs be discharged from
the further consideration of the report of the Superintendent of the
Bureau of Conscription, accompanying the report of the Secretary of
War.

Mr. Burnett, from the Committee on Military Affairs, reported

A bill (S. 73) to amend the acts of April 1* 1862, September 23,
1862, and February 17, 1864;

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 bill was read the third time.

On the question.

Shall the ))ill now pass?

It was determined in the negative.

So it was

Mesolved^ That this bill do not pass.

Mr. Jemison submitted the following resolution; which was con-
sidered and agreed to:

Resolved, That during the remainder of the present session the daily hour of meet-
ing of the Senate be eleven o'clock antemeridian.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the l)ill (H. R. 107) to amend the tax laws.

On motion b3' Mr. Sparrow, to amend the bill b}' striking out the
words "of the same or similar property in the neighborhood, where
assessed in the year eighteen hundred and sixt}," section 2, lines 3, 4,
and 5, and inserting in lieu thereof the words "thereof on the sev^en-
teenth day of Fe))ruary, eighteen hundred and sixty-four,"

It was determined in the negative.

On the question to agree to the following reported amendment,
viz: Strike out of the third section of the bill the following words:

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 tax on shares or interests imposed by the first section of
this act, and in such case ten percent less the amount of tax so imposed. And upon
the value of all moneys held abroatl or bills of exchange drawn therefor, and
promissory notes, rights and credits jjayable in foreign countries, five per cent,
according to the value thereof at the j)lace where the tax thereon is payable at the
time of assessment, except where the same is included in the tax on shares or interests
imposed by the 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 the act of February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and
sixty-four, to reduce the currency and authorize a new issue of notes and bonds,

and insert in lieu thereof:

Upon all gold and silver coin estimated at par, and upon all gold dust and gold
and silver bullion, estimated at its value in specie, unless purchased since the
first day of January, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, and then estimated at the
actual value in Confederate Treasury notes, ten per cent, except where the same has
already been included in the tax on shares or interests, under the provisions of the



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