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vacancy).

W. S. Drayton, of South Carolina, aid to Brigadier-General Drayton, Trans-Mis-
sissippi Department, vice Lieut. J. E. Drayton, resigned.

P. Dawson, of Virginia, aid to Brigadier-General Terry, Army of Northern Virginia
(an original vacancy).

Augustus Micou, of Louisiana, aid to Brigadier-General Fry, Army of Northern
Virginia (an original vacancy).

E. M. Seabrook, of South Carolina, aid to Brigadier-General Ripley, Department
of South Carolina, (Georgia, and Florida, vice Lieutenant Middleton, resigned.

Graham Daves, of North Carolina, aid to Lieutenant-General Holmes, vice
Lieutenant Holmes, killed.

W. IL Crane, of , aid to Brigadier-General Liddell, Trans-Mississippi

Department, vice Lieutenant Bostick, dropped.

H. M. Judge, of South Carolina, aid to Brigadier-General Bratton, Army of Northern
Virginia (an original vacancy).

George W. Scott, of Mississippi, aid to Brigadier-General Scott, Department of
Alabama, MLssissippi, and East Louisiana (an original vacancy).

H. L. Davis, of Mississippi, aid to Brigadier-General Hodge (an original vacancy).

J. Stephenson, of Virginia, aid to Major-General Field, Army of Northern Virginia,
vice Lieutenant RoVjIi, resigned.

A. (t. McGrath, of South Carolina, aid to Brigadier-General Conner, Army of
Northern Virginia (an original vacancy).

S. M. G. Gary, of South Carolina, aid to Brigadier-General Gary, Department of
Richmond (an original vacancy).

W. Abercrombie, of Georgia, aid to Major-General French, vice Lieutenant
Sanders, promoted.

J. M. Davis, of vSouth Carolina, aid to Major-General Kershaw, Army of Northej;n
Virginia, vice Lieutenant Doles, killed.

Y,. B. Meade, of Virginia, aid to Brigadier-General Lane, Army of Northern Vir-
ginia, vice Lieutenant Lane, deceased.

S. W. Oliver, of Alabama, aid to Major-General (xardner (an original vacancy), the
date, April 29, 1863, ordered by Secretary of War.

James H. Murray, of Mississippi, aid to Major-General Anderson, Army of Ten-
nessee (an original vacancy).

C. V. Haile, of Louisiana, aid to Brigadier-General Stevens, Army of Northern
Virginia (an original vacancy).

A. P. Moore, of Louisiana, aid to Brigadier-General Major, Trans-Mississippi
Department (an original vacancy).

Richard H. Burks, of Virginia, aid to Brigadier-General McCausland, Army of
Northern Virginia (an original vacancy ).

A. Huguenin, of South Carolina, aid to Major-General McLaws, Department of
South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, vice Lieutenant Tucker, retired.

Charles H. Law, of Georgia, aid to Brigadier-General Cook, Army of Northern
Virginia (an original vacancy).

John G. Thomas, of Georgia, aid to Brigadier-General Thomas, Army of Northern
Virginia (an original vacancy).

John R. Carwile, of South Carolina, aid to Major-General Kershaw, Army of
Northern Virginia (an original vacancy).

Frank H. Govan, of Mississippi, aid to Brigadier-General (iovan, Army of Ten-
nessee, vice Lieutenant Bostick, deceased.

John E. Saunders, of Tennessee, aid to Major-General Johnson, Army of Northern
Virginia (an original vacancy).

F. C. Foard, of North Carolina, aid to Brigadier-General Barringer, Army of
Northern Virginia (an original vacancy).



412 JOUKNAL OF THE [Dec. 29, 1864.

Jos. F. Dennis, of Alabama, aid to Brigadier-General Baker, Army of Tennessee,
vice Lieutenant Black, declined.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

6.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 29, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate the oflScers
on the accompanying list to the grades atlixed to their names, respectively.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 108.] War Depaktmext, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 21, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for promotion in
the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

Colonels.

Lieut. Col. M. R. Hall, of (ieorgia, to be colonel Forty-eighth Georgia Regiment,
vice Colonel Gibson, resigned, to rank from November 12, 1864.

Lieut. Col. W. H. Weems, of Georgia, to be colonel Sixty-fourth Georgia Regi-
ment, vice Colonel Evans, killed, to rank from July 'M), 1864.

Lieut. Col. W. R. Moore, of Florida, to be colonel Second Florida Regiment, vice
Colonel Pyles, retired, to rank from July 12, 1864.

Lieut. Col. J. B. Bibb, of Alabama, to be colonel Twenty-third Alabama Regi-
ment, vi(;e Colonel Beck, killed, to rank from October 12, 1864.

Lieut. Col. R. N. Lewis, of Tennessee, to be colonel Thirty-fourth Tennessee Regi-
ment, vice Colonel McMurry, deceased, to rank from October 2, 1863.

Lieutenant-colonels.

Maj. O. A. Bradshaw, of Tennessee, to be lieutenant-colonel Thirty-fourth Ten-
nessee Regiment, vice Lieutenant-Colonel Lewis, j)romoted, to rank from October 2,
1863.

Capt. G. AV. Arn(jld, of Alabama, to be lieutenant-colonel Fiftieth Alabama Regi-
ment, vice Lieutenant-Colonel Chadick, resigned, and the major waived his claim,
to rank from April 2, 1864.

Majors.

Capt. Jos. Bostick, of Tennessee, to be major Thirty-fourth Tennessee Regiment,
vice Major Bradshaw, promote*!, to rank from October 2, 1863.

Capt. M. I). Jones, of Georgia, to be major Ninth (Jeorgia Cavalry Regiment, vice
Major Wright, promoted, to rank from October 9, 1863.

Capt. J. N. Shedd, of South Carolina, to be major Twenty-second South Carolina
Regiment, vice Major Stewart, ciu^hiered, to rank from December 2, 1864.
I am, sir, respectful! v, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.

To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

7.] Executive Department, Confederate States of A.merica,

Rir:hmond, December 29, 1864.
To the Senate of tlie Confederate States:

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

JEFFERSON DAVIS.



Dec. 29, 1864.] SENATE. 413

No. 103.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Riclnnond, December 19, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

ARTILLERY OFFICERS, FOR ORDNANCE DUTY, UNDER ACTS APPROVED APRIL 21, 1862,
SEPTEMBER 16, 1862, AND JUNE 10, 1864.

First lieutenants.

J. M. Payne, of Virginia, to rank from June 14, 1864.
W. M. Fontaine, of Virginia, to rank from June 14, 1864.

Second lieutenants.

N. M. Osborne, of Virginia, to rank from June 14, 1864.
J. T. AUyn, of Virginia, t(j rank from June 14, 1864. ā€¢

J. Howard Smith, of Virginia, to rank from June 14, 1864.
J. J. Hay, of Mississippi, to rank from June 14, 1864.
J. M. Armistead, of Mississippi, to rank from June 14, 1864.
P. B. Dallas, of Florida, to rank from June 14, 1864.
Percy Bell, of Texas, to rank from June 14, 1864.
J. W. Carrington, of Mississippi, to rank from June 14, 1864.
Joseph Packard, jr., of North Carolina, to rank from June 14, 1864.
J. B. Prince, of North Carolina, to rank from June 14, 1864.
T. B. Bailey, of North Carolina, to rank from June 14, 1864.
N. H. Hazlewood, of North Carolina, to rank from June 14, 1864.
Thomas C. Pinckard, of Alabama, to rank from June 14, 1864.
W. T. Weaver, of Alabama, to rank from June 14, 1864.
J. (t. Garrett, of Alabama, to rank from June 14, 1864.
C. H. Withrow, of Mississippi, to rank from June 14, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your ol)edient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

8.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 29, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Capt. A.
Meade Smith, to be promoted major in the Subsistence Department, Provisional
Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 106.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 21, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Capt. A. Meade Smith, of
Virginia, to be promoted major in the Subsistence Department, Provisional Army of
the Confederate States of America, for duty with Payne's brigade. Army of Northern
Virginia (an original vacancy), to rank from June 14, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

10.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 29, 1864-
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Second
Lieut. Eli Duvall, of Maryland, to be first lieutenant and signal officer in the Pro-
visional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.



414 JOURNAL OF THE [Dec. 29, 1864.

No. 102.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, Deceinher 19, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Second Lieut. Eli Duvall,
of Maryland, to be promoted to first lieutenant and signal officer in the Provisional
Armv of the Confederate States of America, vice Lieutenant Burke, resigned, to rank
from' August 16, 1864.

1 am, sir, respectfuUv, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

Premdent, dr.

H.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Rklimond, December 29, 1864.
To the .Senate of the Confederate Stateti:

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

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 96.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 19, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for promotion in
the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

ad.iutant-general's department.

Lieidenant-colonels.

Maj. E. Surget, of Louisiana, to l)e lieutenant-colonel, for duty in Department of
AlaVjama, Mississippi, ami East Louisiana, to rank from Sejitemlier 20, 1S64.

Maj. M. W. JjCvy, of Louisiana, to be lieutenant-colnnel, for duty in Department of
Alabama, Mississippi, and East I^ouisiana, to rank from September 20, 1864.

Maj. H. E. Peyt(m, of Virginia, to be lieutenant-colonel, for duty with Army of
Northern Virginia (an original vacancy), to rank from Septemloer 20,1864.

Majors.

Capt. S. L. Black, of Arkansas, to be major, for duty with Hardee's old corps,
Army of Tennessee (an original vacancy), to rank from July 26, 1864.

Capt. J. M. Adams, of North Carolina, tol)e major, for duty with Hoke's division.
Army of Northern Virginia (an original vacancy), to rank from August SI, 1864.

Capt. H. E. Young, of South Carolina, to he major, for duty with Army of North-
ern Virginia, vice Major Peyton, promoted, to rank from September 20, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfuUv, vour obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

12.] ExECi'TivE Department, Confederate States of America,

RicJniiond, December 29, 1864.
To the Senate of tlie Confederate St(deH:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I hereby nominate Col.
J. E. Harrison, to be brigadier-general.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 109.] War Department, Confederate States of A.merica,

Richmond, December 2S, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Col. J. H Harrison, of
Texas, to be brigadier-general in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States, to
command a brigade in the Trans-Mississippi Department, to rank from December 22,
1864.

I am, sir, respectfuUv, vour obedient servant,

' ā–  JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.



Dec. 30, 1864.] SEJS'ATE. 415

13.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 29, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Maj.
J. P. W. Read, of Georgia, to l)e lieutenant-colonel of artillery (under act approved
January 22, 1862) in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 99.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 19, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Maj. J. P. W. Read, of
Georgia, to be promoted t(i lieutenant-colonel of artillery (under act approved Jan-
uary 22, 1862) in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America, report
for duty to Gen. R. E. Lee, to rank from October 27, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, vour obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

The messages were severally read.

Ordered^ That they be referred to the Committee on Military
Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Hill,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

FRIDAY, December 30, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

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 thej^ request the concurrence of the Senate:

H. R. 305. An act to grant free transportation to officers, noncommissioned offi-
cers, and privates of the Army traveling on leave of indulgence; and

H. R. 306. An act to provide commissioned officers of the Army and Navy and
Marine Corps with clothing.

The President of the Confederate States has notified the House of Representatives
that on the 22d instant he approved and signed an act (H. R. 283) to amend an act
entitled "An act providing for the establishment and payment of claims for a cer-
tain description of property taken or informally impressed for the use of the Army,"
approved June 14, 1864.

Mr. Sparrow (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 152) to amend the several acts in regard to military .store-
keepers of ordnance;

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

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the
expediency of increasing the number and rank of officers in the Engineer Corps of
the Provisional Army.

Mr. Walker, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was
recommitted the bill (S. 140) to guard against improper constructions
of the tax laws by the officers charged with the execution of the same,
reported it without further amendment.

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

On motion by Mr. Garland,



416 JOURNAL OF THE [Dec. 31, 1864.

Ordered^ That the further consideration thereof ))e postponed until
Monday next.

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

Ordered^ That the bill numbered 305 be referred to the (Committee
on Military Affairs and that the bill numbered 306 be referred to the
Committee on IS aval Affairs.

The President laid before the Senate a communication from the Sec-
retary of the Treasury, recommending the passage of a law making
funds in the hands of depositaries subject to the drafts of the Post-
master-General; which was read.

Ordered^ That it be referred to the Committee on Finance.

On motion by Mr. Semmes,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

The doors having been opened,

On motion by Mr. Semmes,

The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have agreed to the amendments of
the Senate to the resolution of the House providing for the appointment of a joint
committee of the two Houses of Congress to inquire into our present and future
means of public defense; and have appointed, as the committee on their part, Messrs.
Baldwin of Virginia, Machen of Kentucky, Pugh of Alabama, Conrad of Louisiana,
and Colyar of Tennessee.

On motion b}- Mr. AValker,

Ordered, That the committee on the part of the Senate, under the
resolution last mentioned, be appointed by the President; and

Mr. Caperton, Mr. Oldham, and Mr. Hill were appointed.

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

On motion b}' Mr. Semmes,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

SATURDAY, December 31, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

Mr. Barnwell, from tlie Committee on Finance, reported

A bill (S. 153) appropriating, for the use of the Post-Office Depart-
ment, certain moneys deposited by postmasters with the depositaries
of the Government created under the act approved Fel)ruary 17, 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 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 by Mr. Barnwell,

The Senate adjourned.



Jan. 2, 1865.] SENATE. 417

MONDAY, January 2, 1865.

OPEN SESSION.

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

Mr. President: The President of the Confederate States has notified the House of
Representatives that on the 29th ultimo he approved and signed an act (H. R. 214)
to define and punish conspiracy against the Confederate States.

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

H. R. 191. An act to facilitate the settlement of claims of deceased officers and
soldiers;

H. R. 300. An act to provide for the canceling of four per cent bonds and certifi-
cates received in payment of taxes and other public dues;

H. R. 301. An act to increase the pay of matrons of hospitals; and

H. R. 302. An act to amend an act approved August 21, 1861, entitled "An act to
provide for local defense and special service," and an act approved October 13, 1862,
entitled "An at-t to authorize the formation of volunteer companies for local defense."

And they have passed Senate bills of the following titles:

S. 93. An act to amend an act entitled "An act to provide for the safe custody,
printing, publication, and distribution of the laws, and to provide for the appoint-
ment of an additional clerk in the Department of Justice," approved Atigust 5, 1861;

S. 147. An act to provide for the transfer of certain appropriations; and

S. 148. An act in relation to the accounts to be kept at the Treasury of seques-
trated estates, the first named with an amendment; in which they request the con-
currence of the Senate.

Mr. Simms presented a communication from A. G. Lane, surgeon
in charge of Winder Hospital, in relation to an increase of compensa-
tion of matrons and female clerks in hospitals; which was referred to
the select committee appointed to inquire into the adequac}' of the
compensation allowed to persons employed in making clothing for the
Armj^, and to females in the Ordnance Department.

Mr. Oldham submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That the Committee on Finance be instructed to inquire into the expe-
diency and practicability of adopting the following measures as a means of restoring
and sustaining the financial credit of the Government, to wit:

First. Of limiting the outstanding circulation of Treasury notes by law, so that it
shall never exceed the maximum of one hundred and fifty millions of dollars.

Second. Of levying a tax of one percent upon all the subjects of taxation specified
in the act of February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, to be
collected in Treasury notes at their market value in specie; the value to be ascer-
tained and made known from time to time in a mode to be prescribed by law.

Third. Of levying an export duty of twenty-five per centum upon the value of all
exports, to be collected in specie, or in the coupons of the five hundred million loan
under the act of February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four; the specie
so collected to be applied to the redemption of the coupons of said loans.

Ordered^ That the resolution be printed.

Mr. Barnwell, from the Committee on Finance, reported

A bill (S. 154) to authorize the appointment of certain tax officers
for the Trans-Mississippi Department;

which was read the tirst and second times and considered as in Com-
mittee of the Whole; and no amendment being proposed, it was
reported to the Senate.

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

The said bill was read the third time.

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

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

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418 JOUENAL OF THE [Jan. 3, 1865.

The bill (H. R. 300) to provide for the canceling of four per cent
bonds and certificates received in payment of taxes and other public
dues was read the first and second times and considered as in Committee
of the Whole; and no amendment being proposed, it was reported to
the Senate.

Ordered^ That it pass to a third reading.

The said bill was read the third time.

Resolved., That it pass.

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

The residue of the bills received this day from the House of Repre-
sentatives for concurrence were severall}^ read the first and second
times; and

Ordered, That the bill numbered 191 be referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary and that the bills numbered 301 and 302 be referred
to the Committee on Military Aifairs.

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendment of the House of
Representatives to the bill (S. 93) to amend an act entitled "An act to
provide for the safe custody, printing, publication, and distribution
of the'laws, and to provide for the appointment of an additional clerk
in the Department of Justice," approved August 5, 1861; and

Ordered^ That it be referred to the Committee on Printing.

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

Resolved, That the privilege of the floor of the Senate be extended to Lieutenant-
General Jubal A. Early, during his stay in this city.

On motion b}' Mr. Semmes,
The Senate adjourned.

* TUESDAY, January 3, 1865.

OPEN SESSION.

Mr. Maxwell presented a resolution of the general assembly of the
State of Florida, instructing and requesting the Senators and Repre-
sentatives of that State in Congress to use their best endeavors to have
the law providing for the establishment and payment of claims for a
certain description of propert}" taken or informall}' impressed for the
use of the Army, reenacted and continued in force during the war;
which was read.

Ordered, That it lie upon the table.

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

'Mr. President: The President of the Confederate States, on the 29th ultimo, approved
and signed an act (S. 96) to extend the time within wliich holders of Treasury notes
of the old issue may exchange the same for notes of the new issue.

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

Mr. Brown submitted the following resolution for consideration:

JiesoJred {(he House of Representa fires coucurring), That the President of the Senate
and the Speaker of the House of Representatives adjourn their respective Houses at
twelve o'clock meridian, on Tuesday, the twenty-fourth instant, until Tuesday, the
fourth day of July, eighteen hundred and si.vty-five.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the con-
sideration of the bill (S. 139) to provide for the compensation of per-



Jan. 3, 1865.] SENATE. 419

sons whose slaves have been lost while in the service of the Confederate
States.

On motion by Mr. Watson^ to amend the bill by inserting before
"capture," line 13, the words "escape to or,"

It was determined in the affirmative.

No further amendment being- proposed, 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.

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

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

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-



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