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etts, gave notice of his intention to introduce a bill to punish officers and privates of the army for arresting, detaining, or delivering persons claimed as fugitive slaves. Mr. Lovejoy, of Illinois, in the House of Representatives, on the fourth of December, 1861, introduced a bill, making it a penal offence to capture or return, or aid in the capture or return of fugitive slaves. It was read twice, and its consideration postponed to the tenth of December. In the Senate, on the seventeenth of December, Mr. Sumner, of Massachusetts, introduced, and asked for the immediate consideration of a resolution, providing that the Committee on Military Affairs and the Militia be directed to consider the expediency of providing, by additional legislation, that our national armies shall not be employed in the surrender of fugitive slaves. Mr. McDougall, of California, objecting the resolution went over under the rule; but it came up for consideration the next, and Mr. Sumner stated that he h
zel Run and Featherston was replaced in his former position. Detachments of one regiment from each brigade were thrown in front of the batteries, and strong pickets were pushed forward toward the town and along the canal. Early on the twelfth, General Ransom resumed his former place behind Hazel Run and the plank road, and Featherston's brigade was again drawn to the left of the road. This position of the brigades, in the order above mentioned, was maintained until Thursday the seventeenth of December, when the division was withdrawn, and the troops returned to their camps. Previous to the commencement of the engagement there were two regiments, the Third Georgia and Eighth Florida, of Wright's and Perry's brigades, on duty in and near Fredericksburg. These regiments had been placed under the orders of Brigadier-General Barksdale, commanding in the town, and were engaged with the enemy when he was laying his bridges, and preparing to cross the river. The Third Georgia met with