Confederate States of America. Congress.

Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1865 (Volume 4) online

. (page 73 of 104)
Online LibraryConfederate States of America. CongressJournal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1865 (Volume 4) → online text (page 73 of 104)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


the bill (H. R. 325) to make appro])riations for the support of the
(jovernment of the Confederate States of America from the 1st day of
January to the 80th day of June, 18(5.5, reported it with amendments.

The Senate proceeded, as in Connnittec of the Whole, to the con-
sideration of the said bill; and the reported amendments having been
agreed to. and the bill further amended on the motion of Mr. Bakei'.

On motion by Mr. Brown,

''^/'rt^rvvY/, That the further consideration of the bill he po.stponed
until Monday next.

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

Ordered^ That the bills nunibercd HT;") and ;-5T»! be referred to the
Committee on Fina?ice and the bill numbered 877 to the Committee
on Military Affairs.



Feb. IS, 1865.] SENATE. 575

The Senate resumed, us in Connnittee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (H. R. 850) to diminish the number of exemptions and
details.

The reported amendments having been agreed to,

On motion by Mr. Burnett, further to amend the bill ))y inserting
the following" independent section:

i>EC. 3. That all f^killed artisans and mechanics who are engaged in the employ-
ment of ttie (iTovernment of the Confederate States are hereby exempt from all mili-
tary service during the time they are so employed: Provided, That persons whose
service, labor, or skill may be more usefully employed for the jniblic good at home
than in the field, to Ije determined by the Secretary of War, on the sworn testimony
of disinterested witnesses, may be detailed under such rules and regulations as he
may prescribe; and the names of all persons so exempted or detailed, together with
the reason for the detail, shall be submitted to Congress at the beginning of each
session;

It was determined in the affirmative.

No further amendment being made, the bill was reported to the Sen-
ate and the amendments were concurred in.

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

The said h\\\ as amended was read the third time.

^esolved^ That it pass with amendments.

Ordered, That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House
of Repi;esentatives in the amendments.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed Senate })ills of the follow-
ing titles:

S. 101. An act to authorize the exchange of registered bonds issued under the act
of February 28, 1861, for coupon bonds of like amounts and times for payment;

S. 135. An act to provide for the remission of the penalty for nondelivery of
tithes of bacon due in the year 1864;

S. 146. An act making an appropriation for the removal and erection of the naval
ropewalk; and

S. 151. An act to provide for the canceling of four per cent ))onds and certificates
received in payment of taxes and other public dues.

On motion by Mr. Burnett,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

The doors having been opened,

Mr. Caperton, from the committee, reported that they had examined
and found truly enrolled bills and joint resolutions of the following
titles:

S. 86. An act fixing the salaries of certain civil officers in the Trans-
Mississippi Department;

S. 179. An act to amend an act to provide for holding elections
for Representatives iit the Congress of the Confederate States from the
State of Missouri, approved Januar}^ 19, ISGdt;

S. 20. Joint resolution relating to the manufacture of railroad iron
and to new lines of railroad;

S. 28. Joint resolution of thanks to the officers and soldiers of
Gen. Bushrod Johnson's old brigade of Tennessee troops and the bri-
gade of the late General Archer, composed of Tennessee and Maryland
troops, now in the Army of Northern Virginia; and

S. 29. Joint resolution extending the provisions of the joint reso-
lution to allow sick and wounded officers of the Army transportation
to their homes, and hospital accommodations, approved June 10, 1864.



576 JOURNAL OF THE [Feb. IS, 1865.

The President pro tompoi-e having sij»iied the enrolled bills and
enrolled joint 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 Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (S. 184) to exempt from military service skilled artisans
and mechanics; and

On motion by Mr. Burnett,

Ordered^ That it lie upon the ta))le.

The bill (S. 192) to amend the act C4ititled '"An act to organize forces
to serve during the war," approved February 17, 1864, was read the
second time and considered as in Committee of the Whole; and no
amendment being proposed, it was reported to the Senate.

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

The said bill was read the third time.

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

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

On motion b}' ]\lr. Graham,

The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

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

J/r. Prcmh'nl: Tlio Speaker of tlie 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. Caperton, from the committee, reported that they had examined
and found truly enrolled

A bill (S, 1(»2) to authorize the exportation of produce and mer-
chandise bought from the (Tovernment.

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 j)resented to the President of the
Confederate States for his approval.

The Senate resimied, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (S. 190) to provide for raising 200,000 negro troops.

The question being on agreeing to the motion submitted by Mr.
Garland on yesterday, that the further consideration of the bill be
postponed indefinitely,

After debate.

On motion })y Mr. Sennnes,

Oi'dived^ That the further consideration of the bill be postponed
luitil Monday next.

On motion l»y Mr. Burnett,

(>rd< rrd, Tiiat the Connnittee on Claims be discharged from the
further consideration of the joint resolution (H. R. 29) in relation to'
the services of Manuel and Rafael Armijo and Julian Tesorio, and that
it be referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

On motion by Mr. Burnett,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

Mr. Wigfall, from the Connnittee on Military Att'airs, to whom was
referred (on the 14th of December last) the nomination of William



Feb. 18, 1865.] SENATE. 577

M. Browne, to be brigadier-general, with temporary rank (under act
approved May 31. 18<U), reported thereon.

The Senate proceeded to consider the nomination of William M.
Browne; and

Mr. Orr, on his motion, was excused from voting on the nomination.

After debate,

On the question.

Will the Senate advise and consent to the appointment of William

M. Browne, to be brigadier-general?

( Yeas - - 2

It was determined in the negative, < ^ " -. o

On motion by Mr. Graham,

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

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Henry and Hunter.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Ba}cer, Barnwell, Brown, Burnett, Caperton, Dortch, Gar-
land, Graham, Haynes, Johnson of Georgia, Johnson of Missouri,
Maxwell, Oldham, Simms, Vest, Walker, Watson, and Wigfall.

So it was

Hesolved, That the Senate do not advise and consent to the appoint-
ment of William M. Browne, to be brigadier-general.

Mr. Wigfall, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom were
referred (respectively on the 14th December last and the 15th Febru-
ar}^ instant) the nominations of J. P. Simms and C. Leventhorpe, to
be brigadier-generals in the Provisional Army; and (on the 7th, 10th,
and 16th instant, respectively) the nominations of Thomas Harrison,
to be brigadier-general, with temporary rank (under act approved
Ma}' 81, 1864); F. Stringfellow, to be second lieutenant in the Signal
Corps; and E. B. Smith, to be lieutenant-colonel, and George W.
Christy, to be major of artillery, for ordnance duty, reported, with the
recommendation that all of the 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. Baker, from the Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads, to
whom was referred (on the 16th instant) the nomination of Hillery
Moseley, to be postmaster at Clinton, Hinds County, Miss., reported,
with the recommendation that said nomination be confirmed.

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

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

Mr. Wigfall, from the Committee on Militar}' Affairs, to whom was
referred (on the 12th ultimo) the nomination of T. W. White, to be
colonel of cavalry, reported thereon; and

On motion by Mr. Brown,

Ordered^ That it lie upon the table.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the nomination of S. D,
Lee, to be lieutenant-general; and

After debate,

On motion b}^ Mr. Orr,

c J— VOL 4—04 37



578 JOURTSTAL OF THE [Feb. 20, 1865.

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

Mr. Orr submitted the following resolution; which was considered
and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be iiiBtructed to inquire and report
whether there is any legal impediment to the confirmation of Stephen D. Lee, to be
a lieutenant-general in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States, and what the
same is, if any in their judgment exists.

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

Executive Departmext, Confederate States of America,

Bichmond, Februarij 16, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate M. L. Bon-
ham, of South Carolina, to be brigadier-general in the Provisional Army of the Con-
federate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 203.] War Department, Confederate States of -America,

Richmond, February 17, 1865.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of M. L. Bonham, of South
Carolina, to be brigadier-general in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States
of America, to command a new l)rigade, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and
Florida, to rank from February \), 1865.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

The message was read.

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

On motion by Mr. Graham,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

MONDAY, February 20, 1865.

OPEN SESSION.

Mr. Garland (by leave) introduced

A joint resolution (S. 32) construing the act of May 31, 1864,
to provide for the appointment of a disbursing clerk in the War
Department;

which was read the first and second times and referred to the Commit-
tee on Finance.

Mr. Semnies (b}' leave) introduced

A bill (S. 198) to amend the thirteenth section of an act entitled "An
act to reduce the currency and to authorize a new issue of notes and
bonds," approved February IT, 1X6-4;

which was read the first and second times and referred to the Commit-
tee on Finance.

On motion by Mr. Graham,

Ordered^ That the Hon. William T. Dortch have leave of absence
during the remainder of the prestMit scv^^sion.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Dal ton:'

Mr. President: The House of Representative.'^ have passed a bill (H. R. 381) to
provide for the redemption of the old issue of Treasury notes held by certain Indian
tribes' in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.



Feb. 20, 1865.] SEN ATE. 579

And they have passed a bill and joint resolution of the Senate of the following
titles:

8. 104. An act to extend the provisions of an act entitled "An act in relation to the
receipt of counterfeit Treasury notes by public officers," approved May 1, 1863, and
the provisions of the fifth section of the act approved February 17, 1864, entitled
"An act to amend the act for the assessment and collection of taxes, approved
May first, eighteen hundred and sixty-three;" and

S. 22. Joint resolution 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 17, 1864.

The House of Representatives have concurred in the report of the committee of
conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the bill (S. 129) to provide
for the employment of free negroes and slaves to work upon fortifications and per-
form other labor connected with the defenses of the country.

Mr. Burnett, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was
referred the bill (S. 197) declaring certain persons liable to duty in the
reserve forces of the respective States, reported it without amendment.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the con-
sideration of the said bill; and no amendment being proposed, it was
reported to the Senate.

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

The said bill was read the third time.

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

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

The bill (H. R. 381) received this day from the House of Represent-
atives for concurrence was read the first and second times and referred
to the Committee on Finance.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (H. R. 325) to make appropriations for the support of
the Government of the Confederate States of America from the 1st
day of January to the 30th day of June, 1865; and having been further
amended on the motion of Mr.~T3rown, the bill 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 (S. 191) to abolish the office of all officers engaged in dis-
charging the duties of provost-marshals, except within the lines of an
army in the field, was read the second time and considered as in Com-
mittee of the Whole; and no amendment being proposed, it was
reported to the Senate.

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

The said bill was read the third time.

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

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

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the con-
sideration of the joint resolution (H. R. 27) for the relief of the legal
representatives of John R. Cardwell; and no amendment being pro-
posed, it was reported to the Senate.

Ordered, That it pass to a third reading.

The said resolution was read the third time.



580 JOURNAL OF THE [Feb. 20, 1865.

On the question.

Shall the resolution now pass?

It was determined in the affirmative, - vr q

The vote having been taken by yeas and nays, conformably to the
Constitution,

Those who voted in th'e affirmative are,

Messrs, Baker, Barnwell, Brown, Burnett, Garland, Graham, Haynes,
Hunter, Johnson of Missouri, Maxwell, Oldham, Semmes, Simms,
Vest, Walker, and Watson.

So it was

Resolved^ That this resolution pass, two-thirds of the Senators present
voting therefor.

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

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the consid-
eration of the bill (H. R. 368) for the relief of James Sykes, agent of
James W. S3'kcs; and no amendment being proposed, it was reported
to the Senate. '

Ordered, That it pas.s to a third reading.

The said bill was road the thirtl time.

On the question.

Shall the bill now pass?

It was determined in the affirmative, , xt ' " ^

I JN ay s

The vote having been taken l>v yeas and nays, conformably to the
Constitution,

Th<)s(> who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Baker, Bannvell, Bi'own. Burnett, Garland, Graham, Hunter,
Johnson of Arkansas, Maxwell, Oldham, Orr, Semmes, Vest, Walker,
and Watson.

So it was

Resolved^ That this hill pass, two-thirds of the Senators present
having voted therefor.

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

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the consid-
eration of the bill (H. R. 201) to amend an act entitled "An act to pro-
vide tobacco for the Ai"my ." approved February 17, 1864; and no
amendment being proposed, it was reported to the Senate.

On the question.

Shall the bill be read a third time?

It was determined in the negative.

So the bill was rejected.

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

Mr. Henry (b}^ leave) introduced

A bill (S. 199) to change the time for the assembling of Congress for
its next regular session;

which was read the tirst and .second times and referred to the Commit
tee on the Judiciary.

On motion by ]Slr. Oldham,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

The doors having been opened,



Feb. 20, 18G5.] SENATE. 581

The President pro tempore laid before the Senate a communication
from the Secretary of War, in response to a resolution of the Senate
asking- certain information in regard to conscript soldiers in each State
and the execution of the conscription laws; which was read.

Ordered., That it lie upon the taljle and be printed.

Mr. Burnett (by leave) introduced the following bills; which were
severally read the first and second times and referred to the Commit-
tee on Military Affairs:

S. 201. Bill providing for the appointment of a provost-marshal -gen-
eral; and

S. 202. Bill to authorize the Ordnance Bureau to manufacture alcohol.

On motion by Mr. (jariand,

The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

Mr. Orr (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 200) to provide transportation for Senators and Repre-
sentatives in Congress to their respective homes, and to increase, for
a limited time, their salaries;

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

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consider-
ation of the bill (S. 190) to provide for raising 200,000 negro troops.

The question being on agreeing to the motion submitted by Mr.
Garland on Saturday last, that the further consideration of the bill be
postponed indefinitely,

After debate,

On motion by Mr. Oldham,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

Mr. Burnett, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom were
referred (on the 14th December last) the nominations of A. P. Stewart,
to be lieutenant-general; H. D. Clayton, John C. Brown, L. L. Lomax,
and T. L. Rosser, to be major-generals; B. T. Johnson, J. C. Carter,
R. H. Anderson, T. B. Smith, William Miller, W. H. Young, G. W.
Gordon, and G. M. Sorrel, to be brigadier-generals, with temporary
rank (under act approved May 31, 1804); and the nomination of M. L.
Bonham (referred on the 18th instant), to be brigadier-general in the
Provisional Army of the Confederate States, reported, wi' h the recom-
mendation that all of said nominations be confirmed.

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

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

Mr. Burnett, from the Conunittee on Military Affairs, to whom was
referred (on the 14th Decem))er last) the nomination of F, H, Robert-
son, to be brigadier-general, with temporary rank and command (under
act approved May 31, 1864), reported, with the reconnnendation that
the Senate do not advise and consent to the appointment.

Mr. Burnett, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom were
referred (on the 14th instant) tlie nominations of Channing M. Smith
and 11. L. Guunell, to be second lieutenants, reported thereon.



582 JOURNAL OF THE [Feb. 21, 1865.

On motion by Mr. Burnett,

(/rdered, That the}' lie upon the table.

On motion by Mr. Burnett,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

TUESDAY, Febeuaky 21, 186.5.

OPEN SESSION.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed bills of the following
titles; in which they ask the concurrence of the Senate:

H. R. 878. An act to provide for the immediate payment of arrears due to the
Army and Navy; and

H. R. 382. An act to amend the thirteenth section of an act entitled "An act to
reduce the currency and to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds."

And they have passed the bill of the Senate (S. 187) to regulate the business of
conscription.

The tlouse of Representatives agree to the amendments of the Senate to the amend-
ments of the House to the V)ill (S. 84) to regulate, for a limited period, the compen-
sation of the officers, clerks, and employees of the civil departments of the Govern-
ment in the city of Richmond.

The President pro tempore laid before the Senate a communication
from the Secretary of the Treasur}' in relation to making- the First
Auditor the recorder and custodian of all navy accounts, and recom-
mending the appointment of two additional clerks in the Register's
Office; which was read.

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

The President pro tempore laid before the Senate a communication
from the Secretary of the Treasury', transmitting the report of the
agent of the Treasur^^ in the Trans-Mississippi Department; which
was read.

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

Mr. Johnson of Georgia presented a series of resolutions passed at
a meeting of the officers and men of Cook's brigade of Georgia troops
in relation to the condition of the coiuitry and the prosecution of the
war; which were read.

Ordered, That the}' lie upon the ta])le and be printed.

Mr. Senimes presented a series of resolutions pas.sed by Capt. C. A.
Green's Louisiana battery and certain V'irginia aitillery companies,
composing Stark's battalion, in relation to tlie prosecution of the war;
which were read.

Ordered., That they lie upon the table and be printed.

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

Resolved, That the President of the Confederate States be requested to communi-
cate to the Senate, if not incompatible with the public interest, the official re])ort of
(xen. John B. Hood, of the operations of the Army of Tennessee while under his
command.

On motion by Mr. Semmes,

Ordered, That the Committee on Finance be discharged from the
further consideration of the bill (H. R. 381) to provide for the redemp-
tion of the old issue of Treasury notes held by certain Indian tribes,
and that it be referred to the Conunittee on Indian Atiairs.



Feb. 21, 1865.] SENATE. 588

Mr. Semmes, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred
the hill (H. R. 375) authorizing- proof to be received of the loss or
destruction of vouchers necessar}' in the settlement of accounts,
reported it without amendment.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the consid-
eration of the said bill; and no amendment being proposed, it was
reported to the Senate.

Ordered^ That it pass to a third reading.

The said bill was read the third time.

Resolved^ That it pass.

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

Mr. Semmes, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred
the joint resolution (S. 3:^) construing the act of May 31, 1864, to pro-
vide for the appointment of a disbursing clerk in the War Department,
reported it without amendment.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the consid-



Online LibraryConfederate States of America. CongressJournal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1865 (Volume 4) → online text (page 73 of 104)