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duced promptly, and to be passed at once. Mr. Cowan, of Pennsylvania, apprehended that there need be no possible difficulty whatever upon this question in any of its aspects. The resolution was agreed to. Mr. Wilson, of Iowa, on the twenty-third of December, offered the following resolution, and demanded the previous question upon it: That the Committee on Military Affairs be requested to report a bill to this House, for the enactment of an additional article of war, whereby all officers ineir respective commands for the purpose of returning fugitives from service or labor, and to provide for the punishment of such officers as might violate said article by dismissal from the service. Mr. Wilson, of Massachusetts, on the twenty-third of December, introduced a bill in relation to the arrest of persons claimed to be held to service or labor by the officers of the military and naval service of the Untied States; which was read twice, and referred to the Committee on Military Affair
Hamilton's, it was a virtual abandonment of that attempt. I was not allowed the opportunity to examine those witnesses, nor to produce those I named to the committee, who ware with me during the day, aid who alone were sufficiently acquainted with all the facts to form a respectable opinion on the subject. But whatever opinions may have been expressed before the committee by witnesses, whose names they have not given, the same committee submitted a report to the Senate on the twenty-third day of December last, containing the evidence taken by them on the nineteenth of that month, in which the testimony of General Burnside, taken immediately after the battle, is given. This has been printed by order of the Senate. From this document I make the following extract, (referring to the battle of Fredericksburg:) Q. By Committee.--What causes do you assign for the failure of your attack here? A. It was found impossible to get the men up to the works; the enemy's fire was too hot f