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JOHN H. REAGAN,

Postmaster- General.

The messag'es were read.

Ordered, That they be referred to the Committee on Militar}- Aflfairs.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the nominations of C. W.
Digges, P. G. Johnson, D. H. Reid, and J. E. Porter, to be aids-de-
camp, with the rank of lirst lieutenants; which were I'eported from the
Committee on Military Affairs (on the 25th instant) and laid on the
table by order of the Senate; and it was

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

The Senate resumed the consideration of the resolution submitted
by Mr. Wio-fall. from the Committee on Military Affairs (on the 25th
instant), declarino- that Maj. Gen. Stephen I). Lee, having been
appointed lieutenant-general under the act of February 17, 1861, and
having })een relieved from the discharge of the duties in the command
to Avhich he was appointed, can not be conffrmed b}" the Senate to the
said command, but must now resume his former rank in the service;
and

After debate,

On motion by Mr. Caperton,

Ordered., That the fui-tlier consideration thereof be postponed until
to-morrow.

On motion by Mr. Caperton,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 1865.

OPEN SESSION.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representiitives have passed bills and a joint resolu-
tion of the Senate of the following titles:

S. 137. An act to establish the Hag of the Confederate States;

S. 194. An act to i>rovi<le for promotion of officers in certain cases;

S. 197. An act declaring certain persons liable to duty in the reserve forces of the
respective States;

S. 32. Joint resolution construing the act of ]May 31, 1864, to provide for the
appointment of a disbursing clerk in the War Department;

S. 106. An act to modify and amen<l an act to regulate the destruction of prop-'
ertv, under military necessity, and to provide for the indemnitv thereof, approved
MaV(!h 17, 1862;

S. 160. An act to allow missionaries in the Army rations, and, in certain cases,
forage for one horse to i)ost chaplains;

S. 191. An act to aljolish the oHice of all officers engaged in discharging the duties
of provost-marshals, except within the lines of an ami}' in the held; and

S. 195. An act to authorize the Secretary of War to negotiate with the governors
of the several States for slave labor.

The four l)ills last named with amendments; in which they request the concur-
rence of the Senate.

Tlie House of Representatives insist upon their amendment, disagreed to by the
Senate, to the l)ili (S. lt)6) to amend an act entitled ".\n act to providt* and organize
a general staff for armies in tiie field, to serve during the war," approved June 14,



Mar. 1,18G5.] SENATE. 6l7

1864, agree to the conference asked by the Senate on the disagreeing votes of the
two Houses thereon, and have appointed Messrs. Clark, Cluskey, and Bridgers
managers at said conference on their part.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed sundry enrolled bills,
I am directed to In-ing them to the Senate for the signature of their President.

On motion I)}^ Mr. Burnett, the vote on agreeing to the amendment
of the House of RepreHentatives to the bill (S. 208) to provide for
returned prisoners of Avar was reconsidered.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the said amendment; and

On motion by Mr. Burnett,

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

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

Resobed, That the select committee on exchange of prisoners be instructed to
inquire into the treatment of returned prisoners, and that they also be instructed to
inquire and report all neglect in transporting them to Richmond from the place of
exchange, and who is responsible for such neglect, if there be any.

Mr. Caperton (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 212) to regulate the compensation of the State collector
of Virginia;

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

Mr. Semmes, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred
the bill (S. 20J:) to authorize the Secretaiy of the Treasury to receive
specie from the several States of the Confederac}^ and use the same
for the benefit of said States, reported it with amendments.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the con-
sideration of the said bill; and the reported amendments having been
agreed to, the bill was reported to the Senate and the amendments
were concurred in.

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

The said bill was read the third time.

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

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

Mr. Wigfall (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 213) to provide for the organization of the Bureau of
Inspection;

which was read the first and second times and referred to the Com-
mittee on Military Atl'airs.

Mr, Burnett, from the Committee on Claims, to whom was referred
the memorial of Peter James, jr., submitted a report (No. 9) accom-
panied by a bill (S. 21-1) for the relief of Peter James, jr.; 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.

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

The said bill was read the third time.

On the question,

Shall the 'bill now pass?

It was determined in the affirmative, ^. ^t " ^

' I Nays 5

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

Constitution,



618 JOURNAL OF THE [Mar. l, 1865.

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Baker, Brown, Burnett, Caperton, Graham, Hunter, John-
son of Georgia, Johnson of Missouri, Maxwell, Oldham, Semmes,
Simms, Vest, and Wigfall.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Barnwell, Heniy, Orr, Walker, and Watson.

So it was

Resolved,, That this bill pass, two-thirds of the Senators present vot-
ing therefor.

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

On motion })y Mr. Graham, to reconsider the vote on passing the
bill (S. 214) last mentioned.

It was determined in the negative.

Mr. Maxwell submitted the following resolution for consideration:

Resolved {the House of Representatives concurring), That the President of the Senate
and the Speaker of the House of Representatives adjourn their respectives Houses,
sine die, on Tuesday, the seventh day of March, instant, at twelve o'clock meridian.

The Senate proceeded to consider the said resolution; and

On motion by Mr. Johnson of Missouri,

Orde/'ed^ That it lie upon the table.

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

H. R. 325. An act to make appropriations for the support of the
Government of the Confederate States of America from the 1st da}^
of Januar}^ to the 30th day of June, 1865;

H. R. 377. An act to establish an arsenal and foundry in the valley
of Deep River, in the State of North Carolina: and

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

The President pro tempore having signed the enrolled bills last
reported to have been examined, they were delivered to the Secretary
of the Senate and b}^ 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. 199) to change the time for the asseml)ling of Con-
gress for its next regular .session.

On motion by Mr. Johnson of Missouri, to amend the bill by strik-
ing out "October," line 0, and inserting "July,"

It was determined in the negative.

On motion by ]\Ir. Wigfall,

Ordered, That the bill lie upon the table.

Mr. Semmes, from the committee of conference on the part of the
Senate on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the bill (H. R.
229) to provide more etfectualh' for the reduction and redemption of
the currency, reported

That they are unable to ajjree upon the subject-matter of disagreement referred
to, and they therefore ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the
subject.

The Senate proceeded to consider the said report; and
The report was concurred in.

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendments of the House of
Representatives to the bill (S. 100) to modify and amend an act to



Mar. 1,1865.] SENATE. 619

regulate the destruction of property, under military necessity, and to
provide for the indemnity thereof, approved March 17, 1862; and

J^esolved, That they concur therein.

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

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendments of the House of
Representatives to the bill (S. 160) to allow missionaries in the Army
rations, and, in certain cases, forage for one horse to post chaplains;
and

Resolved, That they concur therein.

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

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendment of the House of
Representatives to the bill (S. 195) to authorize the Secretaiy of War
to negotiate with the governors of the several States for slave labor;
and

Resolved, That they concur therein.

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

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendment of the House of
Representatives to the bill (S. 191) to abolish the office of all officers
engaged in discharging the duties of provost-marshals, except within
the lines of an army in the field; and

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

A message from the House of Representatives, b}^ 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. 394. An act to authorize the President to appoint a commissioner to take
proof as to expenditures made by the State of Tennessee for the benefit of the Con-
federacy previous to the transfer of her troops to the Confederate Government; and

H. R. 397. An act to provide for the payment of the amounts due certain oflticers
and privates who are prisoners of war.

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

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

Ordered, That the bill numbered 394 be referred to the Committee
on Finance and the bill numbered 397 to the Committee on the
Judiciar}".

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

Richmond, Va., February 28, 1865.
To tlw Senate and House of Representatives:

I herewith transmit for your information a communication from the Secretary of
War, covering copies of several additional reports of military operations.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

Richmond, Va., February 28, 1865.
To tht Senate and House of Representatives:

I herewith transmit for your consideration a communication from the Secretary of
War relative to the construction and repair of railroads necessary for military pur-
poses, and submitting an estimate of the amount required to be appropriated for
these objects during the year 1865.
I invite your special attention to the subject.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The messages were severally read.

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



620 JOURNAL OF THE [Mar. l, 1865.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the con-
sideration of the bill (H, R. 379) to levy additional taxes for the year
1865, for the support of the Government; and

After debate,

On motion by Mr. Oldham,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

The doors having been opened,

On motion by Mr. Orr,

The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

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

Mr. President: The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed an
enrolled Vjill, I am directed to bring it to the Senate for the signature of their Presi-
dent.

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

Richmond, Va., March 1, 1865.
To the Senate of the ('onfederate States:

I have received the following resolution, adopted by you in secret session f)n the
12th January last:

" Renolred, That the President of the Confederate States be requested to communi-
cate to the Senate, if in his opinion it be not incompatil)le with the public interests,
the coteiiiporaneouB correspondence and documents mentioned in the letter of the
Secretary of AVar of the third instant, communicating a coi)y of the re]>ort of General
Joseph E. Johnston, called for by a resolution of the Senate."

In response, I herewith transmit for your information copies of my own corre-
spondence with Gen. J. E. Johnston during the time he commanded the Army of
Tennessee in the field, as well as of the correspondence had with him by the Depait-
ment.

The letter of the Secretary of War, of this date, covering the papers forwarded by
him, explains the delay in responding to your resolution.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The message was read.

Ordered., That it be referred to the Committee on Militar}^ Aflfairs.

On motion by Mr. Graham,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

The following messages were received from the President of the
Confederate States, l)y Mr. B. N. Harrison, his Secretar}':

Executive Department, Richmond, February 2S, 18G5.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

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

JEFFERSON DAVIS.
No. 204.] W.\R Department, Richmond, February 17, 1865.

Sir: 1 have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

First lieutenants and aids-de-camp.

W. S. Barnes, of North Carolina, to be aid to Brigadier-General Grimes (an origi-
nal vacancy), to rank from February 4, 18(55.

J. E. Porter, of North Carolina, to be aid to Brig. Gen. W. MacRae (an original
vacancy), to rank from November 4, 1864.



Mar. 1,1865.] SENATE. 621

D. A. Hinton, of Virginia, to be aid to Brigadier-General Weisiger (an original
vacancy), to rank from July 30, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Executive Department, Richmond, February 28, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, 1 nominate the officers
on the accompanying list to the grades affixed to their names, respectively.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.
No. 223.] War Department, Richmond, February 24, 1865.

Sir: I 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):

Lieutenant-colonel.

Capt. G. W. Dorsey, of Maryland, to be lieutenant-colonel First Maryland Battalion
Cavalry, vice Lieutenant-Colonel Smith, retired, to rank from February 17, 1865.

Major.

Capt. F. M. Myers, of Virginia, to be major Thirty-fifth Virginia Battalion Cavalry,
vice Major Ferneyhough, resigned, to rank from February 17, 1865.

( 'aptains.

Lieut. J. C. B. Harkness, of Alabama, to be captain Company C, Eleventh Ala-
bama Regiment, vice Captain Higginbotham, retired, to rank from February 9, 1865.

Lieut. James W. McCarty, of Virginia, to be captain Company B, Seventh Virginia
Cavalry Regiment, vice Captain Humphreys, retired, to rank from February 15, 1865.

S. E. Morgan, of Virginia, to be captain Company K, Twentieth Virginia Regi-
ment, vice Captain Alexander, resigned, to rank from February 18, 1865.

Second lieutenants.

A. W. Ballenger, of South Carolina, to be second lieutenant Company E, Thir-
teenth South Carolina Regiment, vice Lieutenant Willis, killed, to rank from Febru-
ary 15, 1865.

J. C. Raiford, of South Carolina, to be second lieutenant Company A, Thirteenth
South Carolina Regiment, vice Lieutenant Wier, killed, to rank from February 15,
1865.

Henry Logue, of Georgia, to be second lieutenant Company B, Twenty-second
Georgia Regiment, vice Lieutenant Kitchen, promoted, to rank from February 17,
1865.

B. M. Schipman, of South Carolina, to l)e second lieutenant Company D, Sixth
South Carolina Cavalry Regiment, vice Lieutenant Lowry, dropped, to rank from
February 17, 1865.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Executive Department, Richmond, February 28, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

AgreeaV)ly to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Capt.
Powhatan Ellis, of Virginia, to l)e promoted to major in the Adjutant-General's
Department, Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.



622 JOURNAL OF THE [Mar. 1,1865.

No 224.] WarBepaktmei^t, Richmond, February 34, 1865.

Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Capt. Powhatan EUis, of
Virginia, to be promoted to major in the Adjutant-General's Department, Provisional
Army of the Confederate States of America, for duty in Department of Alabama, Mis-
sissippi, and Eastern Louisiana, to rank from February 18, 1865.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Executive Department, Richmond, February 28, 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. 234.] War Department, Richmond, February 27, 1865.

Sir: I 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):

Colonel.

Capt. A. J. McBride, of Georgia, to be colonel Tenth Georgia Regiment, vice Colonel
Holt, deceased, to rank from February 20, 1865.

Lieutenant-colonel.

Capt. C. C. Kibbee, of Georgia, to be lieutenant-colonel Tenth Georgia Regiment,
vice Lieutenant-Colonel Holt, promoted, to rank from February 20, 1865.

(\iptain.

Lieut. S. B. Clowney, of South Carolina, to be captain Company B, First South
Carolina Regiment, vice Captain Inabnit, dropi>ed, to rank from February 20, 1865.
I am, sir, rcspectfullv, your obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Executive Department, Richmond, February 28, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate State,'^:

Agreeably tn 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. 230.] War Department, Richmond, February 27, 1865.

Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

(}u.artermasters — majors.

J. Horace Lacy, of Virginia, to be major (report to Quartermaster-General for
assignment to duty), to rank from Fel)ruary 23, 1865.

I. T. Winnemore, of Georgia, to be major (report to Quartermaster-General for
assignment to duty), to rank from February 21, 1865.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Executive Department, Richmond, February 28, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommen<lation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Col. W. F.
Perry, of Alabama, to be a brigadier-general in the Provisional Army of the Confed-
erate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.



Mar. 1, 1865.] SENATE. 623

No. 229.] War Department, Richmond, Fehrnary 27, 1865.

Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Ool. W. F. Perry, of Ala-
bama, to be brigadier-general in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of
America, to connnand a brigade. Army of Northern Virginia, vice General Law,
relieved, to rank from February 21, 1865.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jeffekso.n Davis,

President, etc.

Executive Department, Richmond, February 28, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Maj. A. H.
Chalmers, of Mississippi, to be lieutenant-colonel of the Eighteenth Mississippi Bat-
talion Cavalry, in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 235.] War Department, Richmond, February 27, 1865.

Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Maj. A. H. Chalmers, of
Mississippi, to be lieutenant-colonel of the Eighteenth Mississippi Battalion Cavalry,
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America (battalion increased
to eight companies), to rank from February 21, 1865.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Executive Department, Richmond, February 28, 1865.
To tlie Senate (f the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Capt. R. M.
Grinnell, of Louisiana, to be promoted to major in the Adjutant-General's Depart-
ment, Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 231.] War Department, Richmond, February 27, 1865.

Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Capt. R. M. Grinnell, of
Louisiana, to be promoted to major in the Adjutant-General's Department, Pro-
visional Army of the Confederate States of America, for duty with Heth's division.
Army of Northern Virginia, vice Major Harrison, retired, to rank from February 2,
1865.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN C BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Executive Department, Richmond, February 28, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate R. F.
Notrebe, of Arkansas, to be adjutant of Shaver's Arkansas infantry regiment, in the
Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 236.] War Department, Richmond, February 28, 1865.

Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of R. F. Notrebe, of Arkan-
sas, to be adjutant of Shaver's Arkansas infantry regiment, in the Provisional Army
of the Confederate States of America (an original vacancy), to rank from June 15, 1864.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.



624 JOURNAL OF THE [Mar. l, 1865.

ExECUTiVK Department, Richmond, February 28, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Thomas W.
Cowles;, of Alabama, to be an assistant quartermaster, with the rank of captain in
the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 237.] War Department, Richmond, February 28, 1865.

Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Thomas W. Cowles, of
Alabama, to be an assistant quartermaster, with the rank of captain in the Provi-
sional Army of the Confederate States of America (report to Quartermaster-General
for duty at Union Springs, Ala.), to rank from February 20, 1865.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis, Secretary of War.

President, etc.
Executive Department, Richmond, February 28, 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. 220.] War Department, Richmond, February 22, 1865.

Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for appointment



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