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1863.

Maj. W. W. Randolph, of Virginia, to be lieutenant-colonel Second Virginia Regi-
ment, vice Lieutenant-Colonel Colston, killed, to rank from April 26, 1864.

Majors.

Capt. E. C. Councill, of Mississippi, to be major Sixteenth Mississippi Regiment,
vice Major Feltus, promoted, to rank from December 20, 1862.

Capt. T. J. Borden, of Mississippi, to be major Sixth Mississippi Regiment, vice
Major Stevens, resigned, to rank from December 17, 1863.

Capt. J. J. May, of Alabama, to be major Sixteenth Alabama Regiment, vice Major
Ashford, promoted, to rank from Octol^er 7, 1863.

Capt. H. D. E. Redwine, of Texas, to 1)6 major Tenth Texas Cavalry Regiment,
vice Major Craig, promote<l, to rank from March 20, 1863.

Capt. AVilson Faris, of \'irginia, to be major Forty-eighth Virginia Regiment,'
vice Major AVhite, promoted, to rank from May 3, 1863.

Capt. J. O. Banks, of i\Iississii)pi, to l)e major Forty-third Mississippi Regiment,
vice Alajor Sykes, i)romoted, to rank from November 0, 1862.

Capt. R. C. McCay, of Mississippi, to lie major Thirty-eighth Mississijjpi Regiment,
vice Major Keirn, promcjted, to rank from Septeud)er 24, 1862.

Capt. J. M. Crow, of Alal)ania. to be major Ninth Alabama Regiment, vice Major
Williams, promoted, to rank from Septend)er 11, 1863.

Capt. G. M. Crawford, of Tennessee, to be major Forty-fourth Tennessee Regi-
ment, vice Major Ewin, died, to rank from January 7, 1863.

Capt. A. J. Kicliardsou, of Virginia, to be major Twenty-third Virginia Regiment,
vice Major Fit/.genild, jiroiuoted, to rank from Novenilier 27, 1863.

Capt. James I )ickey, of (ieorgia, to he major Fifty-first (Tcorgia Regiment, vice Major
Dunwody, killed, to rank from July 2, 1863.

Capt. J. B. Kennedy, of INIississippi, to l)e major Twenty-seventh Mississippi Regi-
ment, vice Major McLemore, killed, to rank from Octol)er 5, 1863.

Capt. D. E. Scruggs, of , to be major Second Virginia Battalion, Troops

Local Defense, vice Major AValler, transferred, to rank from IVIarch 10, 1864.

Cai>t. C. B. Johnston, of Alabama, to be major Twenty-first Alabama Regiment,
vice Major Williams, promoted, to rank from Aj)ril 30, 1863.

Capt. T. M. Atkins, of Tennessee, to be major Forty-ninth Tennessee Regiment,
vice Major Cording, promoted, to rank from October 7, 1863.

Capt. G. W. Flowers, of North Carolina, to be major Thirty-eiglith North Carolina
Regiment, vice Major INIcLauchlin, resigned, to rank from February 16, 1864.

Capt. J. ri. Skelton, of (ieorgia, to be major Sixte*!nth Georgia Regiment, vice
Major Stiles, promoted, to rank from Novendier 29, 1863.

Capt. T. P. Alston, of South (\milina, to l)e major First South Carolina Regiment,
vice Major Sliooter, ])ronioted, to rank from Januaiy 4, 1864.

Capt. W. II. Fit/, Gerald, of jMississippi, to be major Twenty-lirst Mississippi Regi-
ment, vice Major Sims, promoted, to rank from October 28, 1863.

Capt. John II. Kennard, of Texas, to l)e major Tenth Texas Regiment, vice Major
Brasher, died, to rank from May 4, 1863.

Capt. W. II. Jones, of North Carolina, to l)c major Forty-eighth North Carolina
Regiment, vice Major Hill, promoted, to rank from Decemlier 4, 1863.

Capt. S. J. C. Dunlop, of (ieorgia, to be major Forty-sixth (teorgia Regiment, vice
Major Speer, resigned, to rank from January 19, 18()4.

Ca])t. A. W. Smith, of (ieorgia, to be major Twenty-fifth Georgia Regiment, vice
Major Wylly, promoted, to rank from November 16, 1863.

Capt. I). F. Hill, of South Carolina, to l)e major Twenty-fourth South Carolina
Regiment, vice INIajor Jones, promoted, to rank from January 20, 1864.

Capt. W. M. Hadden, of South Carolina, to l)e major First South C^arolina Rifle
Regiment, vice Major INIoore, resigned, to rank from August 28, 1863.

Cajit. M. D. Bennett, of Virginia, to be major Fourth Virginia Regiment, vice
Major Terry, jjromotcd, to rank from Septend)er II, 1863.

Capt. W. T. Steele, of Arkansas, to be major Thirty-third Arkansas Regiment,
vice Major Crenshaw, resigned, to rank from November 12, 1862.



May 16, 1864.] SENATE. 45

Capt. L. A. J. Williams, of Georgia, to be major Thirty-fifth Georgia Regiment,
vice Major Groves, resigned, to rank from December 21, 1863.

Capt. N. McK. McNeill, of North Carolina, to be major Forty-sixth North Caro-
lina Regiment, vice Major McAlister, promoted, to rank from December 21, 1863.

Capt. J. S. Cone, of Georgia, to be major Forty -seventh Georgia Regiment, vice
Maj. J. G. Cone, resigned, to rank from August 30, 1863.

Capt. M. Burke, of Missouri, to be major First Missouri Regiment, vice Major
Duffy, dropped, to rank from March 30, 1864.

Capt. E. Erson, of North Carolina, to ])e major Fifty-second North Carolina Regi-
ment, vice Major Richardson, killed, to rank from July 3, 1863.

Capt. W. D. Conyers, of Georgia, to be major Cobb's Legion, vice Major Camak,
killed, to rank from July 3, 1863.

Capt. J. T. Huff, of North Carolina to be major Sixtieth North Carolina Regiment,
vice Major Weaver, promoted, to rank from December 23, 1863.-

Capt. S. G. Jamison, of South Carolina, to be major Third Virginia Battalion,
Troops Local Defense, vice Major Henley, resigned, to rank from April 20, 1864.

Capt. T. H. Patterson, of Alabama, to be major Thirtieth Alabama Regiment, vice
Major Smith resigned, to rank from January 28, 1864.

Capt. C. K. Massey, of Mississippi, to be major Twentieth Mississii)pi Regiment,
vice Major Chatfield, killed, to rank from February 18, 1864.

Capt. L. Ball, of Mississippi, to be major Forty-first Mississippi Regiment, vice
Major Hodges, promoted, to rank from March 1, 1864.

Capt. W. C. Gates, of Alabama, to be major Fifteenth Alabama Regiment, vice
Major Daniel, resigned, to rank from April 28, 1863.

Capt. T. H. Bomar, of Georgia, to be major Thirty-eighth Georgia Regiment, vice
Major Parr, '"esigned, to rank from July 2, 1863.

Capt. C. H. Stewart, of Virginia, to be major Second Virginia Regiment, vice
INIajor INIoore, appointed assistant adjutant-general, to rank from April 21, 1864.

Capt. D. P. Heckman, of Virginia, to be major Fifty-seventh Virginia Regiment,
vice Major Ramsey, promoted, to rank from July 5, 1863.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.

To His Excellency Jefkerson Davis,

President, etc.

The message was read.

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

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

MONDAY, May 16, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

The President pro tempore announced, in conformity with the
thirty-lirst rule of the Senate, the appointment of the following stand-
ing committee:

A committee on the rules of the Senate, consisting of Mr. Orr
(chairman), Mr. Johnson of Arkansas, and Mr. Semmes.

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. 2. An act to provide for the redemption of the old issue of Treasury notes
held by certain Indian tribes; and

H. R. 92. An act to amend the act approved Fel>ruary 17, 1864, entitled "An act
to allow commissioned officers of the Army rations and the privilege of purchasing
clothing from the Quartermaster's Department."

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



46 JOURNAL OF THE [May 16, 1864.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered^ That the Committee on Militavy Affairs be discharged
from the further consideration of so much of the report of the Secre-
tary of War as relates to Indian Affairs, together with the report of
the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and that they be referred to the
Committee on Indian Affairs.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered, That the Committee on Military Affairs be discharged
from the further consideration of so much of the report of the Secre-
tary of War as recommends that a rate exceeding one-tenth of the
meat, wheat, rice, and the products of the sugar cane raised in the
Confederate States, should be assessed and collected in kind, and that
it be referred to the Committee on Finance.

On motion by ]Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered, That the Committee on Military Affairs be discharged
from the further consideration of a resolution inquiring into the expe-
diency of fui-ther legislation with a view of securing the return to
their proper commands of deserters from the infantry who have enlisted
and are now serving in the cavalry, etc.

On motion l)V ^Ir. Barnwell,

Ordered, That the Committee on Finance be discharged from the
further consideration of the bill (S, 9) for the relief of Green T. Hill,
and that it be referred to the Committee on Claims.

Mr. Watson, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was
referred the joint resolution (II. R. 3) providing for the appointment
of a special conunittee of the Senate and House of Representatives on
the subject of impressments, reported it without amendment.

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

On motion l)y Mr. Orr, to amend the re§olution by striking out the
title,

It was determined in the affirmative.

The resolution having been further amended, was agreed to as
follows:

Resohed {the Senate concnrring), That a special committee be appointed, of five
members on the part of the Hoiise and three memliers on the part of the Senate, to
whom all hills, resolntions, and memorials hereafter or already introduced in either
House on the subject of impressment shall be referred.

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

On motion l)y Mr. Watson,

Ordered, That the Committee on the Judiciary be discharged from
the further consideration of a resolution inquiring into the expediency
of further IcgisUition with a view to the prevention and punishment of
illegal impressments, etc., and that it be referred to the Joint Com-
mittee on Im})ressments.

On motion l)y Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered, That the Committee on Military Affairs be discharged
from the further consideration of so much of the report of the Secre-
tary of War as relates to the proper mode of assessing the value of
supplies for the Armv which may be impressed, and that it be referred
to the Joint Committee on Impressments.

The bills received this day from the House of Representatives for
concurrence were severally read the tirst and second times; and



May 16, 1864.] SENATE. 47

Ordered^ That the bill numbered 2 be referred to the Committee on
Indian Affairs and the bill numbered 92 to the Committee on Military
Affairs.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the con-
sideration of the bill (S. 21) to amend an act entitled "An act to reduce
the currency and to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds,"
approved 17th Februar}^, 1861.

On motion by ]Mr. Jemison, to amend the bill by inserting after
"said," section 2, line 10, the words "four per cent,"

It was determined in the affirmative.

On motion by Mr. Hill, to amend the bill by striking- out the words
" three dollars of old issues," in the eighth line of the third section,
and inserting in lieu thereof the words "of Treasury notes of the old
issue,"

It was determined in the affirmative.

On motion by Mr. Barnwell, to amend the bill by inserting at the
end of the third section the following proviso:

Provided, That on and after the first day of January, eighteen hundred and sixty-
five, the authority to make the exchanges mentioned in this section shall cease and
determine,

It was determined in the affirmative.

On motion by Mr. Simms, to amend the bill b}^ striking out the
fourth section, as follows:

Sec. 4. That any holder of four per cent bonds or certificates issued under the first
section of the act of which this is an amendment may exchange his bond or certifi-
cate for a four j^er cent untaxable bond, such as is described in the section next
preceding, at the same rate provided therein as to old issues; that is to say, at the
rate of two dollars of untaxable bonds for three dollars of bonds or certificates issued
under said first section.

It was determined in the negative, \ ^ -.^

On motion by Mr. Simms,

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

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Dortch, Hill, Johnson of Arkansas, Johnson of Missouri,
Mitchel, Oldham, Orr, Simms, and Wigfall.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Baker, Barnwell, Brown, Graham, Hunter, Jemison, Max-
well, Sparrow, Walker, and Watson.

On motion by Mr. Barnwell, from the Committee on Finance, to
amend the bill by inserting the following independent section:

Sec. 5. That the bonds and certificates inentioned in the second section of the act
to which this is an amendment shall be receivable in payment of all Government
dues which shall have accrued ])rior to the first day of January, eighteen hundred
and sixty-five, except export and import duties.

It was determined in the affirmative.

On motion by Mr. Walker, to amend the bill by inserting at the end
of the fifth section the words "and for purposes of payment herein
authorized shall be transferable by delivery,"

It was determined in the affirmative.

An amendment having been proposed to the bill by Mr. Graham,

After debate.

On motion by Mr. Hill,

Ordered, That the further consideration of the bill be postponed



48 JOUENAL OF THE [May 16, 1864.

until to-morrow, and that the Secretary cause it to be printed, by con-
tract or otherwise.

Mr. Dorteh, from the committee, reported that thej'^ had examined
and found truly enrolled joint resolutions of the following titles:

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

S. 2. Joint resolution of thanks to General Finegan and the officers
and men of his command;

H. K. 1. Joint resolution of thanks to the Thirty-fourth and Thirt}^-
eighth regiments of North Carolina troops; *and

H. R. 2. Joint resolution of thanks to the Texas Brigade in the Array
of Northern Virginia.

The President pro tempore having signed the enrolled joint resolu-
tions last reported to have been examined, they were delivered to the
Secretary of the Senate and by him foi-thwith presented to the Presi-
dent of the Confederate States for his approval.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

The doors having been opened.

On motion by Mr. Mitchel,

The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed the johit resolution of
the Senate (8. (>) to authorize tlie removal of the public archives and of the Executive
Departments of the Govermnent.

On motion by Mr. Johnson of Arkansas,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Connnittee on Militar}' Affairs, to whom
were referred (on the 10th instant) the nominations of J. W. Mallett,
Thomas L. Bayne, William Allan, to be lieutenant-colonels; James
Harding, jr., to be major; John S. Tucker, A. F. Pope, J. G.
Reynolds, Daniel ^\ . Sublett, R. W. Anderson, C. P. Estill, John M.
Perry, F. W. Dawson, to be captains; R. Henry Glenn, E. Whitfield,
C. D. Fishburne, G. F. Bason, T. B. Cabaniss, S. H. Starr, S. F. Fenney,
J. L. Scales, to be first lieutenants; L. K. Sparrow and \V. A.
PMwards, to ))e second lieutenants, for ordnance duty, reported, with
the recotnmendation that all of said nominations l)e confirmed.

The Senate ])roceeded 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.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Connnittee on Military Affairs, to whom was
referred the nomination of D. II. Reynolds (under the act of October
13, 1802, to increase and ri^gulate the appointment of general officers
in the Provisional Army), to ))e l)rigadier-genei'al, reported, with the
recommendation that said nomination be confirmed.



May 17, 1864.] SENATE. 49

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

Resolved^ 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 instant) the nominations of A. L. Rives, to be
colonel; John J. Clarke, John A. Williams, and ]M. Meriwether, to
be lieutenant-colonels; George B. Pickett, Conway R. Howard, William
F. Foster, and Samuel R. Johnston, to be majors; F. Y. Dabney, Henry

C. Force, D. G. Campbell, Heniy J. Rogers, W^ D. Stuart, W^ G.
Bender, J. W. Smith, G. H. Hazlehurst, C. M. Randolph, and F.
Gardner, to be captains; L. A. Dade, D. E. Henderson, M. B. Grant,
P. C. Johnson, J. M. Freret, E, A. Ford, H. B. Cozzens, T. R. Price,
jr., J. M. Fairbanks, B. L. Blackford, F. R. R. Smith, J. M. Couper,

D. W. Currie, George R. McRee, and James A. Cony, to be first lieu-
tenants; E. J. White, H. M. Graves, John C. Gilmer, W^ K. Park,
F. M. Hall, M. M. Farrow, M. S. Elliott, Charles McCalley, J. N.
Turner, and G. H. Browne, to be second lieutenants, of engineers,
reported, with the recommendation that all of said nominations be con-
firmed.

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.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was
referred the nomination of Maj, Gen. Richard Ta3dor, to be lieutenant-
general in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States, reported,
with the recommendation that said nomination be confirmed.

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

Rt>i<Aved^ That the Senate advise and consent to his appointment,
agreeably to the nomination of the President.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire whether
the nominatiouH of officers sent by the PreHident to the last or any previous session
of the Senate, and which may have been continued or postponed by order of the
Senate to this session of the Senate, are still before the Senate for its action.

On motion by Mr. vS par row.

The Senate resolved into secret lesislative session.



TUESDAY, May 17, 1S64.

OPEN SESSION.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed the bill of the Senate
(S. 5) to provide passports for Senators and Representatives in Congress when
traveling in the Confederate States, with amendments; in which they request the
concurrence of the Senate.

And they have passed the bill of the Senate (S. 25) for the relief of the widow
and heirs of the late Brig. Gen. Leroy A. Stafford, of the Confederate States Army.

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50 JOURNAL OF THE [May 17, 1864.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the resolution submitted
by Mr. Johnson of Arkansas on the Ith instant, fixing a day for the
adjournment of the present session of Congress; and having been
further amended, it was agreed to as follows:

Resolved {the House of Representatives concurring), That the President of the Senate
and the Speaker of the House of Representatives adjourn their respective Houses,
sine die, on Tuesday, the thirty-first day of May, instant, at twelve o'clock meridian.

Ordered^ That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House
of Representatives in the resolution.

Mr. Baker (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 30) to amend an act to impose regulations upon the
foreign commerce of the Confederate States to provide for the public
defense, approved February 6, 1864;

which was read the first and second times and referred to the Com-
mittee on Commerce,

Mr. Semmes, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred
the bill (H. R. 68) to exempt railroad companies from the payment of
certain duties, reported it with an amendment.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the con-
sideration 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.

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

The said bill as amended was read the third time.

Resolved^ That it pass with an amendment.

Ordered^ That the Secretary re(|uest the concurrence of the House
of Representatives in the amendment.

Mr. Oldham, from the Committee on Commerce, to whom was
referred tiie bill (S. 20) to establish a bureau of foreign supplies,
reported it with an amendment.

On motion l)v Mr. Graham,

Ordered, That the bill and amendment be printed, by contract or
otherwi.se.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, submitted
the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to:

Resolved by the Senate of the Confederate States of America, That the President be
respectfully reijuested to inform the Senate whether the order, No. 48, issued from the
Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, in the city of Richmond, on the eleventh day
of July, eighteen hundred and sixty-two, relative to the termination of the appoint-
ments of tjeneral officers and officers of the general staff in the Provisional Army, has
ever been revoked, if any officers have ever been dismissed the service under it, and
if any, what officers, and when they were so dismissed.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Aflfairs, reported

A bill (S. 31) to promote the efficiency of the cavalry of the Pro-
visional Army, and to punish lawlessness and irregularities of an}'^
portions thereof;

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

After debate,

On motion by Mr. Walker,

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

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Atiairs, reported



MaylV, 18G4.] SENATE. 51

A bill (S. 32) to authorize the appointment of general officers with
temporary rank and command, and to define and limit the power of
assigning officers to commands;

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

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, submitted
the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate be authorized and required to cause to
be printed aa speedily as possible fifty-two copies of the regular annual report of the
Secretary of War at this session, at any printing office in Richmond, and that the
same shall be printed on the best terms at wiiich it can be obtained, and shall be
paid for out of the contingent fund of the Senate.

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

Mr. President: The President of the Confederate States has, to-day, approved and
signed the following joint resolutions:

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

S. 2. Joint resolution of thanks to General Finegan and the officers and men of
his command.

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

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (S. 21) to amend an act entitled "An act to reduce the
currency and to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds," approved
ITtli February, 1861.

On motion by Mr. Graham, to amend the bill by striking out of the
second section the words

one-half of such amount as the said State is entitled to claim in Treasury notes of
the new issue, and the other half in said six per cent bonds, or, at the option of the
State, in coupon bonds, payable in twenty years, with interest at the rate of four per
cent per annum, jjayable half yearly; the said four per cent bonds not to be taxal)le
either upon principal or interest; ancl this provision shall extend to any portion of
the amount which such State may be entitled to claim,

and inserting in lieu thereof the words

such amount as said State may be entitled to in Treasury notes of the new issue,



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