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organize two bureaus in connection with the agency of the Treasury,"
(^tc. , approved Februar}^ 17, 1864, and to provide for the more efficient
organization of the agency of the Treasury for the Trans-Mississippi
Department;

H. R. 101. An act to amend and extend the provisions of an act
entitled "An act fixing the salaries of certain civil officers in the Trans-
Mississippi Department," approved February 18, 1865;

H. R. 411. An act making an additional appropriation for the
redemption of a temporary loan, made in the year 1861, of sundr}^
banks in the Confederate States, to supply funds to the Treasury;



668 JOURNAL OF THE [Mar. 8, 1865.

H. R. 415. An act making an appropriation to suppl}- a defieienc}'
in the War Department during the fiscal period ending December 31,
1864; and

H. R. 416. An act to increase the compensation of tax collectors and
assessors in the cities of Richmond and Petersburg;
reported them severally, without amendment.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the con-
sideration of the said bills; and no amendment being proposed, they
were severally reported to the Senate.

Ordered^ That they pass to a third reading.

The said ])ills were severalh' read the third time.

BesoJvcd^ That they pass.

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

Mr. Semmes, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred
the bill (H. R. 3oT) authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to
borrow specie, to be applied to the redemption and reduction of the
currency, reported it with an amendment.

The Senate proceeded, as in Connuittee of the AVhole, to the consid-
eration of the said bill; and the reported amendment having been
agreed to, the bill was rt^ported to the Senate and the amendment was
concurred in.

Ordered^ That the amendment l)e engrossed and the billread a third
time.

The said bill as amended was read the third time.

Resolved^ That it pass with an amendment.

Ordered^ That the Secretary re(|uest the concurrence of the House
of Representatives in the amendment.

Mr. Seimnes, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred
the ))ill (II. R. 280) to amend an act to provide revenue from com-
modities imported from foreign countries, a])proved May 21, 1861,
reported it with the recommendation that it ought not to pass.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the con-
sideration of the said bill; and

On motion by Mr. Semmes,

Ordered, That it lie upon the table.

On motion by Mr. Maxwell,

The Senate resumed the consideration of the resolution of the House
of Representatives tixing a day for the adjournment of the present
session of Congress.

On motion by Mr. Walker, to amend the resolution l)y inserting
after "Houses,"' the words "sine die,"

It was determined in the aftii-mative.

On motion by Mr. Semmes, to amend the resolution b}' striking out
the words "Wednesday next, the eighth instant, at twelve o'clock
meridian," and inserting the words "Saturday, the eleventh instant,
at two o'clock postmeridian,""

It was determined in the affirmative.

No furthei- amendment being made,

On the cjuestion.

Shall the resolution now pass?

It was determined in the affirniative, \ xt^^'' ' ' ' o

' I Nays - 8

On motion bv Mr. Burnett,



Mar.s,iR65.] SENATE. 669

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

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Barnwell, Brown, Graham, Johnson of Georgia, Maxwell,
Oldham, Orr, Semmes, Walker, and Watson.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Burnett, Caperton, Henry, Hunter, Johnson of Missouri,
Sinnns, Vest, and Wigfall.

So it was

Resolved^ That this resolution pass with amendments.

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

Mr. Henry, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was
referred the message of the President of the Confederate States on the
subject, reported

A bill (S. 222) supplemental to an act approved on the 4th day of
INIarch, 1865, entitled ''An act to authorize the commanders of the
reserves in each State to order general courts-martial and to revise
the proceedings of courts-martial and military courts;"
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 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 re({uest the concurrence of the House
of Representatives therein.

Mr. Burnett, from the Committee on Militar}" Affairs, to whom was
referred the bill (H. R. 323) to provide payment for horses killed or
lost in the service of the Confederate States; 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 hill was read the third time.

On the question,

Shall the bill now pass?

It was determined in the affirmative, ] t»^ *^, o

On motion by Mr. Barnwell,

The 3^eas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present,

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

INIessrs. Brown, Burnett, Caperton, Johnson of Missouri, Maxwell,
Oldham, Simms, Vest, and Wigfall.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Barnwell, Graham, Henry, Hunter, Johnson of Georgia,
Orr, Semmes, and Watson.

So it was

Resolved, That this bill pass.

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

Mr. Caperton, from the committee, reported that they had examined
and found truly enrolled l)ills of the following titles:

S. 180. An act to amend an act entitled "An act to prevent the pro-



670 JOUENAL OF THE [Mar. 8, 1865.

curing, aiding, and assisting persons to desert from the Army of the
Confederate States, and for other purposes," approved January 22,
1864;

8. 191. An act 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;

H. R. 266. An act to amend post route No. 1649, in the State of
Georgia;

H. R. 320. An act to change the mode of filling vacancies among
commissioned officers of companies, battalions, and regiments;

H. R. 395. An act to regulate the conipensation of the State col-
lector of- Virginia;

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

H. R. 398. An act making an appropriation for the purchase of a
percussion-cap pressing machine.

The President pro tempore having signed the enrolled bills last
reported to have been examined, the}^ were delivered to the Secretary
of the Senate and by him forthwith presented to the President of the
Confederate States for his approval.

Mr. Brown (by leave) introduced

A joint resolution (S. 36) explanatory of an act approved June 14,
1864, to increase the pa}' of the clerks and employees of the various
Departments located in the city of Richmond;

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

The Senate proceeded to consider the amendments of the House o^
Representatives to the bill (S. 219) to regulate the payment of clerks
employed at the post-office in the city of Richmond; and

Resolved, That thej^ concur therein.

Ordered^ That the Secretar}- inform the House of Representatives
thereof.

The Senate resumed, as in Conmiittee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (H. R. 367) to increase the militar}' force of the Con-
federate States.

On motion by Mr. Caperton, to amend the bill by inserting at the
end of the fourth section the following proviso:

Proi'idedy That not more than twenty-five per cent of the male slaves between the
ages of eighteen and forty-five, in any State, shall be called for under the provisions of
this act,

It was determined in the affirmative.

No further amendment being })roposed, the bill was reported to the
Senate and the amendment was concurred in.

Oi'dered^ That the amendment be engrossed and the bill read a third
time.

The said bill as amended was read the third time.

On the question,

Shall the bill now pass?

It was determined in the affirmative, \ xt^^^ " "" o

' ( Nays 8

On motion by Mr. Orr,

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

Those who voted in the affirmative are,



Mar. S, 1865.J SENATE. 671

Messrs. Brown, Burnett, Caperton, Henry, Hunter, Oldham, Semmes,
Simms, and Watson.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Barnwell, Graham, Johnson of Georgia, Johnson of Mis-
souri, Maxwell, Orr, Vest, and Wigfall.

So it was

Besol^^ed^ That this bill pass with an amendment.

Ordered^ That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House
of Representatives in the amendment.

On motion by Mr. Graham,

The Senate resolved into secret legislative session.

The doors having been opened,

Mr. Caperton (by leave) introduced

A bill (S. 223) for the relief of the Exchange Bank of Virginia;
which was read the first and second times and referred to the Com-
mittee on Finance.

On motion by Mr. Burnett, the vote on passing the bill (H. R. 323)
to provide payment for horses killed or lost in the service of the Con-
federate States was reconsidered.

On motion of Mr. Burnett, the vote on ordering the bill to its third
reading was also reconsidered.

The vSenate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the said bill; and

On motion of Mr. Burnett,

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

Mr. Walker, from the Committee on the Judiciar}^, to whom was
referred the joint resolution (H. R. 22) in regard to the Cotton Bureau
in the Trans-Mississippi Department, reported it with an amendment.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the consid-
eration of the said resolution; and the reported amendment having
been agreed to, the resolution was reported to the Senate and the
amendment was concurred in.

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

The said resolution as amended was read the third time.

Resolved^ That it pass with an amendment.

On motion by Mr. Walker, the title was amended so as to read:
"Joint resolution in regard to the Cotton Bureau and cotton transac-
tions in the Trans-Mississippi Department."

Or'dered^ That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House
of Representatives in the amendments.

On motion by Mi*. Semmes,

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (H. R. 390) for the relief of taxpa3^ers in certain
cases; 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 amendment be engrossed and the bill read a third
time.

The said bill as amended was read the third time.

Resolved, That it pass with an amendment.

Ordered, That the Secretary request the concurrence of the House
of Representatives in the amendment.

On motion by Mr, Burnett,



672 JOURNAL OF THE [Mar. 8, 1865.

Ordered^ That the Committee on Claims be discharged from the
further consideration of the joint resolution (H. R. 34) for the relief
of Alexander F. Kinney, Confederate States depositary at Staunton,
Va., and that it be referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr, Orr, from the committee of conference on the part of the Sen-
ate on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the bill (H. R. 384)
for the relief of bonded agriculturists in certain cases, reported

That they have met the managers on the part of the House of Representatives,
and, after full and free conference, have agreed to recommend and do recommend to
their respective Houses as follows:

That the Senate recede from its disagreement to the first section of the bill, and
agree to the same with the following amendment: In line 5, after the word "field,"
insert "not less than one month, continuously."

That the Senate recede from the second amendment.

That the House recede from its disagreement to the third amendment, and agree
to the same.

The Senate proceeded to consider the said report; and

Reaolved^ That they concur therein, and that the bill be amended
accordingl3^

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

The Senate resumed, as in Committee of the Whole, the considera-
tion of the bill (S. 199) to change the time for the assembling of Con-
gress for its next regular session.

On motion by ls\\\ Graham, to amend the bill by striking out
''October,'' line 6, and inserting ""November,"

It was determined in the afhrmativc.

No further amendment being proposed, the bill was reported to the
Senate and the amendment was concurred in.

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

The said })ill was read the third time.

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

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

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

Rexolved [the House of lieprescntatires roiinirri)if/), That the joint committee on the
treatment and exchange of prisoners and conduct of the war, etc., have leave to sit
during the recess of Congress and report at the next session, and that said commit-
tee be authorized to employ a clerk.

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

Mr. Semmes, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred
the bill (S. 21(>) to appropriate money to pay the Mis.souri State
Guard,- 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.

On the question,

Shall the bill now pass?

It was determined in the affirmative, \ ^^^' ' \



Mar. ,s, iso.^.] sp:nate. (')7o

Tlie vote havint^ been taken l\y yea.s and na_ys, conformably to the
Constitution,

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. BaniAvell, Brown, Burnett, Graham, Henry, Hunter, John-
son of Georgia, Johnson of Missouri, Oldham, Orr, Semmes, Vest,
Walker, Watson, and Wigfall.

So it was

Resolved^ That this bill pass, two- thirds of • the Senators present
having- voted therefor, and that the title thereof be as aforesaid.

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

On motion by Mr. Semmes,

Ordered^ That the Committee ou Finance be discharged from the
further consideration of the bill (S. 212) to regulate the compensation
of the State collector of Virginia, and the joint resolution (S. ?A) in
reference to the salaries of the auditors of the Treasury and other
heads of bureaus in the civil departments of the Government at
Richmond.

On motion by Mr. Graham,

The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

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

Mr. Presi<h;nl: The House of Representatives have passed a resohition requesting the
President of the Confederate States to return to the House an act (H. R. 392) to pro-
vide transportation for Senators, Representatives, and Delegates in Congress to their
respective places of residence, and to increase, for a limited time, their salaries; in
which they recjuest the concurrence of the Senate.

The Senate proceeded to consider the said resolution of the House
of Representatives; and

On motion by Mr. Orr, that the resolution lie upon the table.

It was determined in the affirmative, j x, , ,

On motion by Mr. Orr,

The yeas and nays being desired b}^ one-tif th of the Senators present,

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Barnwell, Caperton, Graham, Henry, Hunter, pTohnson of
Georgia, Johnson of Missouri, Oldham, Orr, Simms, Walker, and
Watson.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Burnett, Maxwell, Semmes, and Vest.

So it was

Ordered^ That the resolution lie upon the table.

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

Mr. Presifh'iit: The House of Representatives have passed a bill (H. R. 417) to pro-
vide transportation for Senators, Representatives, and Delegates in Congress to their
respective places of residence, and to increase, for a limited time, their salaries; in
which they request the concairrence of the Senate.

The bill (H. R. 417) last mentioned was read the first and second
times and considered as in Committee of the Whole.

On miotion by Mr. Semmes, to amend the bill by striking out all
after the enacting clause and inserting:

That the compensation of Senators, Representatives, and Delegates in Congress
shall, for the months of March and April, in the year eighteen hundred ami sixty-

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674 JOURNAL OF THE [Mar. 8, 1S65.

five, be increased one hundred per cent for said months, and shall be payable on the
passage of this act.

8ec. 2. That the compensation of the officers of the two Houses of Congress, for
two months from the passage of this act, shall be increased eighty per cent for said
months, and shall be payable on the passage of this act.

8ec. 3. That the mileage of Senators, Representatives, and Delegates in Congress,
for the present session, shall be increased one hundred per cent,

It was determined in the affirmative.

No further amendment being- proposed, the bill was reported to the
Senate and the amendment was concurred in.

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

The said bill as amended was read the third time.

Resolved^ That it pass with an amendment.

On motion 1)\' Mr. Semmes, the title was amended so as to read:
"An act to increase, for a limited period, the compensation and mile-
age of Senators, Representativ^cs, and Delegates in Congress, and the
compensation of the officers of both Houses of Congress."

Ordered, That the Secretary re(iucst the concurrence of the House
of Representatives in the amendments.

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

RcM)lred, That the Secretary of the Senate be directed to remove the archives of
the Senate to such point, south, as may insure their safe-keeping and prevent them
from falling intci tiic hands of tlio pul)lic enemy, if in the opinion of the Secretary
of War their safety reipiires such removal.

Resolird, That the Secretary of War be re(|uested to furnish, or cause to be fur-
nished, such transj)ortation as will facilitate their safe removal.

On motion by Mi-. Henr}'^,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

Mr. Henry, from the Committee on Military Aflfairs, to whom were
referred (on the (Jth instant) the nominations of C'. L. Bennett, Samuel
H. Snowden, and A. H. Whetstone, to be assistant (iiiartermasters, with
the rank of captain; M. H. Houston, to be captain; .John Selden, James
S. Hey ward, and E. Mazyck, to be first lieutenants, and John W. Friend,
W. R. Atkinson, and R. F. Wiight, to be second lieutenants of artil-
lery, for ordnance dut}", R. M. Stiles, to be captain; C. A. Alexander,
to be first lieutenant, and C. Phillips and T. L. Harrison, to be second
lieutenants of engineer troops; Henry P. Foster, to be second lieu-
tenant of infantry (for distinguished valor and skill); J. T. Hutcheson,
to be assistant commissary, with the rank of i'ai)tain. reported, with a
reconnnendation that all of said nominations be confirmed.

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

Resolved, Tliat the Senate do advise and consent to their appoint-
ment, agreeal)ly to the nomination of the President.

Mr. Henry, from the Conunittee on Military Afiairs, to whom were
referred (on the 7th instant) the nominations of A. J. Allensworthand
W. C. Marrow, to be quartermasters, with (hi^ rank of major; John
M. Rose and N. B. Trist, to be captains of artillerv, for ordnance dutj^;
R. II. Atkinson, F. M. Myers, Thomas Burdell. Charles S. Wylly,
B. H. Hudson, J. R. Du Bose, and J. 1). Anthonv, to be captains; R. J.
Magill, Pearce Home, F. B. Palmer, A. H. Rutherford, M. De Graf-



Mar. 9, 18&^.] SENATE. 675

fended, W. B. Griffin, S. C. De Pass, L. C. Berrien, and John P.
Fort, to be first lieutenants; F. L. Tlioinpson, to be captain, and A. D.
Warwick, to be second lieutenant, reported, with a recommendation
that all of said nominations be contirmed.

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

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

On motion b}^ Mr. Henr}^

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

THURSDAY, March 9, 1865.

OPEN SESSION.

Mr, Wigfall, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom was
recommitted the bill (H. R. 323) to provide payment for horses killed
or lost in the service of the Confederate States, reported it with
amendments.

The Senate proceeded, as in Committee of the Whole, to the con-
sideration of the said bill.

On the question to agree to the following reported amendment, to
wit: Insert the following independent section:

8ec. 2. That for all horses lost under the circumstances stated in the first section
of this act, and prior to the first day of January, eighteen hundred and sixty-four,
the claims shall be filed witli the Second Auditor, and if the proof be sufficient, the
Auditor shall give to the party entitled thereto a certificate, setting forth the fact
of the loss of the horse and his value, and which shall entitle said officer or soldier,
upon the ratification of a treaty of peace, to payment for said horse,

It was determined in the negative.

The residue of the reported amendments were then agreed to.

No further amendment being made, 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.

On the question.

Shall the bill now pass?

It was determined in the negative.

So it was

Resolved., That this bill do not pass.

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

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have i)assed the bill of the .Senate
(S. 221) for the relief of maimed soldiers.

And they have agreed to the amendments of the Senate to the resolution of the
House fixing a day for the adjournment of the present session of Congress.

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

Mr. Watson submitted the following resolution; which was con-
sidered b}" unanimous consent and agreed to:

Resolved, That one thousand additional copies of the report, and accompanying
evidence, of the joint select committee appointed to investigate the condition and



676 JOUENAL OF THE [Mar. 9. 1865.

treatment of prisoners of war, ))e printed; that two hundred copies be furnished
the Commissioner of Exchange, three hundred to the Secretary of War, and the
remaining copies to the Senate for distribution.

Mr. ^^'ig•fall (by leave) introduced

A joint resolution (S. 37) of thanks to Lieut. Gen. Wade Hampton;
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 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 Representati\ es therein.

Mr. Semmes, from the Committee on Finance, to whom was referred
the bill (S. 223) for the relief of the Exchange Bank of Virginia,
reported it with an amendment.

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

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

The said bill was read the third time.

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



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