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public debt, and suggesting certain measures for its liquidation; which
was read.

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

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (S. 157) to provide for the appointment of a directing
general of the armies of the Confederate States.



444 JOURNAL OF THE [Jan. 11, 1865.

An amendment having been proposed 1)}" Mr. Maxwell,
After debate,

On motion by Mr. Sparrow, that the bill be recommitted to the Com-
mittee on Military Affairs,
On motion by Mr. Walker,
The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

WEDNESDAY, January 11, 1865.

OPEN SESSION.

Mr. Maxwell sul)mitted the following resolution; which was consid-
ered and agreed to:

Resolved, That tlie Committee on Finance be instructed to inquire into the expe-
diency of increasing the compensation of the Vice-President of the Confederate States.

Mr. Watson (by leave) introduced

A joint resolution (8. 23) requesting the President to appoint a day
of fa.'^ting, humiliation, and pra^^er, with thanksgiving;
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 resolution was read the third time.

Resolved., That it pass, and th:it the title thereof be as aforesaid.

Ordered., That tiie Seci-etury ro(|uest the concurrence of the House
of Representatives therein.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whol(% the considera-
tion of the bill (S. KXi) to repeal in [)art an act to regulate the destruc-
tion of property, under military necessity, and to provide for the
indemnity thereof, approved Mairli 17, 1862.

On the question to agree to th<^ following amendment reported from
the Committee on Military Affairs, to wit: Strike out all after the
enacting clause and insert:

Tliat liereafter, whenever cotton or toliacco, or military or naval stores, or other
property of any kind whatever, which may aid the enemy in the prosecution of the
war, may be in an exi^osed position where it would be liable to seizure and removal
by the enemy, the general officer connnunding the department or the district where
the said cotton, tobacco, military or naval stores, or other projierty, may be situated,
may, in his discretion, order the owners thereof to move the same to some i)lace of
safety, to be designated by him, if such removal is necessary to })revent the said
property from falling into the hands of tin- enemy; and if the ))roperty is not moved
aa directed, within a rea.sonal)le time, by the owners thereof, then it shall be lawful
for the said general officer to have the same removed at the expense of the owners,
under general regulations to be prescribed by the Secretary of War, or to destroy
the same as now i)rovided by law.

On motion by Mr. (larland, to amend the reported amendment b}'
striking out "in his discretion,"' lines 12 and 13,

It was determined in the affirmative.

On motion by Mr. Garland, to amend the reported amendment by
striking out "is," line 16, and inserting "in the judgment of such
general commanding should be,"

It was determined in the affirmative.

On the question to agree to the reported amendment as amended,

It was determined in the affirmative, ] xi!,'^,^ ' o



Jan. 11, 1865.] SENATE. 445

On motion by Mr. Walker,

The yeas and nays beint*- desired by one-tif th of the Senators present,

Those who voted in the affirniativ e are,

Messrs. Baker, Barnwell, Burnett, Caperton, Dortch, Garland,
Haynes, Henry, Hill, Hunter, .Johnson of Missouri, Maxwell, Oldham,
Senmies, Sparrow, and Wigfall.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Graham, Walker, and Watson.

On motion ])y Mr. Watson,

Ordered^ That the further consideration of the bill V)e postponed
until to-morrow.

On motion by Mr. Johnson of Missouri,

Ordered^ That Alexander M. Mofi'ett have leave to withdraw his
petition and papers by leaving copies of the same.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (H. R. 191) to facilitate the settlement of claims of
deceased officers and soldiers; and

On motion b}^ Mr. Semmes,

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

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (H. R. 242) to provide for sequestrating the property
of persons liable to military service who have departed, or shall
depart, from the Confederate States without permission; and

On motion by Mr. Garland,

Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until
Tuesday, the 19th instant \pic\.

On motion by Mr. Walker,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

The doors having been opened,

Mr. Semmes, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred
the joint resolution (S. 22) exempting maple sugar from the tithe
imposed by the act levying taxes for the support of the Government,
approved February 17, 1864, reported it with an amendment.

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

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

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

Resolved^ That it pass, and that the title thereof be "Joint resolu-
tion exempting maple sugar from the tithe imposed by the act entitled
'An act to amend an act entitled "An act to lay taxes for the common
defense and carry on the Government of the Confederate States,"
approved April twenty-fourth, eighteen hundred and sixty-three,'
approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four."

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

On motion by Mr. Garland,

The Senate adjourned.



446 JOURNAL OF THE , [Jan. 12. 1865.

SECRET SESSION.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consider-
ation of the bill (S. 157) to provide for the appointment of a directing
general of the armies of the Confederate States; and

After debate.

On motion by Mr. Semmes,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

THURSDAY, January 12, 1865.

OPEN SESSION.

Mr, Johnson of Missouri presented the credentials of the Hon.
George G. Vest, appointed a Senator by the executive of the State of
Missouri, to till, until the next meeting of the legislature of that State,
the vacancy occasioned b}^ the inability of the legislature to elect a
Senator conformably to the provisions of jhe Constitution of the Con-
federate States, owing to the occupancy of the said State of Missouri
by the public enem}'; which were read.

On motion by Mr. Johnson of Missouri, that the oath prescribed by
the Constitution be administered to Mr. Vest,

It was determined in the affirmative, ■< -vr i

' j JNa3's 4

On motion by Mr. Walker,

The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present.

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Baker, Baiiiwell, Burnett, Caperton, Dortch, Garland,
Haynes, Heniy, Hunter, Oldham, Semmes, Simms, Sparrow, Watson,
and Wigfall.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Brown, Graham, Hill, and Walker.

Whereupon,

The oath prescribed ])y the Constitution was administered to Mr.
Vest, and he took his seat in the Senate.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have past^ed a bill and joint resolution
of the following title.s; in which they request the concurrence of the Senate:

H. R. 278. An act to authorize the consolidation of companies, battalions, and
regiments; and

H. R. 20. Joint resolution construing the act of January 80, 1864, increasing the
compensation of certain otticers and employees of the (iovernment.

Mr. Hill submitted the following resolution; which was t;onsidered
and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on Finance be instructed to inquire what legislation
may be necessary for the relief of taxpayers residing in districts occupied or overrun
by the enemy; and also what legislation may be expedient for the relief of agricul-
turists who have been unable to comply with their bonds retjuired by the act of
February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixty-four, by reason of the depreda-
tions of the enemy, or by reason of the subsequent exaction of military service by
State or Confederate authority since the execution of the bonds.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on ^Military Affairs, reported
A bill (S. 160) to allow mi.ssionaries in the Army rations, and, in
certain cases, forage for one horse to post chaplains;



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Jan. 12, 1865.] SENATE. 447

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

On motion by Mr. Maxwell, to amend the bill by inserting- after
"month," line (5, the words "shall, for the time of their service, be
considered as employees of the Government, and,"

It was determined iii 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 Secretar}^ request the concurrence of the House
of Representatives therein.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was
referred the bill (H. R. 806) to provide commissioned officei's of the
Army and Nav}^ and Marine Corps with clothing, together with the
amendment thereto reported from the Committee on Naval Affairs,
reported it without further 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, and the bill further amended on the motion of Mr. Sparrow, it was
reported to the Senate and the amendments were concurred in.

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

The said bill as amended was read the third time.

Resolved, That it pass with amendments.

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

The bill and joint resolution received this day from the House of
Representatives for concurrence were severally read the first and second
times; and

Ordered, That the bill (H. R. 273) be referred to the Committee on
Military Affairs and that the joint resolution (H. R. 20) be referred to
the Committee on Finance.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (S. 106) to repeal in part an act to regulate the destruc-
tion of property, under military necessity, and to provide for the
indemnity thereof, approved March 17, 1862, and no further amend-
ment being made, the bill was reported to the Senate and the amend-
ment 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.

On the question,

Shall the bill now pass?

It was determined in the affirmative, jxr " .

On motion by Mr. Johnson of Missouri,

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

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Baker, Barnwell, Brown, Caperton, Dortch, Garland, Gra-
ham, Haynes, Hunter, Maxwell, Oldham, Semmes, Sparrow, Walker,
and Watson.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Henry, Hill, Johnson of Missouri, and Wigfall.



448 JOURNAL OF THE [Jan. 12, 1865.

So it was

Resolved., That this bill pass, and that the title thereof be "An act to
modify and amend an act to regulate the destruction of property,
under military necessity, and to provide for the indemnity thereof,
approved March seventeenth, eighteen hundred and sixtj^-two.""

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

On motion by Mr. Garland,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

The doors having been opened,

On motion by Mr. Barnwell,

The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, submitted
the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved, That the President of the Confederate Stales l)e requested to communi-
cate to the Senate the c(jtemporaueous corre.spondence and documents mentioned
in the letter of the Secretary of War of the third instant, communicating a copy of the
report of General Joseph E. Johnston called for by a resolution of the Senate.

The Senate proceeded to consider the said resolution; and

On motion by Mr. Barnwell, to amend the resolution b}" inserting
after "Senate," line 4, the words "if in his opinion it be not incom-
patible with the public interests,''

It was determined in the affirmative.

The resolution as amended was then agreed to.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (S. 157) to provide for the appointment of a directing
general of the armies of the Confederate States; and

On motion by Mr. Garland,

Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed to
and made the special order for to-morrow, at 1 o'clock.

On motion by Mr. Henry,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Conunittee on Military Affairs, to whom
were referred (on the 21st ultimo) the nominations of William E. De
Moss, W. T. Robins, D. E. Scruggs, James C. Malone, John McAnerney,
and R. O. Pickett, to be colonels; L. R. Terrell, (t. W. Scott, W. E.
Tanner, S. F. Sutherland, P. J. Ennis, and J. R. Powell, to be lieu-
tenant-colonels; T. 11. Ayres, Boiling Baker, E. jVI. Bovkin, J. B.
Vaughan, and W.P. Wrenn, to be majors; McP. Wright, J. C. B.
Smith, W. ,1. Sloan, W. E. Cropp, J. H. Chambcnlayne, R. A. Tomp-
kins, M. Locke, and George Willcox, to be captains; James B. Horton,
William H. Smith, and James E. Towson, to be first lieutenants; F. S.
Spiller, F. K. Huger, O. N. Butler, R. S. Rutledge, and W. G. Simms,
to be second lieutenants; D. Wintter, to be major; B. M. Harrod and
John Howard, to be captains; R. A. Stiles, J. E. Roller, and William
P. Welch, to be tirst lieutenants; Beverley Green, B. S. Long, Charles
Minor, J. M. Beckham, W. R. Abbott,' C. R. Venable, P. G. Scott,
W. W. Dallam, F. Harris, John H. Houston, and C. N. B. Minor, to
be second lieutenants of engineer troops, reported, with the recom-
mendation that all of said nominations be contirmed.



Jan. 13, 1865.] SENATE. 449

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

Resolred, That the Senate do advise and consent to their appoint-
ment, agreeably to the nomination of the President.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was
referred (on the 3d instant) the nomination of W. L. Jackson, to be
brig-adier-general, reported, with the recommendation that .said nomi-
nation be confirmed.

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

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

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Militar}^ Affairs, to whom
were referred (on the 9th instant) the nominations of H. J. Leov}", to
be member of military court, with the rank of colonel of cavalry;
E. L. Hobson, W. H. C'lark, W. L. Doss, and James Dickey, to be
colonels; G. W. Hammond, K. Otey, B. Taylor, R. J. Lawrence, C.
A, Conn, John B. Lady, A, Savage, E. J. Goggans, James T. Adams,
and J. P. Crawford, to be lieutenant-colonels; C. G. Tucker, J. R.
Hutter, Waller M. Boyd, R. G. Prewitt, A. W. Gibson, and J. M.
Jeffries, to be majors; J. R. Pringle, A. N. Ogden, and W. C. Ellis, to
be captains; H. W. De Saussure, J. D. Scott, F. M. Williams, J. B.
Humphreys, J. B. Cleveland, C. L. C. Dupuy, and G. E. Straw-
bridge, to be first lieutenants; James B. Owens, A. C. Stallworth,
W. F. Nelson, W. P. McLean, John R. Moore, T. H. B. Maddox,
L. W. Grant, W. McR. Jordan, James H. Taylor, and R. L. Bassham,
to be adjutants, with rank of first lieutenants; J. L. Robertson and
Louis Colomlj, to be second lieutenants of artillery, reported, with the
recommendation that all of said nominations be confirmed.

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

ResoJred^ That the Senate do advise and consent to their appoint-
ment, agreeably to the nomination of the President.

On motion by ]\Ir. Barnwell,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

FRIDAY, January 13, 1865.

OPEN SESSION.

On motion bv Mr. Garland,

Ordered^ That the leave of absence heretofore granted to the Hon.
Robert W. Johnson be extended to Saturda}^ the 13th day of Febru-
ary next [sic].

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered., That the Committee on ^lilitary Affairs l>e discharged
from the further consideration of a letter from A. B. Allen, in rela-
tion to the right of officers to purchase clothing, and from the further
consideration of certain papers relating to the same subject, presented
by Mr. Watson, on the 28th of December.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee, on Military Affairs, to w^hom
was referred the bill (S. 114) to provide clothing for the commissioned
officers of the armies of the Confederate States below the rank of

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450 JOURNAL OF THE [Jan. 13. 1865.

brigadier-general in the tield, reported it with the recommendation
that it ought not to pass.

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

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered^ That the further consideration thereof be postponed indeti-
iaitel3\

Mr. Watson, from the Committee on Printing, to whom was referred
the amendment of the House of Representatives to the bill (S. 93) to
amend an act entitled "An act to provide for the safe custod}^ 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, reported it without amendment.

The 8e'nate proceeded to consider the amendment of the House -of
Representatives to the bill last mentioned ; and

Remlved^ That they concur therein.

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

On motion by Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs,
and by unanimous consent.

Ordered^ That 50 ardditional copies of the bill (S. 156) to provide for
the reorganization of companies, battalions, and regiments in certain
cases, be printed for the use of the Senate.

On motion by i\Ir. Johnson of Missouri,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

The dooi's having })een opened,

On motion by Mr. Maxwell,

The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the ])ill (S. 157) to provide for the appointment of a directing
general of the armies of the Confederate States.

The question being on agreeing to the motion submitted by Mr.
Sparrow on the 10th instant, to recommit the bill to the Committee on
Military Affairs,

After debate,

Mr. Sparrow (by leave) withdrew^ his said motion: and

On motion b}' Mr. Caperton,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was
referred (on the ()th ultimo) the nomination of R()])ert A. Stiles, to be
major of artillery, reported, with the recommendation that said nomi-
nation be confirmed.

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

Resolved^ That the Senate do 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 16th ultimo) the nominations of Marshall J.
Smith and J. W. Atkinson, to be lieutenant-colonels, and T. B. Fergu-



Jan. 13, 1865.] SENATE. 451

SOU, J. A. A. West, and J. G. Blount, to be majors of artilleiy, 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 do advise and consent to their appoint-
ment, agreeably to the nomination of the President.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom
were referred (on the 3d instant) the nominations of H. H. Miller, to
be colonel, and A. C. Steede, to be lieutenant-colonel of cavalry, O.
Latrobe and J. W. Fairfax, to be lieutenant-colonels, and Hart Gib-
son, to be captain in the Adjutant-General's Department; C. A. C.
Waller, to be captain, and Leigh M. Blanton, to be second lieutenant,
for distinguished valor and skill; D. Manncy, to be chaplain; .lames A.
Gate, C. D. Christian, George Marshall, R. M. Henderson, and Wil-
liam Munroe, to be adjutants, with rank of first lieutenants, and Henry
A. Wise and A. R. Elmore, to be second lieutenants, reported, with the
recommendation that all of said nominations be confirmed.

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

Resohed, That the Senate do advise and consent to their appoint-
ment, agreeably to the nomination of the President.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom
were referred (on the 9th instant) the nominations of R. L. T. Beale, to
be brigadier-general; E. A. Deslonde and R. J. Nugent, to be quarter-
masters, with rank of major; H. H. Flint, to be captain of cavalry;
S. A. Gregg, to be first lieutenant of artillery, and H. B. Middleton, to
be second lieutenant, for distinguished valor and skill, 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 do advise and consent to their appoint-
ment, agreeably to the nomination of the President.

The following messages were received from the President of the
Confederate States, by Mr. B. N. Harrison, his Secretary:

1.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, January 12, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate Staten:

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. 148.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, January 11, 1865.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

lAeutenant-colonel.

Maj. Charles J. Mnnnerlyn, of Florida, to be lieutenant-colonel Munnerlyn's (com-
missary) battalion, to rank from December 23, 1864.

Major.

William Footman, of Florida, to be major Munnerlyn's (commissary) ])attalion,
to rank from December 23, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.



452 JOURNAL OF THE [Jan. 14, 1865.

2.] Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, January 12, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of AVar, I nominate Moses
•Hough, of South Carolina, to be second lieutenant (for distinguished valor and skill)
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 147.] War Department, Confeder.\te States of America,

Richinond, January 11, 1865.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Moses Hough, of South
Carolina, to l)e second lieutenant Company A, Seventh South Carolina Infantry Bat-
talion (lor distinguished valor and skill), in the Provisional Army of the Confederate
States of America, vice Lieutenant Gardner, promoted, to rank from December 21,
1864.

I am, sir, respectfully, vour obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

Premient, etc.
3.] ExEciTivE Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, January 11, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate James H.
Whitner, of South Carolina, to be captain Comjiany D, Twenty-second South
Carolina Regiment, in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 14(1] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, January 9, 1865.



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