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Mr. Sirams submitted the following resolution; which was considered
and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into
the expediency of entering into i^ome i)r()per and satisfactory arrangement with the
military authorities of the United States, whereby the tobacco ration allowed by act
of Congress may be forwarded to such of the soldiers of our Army as may be held as
prisoners of war bv the enemy.

Mr. Sparrow submitted the following resolutions; which were
severally considered and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire what legis-
lation, if any, is nece-^^sary to j^rovide for the sequestration of the property of all per-
sons who, being liable to military duty, have left, or may hereafter leave, the Con-
federacy without the sanction of the Confederate authorities.



268 JOUENAL OF THE [Nov. 15, 1864.

Resolved, That the Committee on MiHtary Affairs he instructed to inquire into the
expediency of extending the time within which it is now provided that the act
entitled "An act for the establishment and payment of clainiH for a certain descrip-
tion of property taken or informally impressed for the use of the Army," shall cease
and determine.

Mr. Orr submitted the following resolution; which was considered
and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire whether
the late order, No. 77, Adjutant and Inspector General's Department, revoking the
details of all men between eighteen and forty-tive, requires any modification by
legislation to preserve the producing and industrial interests of the country. ~ '

Mr. Orr (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 92) to exempt the cargoes of vessels owned b\' the States
of the Confederacy from existing restrictions upon exports and
imports;

which was read the first and second times and referred to the Com-
mittee on Commerce.

Mr. Sparrow (b}^ leave) introduced

A bill (S. 93) to amend an act (entitled "An act to provide for the safe
custod}^ printing, publication, and distribution of the laws, and to pro-
vide for the appointment of an additional cicMk in the Department of
Justice," a[)proved August 5, ISdl ;

which was read the Hrst 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.

R( sol red, That it pass, and that the title thereof be as aforesaid.

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

Ml-. Hill, from the Connnittee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred
the hill (S. 89) to repeal a part of the twenty-sixth section of an act
ai)proved Feliruarv 1.5, 1S(J2. entitled "An act to alter and aniend an
act entitled 'An act for the s('(|U('stration of th(> estates, property, and
etf'ects of alien enemies, and for indemnity of citizens of the Confed-
erate States and persons aiding the same in the existing war with the
United States,' approved August thirtieth, eighteen hundred and
sixty-one," reported it without amendment.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the consid-
eration of said l)ill: and no ainendment 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 ])e as aforesaid.

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

On motion by Mr. Maxwell,

Ordered, That when the Senate adjourn it be to Thursda}' next.

On motion f>y Mr. Garland,

Ordei'ed, That the Hon. Rol)ert W. Johnson have leave of absence
from the sessions of the Senate until \\'cdnesday, the 7th day of Decem-
ber next.

On motion by Mr. Garland,

The Senate adjourned.



Nov. 17, 1864.] SENATE. 269

THURSDAY, November 17, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The Hon. Thomas J. Semmes, from the State of Louisiana, attended.

Mr. Walker (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 94) to amend the law in relation to the receipt of counter-
feit Treasury notes by public officers;

which was read the first and second times and referred to the Com-
mittee on Finance.

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

Resolved, That the President of the Confederate States be requested to inform the
Senate, in open or secret session as he may deem advisable, whether he has infor-
mation that any State of the United States has, through any of her recognized authori-
ties, directly or indirectly expressed a willingness to go into convention with the
States of this Confederacy for the purpose of negotiating a peace, or consulting on the
best method of effecting a cessation of hostilities; and to comnumicate such informa-
tion to the Senate, if not incompatible with the public service.

Mr. Hill presented a memorial of the banks of Savannah, Ga. , praying
certain modifications of the currency and tax acts of February and
June, 1S64; which was referred to the Committee on Finance.

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

Resolved, That the President of the Confederate States be requested to communicate
to the Senate the number of persons in each State exempted from military service
.upon the certificate of the governors, respectively, that they are officers necessary for
the proper administration of the governments of said States.

Mr. Sparrow (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 95) to amend the acts that make a* further provision for
the public defense;

which was read the first and second times and referred to the Com-
mittee on Military Afl'airs.

Mr. Semmes (b}" leave) introduced

A bill (S. 96) to extend the time within which holders of Treasury
notes of the old issue may exchange the saiii'^ for notes of the new
issue;

which was read the first and second times and referred to the Com-
mittee on Finance.

Mr. Brown (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 97) to prevent illegal impressments and to punish lawless-
ness;

which was read the first and second times and referred to the Com-
mittee on the Judiciary.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the
expediency of a reorganization of the cavalry in the Confederate service, and of
mounting and equipping them at the expense of the Government.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered^ That the Committee on Military Afl^airs be discharged
from the further consideration of the bill (S. 87) for extending the
assessment of prices for the Army to all citizens of the Confederate
States, and that it be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.



270 JOUKNAL OF THE [Nov. 18, 1864.

On motion by Mr. Walker,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

The doors having been opened,

On motion by Mr. Barnwell,

The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

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

JieKolved, That the Coinniittee on Commerce be instructed to intjaire into tlie
expediency of a law authorizing the several States, under regulations to be prescribed
by the Secretary of War, to export cotton to points within the enemy's lines, in pay-
ment for army supplies.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

FRIDAY, November 18, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The Hon. Herschel V. Johnson, from the State of Georgia, attended.

Mr. Garland (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 08) to amend an act to establish the judicial courts of the
Confederate States of America, approved March 16, 1861;
which was ivad the first and second times and referred to the Com-
mittee on the Judiciary.

Mr. S{)arrow (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. {*!)) to amend an act entitlea An act providing for the
establishment and payment of claims for a certain description of prop-
erty taken or informally impressed for the use of the Army;"
which was read the tiist and second times and referred to the Com-
mittee on the fludiciary.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to incjuire whether
military officers in command of departments have autliority, under existing laws, to
impress negroes, wagons, teams, etc., for the purpose of building or repairing rail-
roads V)elonging to private companies; and if not, what legislation is necessary to
restrain such military officers within reasonable and j^roper limits in this regard.

Mr. Barnwell |)resented the petition of bankers, brokers, planters,
and others, praying that the owners of registered bonds of the tifteen
million loan l)e authorized by law to exchange tiic same for coupon
bonds; which was referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Orr submitted the following resolution: which was considered
and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on Foreign Relations be requested to report tlic
facts, so far as they can be obtained, relative to the lawless seizure and capture of the
Confederate steamer Florida in the Bay of Bahia, Brazil, and what action should be
taken by this Government to redress the outrage.

Mr. Orr submitted the following resolution: whiih was, by unani-
mous consent, considered and agreed to:

Remlved, That two hundred additional copies of the report of the Secretary of the
Treasury be printed for the use of the Senate.



Nov. 18, 1864.] SENATE. 271

Mr. Henry (by leave) introduced

A joint resolution (S. 16) defining- the position of the Confederate
States, and declaring the determination of the Congress and the people
thereof to prosecute the war till their independence is acknowledged;
which was read the tirst and second times and ordered to be placed
upon the Calendar and printed.

Mr. Barnwell, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred
the bill (S. 86) fixing the salaries of certain civil officers in the Trans-
Mississippi Department, reported it without amendment.

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

Mesolved^ 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. Barnwell, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred
the bill (S. 96) to extend the time within which holders of Treasury
notes of the old issue may exchange the same for notes of the new
issue, reported it with amendments.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the con-
sideration of the said bill; and on the question to agree to the follow-
ing reported amendment, viz: Strike out the word "August," in the
seventh, thirteenth, and eighteenth lines of the bill, and insert in lieu
thereof the word 'Muly,""

It was determined in the affirmative.

The residue of the reported amendments were then disagreed to.

No further amendment being made, the bill was reported to the
Senate and the amendment made as in Committee of the Whole was
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.

Mr. Barnwell, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was
referred the bill (S. 91) to amend the law in relation to the receipt of
counterfeit Treasury notes b}" public officers, reported it with amend-
ments.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the consid-
eration of the said bill; and the reported amendments having been
agreed to, the bill was re'ported 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 bv Mr. Barnwell,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

The doors having been opened.



272 JOURNAL OF THE [Nov. 18, 1864.

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

Richmond, Va., November 11, 1864.
To Ihe Senate and House of Representatives:

I herewith transmit for your information a communication from the Secretary of
War, covering copies of the reports of Maj. Gen. N. B. Forrest, relative to the battle
of Tishomingo Creek, and of Capt. B. L. Farinholt, relative to the engagement of the
enemy with the reserve forces at Staunton River Bridge.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.
Richmond, Va., November 15, 1864-
To the Senate and House of Representatives:

I herewith transmit for your information a communication from the Secretary of
War, covering a ('opy of the report by Gen. G. T. Beauregard, of operations on
Morris Island during the months of July, August, and September, 1863.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.
Richmond, Va., November 15, 1864.
To the Senate and House of Representatives:

I herewith transmit for your consideration a communication from the Secretary of
War, submitting an estimate for an additional appropriation to be employed for the
purpose which he indicates.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.
The messages were severally read.

Ordered^ That thev be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
On motion by Mr. Sparrow,
The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

The following mes.sage was received from the President of the Con-
federate States, f)y Mr. B. X. Harrison, his Secretary:

Richmond, Va., November 15, 1864.
To the Senate and House of Representatives:

I herewith transmit for your information, in secret session, a communication from
the Secretary of State, submitting copies of the correspondence with our commis-
sioners abroad, referred to in mv message of the 7th instant.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The message was read.

Ord(^\'d, That it he referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Watson submitted the following resolution; which was consid-
ered and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on Commerce be instructed to inquire into the
expediency of making it lawful for citizens, under proper regulations, to export cot-
ton, or take it into any Confederate territory, whether occupied by the enemy or not,
for the purpose of procuring therewith supplies of food, clothing, medicine, or other
articles now allowed by law to be imported.

On motion by Mr. Barnwell,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

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

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, November 15, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate S. R. Ander-
son, of Tennessee, to be brigadier-general in the Provisional Army of the Confederate
States of America, to conunand reserve forces of Tennessee,

JEFFERSON DAVIS.



Nov. 18, 1864.] SENATE. 273

No. 3.] War Department, Confederate States op America,

Biclmumd, November 14, IS64.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of S. R. Anderson, of Ten-
nessee, to be brigadier-general in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of
America, to command reserve forces of Tennessee, to rank from November 7, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis, Secretary i,f War.

President, etc.

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, November 15, 1864-
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Col. P. B.
Starke, of Mississippi, to be brigadier-general in the Provisional Army of the Con-
federate States of America, to command a brigade, Department Alabama, Mississippi,
and East Louisiana.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.
No. 4.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, November 14, 1S64-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Col. P. B. Starke, of Mis-
sissippi, to be brigadier-general in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of
America, to command a brigade. Department Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louis-
iana, to rank from November 4, 1864.

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, November 15, 1864-
To the Senate of the Confederate Stales:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War. I nominate Col. J.
Gorgas, of Alabama, to be brigadier-general (under act approved October 13, 1862)
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 2.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, November I4, 1S<>4.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Col. J. Gorgas, of Alabama,
to be brigadier-general (under act approved October 13, 1862) in the Provisional
Army of the Confederate States of America, to rank from November 10, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis, Secretary of War.

President, etc.

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, November 15, I864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate C. W. Helm,
of Kentucky, to be commissary, with the rank of major in the Provisional Army of
the Confederate States of America, for duty with Lewis' brigade, Army of Tennessee.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 5.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, November 15, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Charles W. Helm, of Ken-
tucky, to be commissary, with rank of major in the Provisional Army of the Con-
federate States of America, for duty with Lewis' brigade. Army of Tennessee, vice
Major Moorman, deceased, to date from November 14, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc,
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274 JOURNAL OF THE [Nov. 19, 1864.

The messages were read.

Ordered., That the}' be refeiTed to the Committee on Military Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Barnwell,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

SATURDAY, November 19, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

Mr. Sparrow (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 100) to amend the act to provide an invalid corps, approved
February IT, 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 i-ead 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. Ha^^nes submitted the following resolution; which was con-
sidered and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on Finance 1)6 instrncted toimniire into the expedi-
ency of so anieiiflinj; the twcll'th section of tht- act approved on tlie seventeenth of
February, eighteen hundreil ami sixty-four, entitled "An act to rc«hice the currency
and to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds," as to su])stitute the certificate of
the cashier of the bank or l)ranch l)ank of any State, verified by liis affidavit, in the
room of the certificate therein ref|uired of the governor, of the amount of Treasury
notes received and held by any State l)efore said notes become taxable under sai(J
act, and on ileposit with said cashier to the credit of any State or the treasurer thereof.

Mr, Barnwell, from the Connnittee on Finance, reported

A bill (S. lol) to authorize the exchange of n^gistered l)onds issued
under the act of February 28, 1861, for coupon l)onds of like amounts
and times for payment;

which was read the first and second times and considered as in Com-
mitteeof the Whole; and no amendment being proyiosed, it was reported
to the Senate.

Ordered, That it be (Migrosscd and read a third time.

The said l)ill was read tlie third time.

Rt'solved., That it pass, and that the title thereof be as aforesaid.

Ordered, That the Secretary re(|uest tht> concurrence of the Hou.se
of Representati\'es therein.

On motion by Mr. Dortch,

Ordered. That .lames Rage. Doorkeeper of the Senate, have h-ave of
absence until Saturday, the 26th instant.

On motion by Mr. Barnwell,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

The doors having l)een opened,

Mr. Sparrow (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. lOH) to amend an act entitled "'An act to organize forces
to serve during the war," appi-oved Fei)ruar\' 17, 1864;
which was read the first and second times and con-;idered as in Com-
mittee of the Whole; and nt) amendment being made, it was reported
to the Senate.



Nov. 21, 1864.] SENATE. 275

Ordered^ That it be engros.sed and read a third time.
The said bill was read the third time.

Hesolred, That it pass, and that the title thereof be as aforesaid.
Ordered^ That the Secretar}^ request the concurrence of the House
of Representatives therein.
On motion by Mr. Semmes,
The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

Mr. Barnwell (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 102) to authorize the exportation of produce and mer-
chandise boug'ht from the Government;

which was read the first and second times and referred to the Commit-
tee on Commerce.

On motion by ]\Ir. Sparrow,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Militar}^ Affairs, to whom
were referred, on the 18th instant, the nominations of J. Gorgas and
S. R. Anderson, to be brigadier-generals, reported, with the recom-
mendation that said nominations be confirmed.

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

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

On motion by Mr, Sparrow,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

MONDAY, November 21, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

Mr. Semmes (bj'^ leave) introduced

A joint resolution (S. 17) relative to the assessment of the value of
the tax in kind;

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

After debate,

On motion by Mr. Semmes,

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

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

yir. Presidenl: The House of Kepresentatives have passed bills of the Senate of the
following titles:

8. 6:^. An act for the relief of Mrs. Margaret A. Rice; and

S. 103. An act to amend an act entitled "An act to organize forces to serve during
the war," approved February 17, 1864.

Mr. Watson presented the petition of J. Rodgers and twenty-seven
others, praying the passage of a law authorizing the Secretary of the
Treasury to issue to them bonds for certain Treasury notes destroyed
by the public enemy; which was referred to the Committee on Claims,

Mr. Watson (by leave) introduced



276 JOURNAL OF THE [Nov. 21,1864.

A bill (S. 104) to revive and extend an act entitled "An act in rela-
tion to the receipt of counterfeit Treasury notes by public officers,"
approved May 1, 1864;

which was read the lirst and second times and referred to the Com-
mittee on Finance.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered^ That the Committee on Military Aifairs be discharged
from the further consideration of the resolution submitted by Mr.
Simms on the 15th instant, inquiring into the expediency of entering
into some proper and satisfactory arrangement with the military
authorities of the United States, whereby the tobacco ration allowed
by act of Congress may be forwarded to such of the soldiers of our
Arm}" as may be held as prisoners of war by the enemy.

Mr. Brown presented the memorial of F. M. Ewing and Z. McDaniel,
praying a reviewal of their claim for the destruction of the Federal
gunboat Cairo; which was referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Brown submitted the following resolution; which was considered



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