Chapter 32: Confederate Congress.—The President's Message.—Horace Greeley.
In the absence of authorized reports of the debates in Congress which are unattainable, if they exist, I have from scrap books compiled excerpts to show the trend of public opinion, and appended Mr. Davis's message in which he treats of the recommendations made by that body, some of which are indicated by the subjoined extracts.
Confederate Congress, August 23, 1862.
Resolution of thanks to General J. C. Breckinridge and command for gallant conduct at the battle of Baton Rouge; also resolution of thanks to General Earl Van Dorn and command, and citizens of Vicksburg, for their defence of that city.
Richmond, August 18, 1862.
Several resolutions were offered in the House looking to the doctrine of lex talionis and the enlargement of the conscription.
It was clear that these two matters would occupy the attention of Congress before other business could be entertained.
As to the conscription, th