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tion of the bill (S. 140) to guard against the improper constructions of
the tax laws by the officers charged with the execution of the same; and

On motion b}^ Mr. Barnwell,

Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed indefi-
nitel3\

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consideration
of the bill (S. 106) to repeal in part an act to regulate the destruction
of property, imder military necessity, and to provide for the indemnity
thereof, approved March 17, 1862; and

On motion by Mr. Walker,

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

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (S. 134) to increase the maximum rates of compensation
allowed to lailroad companies for the transportation of the mails of
the Confederate States; and

On motion by Mr. Garland,

Ordered, That the-^f urther consideration thereof be postponed until
Tuesday next.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

The doors having been opened,

On motion by Mr. Hill,

The Senate adjourned.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

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

1.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 30, 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 grades affixed to their names, respectively.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 125.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 30, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

( hajjlains.

W. W. Bennett, of Virginia, to be chaplain, to report to the Medical Director,
Richmond, for assignment to hospital duty, to rank from December 23, 1864.



420 JOURNAL OF THE [Jan. 3, 1865.

D. Manncy, of Alabama, to be chaplain, for duty at St. Mary's Hospital, Montgom-
ery, Ala., vice Chaplain Pellicer, resigned, to rank from December 22, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

The message was read.

The Senate proceeded to consider the nomination of W. W. Bennett,
to be chaplain; and

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

On motion,

Ordered, That the remaining nomination contained therein be referred
to the Committee on Military Affairs.

The following messages were received from the President of the Con-
federate States, by Mr. B. N. Harrison, his Secretar}'^:

2.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 80, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Capt. W. J.
Armstrong, of Virginia, to be promoted to major in the Subsistence Department,
Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 124.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 30, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Capt. W. J. Armstrong,
of Virginia, to be promoted to major in the Subsistence Department, Provisional
Army of tlie Confederate States of America, for duty with artillery, Second Corps,
Army of Northern Virginia, to rank from December 26, 1864.
1 am, sir, respectfuUv, vour obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

3.^ Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 30, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Leigh M.
Blanton, of Virginia, to be second lieutenant Company C, First Virginia Regiment
(for distinguished valor and skill), in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States
of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 120.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 30, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Leigh M. Blanton, of Vir-
ginia, to be second lieutenant Company C, First Virginia Regiment (for distinguished
valor and skill), in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America, vice
Lieutenant Donoughue,- killed, to rank from December 19, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

4.] Executive Department, Confederate States of Amekica,

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

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Hart Gib-
son, of Kentucky, to be an assistant adjutant-general, with rank of captain in the
Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.



Jan. 3, 1865.] SENATE. 421

No. 123.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Rkhinoud, December 30, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Hart Gibson, of Kentucky,
to be an assistant adjutant-general, with the rank of captain in the Provisional Army
of the Confederate States of America, report for duty to the Adjutant and Inspector
General, to date from December 29, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

5.] Executive Dh»artment, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 30, 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 grades affixed to their names, respectively.

Jefferson' DAVIS.

No. 117.] War Department, Confederate States op America,

Richmond, December 29, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

Colonel.

H. H. Miller, of Mississippi, to be colonel Ninth Mississippi Cavalry Regiment
(formed by consolidating the organizations known as Steede's and Sanders' battalions
and unattached companies — formed by special order), to rank from December 21,
1864.

Lieutenant-colonel.

A. C. Steede, of Mississippi, to be lieutenant-colonel Ninth Mississippi Cavalry
Regiment (see remarks under nomination of Colonel Miller, above), to rank from
December 21, 1864.

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, January 3, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Lieut.
C A. C. VValler, of (leorgia, to be captain Company G, Sixty-fourth Georgia Regi-
ment (for distinguished valor and skill) , in the Provisional Army of the Confederate
States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 128.] War Department, Confederate States op America,

Richmond, December 31, I864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Lieut. C. A. C. Waller, of
Georgia, to be captain Company G, Sixty-fourth Georgia Regiment (for distinguished
valor and skill), in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America, vice
Captain Smith, resigned, to rank from Decendier 21, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.
7.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, January 3, 1865.
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 grades affixed to their names, respectively.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.



422 JOTJENAL OF THE [Jan. 3, 1865.

No. 126.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 30, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

Second lieutenants.

Henry A. Wise, jr., of Virginia, to be second lieutenant Smith's battery artillery,
no one in the company fit for promotion, to rank from December 19, 1864.

A. R. Elmore, of South Carolina, to be second lieutenant. First South Carolina Regi-
ment (enlisted men ) , vice Lieutenant Dwight, resigned, to rank from December 20, 1 864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellencj' Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.
8.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, January 3, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

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

JEFFERSON DAVIS.
No. 127.] War Depart.ment, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 30, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

Adjutants — first lieutenants.

James A. C'ate, t^f Tennessee, to l)e adjutant Third Tennessee Regiment (an original
vacancy), to rank from Deccuiber 20, 1.S64.

C. D. Christian, of Mississii)])], to be adjutant Forty-third Mi.«sissippi Regiment,
vice .Adjutant Sykes, deceased, to rank fnjm Novemlier 1, 1864.

George Marshall, of Mississippi, to be adjutant Ninth IMississippi Cavalry Regi-
ment (an original vacancy), to rank from December 21, 1864.

R. ]\I. Henderson, of Texas, to be adjutant Ninth Texas Regiment, vice Adjutant
Grifiin, killed, to rank from November 11, 1864.

William Munroe, of South Carolina, to be adjutant Eighteenth South Carolina
Regiment, vice Adjutant Sims, deceased, to rank from November 25, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, A'our obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.
9.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Rirlnnond, December 30, IS64.
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 grades affixed to their names, re.si)ectively.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.
No. 121.] War Dicpaktment, Confederate States of America,

Rirhintmd, December 30, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following UDminations for ai)pointment
in the Provisionab Army of the Confederate States of America (for distinguished
valor and skill):

Second lieutenants.

Walter S. Allen, of South C'arolina, to be second lieutenant Company K, Four-
teenth South Carolina Regiment, vice Lieutenant Brvan, retired, to rank from Decem-
ber 2\\ 1864.

John F. Lovin, of Tennessee, to be second lieutenant Company B, Third Confed-
erate Regiment, vice Lieutenant Wilson, appointed assistant adjutant-general, to rank
from June 15, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfullv, vour ol^'dient .«ervant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Kxcellency Jefferson D.wis,

Prrsidciit, etc.



Jan. 3, 1865.] SENATE. 423

10.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 30, 1864.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Capt. T. G.
Barham, of Virginia, to be lieutenant-colonel Twenty-fourth Virginia Cavalry Regi-
ment (for distinguished valor and skill), in the Provisional Army of the Confederate
States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 119.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 29, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Capt. T. G. Barham, of
Virginia, to be lieutenant-colonel Twenty-fourth Virginia Cavalry Regiment, in the
Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America (for distinguished valor and
skill), to fill an original vacancy, to rank from December 7, 1864.
1 am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDOI^,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

11.] Executive Department, Confederate States op America,

Richmond, December 30, 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 grades affixed to their names, respectively.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 122.] War Department, Confederate States op America,

Richmond, December 30, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for promotion
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

adjutant-general's department.

Lieutenant-colonels.

Maj. O. Latrobe, of Maryland, to be lieutenant-colonel, for duty with First Corps,
Army of Northern Virginia, vice Lieutenant-Colonel Sorrel, transferred, to rank from
December 19, 1864.

Maj. J. W. Fairfax, of Virginia, to be lieutenant-colonel, for duty with First
Corps, Arm}' of Northern Virginia (an original vacancy), to rank from December
19, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfuUv, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

12.] Executive Department, Confederate States op America,

Richmond, December 30, 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 grades affixed to their names, respectively.

Jefferson' d avis.

No. 118.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 29, 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. S. Langhorne, of Virginia, to be colonel Eleventh Virginia Regi-
ment, vice Colonel Funsten, resigned, to rank from September 24, 1863.

Lieut. Col. James Aiken, of Alabama, to l^e colonel Thirteenth Alabama Regiment,
vice Colonel Fry, appointed brigadier-general, to rank from May 24, 1864.



424 JOURNAL OF THE [Jan. 3, 1865.

Lieutenant-colonels.

Maj. E. H. Armistead, of Alabama, to be lieutenant-colonel Twenty-second Ala-
bama Regiment, vice Lieutenant-Colonel Toulmin, promoted, to rank from July
28, 1864,

Maj. J. S. Cone, of Georgia, to be lieutenant-colonel Forty-seventh Georgia Regi-
ment, vice Lieutenant-Colonel Phillips, retired, to rank from November 5, 1864.

Majors.

Capt. T. A. Martin, of North Carolina, to be major Thirteenth North Carolina
Regiment, vice Major Withers, promoted, to rank from October 19, 1864.

Capt. T. McC. Prince, of Alabama, to be major Twenty-second Alabama Regiment,
vice Major Armistead, promoted, to rank from July 28, 1864.

Capt. W. H. Burr, of Alabama, to be major Thirtieth Alabama Regiment, vice
Major Elliott, promoted, to rank from July 30, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

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 Col. W. L.
Jackson, of Virginia, to be brigadier-general in the Provisional Army of the Confed-
erate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 112.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 29, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Col. W. L. Jackson, of
Virginia, to be brigadier-general in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States
of America, to command a new l)rigade (raised h\ himself outside the lines), to rank
from Deceml)er 19, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

Presideni, etc.

14.] 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.
James L. Corley, of South Carolina, to be major in the Quartermaster-General's
Department, Armj' of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 113.] War Department, Confeder.\te States of America,

Richmond, December 29, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend tlie nomination of Capt. James L. Corley, of
South Carolina, to be major in the (Quartermaster-General's Department, Army of the
Confederate States of America, vice Major Calhoun, resigned, to rank from December
27, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfully, vour obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Seer eta 1-y of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

15.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 29, 1864-
To the Senate of the Confederate State.<i:

Agreeably to the reconunendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Maj. Smith
P. Bankhead, of Tennessee, to be colonel of artillery (under act approved January
22, 1862) in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.



Jan. 4, 1865.] SENATE. 425

No. 115.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, December 29, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Maj. Smith P. Bankhead,
of Tennessee, to be colonel of artillery (under act approved January 22, 1862) in the
Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America, report to Gen. E. K. Smith,
commanding Trans-Mississippi Department, for assignment to duty, to date from
June 15, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

The messages were read.

Ordered., That they be referred to the Committee on Military Aflfairs.

On motion by Mr. Walker,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

WEDNESDAY, Januaey 4, 1865.

OPEN SESSION.

The Hon. Louis T. Wigfall, from the State of Texas, attended.
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. 30-4. An act to increase the efficiency of the cavalry of the Confederate
States; and

H. R. 321. An act supplementary to an act entitled "An act to authorize the for-
mation of new commands, to be composed of supernumerary officers who maj' resign
to join such commands, and to limit and restrict the appointment of officers in certain
cases," approved June 14, 1864.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed sundry enrolled bills,
I am directed to bring them to the Senate for the signature of their President.

The bills (H. R. 304 and H. R. 321) received this day from the House
of Representatives for concurrence were severall}^ read the first and
second times and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Barnwell,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

The doors having been opened,

On motion by Mr. Barnwell,

The Senate tidjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

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

Mr. President: 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 Presi-
dent.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire whether
it is not expedient to provide by law, and without delay, for taking a census of the
farms and plantations in the Confederate States, with a view to ascertain the capacity
of each to produce supplies for the Army and Navy, and whether the time has not
come when it is incumbent on Congress to require every farmer and planter, under
suitable penalties to be provided by law, to emploj'^ all his available land, stock, and
labor in the production of supplies, and to make a full and fair report of such pro-
ductions to the Government, to the end that each may be required to yield his fair
proportion to the support of the common cause.



426 JOURNAL OF THE [Jan.-MSes.

Mr. Caperton, from the committee, reported that they had exam-
ined and found truly enrolled

A bill (H. R. 284) to issue a further foreign loan.

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

On motion by Mr. Barnwell,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

THURSDAY, January 5, 1865.

OPEN SESSION.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into tlie
expediency of increasing the compensation now allowed to hospital matrons.

Mr. Caperton, from the committee, reported that they had exam-
ined and found truly enrolled l)ills of the following tithvs:

S. 147. An act to provide for the ti'ansfer of certain appropriations;

S. 148. An act in rehition to the accounts to be kept at the Treas-
ury of sequestrated estates;

H. R. 201. An act to amend an act of the Provisional Congress
entitled "An act relating to the prepayment of postage in certtiin
cases," approved Juh^ 29, 1861; and

PI. R. 300. An act to provide for the canceling of four per cent
bonds and certiticates received in payment of taxes and other public
dues.

The President having signed the enrolled bills last reported to have
been examined, they were delivered to the Secretai-y of the Senate and
by him fortliwith presented to the President of the Confederate States
for his approval.

Mr. Senmies, from the Conunittee on the Judiciarj', to whom were
referred the following bills:

H. R. 191. Bill to facilitate the settlement of claims of deceased otti-
cers and soldiers; and

H. R. 242. Bill to provide for sequestrating the prwperty of per-
sons liable to military service who havcdepai'ted, or shall de})art, from
the Confederate States without permission;

reported them severalh', with the recommendation that they ought
not to pass.

Ordered, That they be printcnl.

Mr. Simms, from the select committee appointed to inquire into the
adequac}^ of the compensation allowed to persons employed in making
clothing for the Army, and to females in the Oi'dnance Department,
repoi'ted

A hill (S. 155) to regulate the pay and allowances of certain female
emjiloyees of the (ioveinment;

which wiis I'ead th(> tirst and second times and ordered to be placed upon
the Calendar and printed.

On motion b}' jSlr. Caperton,



Jan. 6, 1865.] SENATE. 427

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.
The doors having been opened.
On motion by Mr. Maxwell,
The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

On motion Ijy Mr. Caperton,

Ordered^ That tlie injunction of secrecy be removed from the pro-
ceedings of the Senate on the bill (S. 112) to facilitate transportation
for the Government, passed at the second session of the First Congress.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom
was referred (on the 1st ultimo) the nomination of C. B. Denson, to
be second lieutenant, Engineer Troops, reported, with the recommen-
dation that said nomination be confirmed.

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

R/'solvt'd., That the Senate advise and consent to his appointment,
agreeably to the nomination of the President.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom
were referred (on the lith ultimo) the nominations of James B. Perkins
and (1 R. Bovd, to be lirst lieutenants, Engineer Troops; M. J. Bulger,

F. W. McMaster, G. W. Clayton, J. T. Jordan, W. D. Rutherford,
E. C. Councill, R. W. Phipps, S. M. Boykin, John Ashford, C. E.
Brovles, T. M. Logan, J. H. Nethercutt, L. Von Zinken, J. L. Drake,
R. B. Boston, J. M. Steedman, R. E. Bowen, H. C. Kellogg, R. E.
Burke, W. C. Holt, H. A. Carrington, J. P. Bane, F. A. Ashford,
Arthur Herbert, Thomas Smith, W. H. A. Speer, G. H. Carmical,
Isaac F. Hunt, G. K. Griggs, James D. Tillman, R. N. Payne, R. W.
Turner, Harr}^ T. Toulmin, D. L. Kenan, G. W. Gordon, William
Grace, R. L. T. Beale, P. D. Bowles, W. F. Perry, W. H. Willis,
C. W. Heiskell, Hugh A. Garland, L. T. Woodruff, W. E. Green,
James G. Rose, John O'Neill, John P. McGuire, E. F. Bookter, R. P.



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