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The Daily Dispatch: December 20, 1864., [Electronic resource] 6 0 Browse Search
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enate met at 12 o'clock M. Mr. Walker, of Alabama, presented joint resolutions of the Legislature of Alabama relative to impressment and the schedule of prices fixed by the Confederate commissioners, also, joint resolutions of the same urging the payment of the army by the authorities of the Confederate States. Ordered to be printed. Mr. Garland; of Arkansas, presented the petition of eighty treasury clerks relative to their salaries. Referred to the Committee on Finance. Mr. Johnson, of Georgia, offered a resolution, which was agreed to, that the Committee on Military Affairs inquire into the expediency of permanently exempting from military service skilled artizans; mechanics and machinists employed in Government shops; and also of inviting into the Confederacy the same classes of persons from foreign States upon pledge of similar exemption. The bill to amend the act for the establishment and payment of claims for a certain description of property taken of info
rt in the operations of the day. I have ordered the pursuit to be continued in the morning at daylight. Although the troops are very much fatigued, the almost enthusiasm prevails. I must not forget to report the operations of Brigadier-General Johnson in successfully driving the enemy, with the co-operation of the gunboats, under Lieutenant Commander Fitch, from their established batteries on the Cumberland river below the city of Nashville, and of the success of Brigadier-General Croxton's brigade in covering and reforming our right and rear, in the operations of yesterday and to-day. Although I have no report of the number of prisoners captured by Johnson's and Croxton's commands, I know they have made a large number. I am glad to be able to state that the number of prisoners captured yesterday greatly exceeds the number reported by telegraph last evening. The woods, fields and entrenchments are strewn with the enemy's small arms, abandoned in their retreat.