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and agreed to:

Resolred, That the bills, resohitionfj, memorials, and other matters referred to the
Committee on Naval Affairs at the last session, and returned to the Senate as unfinished
business, be withdrawn from the files and recommitted to said committee.

On motion l)y Mr. Sjiarrow,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

The doors having been opened,

On motion b}^ Mr. Sparrow,

The Senate .adjourned.

Sf:rRET SESSION.

Mr. Dortch. from the Committee on Commerce, to whom was
ref(M-red the bill (S. 102) to authorize the exportation of produce and
merchandise bought from the (Tovin'iunent, reported it witliout amend-
ment.

Mr. Walker, from the Couunittee on Commerce, who were instructed
by a resolution of the Senate to iniiiiire into the subject, reported a
bill (S. 1<>5) to authorize the exportation of cotton by the several
States in payment for army supplies and cotton and wool cards; which
was read the tirst and second times and considered as in Committ<»-e of
the Whole; and

After debate.

On motion by Mr. Semmes,

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

On motion })y Mr. Sparrow,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

EXECUTR'^E SESSION.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was
referred, on the ISth instant, the nomination of C. W. Helm, to be
commissary, with the rank of major, reported, with the recommenda-
tion that said nomination be confirmed.

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

Resolved^ That the Senate advis(> and consent to his appointnuMit,
agreeably to the nomination of the President.



Nov. 21, 1864. ] SENATE . 277

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

Richmond, Va., November 21, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

In response to your resolution of the 17th instant, I herewith transmit a communi-
cation from the Secretary of State which conveys the information requested.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The message was read.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
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, November 21, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate State.f:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Maj. A. P.
Mason, of Virginia, to be promoted to lieutenant-colonel, Adjutant-General's Depart-
ment, ill the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 10.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Ridimond, Nore)nher 19, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Maj. A. P. Mason, of
Virginia, to be promoted to lieutenant-colonel, Adjutant-General's Department, in
the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America, for duty witli Army of
Tennessee, vice Colonel Ewell, transferred, to rank November 12, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

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

President, etc.

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, November 21, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate James W.
Terrell, of North Carolina, to be an assistant quartermaster, with the rank of captain
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 11.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond. November 19, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of James W. Terrell, of North
Carolina, to be an assistant quartermaster, with rank of captain in the Provisional
Army of the Confederate States of America, for duty with Thomas' Legion (an original
vacancy), to date from November 12, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfullv, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, November 19, 1864-
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Roswell
Ellis, of Georgia, to be captain, Adjutant-General's Department, in the Provisional
Armv of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 6.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, November 17, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Roswell Ellis, of Georgia,
to be captain, Adjutant-General's Department, in the Provisional Army of the Confed-



278 JOURNAL OF THE [Nov. 21, 1864.

erate States of America, for duty with Field's division, Army of Northern Virginia,
vice Major Jones, killed, to rank from November 17, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, vour obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, November IS, 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 aflSxed to their names, respectively.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 9.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, November 18, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

A djutants — -first lieutenants.

Ezekiel Foster, of Georgia, to be adjutant Twenty-third Georgia Regiment, vice
Lieutenant Talley, resigned, to rank from November 7, 1864.

William T. Bell, of Alabama, to be adjutant Nineteenth Alabama Regiment, vice
Lieutenant Hale, resigned, to rank from November 7, 1864.

John J. Neilson, of Louisiana, to be adjutant Third Loui.siana Cavalry Regiment
(an original vacancy), to rank from June 14, 1864.

C. J. C. Hutson, of South Carolina, to be adjutant First South Carolina Regiment,
vice Lieutenant Hamilton, promoted, to rank from Octoljer :i5, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etr.

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, November 18, 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. 7.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, November 17, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for ])romotion in
the Provisi(jnal Army of the Confederate States of America:

Colonel.

Lieut. Col. W. H. Yarborough, of North Carolina, to be colonel Fifteenth North
Carolina Regiment, vice Colonel MacRae, aj)pointed brigadier-general, U> rank from
November 4, 1864.

Lieuten a n t-colon els .

Maj. W. A. Walker, of South Carolina, to be lieutenant-colonel First South Caro-
lina Cavalry Regiment, vice Lieutenant-Colonel Twiggs, deceased, to rank from
Septemljcr 15, 1864.

Maj. Martin J. Ford, of Georgia, to be lieutenant-colontl First Georgia Regiment,
vice Lieutenant-Colonel Rockwell, dropped, to rank from September 8, 1864.

Maj. J. D. Wylie, of South Carolina, to be lieutenant-colonel Fifth South Caro-
lina Regiment, vice Lieutenant-Colonel Jackson, resigned, to rank from December
24, 1862:

Maj. James P. Snapp, of Tennessee, to be lieutenant-colonel Sixty-first Tennessee
Regiment, vice Lieutenant-Colonel Rose, ))romote(l, to rank from August 1, 1864.

Maj. W. A. Banlin, of (ieorgia, to be lieutenant-colnnel Seventeenth (leorgia
Regiment, vice Lieutenant-Colonel Matthews, killed, to rank from January 22, 1864.



Nov. 21, 1864.] SENATE. 279

Maj. Samuel Toole, of Tennessee, to be lieutenant-colonel Third Tennes.see Regi-
ment, vice Lieutenant-Colonel Haskins, resigned, to rank from P'ebruary 17, 1864.

Maj. James H. Rion, of South Carolina, to be lieutenant-colonel Seventh South
Carolina Battalion, vice Lieutenant-Colonel Nelson, killed, to rank from June 24, 1864.

3fajors.

Capt. A. McC. Lewis, of Georgia, to be major Second Georgia Regiment, vice
Major Shepherd, promoted, to rank from January 25, 1864.

Capt. J. B. Moore, of (Teorgia, to ))e major Seventeenth Georgia Regiment, vice
Major Barden, promoted, to rank from January 22, 1864.

Capt. John A. McFarlane, of Virginia, to be major Thirty-fourth Virginia Battalion
Cavalry, vice Major Straton, dropped, to rank from June 28, 1864.

Capt. John V. B. Rogers, of North Carolina, to be major Nineteenth North Caro-
lina Regiment (Second Cavalrv), vice Major Roberts, promoted, to rank from June
23, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.
Executive Depakt.ment, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, November 18, 1864-
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

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

JEFFERSON DAVIS.
No. 8.] War Department, Confederate St.\tes of America,

Richmond, Nomnber 17, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

Colonel.

Lieut. Col. A. Young, of Georgia, to be colonel Eleventh Georgia Cavalry Regi-
ment (formed by increasing the Thirtieth Battalion), to rank from November 14, 1864.

Lieutenant-colonel.

Maj. H. W. Barclay, of Georgia, to be lieutenant-colonel Eleventh Georgia Cavalry
Regiment (formed bv increasing the Thirtieth Battalion), to rank from November
14, 1864.

Major.

Capt. Madison Bell, of Georgia, to be major Eleventh Georgia Cavalry Regiment
(formed by increasing the Thirtieth Battalion), to rank from November 14, 1864.

Captain.

Lieut. S. T. Kingsbery, of , to be captain Company L, Seventh Confederate

Cavalry Regiment, the officers entitled to promotion found incompetent, vice Cap-
tain Bonner, resigned, to rank from November 5, 1864.

Second lieutenants.

P. L. Henry, of South Carolina, to be second lieutenant. First South Carolina
Regiment (enlisted men), vice Lieutenant Means, retired, to rank from November 12,
1864.

Ion Simons, of South Carolina, to be second lieutenant Ferguson's battery, vice
Lieutenant Stark, appointed adjutant Tenth South Carolina Regiment, to rank from
November 12, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfully, vour obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.



280 JOURNAL OF THE [Nov. 21, 1864.

The messages were read.

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

Richmond, Va., November 19, 1864.
I'o the Senate of the Confederate States:

I hereby nominate G. A. Trenholm, of South Carolina, to be Secretary of the
Treasury, in place of C. G. Memminger, resigned.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.
The message was read.

Ordered., That it be referred to the Committee on Finance.
The following messages were received from the President of the
Confederate States, by Mr. B. N. Harrison, his Secretary:

Richmond, Ya., November 18, 1864.
To tite Senate of the Confederate Staie.v

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of the Navy, I nominate the
person named on the annexed list to the office designated.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 6.] Navy Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, November 18, 1864.
The President.

Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nomination for appointment in
the Provisional Navy:

Second lieutenant.

Randolph R. Stiles, of Georgia.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant, S. R. MALLORY,

Secretary of the Navy.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of the Navy, I nominate the
person named on the annexed list to the office designated.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.
Richmond, Ya., November 18, 1864.

No. 5.] Navy Department, Confederate States of A.merica,

Richmond, November 17, 1864.
The President.

Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nomination for appointment
in the Provisional Navy:

Second lieutenant.

Crawford H. Gormley, of Virginia.

1 am, respectfully, your obedient servant, S. R. MALEORY,

Secretary of the Navy.
The messages were read.

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

Richmond, Ya., November 18, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Attorney-Cieneral, I hereby nominate the
persons whose names appear upon the annexed list to the offices designated.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 1.] Department of Justice, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, November 18, 1864.
The President.

Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for the confirma-
tion of the Senate:

District attorney.

Henry Williams, to be district attorney of the Confederate States for the district
of Georgia, in the place of William Dougherty, resigned.



Nov. 22, 1864. ] SENATE. . 281

Marshals.

Frank P. Stubbs, to be marshal of the Confederate States for the district of Louisi-
ana, in place of C. B. Beverly, removed.

Pride Jones, to be marshal of the Confederate States for the district of North Caro-
lina, in place of Wesley Jones, resigned.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant, GEO. DAVIS,

Attorney- General.

The message was read.

Ordered, That it be referred' to the Committee on the Judiciar}'.

On motion Uy Mr. Walker,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

TUESDAY, November 22, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

Mr. Walker (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 106) to repeal in part an act to regulate the destruction
of property, under militar}' necessity, and to provide for the indemnity
thereof, approved March 17, 1862;

which was read the tirst and second times and referred to the Com-
mittee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Walker (by leave) intro'duced

A bill (S. 107) to provide supplies for the Army, and to prescribe
the mode of making impressments;

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

Mr. Garland 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 allowing such details for railroads and iron works, from time to time,
as they may require, upon condition that the president and superintendent of such
railroads and iron works make formal application, under affidavit, for such details,
showing the necessity for the same, and such application be approved by the Gov-
ernment agent of transportation for the district in which such details are asked; and
into the expediency of making all details for railroads report to the Government
superintendent of railroad transportation in each military district, who shall be
responsible for the men detailed, and who shall have authority to transfer any one
thus detailed from one road to another, and, also, to any other department in his
district, when, in his judgment, changes are found necessary to the efficient working
of any of such departments.

Mr. Garland (b}" leave) introduced

A bill (S. 108) to amend the impressment acts;
which was read the tirst and second times and referred to the Com-
mittee on the Judiciar}'.

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

Mr. President: The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed two
enrolled bills, 1 am directed to bring them to the Senate for the signature of their
President.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the
causes of the recent reverses sustained by the Confederate arms in the valley of Vir-
ginia, and what, if any. additional a('tif>n is required by the legislative department
of the Government to prevent their recurrence.



282 . JOURNAL OF THE [Nov. 22, 1864.

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

A bill (S. 109) to amend an act entitled "An act to increase the effi-
ciency of the Army by the employment of free negroes and slaves in
certain capacities," approved February 17, 1864;

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. 101) to revive and extend ^n act entitled "An act in rela-
tion to the receipt of counterfeit Treasury notes by public officers,""
approved May 1, 1861, reported it with an amendment*.

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

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

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

Besolved^ That it pass, and that the title thereof be "An act to
extend the provisions of an act entitUnl 'An act in relation to the receipt
of counterfeit Treasury notes by public officers,' approved May lirst,
eighteen hundred and sixty-three, and the provisions of the fifth section
of the act approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-
four, entitled 'An act to amend the act for the assessment and collec-
tion of taxes, approved May first, eighteen hundred and sixty-three.'"

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

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

A bill (S. 110) to amend the twelfth section of the act entitled "An
act to reduce the currency and to authorize a new issue of notes and
bonds," approved PVbruar}' 17, 1861;

which was read the first and second times and considered as in Com-
mittee of the Whole; and no amendment being propo.sed, 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.

Ordend^ That the Secretary reijuest the concurrence of the House
of Representatives therein.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered^ That the Committee on Military Affairs be discharged
from the further consideration of the resolution submitted by Mr.
Hill on the 9th instant, incjuiring what additional legislation, if any,
may be needed to secure prompt payment of dues to the Army.

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

A bill (S. Ill) to authorize the President to appoint commissioners
for the exchange of prisoners;

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

On motion by Mr. Graham, to commit the bill to the Committee on
Militjiry Affairs,

It was determined in the negative.

On motion by Mr. Orr, to amend the bill by inserting at the end
thereof the words "and said officers shall be removable at the pleasure
of the President,"



Nov. 22, 1864.] SENATE. 283

It was determined in the affirmative.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered, That the further consideration of the bill be postponed
until to-morrow.

Mr. Hill, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred
the bill (S. 87) for extending- the assessment of prices for the Army to
all citizens of the Confederate States, reported it with the recommen-
dation that it ouoht not to pass.

Mr. Caperton, from the conmiittee, reported that the}^ had exam-
ined and found truly enrolled bills of the followinj]^ titles:

S. 63. An act for the relief of Mrs. Margaret A. Rice; and

S. 108. An act to amend an act entitled '"'"An act to organize forces
to serve during- the war," approved February 17, 1864.

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, Hill, from the Conmiittee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred
the bill (S. 99) to amend an act entitled "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," reported
it with an amendment.

The Senate proceeded, as in Conmiittee of the Whole, to the consid-
eration of the said bill; and the reported amendment having been agreed
to, the bill was reported to the Senate and the amendment was con-
curred in.

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

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

Resolved, That it pass, and that the title thereof be "An act to con-
tinue in force an act entitled 'An act providing for the establishment
and payment of claims for a certain description of property taken or
informally impressed for the use of the -Army,' approved June four-
teenth, eighteen hundred and si xt}' -four."

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

Mr. Walker, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was
referred the bill (S. 98) to amend an act to establish the judicial courts
of the Confederate States of America, approved March 16, 1861,
reported it with an amendment.

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

On motion by Mr. Barnwell, that the bill and amendment be printed,

It was determined in the negative.

After debate,

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered, That the further consideration of the bill be postponed
until to-morrow.
. On motion by Mr. Orr,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

The doors having been opened,

On motion b}' Mr. Haynes,

The Senate adjourned.



284 JOURNAL OF THE [Nov. 23, 1864.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

Mr. Barnwell, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was
referred (on the 2ist instant) the nomination of G. A. Trenholm, to be
Secretary of the Treasury, reported, with the recommendation that
said nomination be confirmed.

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

Rt'KoIrtd, That the Senate advise and consent to the appointment of
G. A. Trenholm, to be Secretary of the Treasury, agreeably to the
nomination of the President.

Mr. Hill, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom were
referred (on the 21st instant) the nominations of Henry Williams, to
be district attorne}' of the Confederate States for the district of
Georgia; Frank P. Stubbs, to be marshal of the Confederate States
for the district of Louisiana, and Pride Jones, to be marshal of the
Confederate States for the district of North Carolina, reported, with
the reconnnendation that all of said nominations be confirmed.

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

R,\s()lr<'(l^ That the Senate advise and consent to their appointment,
agreeal)ly to the nomination of the President.

Mr. Si)arro\v, from the Connnittee on Military Afi'airs, to whom were
referred (on the 21st instant) the nominations of W. H. Yarborough,
to be colonel; W. A. Walkei", Maitin J. Ford, J. D. Wylie, James P.
Snapp, W. A. Barden. Samuel Toole, and James H. Rion, to l)e lieuten-
ant-colonels; A. McC. Lewis, J. B. Moore, John A. McFarlane, and
John V. B. Rogers, to be majors; Ezekiel Foster, William T. Bell,
John J. Neilson, and C. J. C. Hutson, to l)e adjutants, with rank of first
lieutenants, reported, with the recommendation that all of said nomi-
nations 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. Orr.

Ordered^ That the injunction of secrecy be removed from the mes-
sage of the President of the 21st instant, in response to a I'esolution of
the Senate of the ITth instant, in<iuiring whether any State of the
United States had expres.sed a willingness to go into convention with
the States of the Confederacy for the pur|)()se of negotiating a peace,



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