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relief of private claimants, but is in reality the sanction of a i)rinciple deemed
unsound and pernicious, involving in its consequences injury to the public service
and heavy demands on the public Treasurv.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

Richmond, V.\., Jntu: 11, 1864-

The message was read.

The Senate proceeded to reconsider the joint resolution (S. 8)
returned by the President with his objections; which resolution is in
the following words:

Joint resolution directing the settlement of the claim of Zcdekiah McDanicl and Francis M. Ewing,
for dcstrtiyinf,' the Federal gunboat Cairo hy means of a torpedo.

Resolved l>i/ (he Comjresa of flir Omfedrratr Stata^ of Aiiicrird, That the Secretary of
the Treasury be, and is hereby, authorized an<l re(|uired to issue to Zedekiah ]\Ic-
Daniel, of Kentucky, and Francis M. Kwing, of Mississippi, the sum of seventy-six
thousand seven hundred and twenty-six dollars and thirty cents, in Confederate
States eight per cent bonds; that being one-half of tiie value of the Federal gunboat
Cairo destroyed by them ])y means of a torjiedo inventeil and u.sed l)y them on the
Yazoo River, in the year eighteen hundred and sixty-two, as rei)orted by a board of
naval ofliiers appointed to ascertain the value of said boat, together with her arma-
ment, etc., etc.

TH. S. BOCOCK,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
R. M. T. HUNTER,
President pro tempore of the Senate.
I certify that this resolution originated in the Senate.

JAMES H. NASH, Secretarii.

On motion by Mr. Brown,

Ordci'td^ That the further consideration of the resolution be post-
poned until Monday next.
On motion by Mr. Walker,
The Senate resolved into executive session.
The doors having been opened,
The hour of half past 3 o'clock having arrived,
The Senate took a recess until 8 o'clock p. in.



8 o'clock r. ys..



On motion by Mr. Orr,
The Senate adjourned.



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EXECUTIVE SESSION.

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

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, June 10, 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. 33.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Riclimond, 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:

artillery officers, for ordnance duty, under acts approved APRIL 21 AND

SEPTEMBER 16, 1862.

Captains.

Lieut. Geo. Howard King, of Georgia, to be captain, for duty at Confederate State«
Laboratory at Tyler, Tex., to r?nk from January 30, 1864.

Charles W. Wailey, of Kentucky, to be captain, for duty at Shreveport Arsenal, to
rank from February 3, 1864.

First lieutenants.

N. W. ]\Iurphy, of Arkansas, to be first lieutenant, for duty at Shreveport Arsenal,
to rank from February 3, 1864.

Thomas A. Woods, of Louisiana, to be first lieutenant, for duty at the Confed-
erate States Ordnance Works, Tyler, Tex., to rank from Feliruary 3, 1864.

Morris S. Belknajj, of Louisiana, to be first lieutenant, for duty at the Confederate
States Arsenal, Marshall, Tex., to rank from February 3, 1864.

Thomas H. Bacon, of Missouri, to be first lieutenant, for duty at the same arsenal,
to rank from Feljruary 3, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.
Executive Dep.\rtment, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, June 11, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate W. S.
Griffin, of Texas, to be commissary, with rank of major in the Provisional Army of
the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.
Wak Department, Confederate St.\tes of America,

Richjnoul, June 3, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to. recommend the nomination of W. S. Griffin, of Texas, to
l)e commissary, with rank of major in the Provisional Army of the Confederate
States, for <luty with Ijrigade under the command of Brig. Gen. C* J. Polignac, to
rank fr in February 19, 1864.

1 am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.
Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Riclimond, Jinx- II, 1864-
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the rcommendation of the Secretar}' of War, 1 nominate Tliomas C.
Dupree, of Arkansas, to l)e an assistant (luarterinaster in tiie Provisional Army of the
Confederate States of Amtvrica, with the rank of captain, for duty with Sec-ond
Arkansas Regiment Cavalry.

JEFFERSON DAVIS,
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226 JOUENAL OF THE [June 11, 1864,

Wak Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, June 8, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Thomas 0. Dupree, of
Arkansas, to be an assistant qnartermaster, with the rank of captain, in the Provis-
ional Army of the Confederate States of America, for duty with Second Arkansas
Cavahy Regiment, to date from November 18, 1862.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, June 11, 1864-
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeal)ly to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate John B.
Sydnor, of Texas, to l)e an assistant commissary, with rank of captain in the Pro-
visional Army of the Confederate States, for post duty at Rusk, Cherokee County, Tex.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

War Department, Confederate States op America,

Richmond, June 8, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of John B. Sydnor, of
Texas, to l)e an assistant commissary, with the rank of captain in the Provisional
Army of the Con federate States of America, for post dutv at Rusk, Cherokee County,
Tex., to rank from May 2, 1864.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, June 10, 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 be assistant quarter mavSters, with rank of captain in the
Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 34.] 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:

Assistant quartermasters — captains.

]\I. J. Atkins, of (ieorgia, to take rank from INIarch 22, 18G4.
Jacob R. Stevens, of Georgia, to take rank from May 4, 1864.
Daniel McGill, of tieorgia, to take rank froni May 25, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfullv, vour obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,



To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.



Secretary of War.



E.\EcuTivE Department, Confederate States op America,

Richmond, June 11, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Capt. C. I.
AValker, of Sontli Carolina, to be lieutenant-colonel of the Tenth South Carolina
Regiment in the Provisional Armv of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

War Department, Confederate States op America,

Richmond, June 11, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Capt. (•. I. Walker, of
South Carolina, to be lieutenant-colonel of the Tenth South Carolina Regiment in the



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June 13,1864.] SENATE. 227

Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America, vice Lientenant-Colonel
Porcher, killed, the officers entitled to promotion waving their claims, to rank from
Jmie 11, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfuUv, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Executive Department, Confederate States op America,

Richmond, June 11, IS64.
To the Senate of the Confederate Statei<:

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

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, Jane 11, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

Major-generals.

Brig. Gen. C. J. Polignac, of France, to take rank from April 8, 1864.
Brig. Gen. J. F. Fagan, of Arkansas, to take rank from April 25, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, vour obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

The messages were read.

Ordered^ That they be referred to the Coniniittee on Military
AflFairs.

On motion by Mr. Brown,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

MONDAY, June 13, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The Senate proceeded, as in Connnittec of the Whole, to the consid-
eration of the bill (S. 71) in relation to the salary of the President; and

On motion by Mr. Walker,
■ Ordered^ That it lie upon the table.

Mr. Walker (by leave) introduced

A joint resolution (S. 15) in relation to the President's salary;
which was read the hrstand second times and considered as in Commit-
tee of the Whole; and no amendment being proposed, it was reported
to the Senate.

Ordcfi'ed., 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.

Mr. Hill (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 8i^) relative to the salary of the judge of the district
courts of the Confederate States for the district of Georgia;
which was read the first and second times and considered as in Com-
mittee of the Whole; and no amendment being made, it was reported
to the Senate.



228 JOURNAL OF THE [June 13, 1864.

Ordered^ That it be enj^ro.ssed and read a third time.

The said bill was read the third time.

On the question,

Shall the bill now pass?

It was determined in the negative.

So it was

Resolved^ That the bill do not pass.

The Senate resumed the reconsideration of the joint resolution (S. 8)
directing- the settlement of the claim of Zcdekiah McDaniel and Fran-
cis M. Ewing, for destroying the Federal gunboat Cairo by means of
a torpedo, returned by the President of the Confederate States with
his objections; and

On the question,

Shall the resolution pass, the objections of the President to the con-
trary- notwithstanding?

I Yeas - - - 9

It was determined in the negative, -j pj^„„ . n

The vote having been taken by yeas and na3^s, as required by the
Constitution of the Confederate States,

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Baker, Brown, Burnett, Graham, Henry, Johnson of
Missouri, Oldham, Simms, and ^^'igfall.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Barnwell, Hill, Hunter, Jemison, Johnson of Georgia,
Semmes, and Walker.

So it was

ReKolved, That the resolution do not pass, two-thirds of the Senate
not agreeing to ])ass the same.

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

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed a bill (H. R. 158)
making; arlditional appnipriations for the support of the Government; in which they
request the c-onfurrciico of the Senate.

And they have jiassed the joint resolution of the Senate (S. 12) for the relief of
\Vellinp;ton Goddin.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed sundry enrolled bills,
I am directed to bring them to the Senate for the signature of their President.

The House of Representatives have agreed to the report of the committee of con-
ference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the bill (H. R. 107) to amend
the tax laws.

Mr. Barnwell, from the committee of conference on the part of the
Senate on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the bill (H. R.
107) to amend the tax laws, reported

That tiiey have met the managers on the part of the House of Representatives,
ami, after full and frei' conference, have agreed to recommend and do recommend
to tlifir respective Houses as follows:

That the House of Representatives do recede from their amendment to the sixtli
amendn.ent of the Senate; that the Senate recede from tlieir said.sixth amendment;
and that the bill be amended by striking out the second paragraph of the tirst sec-
tion and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

" n. On the value of gold and silver wares and plate, jewels, jewelry and watches,
ten per cent.

"III. The value of projicrty taxed under this section shall be asse-ssed on the basi^-
of the market value of the same or similar propt-rty in the neighborhood wlierc
assessed in the year eightwn hundred and sixty, except in cases where land, slaves,
cotton, and tobacco have been purchased since the first day of January, eighteen



June 13, 1864.] SENATE. 229

hundred and sixty -two; in which case the said land, slaves, cotton, and tobacco so
purchased .shall be assessed at the price actually i)aid for the same by the owner:
Provided, That land purciiased by refugees, and held and occupied by tliem for their
own use and residence, shall be assessed according to its market value in the year
eighteen luuidred and sixty."

That the Ijill be amended by striking out all of the second section and inserting in
lieu thereof the following:

"That section two of an act entitled 'An act to levj^ additional taxes for the common
defense and support of the Government,' approved seventeenth February, eighteen
hundred and sixty-four, be, and the same is hereby, repealed. And it is hereby
declared tliat all the property and assets of corporations, associations, and joint stock
companies of every description, whether incorporated or not, shall be assessed and
taxed in the same manner and to the same extent as the property and assets of indi-
viduals; the tax on such property and assets to be assessed against and paid by such
corporations, associations, and joint stock companies: Pnnided, That no bank or
banking company shall be liable to pay a tux upon deposits of money to the credit
of and subject to the checks of others: rrorlded further, That the stock, shares, or
interests, representing property or assets in corporations or joint stock companies
or associations, shall not be assessed or taxed: And provided fu7-ther, That all property
within the enemy's lines be, and the same is hereby, exempted from all taxation so
long as it remains in the enemy's lines."

That the House of Representatives recede from their disagreement to the eleventh
amendment of the Senate, and agree to the said amendment amended so as to read
as follows: "That paragraph I, of section three, of an act entitled 'An act to levy addi-
tional taxes for the common defense and support of the Government,' approved seven-
teenth February, eighteen hundred and sixty-four," be, and the same is hereby,
amended and reenacted so as to read as follows: " Upon the amount of all gold and
silver coin, gold dust, gold or silver bullion, moneys held abroad or bills of exchange
drawn therefor, promissory notes, rights, credits, and securities payable in foreign
countries, five per cent, to be paid in specie, or in Confederate Treasury notes, at
their value as compared with specie at the time the tax is payable; the relative value
of specie and Confederate Treasury notes for the purposes of payment under this act
to be fixed by regulations to be prescribed by the commissioner of taxes under the
direction of the Secretary of the Treasury."

That the Senate recede from their twelfth and thirteenth amendments, and that
the bill be amended by striking out the second paragraph of section three.

That the Senate recede from its fourteenth amendment.

That the House of Representatives recede from its disagreement to the fifteenth
and sixteenth amendments of the Senate.

That the House of Representatives recede from its amendment to the seventeenth
amendment of the Senate, and that the Senate recede from its said amendment.

That the House of Representatives recede from its disagreement to the nineteenth
amendment of the Senate.

That the Senate recede from its twentieth amendment.

That the House of Representatives agree to the twenty-first amendment of the
Senate with the following amendment: Strike out the word "twenty" and insert the
word "thirty."

That the House of Representatives agree to the twenty-third Senate amendment
with the following amendment, to wit: Strike out after the word "production," in
paragraph III, the words "of pig metal or pig iron the cost of fuel," and insert the
following words in lieu thereof: "or manufacture of pig metal or other iron the
cost of fuel."

That the House of Representatives recede from its disagreement to the twenty-
fourth Senate amendment. ^

The Senate proceeded to consider the said report; and
On the question to concur therein,

It was determined in the affirmative, <. ^ ,

On motion by Mr. Graham,

The j^eas and nays being desired bj^ one-fifth of the Senators present,
Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Barnwell, Burnett, Henry, Hill, Hunter, Jemison, John-
son of Georgia, Oldham, Semmes, AVatson, and Wigfall.
Those who voted in the negative are.



230 JOURNAL OF THE [June 13, 1864.

Messrs. Baker, Graham, Johnson of Missouri, and Simms.

So it was

Resolced, That the Senate concur in the said report and that the
bill be amended aocordingh.

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

The bill (H. R. 158) making additional appropriations for the sup-
port of the Government was read the first and second times and con-
sidered as in Committee of the \\liole; 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.

On motion by Mr. Jemison,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

The doors having been opened.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the con-
sideration of the bill (S. (50) to amend an act entitled ''An act to pro-
hibit the importation of luxuries, or of articles not necessaries or of
common use,'' approved February (5, 1864; and no amendment being
l)roposed, 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.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the con-
sideration of the bill (S. 72) 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 Octo-
ber 1», 1802; 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.

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

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

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

Mr. President: Tlie House of Representatives have passed a bill and joint resolu-
tion of the following titles; in which they reiiuest the concurrence of the Senate:

H. 11. l.")!). An act further to amend an act to reduce the currency and to authorize
a new i*ue of notes and bonds, approved February 17, 1864; and

H. R. 15. Joint resolution in reference to the exjiortation of cotton, tobacco, mili-
tary and naval stores, sugar, molasses, and rice, exported by any of the Confederate
States, and to the vessels in which said articles are shijjped.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the con-
sideration of the bill (H. R. 152) to luiiend the first section of an act
entithni ''An act to organize the clerical force of the Tieasury Depart-
ment," approved Fel)ruary 13, 1802; and no amendment being pro-
posed, it was reported to the Senate.

On the ((lu^stion.

Shall the bill be read a third time?

It was determined in the negative.



June 13,18041 SENATE. 231

80 the hill was rejected.

Onh'i'fd^ That the Secretary inform the House of Representatives
thereof.

Mr. Hill (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 83) relative to the salaries of the judges of the district
courts of the Confederate States;

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.

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.

The joint resolution (H. R. 15) in reference to the exportation of
cotton, tobacco, military and naval stores, sugar, molasses, and rice,
exported by any of the Confederate States, and to the vessels in which
said articles are shipped, was read the iirst and second times and
referred to the Committee on Commerce.

The bill (H. R. 159) further to amend an act to reduce the cur-
rency and to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds, appro \'ed
February 17, 1864, was read the first and second times and referred to
the Committee on Finance.

On motion by Mr. Graham,

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 House of Representatives have passed bills of the Senate of the
following titles:

S. 49. An act to authorize the manufacture of spirituous liquors for the use of the
Army and hospitals;

S. 53. An act to amend the several acts in relation to a volunteer navy; and

8. 62. An act to amend an act entitled "An act to create a provisional navy of the
Confederate States," approved May 1, 1863.

And they have passed the bill of the Senate (S. 58) to authorize the appointment
of quartermasters and assistant quartermasters and commissaries and assistant com-
missaries in the Provisional Army in certain cases, with amendments; in which they
request the concurrence of the Senate.

Mr. Watson, from the committee, reported that they had examined
and found truly enrolled bills of the following titles:

H. R. 12. An act to provide for the enrollment and conscription of
certain noncommissioned officers and privates in the Trans-Mississippi
Department;

S. 20. An act to establish a bureau of foreign supplies; and

S. 77. An act to amend an act entitled "An act to reduce the cur-
rency and to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds," approved
February 17, 186-4.

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

Mr. Walker, from the Committee on Commerce, to whom was
referred the joint resolution (H. R. 15) in reference to the exportation
of cotton, tol)acco, military and naval stores, sugar, molasses, and



232 JOURNAL OF THE [June 13, 18C4.

rice, exported by any of the Confederate States, and to the vessels in
which said articles are shipped, reported it without amendment.

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

Ordered., That it pass to a third reading.

The said resolution w'as read the third time.

Resolved., That it pass.

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

Mr. Barnwell, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred
the bill (H. R. 159) further to amend an act to reduce the currency
and to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds, approved February
17, 1864, reported it without amendment.



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