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to provide for the more speedy Punishment of Guerrilla Marauders, and for other purposes. In the House, on the sixth of June, 1864, Mr. Garfield, of Ohio, from the Committee on Military Affairs, introduced a bill for the more speedy punishment of guerrillas, and for other purposes. Mr. Eldridge, of Wisconsin, moved that the bill be laid upon the table. Lost — yeas, thirty-five; nays, sixty-seven. It was then passed — yeas, seventy-two; nays, thirty-seven. In the Senate, on the thirteenth of June, Mr. Wilson, from the Committee on Military Affairs, to which the bill of the House had been referred, reported it back with an amendment. The bill provided: That the provisions of the twenty-first section of the act for enrolling and calling out the national forces, and for other purposes, approved March third, 1863, should apply as well to the sentences of the military commissions as to those of courts-martial; and thereafter, the commanding general in the field, or the commander of
y in the campaign, the statements of the strength of the cavalry in the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, given me by Lieutenant-General Polk, just from the command of that department, and my telegraphic correspondence with his successor, Lieutenant-General S. D. Lee, gave me reason to hope that a competent force could be sent from Mississippi and Alabama, to prevent the use of the railroad by the United States army. I therefore suggested it to the president directly on the thirteenth June and sixteenth July, and through General Bragg on the third, twelfth, thirteenth, sixteenth, and twenty-sixth June, and also to Lieutenant-General Lee on the tenth May and third, eleventh, and sixteenth June. I did so in the belief that this cavalry would serve the Confederacy better by insuring the defeat of Major-General Sherman's army, than by repelling a raid in Mississippi. Besides the causes of my removal alleged in the telegram announcing it, various other accusations have bee