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general staff, with the rank of captain of cavahy; which was referred
to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Semmes submitted the following resolutions; which were sever-
all}' considered and agreed to:

Resolved, That the President of the Confederate States be requested to inform the
Senate whether or not the almshouse of the city of Richmond, heretofore occupied
and used as a hospital for sick and wounded officers of the Army, has been diverted
from such use, and, if so, the reasons therefor; and whether adequate provision has
been made for the comfortable accommoilation of such officers.

Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be directed to inquire into the
expediency of establishing a Confederate court for that portion of Louisiana east of
the Mississippi River during the war.

Mr. Caperton submitted the following resolutions; which were sev-
erally considered and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on Finance be instructed to inquire into the expedi-
ency of allowing further time for the exc;hange of Treasury notes of the old issue for
notes of the new issue to soldiers and citizens of the Confederate States now held as
l^risouers by the Covernment of the United States, or who have been recently
exclianged.

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the
expediency of providing 1)y law for the promotion of adjutants of regiments to the
rank of captains.

A message from the House of Representatives, b}' Mr. Dalton:

Mr. President: The Si)eaker of the House of Representatives having signed two
enrolled ])ills, 1 am directed to bring them to the Senate for tlie signature of their
President.



294 JOURNAL OF THE [Nov. 28, 1864.

Mr. Barnwell, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was re-
ferred the bill (S. 84) to construe and declare more explicitly the
meaning- of an act to increase the compensation of the heads of the
several Executive Departments and the Assistant Secretary of War
and the Treasury and of the Assistant Attorney-General and the Comp-
troller of the Treasury and other officers therein named, approved
June 14, 1864, reported it with an amendment.

Ordered., That the bill and amendment be printed.

Mr. Walker, from the Committee on the Judiciar}^, to whom was
referred the bill (8. 107) to provide supplies for the Arm}-, and to
prescribe the mode of making impressments, reported it with amend-
ments.

Ordered., That the bill and amendments be printed.

Mr. Dortch. from the Conunittee on Conmierce, to whom was re-
ferred the bill (S. 92) to exempt the cargoes of vessels owned by the
States of the Confederacy from existing- restrictions upon exports and
imports, reported it with an amendment.

Ordered., That the bill and amendment be printed.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was
referred the joint resolution (11. R. 19) of thaidvs to Gen. N. B. Forrest
and the officers and men of his command, reported it without amend-
ment.

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

Ordered. That it pass to a third reading.

The said resolution was I'ead the third time.

Resolved, That it pass.

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

The Senate resumed, as in Conunittee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (S. 87) for extending the assessment of prices foi the
Army to all citizens of the Confederate States; and

On motion l)v Mr. Sparrow,

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

The Senate resumed, as in Conunittee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (vS. 85) d(>clai-ing four per cent l)oiids and certiHcates
therefor receival)le in payment of all taxes due and payable for the
year ISOI; and

On motit)n b}- Mr. Sinuns,

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

The Senate proceeded to consider the moti(m submitted by Mr.
Sparrow, from the Committee on Military' Affairs, on the 25th instant,
that the said conunittee be discharged from the further consideration
of the resolution submitted by Mr. Oi'r on the 15th instant, inquiring
whether the late order. No. 77, Adjutant and Inspector General's
Department, revoking the details of all men between 18 and 45,
requires any moditication by legislation to preserve the prod'jcing and
industrial int(M'ests of the countr}^; and

On motion by Mr. Orr,

Ordered, That the further consideration thereof l)e postponed until
Monda}" next.



Nov. 28, 1864.] SENATE. 295

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

S. 90. An act to amend the third section of an act entitled "An act
to organize forces to serve during the war," approved February 17,
1864; and

8. 91. An act to authorize the vSecretary of the Treasury to exchange
coupon bonds for 7.oO Treasurv notes.

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.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (S. 109) to amend an act entitled "An act to increase
the efficiency of the Army l)y the employment of free negroes and
slaves in certain cayjacities,"' approved February IT, J 801:.

On motion b}' Mv. ( -aperton, to amend the l)ill by inserting at the
end of the second section the following proviso:

Provided, That the shwes so inipre.ssed shall not be emploj'ed for any other than
the purposes contemplated by tliis and previous laws,

It was determined in the affirmative.

On motion by Mr. Garland, to amend the bill b}^ inserting at the
end of the second section the following additional proviso:

Provided fiirtJter, That under no circumstances shall the Secretary of War be
allowed to keep in service more than forty thousand slaves for the purposes indicated
in this act,

It was determined in the negative.
On motion by Mr. Semmes,

Orde/'cd^ That the further consideration of the bill be postponed
tuitil to-morrow.

On motion by Mr. Caperton,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

The doors having been opened.

On motion by Mr. Graham,

The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

Mr. Semmes sulmiitted the following resolution; which was consid-
ered and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be instructed to inquire into the
expediency of suspending api>ropriations for the construction of vessels of war and
of limiting the operations of the Naval Department during the war.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be instructed to inquire into the
propriety of instructing our commissioners aliroad to engage skilled mechanics in
foreign countries to come to the Confederate States, under assurances that they shall
receive liberal comjiensation and constant employment in the service of the Govern-
ment, and that they shall be exempt from military duty.

The Senate procet^led to consider the resolution submitted by Mr.
Caperton on the 25th instant, instructing the Conuuittee on the eludi-
ciary to bring in a bill for the suspension of the privilege of the writ
of habeas corpus; and

Mr. Caperton (by leave) v\itlKlrew the resolution.



296 JOURNAL OF THE [Nov. 29, 1864.

Mr. Caperton (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 119) to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus
in certain cases;

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

On motion by Mr. Caperton,

Ordered^. That the committee be instructed to report the bill at as
early a day as practicable.

On motion by Mr. Brown,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

Mr. Brown, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom were
referred (on the 10th instant) the nominations of John Wilkinson,
Beverly Kennon, ^^neas Armstrono-, Edward Lakin, and John Lewis,
to be first lieutenants; Orris A. Browne, John T. Mason, Raphael J.
Moses, and William W. Wilkinson, to be masters, in the line of promo-
tion; R. R. Gibbes and Charles M. Morfit, to be passed assistant sur-
geons; John H. Tucker, Howell A. Venable, George C. Daniel,
James G. Thomas, and Thomas J. Wheeden, to be assistant surgeons;
Thomas P. Barry, Nelson Tift, and William B. Runyan, to be assistant
paymasters; Charles H. Levy, Loudon Campbell, J. J. Darcy, and
Wilson Youngblood, to be chief engineers in the Provisional Navy,
reported, with the recommendation that all of 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. Caperton,

Ordered^ That the injunction of secrecy be removed from the pro-
ceedings of the Senate upon the nominations of T. R. Dunn and X. H.
Munford, who were nominated for second lieutenants in the First
Virginia Battalion on the loth day of March, 1862.

On motion by Mr. Caperton,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.



TUESDAY, November 29, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

Mr. Maxwell (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 120) to grant comnuitation and allowances to naval store-
keepers;

which was read the first and second times and referred to the Com-
mittee on Naval Ati^^airs.

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

Resolved, That the Cominitteo on Finance be instrncted to inqnin* into the expe-
diency of allowing each clerk and other employee in tlie service of the Coiifederate
States, in the city of Richmond, to pnrcluise one ration from tlie commissary of
subsistence.



Nov. 29, T864.1 SENATE. 297

On motion by Mr. Barnwell,

Ordered^ That the Committee on Finance be discharged from the
further consideration of the resolution submitted by Mr. Caperton
yesterday, inquiring into the expediency of allowing- soldiers and citi-
zens of the Confederate States now held as prisoners by the Govern-
ment df the United States, or who have been recently exchanged,
further time for the exchange of Treasury notes of the old issue for
notes of the new issue.

( )n motion by Mr. Barnwell, that the Committee on Finance lie dis-
charged from the further consideration of the resolution submitted by
Mr. Hill on the 9th instant, inquiring into the expedienc}' of provid-
ing by law for the receipt, in payment of taxes and other public dues,
of certiticate.s and stated accounts given by the authorized agents of
the Government for property and supplies impressed or purchased for
the use of the Army and the Government,

On motion ])y Mr. Barnwell,

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

Mr. Semmes, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred
the joint resolution (S. 17) relative to the assessment of the value of
the tax in kind, reported

A bill (S. 121) declaring the mode of ascertaining the value of the
tithe deliverable to the Government under existing laws;
which was read the first and second times and ordered to be placed
upon the Calendar and printed.

Mr. Walker, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was
referred the bill (S. 97) to prevent illegal impressments and to punish
lawlessness, reported it with an amendment.

Ordered^ That the bill and amendment be printed.

The Senate resumed, as in Conmiittee of the Whole, the consider-
ation of the bill (S. 85) declaring four per cent bonds and certificates
therefor receivable in payment of all taxes due and pa3^able for the
year 1864; and no further amendment l)eing proposed, it was reported
to the Senate and the amendment made as in Committee of the Whole
was concurred in.

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

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

Re.s(Jred^ That it pass, and that the title thereof ))e '"'An act declar-
ing four per cent bonds and certificates therefor receivable in payment
of taxes on incomes and profits and salaries for the year eighteen hun-
dred and sixty-four."

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

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (S. 109) to amend an act entitled "An act to increase
the efficiency of the Army 1)}'^ the employment of free negroes and
slaves in certain capacities," approved February 17, 1864; and

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered^ That it be recommitted to the Committee on Military
Afi'airs.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the joint resolution (S. 16) defining the position of the Confed-
erate States, and declaring the determination of the (congress and the



298 JOURNAL OF THE [Nov. 30, 1864.

people thereof to prosecute the war till their independence is acknowl-
edged; and

On motion by Mr. Havnes,

Ordered., That it be referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

On motion by Mr, Haynes,

The Senate adjourned.

WEDNESDAY, November 30, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

Mr. Baker (bj- leave) introduced

A bill (S. 122) regulating the compensation of postmasters, special
agents, and route agents;

which was read the first and second times and referred to the Com-
mittee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads.

On motion by Mr. Graham,

Ordered^ That the Hon. William T. Dortch have leave of absence
from the sessions of the Senate until Monday, the 12th day of Decem-
ber next.

Mr. Orr, from the Committee on Foreign Relations, who were
instructed by a resolution of the Senate "'to report the facts, so far as
they can bo obtained, relative to the lawless seizure and capture of the
Confedei'ate steamer Floiida, in the Ba}" of Bahia, Brazil, and what
action should bo taken by the Govermnent to redress the outrage,"
submitted a report (No. 5), accompanied by the following resolutions:

lieHolied, That the seizure of the Confederate war steamer Florida by the United
States steam sloop Waehusett, in the Bay of Bahia, on the seventh of October last, was
a flagrant outrage upon the territorial sovereignty of Brazil, violative of the rights of
this Government in neutral waters, in disregard of the law of nations, and, therefore,
a wrong done to every civilized maritime power.

Remlred, That it was the duty of Brazil, under the law of nations, to protect the
property of the Confederate States whilst within its territory against the hostile acts
of every power; and having failed to give such i)rotectioii, that that Government is
bound to enforce the restitution, in statu (juo, of the steamer Florida by the authori-
ties of the United States to the authorities of the Confederate States.'in the Bay of
Bahia, where it was unlawfully captured.

Resolved, That the President of the Confederate States be requested to have com-
municated to all our commissioners abroad a full statement of the illegal .;eizure and
capture of the Florida, together with the opinions of this (Government on the outrage;
and that said conunissioners be instructed to bring the same to the attention of the
(jovernuients of Furope in which they respectively reside.

On motion \\\ Mr. Orr,

(h-dei'ed, Tluit the resolutions and report be placed upon the Calen-
dar and printed.

Mr. Orr, from the Coimnittee on Foreign Relations, reported

A joint resolution (S. 18) authorizing the appointment of a commis-
sioner to Brazil;

which was read the first and second times and ordered to be placed
upon the Calendar.

Mr. Sparrow, fiom the Committee on Militar}^ Afi'airs, to whom
was referred the bill (S. 95) to amend th<> acts that make a further
provision for the pul)lic defense, reported it with an amendment.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered^ That the bill be transferred to the Secret Legislative
Calendar.



Nov. 30, 1864.] SENATE. 299

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the consid-
eration of the bill (S. 84) to con.strue and declare more explicitl}^ the
meaning of an act to increa.se the compen.sation of the heads of the
several Executive Departments and the Assistant Secretary of War
and the Treasury and of the Assistant Attorne\' -General and the
Comptroller of the Treasury and other officers therein named,
approved June 14, 1864; 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.

Resoloed, That it pass, and that the title thereof be "An act to reg-
ulate, for a limited period, the compensation of the officers, clerks, and
employees of the civil departments of the Government in the city of
Richmond."

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

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the consid-
eration of the bill (S. 92) to exempt the cargoes of vessels owned by
the States of the Confederacy from existing restrictions upon exports
and imports; and

On motion by Mr. Barnwell,

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

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed bills of the following titles;
in which they request the concurrence of the Senate:

H. R. 190. An act concerning the emoluments and pay of the clerk of the district
court of the Confederate States of America for the eastern district of Virginia; and

H. R. 214. An act to define and punish conspiracy against the Confederate States.

And they have passed a resolution providing for a joint committee of the two
Hfjuses respecting the exemption of State officers from military service; in which
they request the concurrence of the Senate; and they have appointed, as the com-
mittee on their part, Messrs. Rives, Lyon, J. M. Smith, Marshall, Boyce, Kenner,
Gilmer, Clark, Batson, Keeble, Sexton, Hilton, and Orr.

A message from the President of the Confederate States, by Mr.
B. N. Harrison, his Secretary:

3{r. President: The President of the Confederate States, on the 28th instant,
approved and signed the following acts:

S. 90. An act to amend the third section of an act entitled "An act to organize
forces to serve during the war," approved February 17, 1864; and

S. 91. An act to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to exchange coupon bonds
for 7.30 Treasury notes.

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

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the consid-
eration of the bill (S. 121) declaring the mode of ascertaining the value
of the tithe deliverable to the Government under existing laws; and
having been amended on the motion of Mr. Semmes, by inserting after
"That," line 1, the words "according to the true construction of exist-
ing laws," 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 ])ill was read the third time and tlie title was amended.

Jiesohed, That it pass, and that the title thereof be "An act declar-



300 JOURNAL OF THE [Nov. 30, 1864.

ing the mode of ascertaining the value of the tithe deliverable to the
Government under the true construction of existing laws."

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

The bills (H. R. 190, H. R. 214) received this day from the House
of Representatives for concurrence were severally read the first and
second times and referred to the Conunittee on the Judiciary.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution of the House of
Representatives, providing for a joint committee of the two Houses
respecting the exemption of State officers from militar}^ service; and

On motion by Mr. Graham,

Oi'drred^ Tliat the further consideration thereof be postponed until
to-morrow.

On motion ))y Mr. Burnett,

Ordered^ That L. H. Fitzhugh, Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate,
have leave of absence imtil Monday next.

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

Richmond, V.v., November 26, 1S64.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

In response to your rosolntion of the 9th instant, I horewith transmit a communi-
cation from the Secretary of War, which conveys the information requested rehvtive
to the numl)er of persons exempted or detailed for certain specified purposes, so far
as the records of the Department enable him to furnish it.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The message was read.

Ordered^ That it 1)e referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.
The following message was received from the President of the Con-
federate States, l)y Mr. B. N. Harrison, his Scicretarj^:

RiCHM(jNi), V.\., November 29, 1S(J4.
To the Senate and TTonxe of Reprci^entativen:

I heievvith transmit for your consideration a communication from the Secretary of
the Treasury, covering estimates for additional appropriations required by the Navy
Department.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The message was read.

Ordered^ That it ])e referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Hill,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

The doors having been opened.

On motion by Mr. Maxwell,

The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the con-
sideration of the hill (S. 95) to amend the acts that make a further
provision for the public defense.

On the question to agree to the following reported amendment, viz:
Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert:

That the I'resident be autliorized to receive into the military service such com-
panies, battalions, and regiments composed of persons who are not citizens of the
Confederate States, or who liave not been subjected to military service by the act of
Congress entitleĀ«l "An act to organize forces to serve during the war," as may have
been raised under authority heretofore grantetl 1)y the Secretary of VVar.



Nov. 30, 1864.] SENATE. - 301

Sec. 2. That companies, l^attalions, or regiments thus raised shall be organize.d as
now provided by law, to serve during the war; and the President is hereby author-
ized to appoint the commissioned othcers of such organizations by and with the
advice and consent of the Senate.

On motion by Mr. Orr, to amend the amendment by inserting at
the end of the first section the words ''inchiding the battalion organ-
ized by Captain J. H. Brooks,"

It was determined in the affirmative.

The amendment as amended was then agreed to.

No further amendment being made, 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.

Resolved^ That it pass, and that the title thereof be "An act to
amend the act to organize forces to serve during the war."

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

On motion l)y Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered^ That the Committee on Military Aflfairs be discharged
from the further consideration of the message of the President of
the 24th instant, relative to the enlistment into our Arm}" of prisoners
of Avar who have taken the oath of allegiance to the Confederate States.

On motion I)}- Mr. Burnett,

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 Secretary:

Confederate States of America, Executive Department,

Richmond, November 26, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate George Y.
Scott, of Mississippi, to be aid-de-camp, with rank of first lieutenant in the Pro-
visional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 17.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, November 23, 1864.
Sir: 1 have the honor to recommend the nomination of George Y. Scott, of Missis-
sippi, to be aid-de-camp, with the rank of first lieutenant, for duty with Brig. Gen.
Wirt Adams, Department of Ala])ama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana (an original



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