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in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

artillery OFFICERS, FOR ORDNANCE DUTY, UNDER ACTS APPROVED APRIL 21 , 1862, AND

SEPTEMBER 16, 1862.

Lieutenant-colonels.

J. W. Mallett," of Alabama, to take rank from February 19, 1864.
Thomas L. Bayne, of Louisiana, to take rank from February 19, 1864.
William Allan, of Virginia, to take rank from March 28, 1864.

Major.

James Harding, jr., of , to take rank from April 13, 1864.

Captains.

John S. Tucker, of Missouri, to take rank from February 19, 1864.

A. F. Pope, of Georgia, to take rank from February 19, 1864.

J. G. Reynolds, of (leorgia, to take nink from February 19, 1864.

Daniel W. Sublett, of Texas, to take rank from February 19, 1864.

R. W. Anderson, of North Carolina, to take rank from February 25, 1864.

C. P. Estill, of Virginia, to take rank from February 25, 1864.

John ]\L Perry, of North Carolina, to take rank from February 25, 1864.

F. W. Dawson, of England, to take rank from April 2, 1864.

First lieutenants.

R. Henry Glenn, of Kentucky, to take rank from February 19, 1864.

E. Whitfield, of Kenturky, to take rank from February 19, 1864.

C. D. Fishburne, of North Carolina, to take rank from February 25, 1864.

G. F. Bason, of North Carolina, to take rank from February 25, 1864.
T. B. Cabaniss, of (ieorgia, to take rank from February 25, 18(}4.

S. H. Starr, of (ieorgia, to take rank from February 25, 1864.
S. F. Fenney, of Georgia, to take rank from February 25, 1864.
J. L. Scales, of Louisiana, to take rank from February 25, 1864.

Second lientenants.

L. K. Sparrow, of Virginia, to take rank from February 23, 1864.
W. A. P^dwards, of Missouri, to take rank from March 23, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfullv, vour obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

The message was read.

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Executive Department, Confeder-^^te States of America,

Richmond, May 7, 7864-
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of the Navy, I hereby nominate
the person named upon the accompanying list to the office designated.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.



Mayll, 1>,64.] SENATE. 29

Navy Departmext, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, May 4, I864.
The President.

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

Assistant paymaster.

Levi M. Tucker, of Kentucky, to rank from the 18th day of November, 1863.
I am, respectfullv, vour obedient servant,

S. R. MALLORY,

Secretary of the Nary.

The message was read.

Ordered^ That it be referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Graham, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom were
referred the nominations of James G. Thomas, Waltei" E. Bondurant,
James E. Mo^^ler, Frederick Peck, Hugh S. Paisley, John E. Duffel,
James G. Boxlej, Edmund Goldsborough, to be assistant surgeons
for the war, 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,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.



WEDNESDAY, May 11, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

Mr. Wigfall (by leave) introduced the following bills; which were
severall}' read the first and second times and referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs:

S. 17. A bill to provide rations for the officers of the Army during
the war; and

S. 18. A bill to repeal an act entitled ''An act to provide a staff' and
clerical force for any general who may be assigned b^^ the President to
duty at the seat of government."

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Finance be instructed to inquire into the expe-
diency of so amending the tax law of the seventeenth February, eighteen hundred
and sixty-four, as to provide that no one shall l)e liable to the penalty therein pro-
vided for a failure to deliver his tithe in kind when the articles taxed were the
products of the year eighteen hundred and sixty-three.

Mr. Burnett, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was
referred the bill (S. 4) to provide means of transit across the Mississippi
River for members of Congress residing west of said river in going to
and returning from the Confederate States Congress, 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.



30 JOUKNAL OF THE [May 11. 18G4.

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. Burnett, from the Committee on Claims, to whom was referred
the memorial of Capt. E. B. Vaughan, submitted an adverse report.

The Senate proceeded to consider the said report; and in concur-
rence therewith,

Resolved, That the prayer of the memorialist be rejected.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the resolutions submitted
by Mr. Wigfall on the 6th instant relative to the suspension of the
privilege ot the writ of habeas corpus; and

On motion ])y Mr. Maxwell,

Ordered^ That the}' lie upon the table.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the resolution submitted
by Mr. riohnson of Arkansas on the 4th instant, fixing a da}^ for the
adjournment of the present session of Congress; and

On motion by Mr. Orr,

(h'diVid, That it be transfei'red to the Secret Legislative Calendar.

On motion by iVIr. Orr,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

The doois hH\ing been opened,

On motion by Mr. Oldham,

Ordered, That the Hon. Landon C. Ilaynes and the Hon. Gustavus
A. Henry have leave of absence from the sessions of the Senate until
Wednesday, the 25th instant.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the resolution submitted
by Ml". Johnson of Arkansas on the 4th instant, fixing a day tor the
adjournnuMit of the present session of Congress.

After debate.

On motion b}' Mr. Graham, that the resolution lie upon the table.

It was determined in the negative.

On the question to agree to the amendment reported from the Com-
mittee on the Judiciary; to wit:

Strike out the words "sixteenth day of May. instant,"

It was determined in the aflirmative.

On motion by Mr. Sennnes, to fill the l>lank in the resolution with
"sixth day of .lane next,"

It was deterniiiu'd in the negative.

On motion l)y Mr. Capcrton, that the resolution lie on the table,

It was determined in the negative.

On motion by Mr. Burnett,

Ordered, That the resolution be transferred to the Open Legislative
Calendar.

On motion l)y Mr. AMgfall, that the vote on passing the bill (S. 16)
to fix the time for the assembling of the Congress at its next regular
session, and to authorize the President to convene the Congress at any
place other than the seat of government, be reconsidered,



May 11, 1864.] SENATE. 31

It was determined in tiae neg-ative, <. ^ '"', . ^

On motion by Mr. Wigfall,

Tlie yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present,

Those who voted in the afti rmative are,

Messrs. Baker, Burnett, Hunter, Johnson of Missouri, Semmes,
and Wigfall,

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Barnwell, Caperton, Dortch, Graham, Hill, Jemison, John-
son of Arkansas, Maxwell, Oldham, Orr, Sparrow, Walker, and
W^atson.

So the Senate refused to reconsider the vote on passing said bill.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

exp:cutive session.

On motion 1)}' Mr. Sparrow,

O/rlered, That the Committee on Military Affairs be discharged from
the further consideration of the nomination of F. M. Green, to be
colonel of the Eleventh Mississippi Kegiment; and that it be referred
to the Committee on the fludiciary.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military .Ift'airs, to whom
were referred (on the .5th instant) the nominations of Lieut. Gen.

E. Kirby Smith, to be general; Brig. Gens. W. B. Bate, Rol)ert F.
Hoke, to be major-generals; Cbls. A. T. Hawthorn, H. B. Granbury,
C. W. Sears, W. F. Tucker, Alpheus Baker, ,Tohn I^. Clark, jr., to be
brigadier-generals; Thomas J. Blackmore, Robert L. Robb, John W.
Jones, W' . B. Chambliss, B. F. Williams, H. M. Lane, John H. Mar-
tin, Gaston Meslier, J. C. Herndon, William M. Forrest, George A.
Wardlaw, William P. Bearing, Douglas H. Cooper, George W. Staf-
ford, E. W. Pettus, jr., William T. Mason, A. Flounioy, jr., C. C.
Whiting, Dixon B. Hall, William H. Harris, R. J. Manning, William
J. Steuart, J. H. Martin, Charles T. Pollard, George W. Brown, H. C.
Armstrong, to be aids-de-camp, with the rank of first lieutenant;
and of G. A. Henrv, W. D. Pickett, F. R. Lubbock, Charles S. Venable,
Charles ^Marshall, J. P. Johnson, Samuel W. Melton, William H. Pal-
II er, tobelieutenant-colonels; Henry Ewing, Thomas A\'. Newton, Willis

F. Jones, L. Masters, John Blair Hoge, John W. Riely, W. N.
Starke, to be majors; S. H. Buchanan, Charles S. Morgan, John T.
Bearden, L. D. De Saussure, Frederick Nash, jr., T. B. Heiston, H. H.
Bein, C. R. W. Radford, William Palfrev, William H. Harraan. S. P.
Duncan, Jos. C. Haskell, G. St. L. Grenfell, Richard Walke, Jos. W.
Duncan, J. T. Parrish, to be captains in the Adjutant-CTeneraTs
Department, 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 ]\Ir. Sparrow,

The Senate resoh^ed into open legislative session.



32 JOURNAL OF THE [May 12, 1864.

THURSDAY, May 12, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

On motion by Mr. John,son of Arkansas,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

The doors having been opened,

Mr. Caperton presented the petition of S. Bassett* French, praying
that certain cotton and stock contributed for the erection of an eques-
trian statue of Gen. T. J. Jackson be released from taxation and
export duties; which was referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr, Barnwell, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was
referred the bill (II. R. 67) to continue in force and amend the pro-
visions of an act approved January 30, 186-1, increasing the compensa-
tion of certain officers and employees in the civil and legislative
departments in Richmond, reported it without amendment.

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

On motion by Mr. Johnson, of Missouri, to amend the bill by insert-
ing the following proviso:

Provided, That no person shall ])e entitled to the benefit of this act unless they
make an affidavit that they have no other means of subsistence,

It was determined in the negative.

No amendment being made, the bill was reported to the Senate.

Ordered^ That it pass to a tin id leading.

The said bill was read the third time.

Resolved^ That it pass.

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

The Senate resumed the consideration of the resolution submitted
by Mr. Johnson of Arkansas on the 1th instant, tixing a dav for the
adjournment of the present session of Congress; and

On motion })y Mr. Burnett.

Ordeiud^ That it lie u})on the tal)le.

On motion by Mr. Burnett.

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

The doors having been opened,

On motion ))y Mr. Hill,

The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

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

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

'' Resolml, "That a joint conuiiittee of the two House-; be appointed whose special
duty it shall be to collect intelligence from every n'liable source, official or other,
touching any movement of the enemy threatening a forcil)le interruption of the delil)-
erations of Congress, and to concert and report reasonal)le measures for avoiding a
surprise that would involve an interregnum in that department of the (iovernment,
a contingency greatly to be deprecated for considerations intimately connected with
the pul)lic safety and interest."

The Senate proceeded to consider the said resolution: and
On motion by Mr. Graham, to amend the resolution by inserting
after "' Resolved^^ the words "^{the Senate concui'ruig)^^



May 13, 1864.] SENATE. 33

It was determined in the affirmative.

On motion b}' Mr. Graham, to amend the resolution by adding
thereto the following:

Resolved, That the committee consist of three members on the jiart of the Senate
and on the part of the House of Representatives,

It was determined in the affirmative.

The resolution as amended was then agreed to.

Ordered, That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House
of Representatives in the amendments.

On motion by Mr. Graham,

Ordered^ That the committee on the part of the Senate to collect
intelligence touching any movement of the eneni}' threatening a forci-
ble interruption of the deliberations of Congress, and to concert and
report reasonable measures for avoiding a surprise that would involve
an interregnum in that department of the Government, be appointed
by the President pro tempore; and

Mr. Graham, Mr. Barnwell, and Mr, Brown were appointed.

Mr. Graham and Mr. Barnwell were, on motions severally made by
them, excused from serving on said committee; and Mr. Orr and Mr.
Semmes were appointed in their stead.

Mr. Semmes was, on his motion, excused from serving on the com-
mittee; and Mr. Caperton was appointed in his stead.

On motion by Mr. Barnwell,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

The Senate having again resolved into secret legislative session.

On motion by Mr. Burnett, that the vote on agreeing to the resolu-
tion of the House of Representatives providing for the appointment of
a joint committee of the two Houses to collect intelligence touching
any movement of the enemy threatening a forcible interruption of the
deliberations of Congress, and to concert and report reasonable
measures for avoiding a surprise that would involve an interregnum
in that depai'tment of the Government, be reconsidered,

It was determined in the negative.

On motion by Mr. Burnett,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.



FRIDAY, May 13, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

Mr. Walker 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 what steps, if any, have been taken in execution of the act to enable the
President of the Confederate States to provide the means of military transportation
by the construction of a railroad between Blue Mountain, in the State of Alabama,
and Rome, in the State of Georgia, approved October second, eighteen hundred and
sixty-two; and what progress, if any, has been made toward the completion of said
railroad; and that he be further requested to communicate to the Senate copies of any
contracts made in pursuance of said act, and what, if any, portion of the amount
appropriated by said act has been issued and applied as therein provided.

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34 JOURNAL OF THE * [May 13, 1864.

Mr. Walker submitted the following resolutions; which were consid-
ered and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on Mihtary Affairs be instructed to inquire into the
expediency of further leg:islation with the view to secure the return to their proper
commands of deserters from the infantry who have enUsted and are now serving in
the cavah'y.

Resolved further, That the said committee be instructed to inquire into the expedi-
ency of limiting by law the time for which soldiers shall be permitted to serve in the
cavalry, and of providing that on the expiration of such period they shall l)e assigned
to service in the infantry and their places supplied by those who have served a simi-
lar period in the infantry.

Mr. Brown presented a resolution of the legislature of the State of
Mississippi in relation to the recent act of the Congress of the Confed-
erate States suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus;
which was read.

Ordered, That it lie on the table and be printed.

Mr. Brown presented a resolution of the legislature of the State of
Mississippi, asking the passage of a law relieving the citizens of certain
portions of that State whose propert}' has been dostro^yed by raids of
the public eneni}- from the payment of the tax in kind; which was read.

Ordered^ That it lie on the table and be printed.

Mr. Brown presented a resolution of the legislature of the State of
Mississippi, asking the passage of a law reducing the ad valorem tax of
5 per cent upon property and credits to 2^ per cent, and to extend the
time of the payment of said taxes to the 1st of November, 1864, instead
of the 1st of June, 1864; which was read.

Orxlered^ That it lie on the table and be printed.

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. 8. An act to authorize the judge of the district court for the northern
district of Georgia to change the place of holding said court; and

H. R. 68. An act to exempt railroad companies from the payment of certain
duties.

And they have passed joint resolutions of the Senate of the following titles:

S. 1. Joint resolution of thanks to Major-General Hoke and Commander Cooke
and the officers and men under their command for the brilliant victory over the
enemy at Plymouth, N. C. ; and

8. 2. Joint resolution of thunks to General Finegan and the officers and men of
his command.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed an enrolled bill, I am
directed to bring it to the Senate for the signature of their President.

Mr. VVigfall (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 19) in reference to stati' officers and prescribing their
duties;

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

Mr. Oldham (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 20) to establish a bureau of foreign supplies;
which was read the lirst and second times and referred to the Com-
mittee on Commerce.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on ^filitary Affairs be instructed to inquire into the
expediency of so amending the act creating the office of ensign in the Armv of the
Confederate States, approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-
four, as to authorize the appointment of such officer to battalions of infantry.



May 13, 1864.] SENATE. 35

Mr. Caperton having announced to the Senate that tlie funeral of
Gen. J. E. B. Stuart would take place in this city, this evening, at
5 o'clock, from St. James' Church,

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

Resolved, That the Senate will, as a body, attend the funeral of General J. E. B.
Stuart this afternoon at five o'clock.

Mr. Barnw^ell, from the Committee on Finance, reported

A bill (S. 21) to amend an act entitled "An act to reduce the cur-
rencv and to authorize a ncAV issue of notes and bonds," approved
ITth^February, 1861;

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

Mr. Watson, from the Committee on Printing, who were instructed
by a resolution of the Senate to inquire and report the causes of delay
in executing the j)rinting of the laws passed by the Provisional Con-
gress and other public printing ordered by the Senate during the last
Congress, submitted a report (No. 1), accompanied by a bill (S. 22) to
secure the prompt printing of the laws 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.

0/'de?\'d^ 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 Secretar}^ request the concurrence of the House
of Representatives therein.

The bills received this da}" from the House of Representatives for
concurrence were severally read the first and second times; and

Ordered^ That the bill numbered 8 be referred to the Committee on
the Judiciary and that the bill numbered 68 be referred to the Com-
mittee on Finance.

On motion by Mr. Mitchel,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

The doors having been opened,

Mr. Dortch, from the committee, reported that they had examined
and found truly enrolled

A bill (H. R, 67) to continue in force and amend the provisions of an
act approved January 30, 1864, increasing the compensation of certain
officers and employees in the civil and legislative departments in
Richmond.

The President pro tempore having signed the enrolled bill last
reported to have been examined, it was delivered to the Secretarv of
the Senate and by him forthwith presented to the President of the
Confederate States for his approval.

On motion by Mr. Johnson of Arkansas,

Ordered^ That the Senate take a recess until half past 4 o'clock
p. m., unless sooner convened by the President pro tempore.

HALF PAST 4 o'clock P. M.

On motion by Mr. Johnson of Arkansas,
The Senate adjourned.



36 JOURNAL OF THE [May 14, 1864.

SECRET SESSION.

Mr. Johnson of Missouri presented a communication from Thomas
C. Re} nolds, governor of the State of Missouri, in relation to the
vacancy existing in the representation of that State in the Confederate
States Senate; which was read.

Ordered^ That it be referred to the Committee on the Judiciaiy and
printed in confidence for the use of the Senate.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives agree to the amendments of the Sen-
ate to the resolution of the House providing for the appointment of a joint committee
of the two Houses to collect intelligence touching any movementof the enemy threat-
ening a forcible interruption of the deliberations of Congress, and to concert and
report reasonable measures for avoiding a surprise (hat would involve an interregnum
in that department of the Government; and have appointed Messrs. Chambers of
Mississippi, Lyon of Alabama, and Montague of Virginia the committee on their
part.

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

Rcsolrcd, That the Committee on Naval Affairs be instructed to inquire what num-
ber of war vessels have been constructed, or partially constructed, or put in commis-
sion on the James River for the defense of Richmond; Avhere said vessels are; what
is their condition and capacity for going into action; if they are ready to meet the
vessels of the enemy in battle, and if not why; if they have been delayed in descend-
ing the river, and if so from what cause; and finally when it may be expected that
they will be ready to attack or receive an attack from the vessels of the enemy.

On motion by Mr. Semmes,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

SATURDAY, May 14, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

Mr. Mitchol (by leave) introduced the following bills; which were
severally read tlit^ first and second times and referred to the Committee
on Military Aii'airs:

S. 23. A bill to provide for the appointment of additional military
storekeepers in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States; and

S. 24. A bill to authorize the appointment of additional officers of
artillery for ordnance duties.

Mr. Semmes (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 25) for the relief of the widow and heirs of the late Brig.
Gen. Leroy A. Stati'ord, of the Confederate States Army;
which was read the first and second times and considered as in Com-
mittee of the Whole; and no amendment being proposed, it wai
reported to the Senate.

Ordered^ That it be engrossed and read a third time.

The said 1)111 was read the third time.



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