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and found truly enrolled bills of the following titles:

S. 215. An act to appropriate money to pay the expenses of the
eJoint Select Committee on the Subject of the Treatment and Exchange
of Prisoners; and



Mar. 17. 1865.] SENATE. 735

H. R. 437. An act to grant transportation to discharged and dis-
abled soldiers.

The President pro tempore having signed the enrolled h\\\> last
reported to have )>een examined, they were delivered to the Secretary
of the Senate and by him forthwith presented to the President of the
Confederate States for his approval.

Mr. Semmes, from the joint select committee appointed to prepare
an address to the people of the Confederate States, submitted a report
(No. 12); which was read.

Ordered^ That it ])e printed.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Lamar, their
Clerk:

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

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

}fr. Presiilent: The President of the Confederate States, on the 17th instant, approved
and signed an act (S. 215) to appropriate money to pay the expenses of the Joint
Select Committee on the Subject of the Treatment and Exchange of Prisoners.

Ordered^ That the Secretary inform the House of Representatives
thereof.
A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Dalton:

Mr. President: The President of the Confederate States has notified the House of
Representatives that on the 16th instant he approved and signed the following acts
and joint resolutions:

H. R. 350. An act to diminish the number of exemptions and details;

H. R. 418. An act relative to the impressment of slaves;

H. R. 421. An act for the relief of the Exchange Bank of Virginia, at Norfolk;

H. R. 429. An act making appropriations for the support of the (Tovernment of
the Confederate States of America from July 1 to December 31, 1865, and to supply
(leticiencies;

H. R. 435. An act to establish a certain post route therein naix^ed;

H. R. 35. Joint resolution for the relief of Stephen B. Marshall, jr., tax collector
of Putnam County, <ia. ; and

H. R. 36. Joint resolution for the relief of William C. Hagan.

On motion by Mr. Watson,

Ordered^ That when the Senate adjourn it ])e to 10 o'clock a. m.
to-morrow.

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Lamar, their
Clerk:

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed a resolution adopting the
address of the joint select committee of the two Houses to the people of the Confed-
erate States; in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

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

Resolved^ That they concur therein.

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

On motion ])y Mr. Watson,

Ordered., That the Senate take a recess until 8 o'clock p. m.



736 JOURNAL OF THE [Mar. 17. 1865.

8 o'clock p. m.

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

S. 204. An act to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to receive
specie from the se\eral States of the Confederacy and use the same
for the benefit of said States;

S. 227. 'An act to amend the act to regulate the business of conscri])-
tion, approved March 7, 1865;

H. R. 412. An act to authorize the President of the Confederate
States to organize, in the city of Richmond and county of Henrico, a
volunteer force for temporary service; and

H. K. 440. An act to increase the pa}' and mileage of officers travel-
ing under orders.

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. Oldham sul)mitted the following resolution; which was consid-
ered and agreed to:

Hesolved, That the compensation of the pa^es of the Senate shall be increased fifty
per cent on the amount received by them during the present session; the said
increase to be paid out of the contingent fund of the Senate. •

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

Mr. FrcKidoU: Tlie President of the Confederate States having returned to the
House of Representatives the bill (H. R. 420) to provide for the payment of arrears
now due to the Army and Navy, with his objections thereto, the House proceeded to
reconsider the bill; and,

Resolreri, That the l)ill do pass, two-thirds of the members present voting therefor.

I am directed by the House of Representatives to communicate the said bill,
together with the message of the President returning the same with his objections,
to the Senate.

On motion by Mr. Watson,
The Senate adjourned.

SECRET SESSION.

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

Remlved, That the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate lie directed to pay, out of the
contingent fund of the Senate, to the several officers of the Senate, mileage to their
respective places of n-sidence, according to the rates now allowed by law to Senators.

A message from the House of Representatives, bv Mr. Lamar, their
Clerk: l , . ,

Mr. Pres^ident: The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed an
enrolled bill, I am directed to bring it to the Senate for the signature of their
President.

Mr. Caperton, from the conuuittee, reported thatthe}^ had examined
and found truly eniolled

A bill (II. K. 4;->8) to raise coin for the purpose of furnishing
necessary siii)})lies for the Army.

The President pro tempore having signed the enrolled bill last
reported to have been examined, it was delivered to the Secretary of



Mar. 17, 1865.] SENATE. 737

the Senate and b}' him forthwith presented to the President of the
Confederate States for his aj^proval.

On motion by Mr. Senmies,

The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

On motion by Mr. Burnett, from the Committee on Military Aflfairs,
by unanimous consent,

The vote on continuing the nominations of A. Parker, T. H. Kel-
logg, and J. H. Franklin, to be quartermasters, with the rank of major,
was reconsidered.

The Senate proceeded to consider said nominations; and

Ordered^ That they lie upon the table.

Mr. Wigfall, from the Committee on Militar}^ Affairs, to whom
were referred (on the 16th instant) the nominations of E. G. Mohler
and W. S. Harris, to be quartermasters, with the rank of major;
E. Sampson and Henry De Mahy, to be assistant quartermasters, with
the rank of captain; and J. H, Franklin, R. W. N. Noland, A. Parker,
and T. H. Kellogg, to be commissaries, with the rank of major,
reported, with the recommendation that said nominations be confirmed.

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

Remlvt'd^ 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:

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, March 17, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate George F.
Crockett, of Texas, to be an assistant quartermaster, with the rank of captain in the
Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 277.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, March 17, 1865.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of George F. Crockett, of
Texas, to be an assistant quartermaster, with the rank of captain in the Provisional
Army of the Confederate States of America, for duty collecting "tax in kind" in
Texas, to rank from March 17, 1865.

I am, sir, resiiectfuUy, your obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, March 17, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate Capt. T. W.
Hall, to be promoted to major in the Adjutant-General's Department, Provisional
Army of the Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 278.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, March 17, 1S65.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Capt. T. W. Hall, of
Texas, to be promoted to major in the Adjutant-General's Department, Provisional

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738 JOUKNAL OF THE [Mar. 17, 1865.

Army of the Confederate States of America, report for duty to the Adjutant and
Inspector General, to rank from March 17, 1865.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

The messages were severally read.

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

Mr. Wigfall, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to whom were
referred (on this day) the nominations of T. W. Hall, to be major in
the Adjutant-General's Department, and George F. Crockett, to be an
assistant quartermaster, with the rank of captain, reported, with the
recommendation that 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, agreeabl}' to the nomination of the President.

The following messages were received from the President of the
Confederate States, by ^Ir". B. N. Harrison, his Secretar}^:

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, March 17, 1865.
To the Senate of the Confederate States:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, I nominate E. M. Rob-
erts, of South Carolina, to be an assistant surgeon in the Provisional Army of the
Confederate States of America.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 276.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, March 16, 1865.
Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of E. M. Roberts, of South
Carolina, to be an assistant surgeon in the I'rovisional xVrmy of the Confederate
States of America, to rank from June 24, 1864.

I am, sir, respectfuHv, vour obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis,

President, etc.

Executive Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, March 17, 1865.
To the Senate of the ( 'onfederate State.<<:

Agreeably to the recommendation of the Secretary of War, 1 nominate Isaac Wil-
liams, of North Carolina, to be captain of Hockaday's company, Eighth Regiment
North Carolina Senior Reserves.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

No. 275.] War Department, Confederate States of America,

Richmond, March 15, 1865.

Sir: I have the honor to recommend the nomination of Isaac Williams, of North
Carolina, to V)e captain of Hockaday's company. Eighth Regiment North Carolina
Senior Reserves, vice C'aptain Hockaday, deceased (the officers entitled to promotion
waiving claims), to rank from March 8, 1865.

I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE,

Secretary of War.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis, '

Pre/iident, etc.

The mes.sages were severally read.

The Senate proceeded to consider the nominations (contained in the
President's messages of this day) of Isaac Williams, to be captain of
reserves, and E. M. Roberts, to be assistant surgeon; and



Mar. 18, 1865.] SENATE. 739

Resolved, That the Senate do advise and consent to their appoint-
ment, agreeably to the nomination of the President.
On motion l\y Mr. Watson,
The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

SATURDAY, March 18, 1865.

OPEN SESSION.

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

Mr. President: The President of the Confederate States has notified the House of
Representatives that on the 17th instant he approved and signed the following acts:

H. R. 341. An act requiring suit to be brought against persons connected with the
Cotton Bureau and Cotton Office in the Trans-Mississippi Department;

H. R. 419. An act to amend an act providing for the establishment and payment
of claims for a certain description of property taken or informally impressed for the
use of the Army, approved 14th June, 1864;

H.R. 434. An act to amend an act entitled "An act to diminish the number of
exemptions and details;" and

H. R. 437. An act to grant transportation to discharged and disabled soldiers.

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

Resolved {the House of Representatives concurring), That the hour fixed for the
adjournment of the present session of Congress be extended to two o'clock post-
meridian this day.

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

Mr. Watson, from the Joint Select Committee on the Treatment and
Exchange of Prisoners, submitted a report (No. 13); which was ordered
to lie upon the table and be printed.

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

Mr. President: The President of the Confederate States has to-day approved and
signed the following acts:

S. 204. An act 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; and

S. 227. An act to amend the act to regulate the business of conscription, approved
March 7, 1865.

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

On motion by Mr. Watson,

The Senate resolved into executive session.

The doors having been opened,

The following message was received from the House of Representa-
tives, by Mr. Dalton:

Mr. President: The President of the Confederate States has notified the House of
Representatives that he has this day approved and signed the following acts:

H. R. 412. An act to authorize the President of the Confederate States to organize,
in the city of Richmond and county of Henrico, a volunteer force for temporary
service;

H. R. 431. An act for the relief of the officers and employees of the Treasury Note
Bureau; and

H. R. 440. An act to increase the pay and mileage of officers traveling under orders.

The House of Representatives have agreed to the resolution of the Senate extend-
ing the hour fixed for the adjournment of the present session of Congress to 2 o'clock
p. m. this day.



740 JOURNAL OF THE [Mar. 18, 1865.

On motion by Mr. Wigfall,

Ordered^ That the Committee on Military Affairs be discharged
from the further consideration of the message of the President of the
1st instant communicating copies of the correspondence of the Presi-
dent and the War Department with Gen. Joseph E. Johnston while he
was in command of the Army of Tennessee in the field, and that the
message, together with the accompan3dng documents, be printed for
the use of the Senate.

Mr. Oldham, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom had
been referred the bill (H. R. 441) to suspend the privilege of the writ
of habeas corpus, submitted a report (No. 14); which was ordered to
lie upon the table and be printed.

On motion b}^ Mr. Wigfall,

Ordered^ That the Committee on Military Affairs be discharged
from the further consideration of the message of the President of the
7th instant communicating the report of Gen. J. B. Hood of the oper-
ations of the Army of Tennessee while under his command, and that
the message, together with the accompanying documents, be printed
for the use of the Senate.

Mr. Wigfall, from the Committee on Militar}- Affairs, to whom was
referred the bill (S. 22J>) to regulate the assimilated rank between offi-
cers of the Army and Navy, reported it with the recommendation that
it ought not to pass.

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

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have passed the bill of the Senate
(S. 228) to amend an act entitled "An act to regulate impressments," approved
March 26, 1868, as amended by the act approved Fei)ruary 16, 1864.

Mr. Henry presented a series of resolutions passed at a meeting of
the officers and men of the Thirty-first and Forty-third regiments of
Tennessee cavalry, in relation to tiie prosecution of the war; which
were ordered to lie upon the table and be printed.

A message from the President of the Confederate States, b}' Mr.
B. N. Harrison, his Secretar}':

Mr. President: The President of the Confederate States has this day approved and
signed an act (S. 181) to amend the law in relation to impressments.

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 passed a bill (H. R. 442) supple-
mental to an act entitled "An act to diminish the number of exemptions and details;"
in which they request the concurrence of the Senate.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed an enrolled bill, I am
directed to bring it to the Senate for the signature of their President.

The bill (H. R. 442) supplemental to an act entitled "An act to
diminish the munber of exemptions and details-"' was read the first
and second tinies and considered as in Committee of the Whole; and
no amendment l)eing 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. Caperton, from the committee, reported that they had examined
and founci trulv enrolled



Mar. 18, 1865.] SENATE. 741

A bill (S. 228) to amend an act entitled "An act to regulate impress-
ments," approved March 26, 1863, as amended by the act approved
February 1(5, 1864.

The President pro tempore having- signed the enrolled l)ill last
reported to have been examined, it was delivered to the Secietar}^ of
the Senate and by him forthwith presented to the President of the
Confederate States for his approval.

A message fi'om the House of Representatives, by Mr, Dal ton:

Mr. Prei<ident: The House of Representatives have passed the bill of the Senate
(S. 225) to amend the tenth section of the act entitled "An act to organize forces to
serve during the war."

The Speaker of the House of Representatives having signed an enrolled bill, I am
directed to bring it to the Senate for the signature of their President.

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

Resolved, That a committee be appointed, to join such committee as may be
appointed by the House of Representatives, to wait upon the President of the Con-
federate States, and inform him that if he has no further communication to make
the two Houses are now ready to adjourn.

On motion b}^ Mr. Watson,

Ordered., That the committee on the part of the Senate be appointed
by the President pro tempore; and

Mr. Watson, Mr. Oldham, and Mr. Henry were appointed.

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

Mr. Caperton, from the committee, reported that they had examined
and found truly enrolled

A bill (H. R. 442) supplemental to an act entitled "An act to
diminish the number of exemptions and details."

The President pro tempore having signed the enrolled bill last
reported to have been examined, it was delivered to the Secretary of
the Senate and by him forthwith presented to the President of the
Confederate States for his approval,

A message from the House of Representatives, b}^ Mr. Lamar, their
Clerk:

Mr. President: The House of Representatives have appointed a connnittee, to join
the committee appointed by the Senate, to wait ujjon the President of the Confed-
erate States and inform him that, if he ha.s no further communication to make the
two Houses are now ready to adjourn; and they have appointed Mr. Conrad of
Louisiana, Mr. Clark of Missouri, and Mr. Gholson of Virginia, the committee on
their part.

A miessage from the President of the Confederate States, b}^ Mr,
B, N. Harrison, his Secretary:

Mr. President: The President of the Confederate States has this day approved and
signed an act (S. 228) to amend an act entitled "An act to regulate impressments,"
approved March 26, 1863, as amended by the act approved February 16, 1864.

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

A message from the House of Representatives, by Mr. Lamar, their
Clerk:

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

Mr. Caperton, from the committee, reported that they had examined
and found truly enrolled



742 JOURNAL OF THE [Mar. 18, 1865.

A bill (S. 225) to amend the tenth section of the act entitled "An act
to organize forces to serve during the war."

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

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

Mr. President: The President of the Confederate States has notified the House
of Representatives that he has this day approved and signed an act (H. R. 442)
supplemental to an act entitled "An act to diminish the number of exemptions and
details."

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

Mr. President: The President of the Confederate States has this day approved and
signed an act (S. 225) to amend the tenth section of the act entitled "An act to
organize forces to serve during the war."

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

Mr. Watson, from the committee appointed on the part of the
Senate, jointly with the committee appointed on the part of the House
of Representatives, to wait upon the President of the Confederate
States and inform him that if he has no further communication to
make the two Houses are now ready to adjourn, reported

That they had discharged the duty assigned them, and that the President replied
that he had no further communication to make.

The Senate proceeded to reconsider the bill (H. R. 420) entitled "An
act to provide for the payment of arrears now due to the Arm}' and
Navy," returned by the President of the Confederate States to the
House of Representatives, with his objections, and passed bj'^ the House
of Representatives on a reconsideration of the same; and

On the question.

Shall this bill pass, the objections of the President to the contrary
notwithstanding^

The vote having been taken by yeas and na3^s, conformably to the
Constitution,

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Brown. Burnett, Caperton, Henry, Hunter, Johnson of Mis-
souri, Oldham, Simms, Vest, Watson, and Wigfall.

Mr. Semmes voted in the negative.

The number of Senators voting not constituting a quorum of the
Senate,

The President pro tempore announced that the hour fixed for the
adjournment of the two Houses of Congress, b}- their resolution of this
day, had arrived, and declared the Senate to be adjourned sine die.

SECRET SESSION.

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

Mr. President: The President of the Confederate States has notified the House of
Representatives that on the 17th instant he approved and signed an act (H. R. 438)
to raise coin for the purpose of furnishing necessary supplies for the Army.

On motion by Mr. Semmes,



Mar. 18, 1865.] SENATE. 743

Ordered^ That the injunction of secrec}^ be removed from the pro-
ceeding's of the Senate on the bill (H. R. 438) last mentioned.
On motion by Mr. Caperton,
The Senate resolved into open legislative session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION.

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

ExECtTTIVE DeP.\RTMENT, CONFEDERATE StATES OF AMERICA,

Richmond, March *18, 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.

No. 279.] War Department, Confederate States of America,



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