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federate States, by Mr. B. N. Harrison, his Secretary:

To tJie Senate and House of liepresentatlres of the Confederate States of America :

Having recently received written notification which satisfied me that the President
of the United States was disposed to confer informally with unotiieial agents that
might be sent by me with a view to the restoration of peace, I requested the Hon.
Alexander H. Stephens, the Hon. R. M. T. Hunter, and the Hon. John A. Campbell
to ])rf)ceed through our lines and to hold a conference with Mr. Lincoln, or such per-
sons as he might depute to represent him.

I herewith submit for the information of Congress the report of the eminent citizens
above named, showing that the enemy refuse to enter into negotiations with the Con-
federate States, or any one of them separately, or to give to our people any other
terms or guarantees than those which a conqueror may grant, or permit us to have
peace on any other l)asis than unconditional submission to their rule, coupled with
the ai'ceptance of their recent legislation, including an amendment to the Constitu-
tion for the emancij)ation of all the negro slaves, and with the right on the part of
the Federal Congress to legislate on the subject of the relations between the white
and black population of each State.

Such is, as I understand, the effect of the amendment to the Constitution which
has been adopted by the Congress of tlie United States.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

Februahy 6, 1865.

The message was read.

Ordered, That it lie upon the table and be printed.
On motion by Mr. Henry, and by unanimous consent,

Ordered, That 5,<>()0 additional copies of the message and documents
be printed for the use of the Senate.
On motion })y Mr. Sparrow,
Thei5enate resolved into executive session.
The doors having been opened.
On motion l)y Mr. Orr,
The Senate adjourned.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

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

Executive Office, Richmond, February 6, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

I hereby nominate Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge, of the State of Kentucky, to
be Secretary of War of the Confederate States.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The message was read. *

The Senate proceeded to consider the nomination of Maj. Gen. John
C. Breckinridge, to be Secretar}^ of War (in accordance with the nomi-
nation of the President, of this day); and

Resolved, That the Senate do advise and consent to the appointment
of Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge, to be Secretary of War, agree-
ably to the nomination of the President.

On motion by Mr. Orr,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.



526 JOUENAL OF THE [Feb. 7, 1865.

TUESDAY, February 7, 1865.

OPEN 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 and two enrolled joint resolutions, I am directed to bring them to the Senate for
the signature of their President.

On motion by Mr. Maxwell, to reconsider the vote on passing the
resolution requesting the President of the Confederate States to fur-
nish to the Senate, if not incompatible with the public interest, a copy
of the correspondence, if any, betvveeji the Government of the United
States and the commissioners recently sent by him to that Govern-
ment, and also a copy of the report made by them of their proceed-
ings and action.

It was determined in the aiBrmative.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the said resolution; and

Mr. Maxwell (by leave) withdrew the same.

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

Mr. PresideiH: On the 3d instant the President of the Confederate States approved
and signed the following acts:

S. 134. An act to increase the maximum rates of compensation allowed to railroad
coinpaiiies for the transportation of the mails of the Confederate States;

S. 153. An act appropriating, for the use of the Post-Office Department, certain
moneyn deposited by postmasters with the depositaries of the Government created
under the act approved February 17, 18()4; and

S. 150. An act to secure more effectually the preservation and distribution of the
effects of deceased officers and soldiers.

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

Mr. Brown having submitted the following resolution for considera-
tion:

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to report a bill
with the least practicable delay, to take into the military service of the Confederate
States a nund^er of negro soldiers, not to exceed two hundred thousand, by volun-
tary enlistment, with the consent of their owners, or by conscription, as may be
found necessary; and that the conunittee provide in said bill for the ei lancipation of
said negroes in all cases where they prove loyal and true to the end f)f the war, and
for the innnediate i)aymeut, under proper restrictions, of their full present value to
their owners,

On motion by Mr. Maxwell,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session for the considera-
tion thereof.

The doors liaving been opened, •

Mr. Dortch, from the committee, reported that they had examined
and found trulv enrolled a bill and joint resolutions of the following
titles:

S. 1.5.5. An act to regulate the pay and allowances of certain female
employees of the Government;

11. R. 23. Joint resolution for the relief of the Virginia Mechanics'
Institute; and

H. R. '21. Joint resolution of thanks to the officers and men of the
Ninth, Fourteenth, and Fifty-seventh regiments of Virginia Infantr}'.

The President having signed the enrolled bill and enrolled joint



Feb. 7. 1S65.] SENATE. 527

resolutions last reported to have been examined, they were delivered
to the Secretary of the Senate and by him forthwith presented to the
President of the Confederate States for his approval.

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

Richmond, Va., February 3, 186,5.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

In response to your resolution of the 19th ultimo, I herewith transmit a communi-
cation from the Secretary of War, which conveys the information desired relative to
"the number of persons in each State exempted from military service by reason of
beingc claimed as State officers," and to "the number of exemptions and details for
express, telegraphic, and railroad companies," etc., and explains the causes of delay
in replying to previous resolutions on those subjects.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.
The message was read.

Ordered^ That it lie upon the table and be printed.
The following message was received from the President of the
Confederate States, by Mr. B. N. Harrison, his Secretar}':

Richmond, Va., February 3, 1865.
To the Senate and House of Representatives:

I herewith transmit for your consideration a communication from the Secretary of
the Treasury, covering an estimate for an additional appropriation reijuired to meet
the expenses of the Department of Justice during the six months ending June 30, 1865.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The message was read.

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

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

Richmond, Va., February 4, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

In response to your resolution of November 28, 1864, I herewith transmit a com-
munication from the Secretary of War relative to the removal of the sick and wounded
officers of the Army from the almshouse in this city, which was used as a hospital,
and to the accommodations which have been provided for the patients elsewhere.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The message was read.

Ordered,, That it lie upon the table.

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

Richmond, Va., February 3, 1865.
To the Senate and House of Representatives:

I herewith transmit for your consideration a communication from the Secretary of
the Treasury, covering an estimate for an additional appropriation required by the
Navv Dexjartment.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The message was read.

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

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

The doors having been opened,

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

The Senate adjourned.



528 JOURNAL OF THE' _ [Feb. 7, 18G5.

SECRET SESSION.

The Senate proceeded to consider the resolution submitted to-day
in open leg'islative session, hy Mr. Brown, instructing the Committee
on Military Affairs to report

A bill to take negro soldiers into the military service of the Confed-
erate States, providing for their emancipation and the payment of
their full present value to their owners; and

On motion by Mr. Wigfall, that the further consideration thereof
be in open legislative session.

It was determined in the negative, \^ \ ,

On motion of Mr. Orr,

The yeas and nays being desired 1)}" one-fifth of the Senators present,

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Graham, Ha3'nes, Orr, Semmes, Simms, Sparrow, Walker,
and Wigfall.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Baker, Burnett, Caperton, Dortch, Henry. Hunter, Max-
well, Vest, and Watson.

On motion b}^ Mr. Sparrow, that the Senate resolve into open legis-
lative session,

It was determined in the negatixe.

On motion by Mr. Ilenr}', that the resolution lie u[)ou the table.

It was determined in the negative.

On motion by Mr. Burnett, to amend the resolution by striking out
"report,"" line 2, and inserting ''inquire into the expedienc}^ of
reporting.""

It was determined in tlie negative.

On the (juestioii,

AN'ill the Senate agree to the resolution?

It was determined in the negative, - x- ^ o

* ' ( JNays . 13

On motion b}- Mr. Orr,

The 3eas and naj's being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present,

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Brown, Henry, and Vest.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Baker. (JapiMton, Graham, Haynes, Hunter, Johnson of
Missouri, Maxwell, Oldham, Orr, Semmes, Walker, Watson, and
Wigfall.

So the resolution was not agreed to.

On motion I)}- Mr. Brown,

Ordered^ That the injunction of secrecy be removed from the pro-
ceedings of the Senate on the said resolution.

On motion by Mr. Dortch,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.



Feb. 7, 1865.] SENATE. 529

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

The following- message was received from the President of the Con-
federate States, by Mr. B. N. Harrison, his Secretaiy:

Executive Department, Confederate States op America,

Richmond, Fehruary 6, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Cadet P. P.
Dandridge, of Virginia, to be a second heutenant of infantry in the Army of the Con-
federate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 173.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Bichinond, January 28, 1865.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Cadet P. P. Dandridge, of
Virginia, to be a second heutenant of infantry in the Army of the Confederate States
of America, to rank from December 6, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfully, vour obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Serretarij of War.
To His Excellency Jeffekson Davis,

President, etc.

•The message was read.

The Senate proceeded to consider the nomination of P. P. Dand-
ridge, to be a second lieutenant in the Army of the Confederate States;
and

Besolved, That the Senate do advise and consent to his appointment,
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:

Execwtive Departjient, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, Fehruary 7, 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.

No. 187.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, Fehruary 7, 1865.
Sir: I ha\'e the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
m the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America :

Quartermaster — major.

J. C. Stafford, of Texas, to report to Quartermaster-General for assignment to duty,
to rank from June 15, 1864.

Assistant quartermaster — captain.

John H. Hunter, of Tennessee, for duty (collecting forage) with quartermaster
Johnson's division. Army of Northern Virginia, to rank from January 19, 1865.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, February 7, 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,
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530 JOURNAL OF THE [Feb. 7, 1865.

No. 189.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Bichmond, February 7, 1865.

Sir: 1 have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America (for distinguished valor
and skill) :

Captains.

T. P. Traylor, of Virginia, to be captain Company A, Twenty-third Virginia Cav-
alry Regiment, vice Captain Triplett, killed, to rank from January 26, 1865.

Henry C. Britton, of Virginia, to he captain Company C, Ninth Virginia Regi-
ment, vice Captain Gregory, deceased, to rank from January 19, 1865.

Second lieutcnanl.9.

William A. Jamieson, of Virginia, to be second lieutenant Company C, Fifth Vir-
ginia Cavalrv Regiment, vice Lieutenant Dodson, promoted, to rank from January
26, 1865.

G. S. Noland, of South Carolina, to be second lieutenant Company B, Eighteenth
South Carolina Regiment, vice Lieutenant Greer, promoted, to rank from January
26, 1865.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc. '

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

lUchmond, Februan/ 6, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate Statc.'<:

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

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 54.] War Department, ('onkki)er.\te States of America,

Richmond, December 5, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nomina'tions for appointment in
the Army of the Confederate States of America:

Second lieutenants of infantry.

Cadet E. A. Semple, of Alabama, to be second lieutenant infantrv, to rank from
February 22, 1864.

Cadet F. II. Perkins, of Louisiana, to lie second Heutenant infantry, to rank from
March 7, 1864.

Cadet Minor Kenner, of Louisiana, to be second lieutenant infantrv, to rank from
June 17, 1864.

Cadet Jos. F. Johnston, of Alabama, to be second lieutenant infantrv, to rank from
June 15, 1864.

Cadet J. C. H. Brvant, of Virginia, to be second lieutenant infantrv, to rank from
July 16, 1864.

Cadet John Taliaferro, of Virginia, to l>e second lieutenant infantry, to rank from
June 15, 1864.

Cadet W. S. Farish, of Mississippi, to l)e second lieutenant infantry, to rank from
August 26, 1861.

Cadet J. L. Boatwright, of South Carolina, to be second lieutenant infantry, to rank
from July 26, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfullv, vour obedient servant,

" ' JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.

To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

Presideyit, etc.

Executive Department, Confederate Statf^s of America,

Richmond, February 6, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

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

JEFFERSON DAVIS.



Feb. 7, 1865.] SENATE. 531

No. 176.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

liicjiwond, January 28, 1865.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

Lieutenant-colonel.

Capt. William A. Percy, of Mississippi, to be lieutenant-colonel Twenty-fourth
Mississippi Battalion Cavalry (formed, by special order, of unattached companies), to
rank from January 24, 1865.

Major.

Capt. E. Roberts, of Mississippi, to be major Twenty-fourth Mississippi Battalion
Cavalry (see remarks under nomination of Captain Percy), to rank from January 24,
1865.

I am, sir, respectfullv, vour obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, February 6, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate T. H. C.
Stone, of Arkansas, to be an assistant commissary, with the rank of captain in the
Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 178.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, January SI, 1865.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of T. H. C. Stone, of
Arkansas, to be an assistant commissary, with the rank of captain in the Provisional
Army of the Confederate States of America, report to Lieutenant-Colonel Cole, chief
commissarv Army of Northern Virginia, for assignment to duty, 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.

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

■ Richmond, February 6, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate John B.
Sale, of Mississippi, to be an assistant adjutant-general, with the rank of colonel in
the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 181.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, February 3, 1865.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of John B. Sale, of Mississippi,
to be an assistant adjutant-general, with the rank of colonel in the Provisional Army
of the Confederate States of America, to date from January 2.'{, 1865.
I am, sir, respectfullv, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, February 6, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Capt. R. E.
Foote, of Tennessee, to be promoted to major in the Adjutant-General's Department,
Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.



532 JOURNAL OF THE [Feb. 7, 1865.

'So. 177.] War Department, Confederate States of America, J

Richmond, Januari/ ^8, 1865. I
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Capt. R. E. Foote, of
Tennessee, to be promoted to major in the Adjutant-General's Department, Provi-
sional Army of the Confederate States of America, for duty with B. R. Jolinson's
division. Army of Northern Virginia (an original vacancy), to rank from January 27,
1865.

I am, sir, respectfully, vour obedient servant,

■ ■ JAMtS A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

' Richmond, February 6, 1865.

To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate J. T.
Wheat, of North Carolina, to be a chaplain in the Provisional Army of the Confed-
erate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 175.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, January 28, 1865.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of J. T. Wheat, of North
Carolina, to be a chaplain in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of
America, for duty at Hospital No. 14, Salisbury, N. C., to rank from January 7, 1865.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

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

Richmond, February 6, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate State.^:

Agreeably to the reconnnendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate James C.
Acton, of Tennessee, to be a chaplain in the Provisional Army of the Confederate
States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 180.] War Department, Confederate St.vfes of America,

Richmond, January 31, 1865.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of James C. Acton, of Ten-
nessee, to be a chaplain in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of
America, for duty at hospitals, Cuthbert, Ca., to rank from January 27, 1865.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

" ' JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

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

Richmond, February 6, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Jos. H.
Seawell, of Alabama, to be an assistant quartermaster, with the rank of captain in
the Provisional Armv of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 179.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, January 31, 1865.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Jos. H. Seawell, of Ala-
bama, to be an assistant quartermaster, with the rank of captain in the Provisional
Army of the Confederate States of America, for duty with the quartermaster Battle's
brigade, Army of Northern Virginia, to rank from Jaiuiary 7, 1865.
I am, sir, respectfully, vour obedient servant,

■ ' JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.



Feb. 8, 1865.] SENATE. 533

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, February 6, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary' of War, I nominate Col. Thomas
Harrison, of Texas, to l)e brigadier-general, with temporary rank (underact approved
May 31, 1864), in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 182.] AVar Department, Confederate St.\tes of America,

Richmond, February 4, 1865.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Col. Thomas Harrison, of
Texas, to be brigadier-general, with temporary rank, in the Provisional Army of the
Confederate States of America (under act approved JNIay 31, 1864), to command bri-
gade, Armv of Tennessee, vice General Robertson, disabled, to rank from January
14, 1865.

I am, sir, respectfullv, vour obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

The messages were severally read.

Ordtred., That they l)e referred to the Committee on Militar}^ Affairs.

On motion 1)}' Mr. Sparrow,

The Senate re.solved into open legislative session.



WEDNESDAY, February 8, 1865.

OPEN SESSION.

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

Mr. President: The House of Rejiresentatives have passed bills and a joint resolu-
tion of the following titles; in which they request the concurrence of the Senate:

H. R. 364. An act appropriating §10,000 to pay claims in the recruiting service of
the Confetlerate States;

H. R. 365. An act for the relief of Maj. D. W. Hinkle, quarterm.aster of Finegan's
and Perry's brigades; and

H. R. 26. Joint resolution for the relief of .Tames D. Brown.

The President of the Confederate States has notified the House of Representatives
that on the 3d instant he approved and signed the following acts and joint resolutions:

H. R. 242. An act to provide for sequestrating the property of persons liable to
military service who have departed, or shall depart, from the Confederate States
without permission;

H. R. 351. An act to provide for certain claims due the State of North Carolina;

H. R. 352. An act to provide for certain claims due the State of Louisiana;

H. R. 20. Joint resolution construing the act of January 30, 1864, increasing the
compensation of certain ofticers and employees of the Government; and



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