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eration of the said resolution; and no amendment being made, 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 that the title thereof be as aforesaid.

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

Mr. Semmes, from the Committee on Finance, to whom were re-
ferred the bill (H. R. 376) making an appropriation for the exchange or
redemption of mutilated Treasury notes of the new issue, and the Vjill
(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 17, 1864, reported them severally, without amend-
ment.

On motion by Mi\ Semmes,

Ordered^ That they lie upon the table.

On motion by Mr. Semmes,

Ordered, That the Committee on Finance be discharged from the
further consideration of the memorial of G. G. Steevei'.

The })ill (H. R. 382) to amend the thirteenth section of an act enti-
tled '"An act to reduce the currency and to authorize a new issue of
notes and bonds," was read the first and second times and considered
as in Committee of the Whole; 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 Reprbsentatives
thereof.

The bill (H. R. 378) to provide for the immediate payment of arrears
due to the Army and Navy was read the first and second times and
referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Garland (bv leave) introduced

A bill (S. 203) for the relief of Thomas Lanigan;
which was read the first and second times and referred to the Com-
mittee on Claims.



584 JOURNAL OF THE [Feb. 21, 1865.

On motion by Mr. Senimes,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.
The doors having been opened,

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

Richmond, Va., Fehruanj 20, isr,5.
To the Senate of the (Confederate States:

In furtlier response to j'our resolution of the 24th ultimo, I herewith transmit a
communication from the Secretary of War relative to the number of white men
between the ages of 18 and 45, and of negroes, who, in addition to their own officers,
are required to carry on the operations of the several bureaus of his Department to
which your inquiries refer, and of the railroad companies of the country; and indi-
cating the railroads which he considers most necessary for military purposes, and of
which the repairs or construction should be effected by appropriations by the Gov-
ernment. In connection with the latter subject, he makes a suggestion to which I
invite your special attention.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

Richmond, Va., Februarii 20, 18G5.
To the Senate and House of Representatives:

I herewith transmit for your consideration a communication from the Secretary of
War, covering an estimate for an additional appropriation required by the Depart-
ment.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The messages were severally read.

Ordered^ That they be referred to the Committee on Finance.

On motion b}^ Mr. John.son of (xeorgia,

The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed a bill (H. R. 367) to
increase the military force of the Confederate States; in which they request the (!on-
currence of the Senate.

Mr. Semmes. from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred
the bill (S. 200) to provide transportation for Senators and Represent-
atives in Congress to their respective homes, and to increase, for a
limited time, tlieir salaries, reported it with an amendment.

The Senate piocceded. as in Committee of the Whole, to the consid-
eration of the said l)ill; and the reported amendment having been
agreed to, the 1)111 was reported to the Senate and the amendment was
concurred in.

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

The said l)ill was read the third time and the title was amended.

Rcsolvt'd^ That it pass, and that the title thereof be "An act to pro-
vide transportation for Senators, Representatives, and Delegates in
Congress to their respective phices of residence, and to increase, for a
limited time, their salaries."

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

Mr. Caperton, from the Committee on Foreign Relations, to whom
was referred the joint resolution (II. R. 25>) in relation to the services
of Manuel and Rafael Armijo and fluliaii Tesorio, reported it without
amendment.

The bill (H. R. 867) to increase the military force of the Confederate
States was road the tiistaiul second times; and

On motion by Mr. Oldham,



Feb. 21, 1865.] SENATE. _ 585

Ordered^ That it lie upon the table.

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;
and

After debate,

On the question to agree to the motion submitted by Mr. Garland

on Friday last, that the further consideration of the bill be postponed

indefinitely,

( Yeas - - 11

It was determined in the affirmative, ^ ^t i a

' ( JNaj^s 9 10

On motion by Mr. Semmes,

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

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Baker, Barnwell, Caperton, Garland, Graham, Hunter,
Johnson of Georgia, Johnson of Missouri, Maxwell, Orr, and Wigfall.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Brown, Burnett, Haynes, Henry, Oldham, Semmes, Simms,
Vest, Walker, and Watson.

So it was

Ordered, That the further consideration of the bill be postponed
indefinitely.

On motion b}' Mr. Graham,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

EXECUTFVE SESSION.

Mr. Burnett, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom
were referred (on the 1-lth December last) the nominations of J. T.
Holtzclaw, W. F. Brantly, J. H. Sharp, G. D. Johnston, W. H.
Wallace, and C. M. Shelby, to be brigadier-generals; with temporary'
rank (under act approved May 31, 1864), reported, with the recom-
mendation 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:

ExEciTTivE Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, Fehnmry 20, 1865.
To the Senate, of the ('onfederate States:

Agreeal)ly t.(j the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nomhiate the officers
on the accompanying list to the grades affixed to their names, resj^ectivelj'.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 206.] War Depart.ment, Confederate States of America,

Ricltrnond, February 17, 1865.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for promotion in
the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

Colonels.

Lieut. Col. Jos. T. Tucker, of Kentucky, to be colonel Eleventh Kentucky Cavalry
Regiment, vice Colonel Chenault, killed, to rank from July 4, 1863.

Capt. W. G. Foster, of Georgia, to be colonel Sixty-fifth Georgia Regiment, vice
Colonel IMoore, Lieutenant-Colonel Pearcy, and Major Williams, resigned, to rank
from February 6, 1864.



586 JOURNAL OF THE [Feb. 21, 1865.

Lieut. Col. E. M. Feild, of Virginia, to be colonel Twelfth Virginia Regiment, vice
Colonel Weisiger, appointed Ijrigadier-general, to rank from July 30, 1864.

Lieut. Col. G. F. Whitfield, of North Carolina, to be colonel Twenty-seventh North
Carolina Regiment, vice Colonel Gilmer, retired, to rank from January 11, 1865.

Lieut. Col. K. Otey, of Virginia, to be colonel Eleventh Virginia Regiment, vice
Colonel Langhorne, retired, to rank from December 20, 1864.

Lieut. C'ol. Thomas H. Owen, of Virginia, to be colonel Third Virginia Cavalry
Regiment, vice Colonel Goode, resigned, to rank from November 18, 1862.

Lieuteyiayit-colonels.

Maj. James B. McCi'eary, of Kentucky, to be lieutenant-colonel Eleventh Kentucky
Cavalry Regiment, vice Lieutenant-Colonel Tucker, promoted, to rank from July 4,
1863.

Maj. James T. Gee, of Alabama, to be lieutenant-colonel First Alabama Battalion
Artillery, vice Lieutenant-Colonel Forsyth, resigned, to rank froni July 13, 1864.

Maj. W. C. Gates, of Alabama, to be lieutenant-colonel Fifteenth Alaliama Regi-
ment, vice Lieutenant-Colonel Feagin, retired, to rank from December 7, 1864.

Maj. J. R. Lewellen, of Virginia, to be lieutenant-colonel Twelfth Virginia Regi-
ment, vice Lieutenant-Colonel Feild, promoted, to rank from July 30, 1864.

Maj. John G. Webb, of Georgia, to be lieutenant-colonel Ninth Georgia Regiment,
vice Lieutenant-Colonel Hoge, promoted, to rank from October 26, 1864.

Maj. Jos. C. Webb, of North Carolina, to be lieutenant-colonel Twenty-seventh
North Carolina Regiment, vice Lieutenant-Colonel Whitfield, promoted, to rank from
January 11, 1865.

Capt. William M. Feild, of Virginia, to be lieutenant-colonel Third Virginia Cavalry
Regiment, vice Lieutenant-Colonel Owen, promoted, and Major Carter, kille^l, to
rank from February 4, 1865.

Majors.

Capt. R. W. Jones, of Virginia, to be major Twelfth Virginia Regiment, vice Major
Lewellen, promoted, to rank from July 30, 1864.

Capt. J. W. Arnold, of Georgia, to be major Ninth Georgia Regiment, vice Major
Webb, promoted, to rank from October 26, 1864.

Capt. W. W. Humphreys, of South Carolina, to be major Palmetto Sharpshooters,
vice Major Kilpatrick, appointed colonel First South Candina Regiment, to rank from
January 31, 1863.

Capt. W. H. McKamy, of Tennessee, to be major Forty-third Tennessee Regi-
ment, vice Major Guthrie, resigned, to rank from January 22, 1864.

Capt. E. Huttou, of Virginia, to be major Twentieth Virginia Cavalry Regiment,
vice Major Lady, ])romoted, to rank from Novend)er 22, 1864.

Capt. C. Herring, of North Carolina, to l)e major Twenty-seventh North Carolina
Reginu-nt, vice Major Webb, promoted, to rank from January 11, 1865.

Capt. R. P. Jerome, of North Carolina, to he major Fiftet-nth North Carolina Regi-
ment, vice Major Hammond, promoted, to rank from November 4, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

m II- 1' 11 T rw. Secretani of War.

To His Excellenc-y Jkikekso-n Davis, ■' •'

President, etc.

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, Febniary SO, 1865.
To the Senate of the < 'oufederate StnteK:

Agreeably to the reconnnendation of the Secretary of War, I nonunate Robert
Turner, of Texas, to be assistant commissary, with the rank of captain in the Pro-
visional Armv of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 204.] War Depart.ment, Confederate States of A.merica,

Richmond, February 18, 1865.

Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Robert Turner, of Texas,

to be assistant commissary, with the rank of captain in the Provisional Army of the

Confederate States of America, for duty with Major Macliu, chief commissary of

Tennessee [Texas], to date from January 27, 1865.

I an), sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

rri Tj- i- 11 T T^ Secretaru of War.

To His Ex(!ellency Jefferson Davis, ■ •

President, etc.



Feb. 21, 1865.] SENATE. * 587

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, February 20, 1865.
To the. Senate of the Confederate States:

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

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

ffo. 205.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

JUchjtiond, February 17, 1865.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment in
the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

Colonel.

C. R. Barteau, of Tennessee, to be colonel Twenty-second Tennessee Cavalry
Regiment (formed, l)y order, of unattached companies), to rank from May 10, 1864.

Lieutenant-colonel.

G. H. Morton, of Tennessee, to be lieutenant-colonel Twenty-second Tennessee
Cavahv Regiment (see explanation under Colonel Barteau's nomination), to rank
from May 10, 1864.

Major.

O. B. Farris, of Tennessee, to be major Twenty-second Tennessee Cavalry Regi-
ment (see explanation under Colonel Barteau's nomination), to rank from May 10,
1864.

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 20, 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. 207.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, February 17, 1865.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

First lieutenants and adjutants.

E. T. Reynolds, of Missouri, to be adjutant Sixteenth Missouri Regiment, vice
Adjutant Warburg, resigned, to rank from November 30, 1864.

R. H. Beazley, of Virginia, to be adjutant Second Regiment, Troops Local Defense
(Richmond) (an original vacancy), to rank from August 29, 1864.

C. (Tray, of North Carolina, to be adjutant Sixth North Carolina Regiment
Reserves (an original vacancy), to rank from December 7, 1864.

William JNIcConneil, of Tennessee, to ])e adjutant Twelfth Tennessee Battalion
Cavalry, vice Adjutant Marriner, transferred, to rank from November 22, 1864.

B. Levy, of Alabama, to be adjutant Seventh Alabama Cavalry Regiment, vice
Adjutant Charles, resigned, to rank from December 13, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

The iTiessages were read.

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



588 JOURNAL OF THE [Feb. 22, 1865.

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

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Rkhmond, February 20, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Postmaster-General, I hereby nominate
A. C. Hege, to be postmaster at Lexington, N. C.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.
Post-Office Department, Confederate States of America,

^ , Richmond, February 18, 1865.

To the President.

Sir: I have the honor to recommend for confirmation bv the Senate the following
appointment made since the opening of the present adjourned session of Congress:
A. C. Hege, postmaster at Lexington, Davidson Countv, N. C, February 18, 1865.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN H. EEAGAN,

Postmaster- General.
Ihe message was read,

Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Post-Offices and
Post-Roads.

The Senate resumed the consideration of [the nomination of] F. H.
Robertson, to be brigadier-general, with temporary rank, etc.: and

After debate, i j , ,

On motion by Mr. Rurnett.

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

WEDNESDAY, February 22, 1865.

OPEN SESSION.

The President pro tempore laid ])eforc the Senate a series of reso-
hitions passed at a meeting of the otKcers and men of the Third Regi-
ment of Virginia Cavalry in relation to the prosecution of the war;
which were ordered to lie ui)on the table and bo printed.

On motion by Mr. Semmes.

Ordered, That a message be sent to the House of Representatives
requesting the House to return to the Senate the bill (H. R. 382) to
amend tlie thirteeiitli section of an act entitled ^'An act to reduce the
currency and to authorize a new issue of notes and bonds."

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

,Vr. Presldnit: The House of Representatives have pa.«sed bills of the following
titles; in which they re(iuest the concurrence of the Senate:

H. R. 388. An act to require nonconnnissioned otlicers aii'l privates, held as pris-
oners of war, to be paid upon their individual certificates, supi)nrted bv oath; and

IL R. 384. An act for the relief of bonded agriculturists in certain cases.

And they have passed Senate bills of the following titles:

S. 1()(). An act to amend an act entitled "An actio jirovide and organize a general
staff for armies in tlie lield, to serve during the war," apjiroved June 14, 1864; and

S. 1()9. An act to abolish tlie office of certain (piartermasters and assistant quarter-
masters, cumuiissaries and assistant commissaries, and to provide for the appoint-
ment of bonded agents in said departments, each with an amendment; in which
they request the concurrence of the Senate.

I am directed !)>■ tb.e House of Representatives to return to the Senate, agreeably
to their request, the bill (H. R. .382) to amend the thirteenth section of an act enti-
tled "An act to reduce the currency and toauthorizea new issueof notes and bonds."

The Speaker of the House of Representatives liaving signed sundry enrolled bilts
anfl enrolled joint resolutions, T am directed to bring them to the Senate for the
signature of their President.



Feb. 22, 1865.] SENATE. 589

Mr. Orr (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 204) to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to receive
specie from the several States of the Confederacy and use the same
for the benefit of said States;

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

Mr. Haynes, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was
referred the bill (H. K. 34:8) to increase the compensation of marshals,
criers, jurors, and witnesses, reported it with an amendment.

Mr. Haynes, from the Committee on the Judiciar}^, to whom was
referred the bill (H. R. 371) to relieve ag-riculturists exempted and
detailed under the act of Februar}' 17, 1864, in certain cases, 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 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 the Judiciary, to whom was
recommitted the bill (H. R. 191) to facilitate the settlement of claims
of deceased officers and soldiers, reported it with the recommendation
that it ought not to pass.

Mr. Semmes, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was
referred the bill (S. 199) to change the time for the assembling of
Congress for its next regular session, reported it without amendment.

Mr. Caperton presented a series of resolutions passed at a meeting
of the officers and men of the Twenty-sixth Regiment of Virginia
Cavalry in relation to the prosecution of the war; which were ordered
to lie upon the table and be printed.

Mr. Johnson of Missouri, from the Committee on Indian Affairs,
to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 381) to provide for the redemp-
tion of the old issue of Treasury notes held by certain Indian tribes,
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.

On the question,

Shall the bill now pass?

It was determined in the affirmative, ^t ' " s\

' ( JNays

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

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Baker, Barnwell, Brown, Burnett, Caperton, Garland,
Graham, Henry, Johnson of Georgia, Johnson of Missouri, Maxwell,
Oldham, Orr, Semmes, Walker, Watson, and Wigfall.

So it was

^es(tlved, That this bill pass, two-thirds of the Senators present
voting in favor thereof.



590 JOURNAL OF THE [Feb. 2-2, 1S65.

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

On motion by Mr. Johnson of Missouri,

Ordered^ That the Committee on Indian Affairs be discharged from
the further consideration of the message of the President of the Con-
federate States of the 7th of December last, transmitting an estimate
of fands required to meet our treaty obligations to the Indian nations
for the period ending June 30, 1865, and that it be referred to the
Committee on Finance.

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

Ordered^ That the bill numbered 383 be referred to the Committee
on Militar^^ Affairs and the bill numbered 384 to the Committee on
the Judiciary.

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendment of the House of
Representatives to the bill (S. 166) to amend an act entitled "An act
to provide and organize a general staff' for armies in the field, to serve
during the war." approved June 14. 1864; and

(hdered^ That it be referred to the Connnittee on Military Affairs.

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendment of the House of
Representatives to the bill (S. 169) to abolish the office of certain
(juartermasters and assistant quartermasters, commissaries and assist-
ant commissaries, and to provide for the appointment of bonded agents
in said departments; and

Ordered^ That it be referred to the Committee on ]\Iilitarv Affairs.

Mr. Wigfall, from tiie Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was
referred the bill (H. R. 319) more effectually to prevent and punish
absenteeism and desertion in the Army, 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 made, it was reported
to the Senate.

Ordnv'd^ That it pass to a third reading.

The said bill was read the third time.

Resolved^ That it pass.

Ordered^ That the Secretar\" inform the House of Representatives
thereof.

Mr. Wigfall. from the Conuuittee on Military Affairs, to whom was
referred the bill (H. R. 377) to establish an arsenal and foundry in the
valley of Deep River, in the State of North Carolina, reported it with
an 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. Orr, it
was reported to the Senate and the amendments were concurred in.

Ordered, That the amendments be engrossed and the hill 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.

On motion by Mr. Senimes,

The vote on passing the bill (H. R. 382) 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" was reconsidered.



Feb. 22, 1865.] ' SENATE. 591

On motion by Mr. Semm^ the vote by which the bill was ordered
to its third reading- was also reconsidered.

On motion by Mr. Semmes, to amend the bill by inserting after the
words "under the,"" line 3, the word "fourteenth,"

It was determined in the affirmative.

xs'o further amendment being made,

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

The said bill as amended was read the third time.

Mt'.solved ^ That it pass with an amendment.

On motion b}- Mr. Semmes,

The title was amended so as to read: "An act to amend the four-
teenth section of an act entitled 'An act to reduce the currency and to
authorize a new issue of notes and bonds.'"

Ordered^ That the Secretary retjuest the concurrence of the House
of Representatives in the amendments.

On motion by Mr. Walker,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

The doors having been opened,

Mr. Burnett, from the Committee on Claims, to whom was referred
the memorial of A. C. Williamson, submitted a report (No. 8), which
was read, accompanied by a bill (S. 205) for the relief of David Moore,
Daniel Moore, and Mrs. Mary R. Alexander; which was read the first
and second times and considered as in Committee of the Whole; and
no amendment being proposed, it was reported to the Senate.



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