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duties; and

A resolution inquiring into the expediency of reducing the cavalry
force now in the service of the Confederate States, in consequence of
the scarcity of forage.

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

AVhereas information in relation to our military and naval forces and as to the
relative strength of different ]>artsof our lines and defenses have at times been pub-
lished in S(jme of the ])n])lic newspapers of the Confederacy; and

Whereas such inf<jrination so published (and which is beHeved in most cases to
have been done inadvertently and thoughtlessly and without any evil intention) is
thought to have been at times detrimental to our cause and of advantage to the
enemy; and

Whereas it is believed that the public interest requires that such publications
should be prevented for tlu; future:

Resolved, That the Conimittce on the Judiciary l)e instructed to inquire if any leg-
islation is necessary to jirevent hereafter the publication of such information in
regard to army and navy movements and the military defenses as may disclose to
the enemy any facts wliich he may use to our injury.

jVIr, Sparrow, from the Conmiittee on Military Affairs, reported

A bill (S. 34) to provide for the comi)ensation of noncommissioned
officers, soldiers, sailors, and marines on detailed service;
which was read the first and second times and considered as in Com-
mittee of the Whole; and no amendment being proposed, it was
reported to the Senate.

Ordered^ That it l)e engrossed and read a third time.

Tiie said ])ill was read tlio third time.

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

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

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom
was referred the ))ill (S. 10) to aid jyiy State in communicating with
and j)n>paring records of its troops, reported it witli an amciuhniMit.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of tlu^ \Vhole, to the consid-
eration of the said ))ill; and the reported amendment having been
agreed to, the l)ill was reported to the Senate and the amendment
was concurred in.

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

The said bill was read the third time and the title was amended.

Jiesoh'ed, That it pass, and that the title thereof be "An act to
amend an act entitled 'An act to aid any State in communicating with
and perfecting records concerning its troops,' approved sixteenth Feh-
ruai'v, eighteen hundred and sixty-four.""

O/'drred, That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House
of Representatives therein.

On motion l)y Mr. Hiown,

Ordered^ That the C'onunittee on Naval Affairs be discharged from
the further consideration of the petition of Eliza Maury.

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

S. 12. An act to authorize the withdrawal from the Treasury of
money contri)>uted to build an ironclad gunboat by ladies of the State
of South Carolina, and deposited therein; and

S, 2.5. An act foi" tli(» ivlief of the widow and h(Mrs of the late Brig.
Gen. LeroA' A. Stafford, ot" the Confederate States Army.



May 19, 186-}.] SENATE. 61

The President having signed the enrolled bills last reported to have
been examined, they were delivered to the Secretaiy of the Senate and
b}^ hira forthwith presented to the President of the Confederate States
for his approval.

The bill (H. R. 30) to authorize the appointment of commissaries for
regiments of cavalry was read the first and second times and referred
to the Committee on Militar}" Affairs.

The joint resolution (H. R. 6) requii-ing the Department of Justice
to furnish the standing committees of the two Houses with printed
copies of the acts of Congress was read the first and second times and
considered as in Committee of the Whole; and no amendment being
proposed, it v\'as reported to the Senate.

Ordered^ That it pass to a third reading.

The said resolution was read the third time.

Resolved^ Th^t it pass.

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 (S. 32) to authorize the appointment of general offi-
cers with temporary rank and command, and to define and limit the
power of assigning oflScers to commands.

On motion l3y Mr. Semmes, to amend the bill b3' striking out of the
second section the words "so long as, in the opinion of the President,
their services maj' be useful, and,"

It was determined in the affirmative.

On motion by Mr. Semmes, to amend the bill by inserting after
"longer," section 2, line 5, the words "unless sooner removed by the
President,"

It was determined in the affirmative.

An amendment having been proposed by Mr. Sparrow, under instruc-
tions from the Commi1:tee on Militar}^ Affairs,

After debate.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

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

Mr. Wigfall (by leave) introduced

A })ill (S. 35) concerning agents of the Press Association of the Con-
federate States; which was read the first and second times and referred
to the Committee on Military Affairs.

The President pro tempore laid before the Senate a communication
from William Smith, governor of the State of Virginia, transmitting a
resolution of the general assembly of that State, asserting the jurisdic-
tion and sovereignty of the State of Virginia over her ancient bound-
aries; which was read.

Ordered^ That it lie on the table and be printed.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

The doors having been opened.

On motion by Mr. Graham,

The Senate adjourned.



62 JOURNAL OF THE [May 20, 1864.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

Mr. Barnwell, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred
on yesterday the nomination of W. W. Crump, of Virginia, to be
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, reported, with the recommendation
that said nomination be continued.

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

Resolved^ That the Senate advise and consent to his appointment,
agreeably to the nomination of the President.

Mr. Barnwell, from the Committee on Finance, to whom were referred
(on yesterday) the nominations of Thompson Allan as commissioner of
taxes; A. R. Greenwood, State collector for Arkansas; Abram Martin,
State collector for Alabama; Robert II. Gamble, State collector for
Florida; E. G. Cabiness, State collector for Georgia; Jj. F. Neill, State
collector for Mississippi; AV. K. Lane, State collector for North Car-
olina; Joseph Dan Pope. State collector for South Carolina; G. J.
Durham, State collector for Texas; T. C. Green, State collector for
Virginia, reported, with the recommendation that all of said nomina-
tions be confirmed.

The Senate ])i"oceeded to consider said report; and in concurrence
therewith, it was

I2c'.so/rc(/, That the Senate advise and consent to their appointment,
agreeably to the nominiition of the President.

The Senate resumed the considei'ation of the ri^solutions submitted
b}^ Mr. Hill (on the ITth instant), from theConunilteeon the Judiciary,
on the conflicting claims of F. M. Green and W. B. Lowry for promo-
tion in the Eleventh Regiment Mississippi Volunteers; and

After debate,

On motion by Mr. Walker,

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

On motion l)y ^Ir. Burnett,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

FRIDAY, May 20, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Conunittee on Military Affairs, to whom was
referred the bill (II. R. ;->()) to authorize the appointment of commissa-
ries for regiments of cavalry, reported it without amendment.

The Senate proceeded, as in Conmiittee 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. Sparrow, from the Conmiittee on Military Affairs, i-eported

A bill (S. 80) to provide for the impressment of the railroad iron,
equipments, and rolling stock of railroads when the same shall become



May 20, 1864.] SENATE. 63

necessary for the public defense, and to make further provisions for
the efficient transportation of troops and military' supplies;
which was read tiio first and second times and ordered to be placed
upon the Calendar and printed.

Mr. Sparrow^, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom
were referred the memorials of Earnest Lagarde & Co. and Wedder-
burn & Alfriend, reported

A joint resolution (S. 7) in reo-ard to the exemption of editors and
employees of newspapers; 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 resolution was read the third time.

Resolved., That it pass, and that the title thereof l)e as aforesaid.

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

The Senate i:)roceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the consid-
eration of the bill (S. 13) to extend to the Navy and Marine Corps the
provisions of the third section of an act to organize forces to serve
during the war, approved Februar}^ 17, 1861; 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 consid-
eration of the bill (S. 15) to authorize the payment of the actual and
necessary expenses of naval officers while traA^eling under orders; and

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered, That the further consideration thereof be postponed until
Monday next.

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

Richmond, Va., May 19, 1864.
To the Senate and House of Representatives:

I herewith transmit for your information a communication from the Secretarj' of
AVar, covering a copy of the "reports of General Bragg and his subordinate com-
manders of the battle of Chickamauga."

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

The message was read.

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

On motion by Mr. Burnett,

Ordered, That the Conmiittee on Claims be discharged from the
further consideration of the memorial of Wellington Goddin.

Mr. Burnett, from the Committee on Claims, to whom was referred
the bill (S. 9) for the relief of Green T. Hill, reported it without
amendment.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the consid-
eration of the said bill; and having been amended on the motion of
Mr. Semmes, it was reported to the Senate and the amendment was
concurred in.

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

The said bill was read the third time.



64 JOURNAL OF THE [May 20, 1864.

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

Ordered^ That the Seci'etar}" request the concurrence of the House
of Representatives therein.

Mr. Burnett submitted the following- resolution; which was consid-
ered by unanimous consent and agreed to;

Resolved, That the thirty-first rule of the Senate be amended by addin* thereto
the following:

"A committee on public buildings, to consist of three members."

On motion by Mr. Burnett,

Ordered, That the committee be appointed by the President pro
tempore; and

Mr. Baker, Mr. Simms, and Mr. Walker were appointed.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have agreed to the amendments of
the Senate to the bill (H. R. 68) to exempt railroad companies from the payment
of certain duties.

And they have pa.«sed a bill (H. R. 52) to amend an act of this Congress entitled
"An act to provide for holding elections of Representatives in the Congress of the
Confederate States in the State of Tennessee;" in which they request the concur-
rence of the Senate.

The bill (H. R. 52) last mentioned was read the lirst and second
times and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the consider-
ation of the bill (S. 32) to authorize the appointment of general offi-
cers with tcmporar}' rank and command, and to define and limit the
power of assigning officers to conunands.

On motion l)v ^Ir. Sparrow, to amend the bill 1)v inserting" at the end
of the fourth section the following proviso:

Provided further, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to affect the right
of assignment of the five generals appointed l)y law,

It was determined in the aflirniatlve.

No furtiier aiiuMidment being made, the l)ill 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.

On the (juestion.

Shall the bill now pass?

i Yeas - 14

It was determined in the affirmative, { ^c, " " " ,

' { Ma\\s 4

On motion by Mr. Hill,

The yeas and nays being d(\sired by one-tifth of the Senators present,

Those who voted in the affirmative arc,

Messrs. Baker, Barnwell, Burnett, Caperton, Dortch, fleniison,
Johnson of Missouri, Maxwell, Mitchel, Oldham, Orr, Semmes, Spar-
row, and Watson.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Graham, Henry, Hill, and Hunter.

So it was

Resolved, That this bill pass, and that the title thereof be as afore-
said.

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



May 20, 1864.] SENATE. 65

A mes.sage from the President of the Confederate States, ])y Mr.
B. N. Harrison, his Secretary:

3Ir. President: The President of the Confederate States, yesterday, approved and
signed the following acts:

S. 12. An act to authorize the withdrawal from the Treasury of money contrib-
uted to build an ironclad gunboat by ladies of the State of South Carolina, and
deposited therein; and

S. 25. An act for the relief of the widow and heirs of the late Brig. Gen. Leroy A.
Stafford, of the Confederate States Army.

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

Mr. Johnson of Missouri submitted the following resolution; which
was considered and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on Finance be instructed to inquire into the expe-
diency of so amending an act approved February seventeenth, eighteen hundred and
sixty-four, entitled "An act to levy additional taxes for the conunon defense and sup-
port of the Government," as to require the assessment and collection of the tax upon
the entire stock of incorporated companies to be made at tiie office or place of business
of each of said companies.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

The doors having been opened,

On motion by IVtr. Barnwell,

The Senate adjourned.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

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

Richmond, Va., May 19, 1S64.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the reconnnendation of the Secretary of the Navy, I liereby nominate
the persons named upon the annexed list to the offices designated.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

Navy Department, Richmond, May 18, 1864-
The President.

Sir: I have the lionor to recommend the following nominations for appointment
in the Regular Navy:

Paymaster.

Assistant Paymaster James E. Armour, of Alabama, to be promoted, vice Paymaster
George H. Ritchie, resigned.

Assistant paymasters.

Marsden Bellamy, of North Carolina; Basil M. Heriot, of South Carolina, and
Norton Kent Adams, of Alabama.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant, S. R. MALLORY,

Secretary of the Navy.

The message was read.

Order'ed, That it be referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

Executive Department, Richmond, May 20, 1864-
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of AVar, I nominate Robert
Strange, of North Carolina, to be aid-de-camp, with rank of major, under act
appro\'ed March 25, 1862, for duty with General Bragg.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

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66 JOURNAL OF THE [May 20, 1864.

AVar Department, Richmond, May 20, 1864-
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Robert Strange, of North
Carolina, to be aid-de-camp, with the rank of major in tiie Provisional Army of the
Confederate States, under act approved March 25, 1862, for duty with General Bragg,
to take rank from May 4, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfully, j'our obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

The messat^e was read.

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

Executive Department, Richmond, May 19, 1864-
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of the Treasury, I hereby nom-
inate James K. Sneed, to be the collector for the i)ort of Savannah, Ga.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

Treasury Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, May 19, 1864-
His Excellency the President.

Sir: I recommend the nomination of James R. Sneed, to l)e the collec^tor of the
port of Savannah, Ga.

Very respectfully, C. G. MEMMINGER,

Secretary of Treasury.
The messajic was read.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Executive Department, Richmond, May 19, 1864-
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate the officers
on tlie accompanying list to the rank of brigadier-general in the Provisional Army of
the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

Wapi Department, Richmond, May 19, 1864.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the following nominations for ajipointment
in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America:

Brifjadier-generals.

Col. C. A. Evans, of Georgia, to be lirigadier-general, vice Brig. Gen. J. B. Gordon,
promoted major-general, to take rank from ]\Iay 19, 18(54.

Col. William Terry, of Virginia, to be brigadier-general, to command consolidated
brigades of Jones, Steuart, anil J. A. Walker (Brig. Gen. John M. Jones having l)een
killed, l>rig. (ien. George H. Steuart, a prisoner of war, and Brig. Gen. J. A. Walker
disabled bv wounds from field service), appointed underact October 13, 1862, to take
rank from j\Iay 19, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfullv, vour obedient servant,

JAMES A. SEDDON,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

The Senate proceeded to consider the nominations of Col. C. A. Evans
and Col. William Terry, to be brij^adier-generals; and in concurrence
therewith, it was

lie'Solvedy That tlie Senate advise and consent to their appointment,
agreeably to the nomination of the President.

Mr. Brown, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom were
referred (on the .5th instant) the nominations of Henry II. McCune, of
Missouri, and Edwai'd Crenshaw, of Alabama, to be socoiul lieutenants
in the Marine Corps, reported, with the recommendation that all of
said nominations be conlirmed.



May20, 1864.] SENATE. 67

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

Resolved, That the Senate adv'ise and consent to their ap])ointment,
agreeably to the nomination of the President.

Mr. Brown, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom was
referred (on the 10th instant) the nomination of Levi M. Tucker, to
be assistant paymaster in the Nav}", reported, with the recommendation
that said nomination lie confirmed.

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

Resolved, That the Senate advise and consent to his appointment,
agreeably to the nomination of the President.

Mr. Barnwell, from the Committee on Finance, to whom were
referred (on the 18th instant) the nominations of D. N. Kennedy as
State collector for Tennessee, and II. M. Lusher as State collector for
Louisiana, reported, with the recommendation that all of said nomina-
tions be confirmed.

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

Resolved^ That the Senate advise and consent to their appointment,
agreeably to the nomination of the President.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the resolution submitted
by Mr. Hill (on the ITth instant), from the Committee on the fJudiciar}^
oil the conflicting claims of F. M. Green and W. B. Lowry for pro-
motion in the P^leventh Regiment of Mississippi Volunteers; and

On motion by Mr. Graham, that the resolutions lie upon the table,

It was determined in the negative.

The question then recurring on agreeing to the resolutions,

Mr. Orr demanded a division of the question; and

On the question to agree to the first branch of the resolution, declar-
ing that F. Vi. Green at the time of the nominations for field officers of
the Eleventh Mississippi Regiment to the Senate at its last session was
bv law the senior and ranking officer of said regiment,

( Yeas 13

It was determined in the affirmative, -j tu^„„o 3

On motion by Mr. Orr,

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

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Baker, Barnwell, Henry, Hill, Hunter, Johnson of Missouri,
Maxwell, Mitchel, Oldham, Semmes, Sparrow, Walker, and Watson.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Brown, Graham, and Orr.

On the question to agree to the second branch of the resolution
providing

That a copy of tlie report of the Judiciary Committee on the executive mespapc of
the fourth May, eighteen hundred and nixty-four, accompanying the nomination of
F. JM. Green as colonel of the Eleventh MissiKHippi Regiment, and also a copy of these
resolutions, be transmitted to the President and to F. INI. Green and W. J?. Lowry,

On motion by Mr. Sparrow, to amend the same by striking out the
words "and to F. M. Green and W. B. Lowry,"

It was determined in the affirmative.

On the question to agree to the second branch of tiu' resolution as
amended.



68 JOURNAL OF THE [May -J], 1864.

It was determined in tlie negative, -I xr ' ^\ r.



On motion by Mr. Orr,

The 3'eafs and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present,

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Barnwell, Hill, Hunter, Maxwell, Semmes, Sparrow, Walker,
and Wa*^son.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Baker, Brown, Graham, Henry, Johnson of Missouri,
Mitchel, Oldham, and Orr.

So the resolution as amended was agreed to, as follows:

Resolved, That F. M. (4recn at the time of the nominations for field officers of the
Eleventli Mississippi KeKiment to the Senate at its last session was by law the senior
and ranking officer of said regiment.

On motion by Mr. Sparrow,

Ordered, That the injunction of socrecv be removed from the pro-
ceedings of the Senate in the conflicting claims of F. M. Green and
W. B. Lowr}" for promotion in the Eleventh Regiment of Mississippi
Volunteers.

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

Resolved, That the Committee on Public Buildings be instructed to inquire whether
this Chamber is so situated in reference to the surrounding rooms, halls, and passages
that persons outside can not hear what is said when the doors are closed and the
Senate in secret session.

On motion by Mr. Barnwell,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.



SATURDAY, May 21, 1864.

OPEN SESSION.

A message from the House of Representatives, b}' Mr. Dalton:

Mr. Premdent: The House of Representatives have passed a bill (H. R. 98) to amend
an act entitled "An act to reduce the currency and to authorize a new issue of notes
and ))on(ls," approved February 17, 1864; in which they request the concurrence of
tiie Senate.

The bill (H. R. 98) last mentioned was read the first and second
times and referred to the Committee on Finance.

On motion by Mi-. Sparrow,

()rder<<I^ That the joint connuittee on the part of the Senate on the



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