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Senate. Wednesday,Aug. 20, 1862 The Senate met at twelve o'clock and was opened with prayer by Rev. Mr. Seeley of the Baptist Church. The journal of yesterday was read and approved, and the call of the States and of committees was made without response. Mr. Barnwell, of South Carolina, presented a petition from the Bishop of the P. E. Church in South Carolina, and other Professors of its Theological Seminary, asking exemption of candidates for the ministry from conscription. Referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. Mr. Brown, of Mississippi, offered the following, which was afterwards withdrawn, the matter being already under consideration by the authorities: Resolved,That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into what legislation, if any, is necessary to prevent abuses in the matter of introducing substitutes into the army. On motion of Mr. Oldham, of Texas, the Senate adjourned.
county, Georgia, asking for the exemption of physicians in certain cases, and asked to be and were discharged from the further consideration of the matter. Mr. Oldham, of Texas, offered the following resolution: Resolved, That the President he requested to communicate to the Senate whether Provost Marshals, who are emplhe Staff, and to be paid by the Quartermaster's Department; and, further, by what authority said officers are appointed and their pay and allowances fixed. Mr. Oldham said that there were two very important questions involved--first, the authority for appointing such officers, and, secondly, the authority for fixing their santhat especial duty, and drew no more pay than if they were in the army. He further believed that such resolutions would weaken the efficiency of the army. Mr. Oldham replied at length, and the resolution was finally adopted. The bill amendatory to the Conscription act was taken up from the calendar. Mr. Clark, of M
ake the impeachment, then it would be the duty of the Senate to take the consequent steps. Mr. Barnwell was opposed to the resolution because he believed it would be extremely inexpedient and unjust, inasmuch as the defence of the party examined would, necessarily, to prevent mischief to the country by affording information to the enemy, have to be kept secret. On the other hand, it was clearly a matter which, if impeachment were in view, belonged to the other House alone. After some further debate the vote was taken upon the amendment, and it was rejected. Mr. Phelan moved to amend by striking out the words "under its present head." Lost. The resolution was then adopted by a vote of fifteen to seven, those voting in the negative being Messrs. Barnwell, Brown, Burnett, Mitchell, Oldham, Peyton, and Wigfall. The bill amendatory of the enrollment act was taken up, and, after several amendments, it was adopted. The Senate then went into Executive session.
e army consisted chiefly of twelve months men, who came under the operation of the Conscript law at the very time when they expected their discharge, and they were consequently, conscripts, and as such won the victories that have followed. Mr. Oldham replied that the Conscript law was adopted after the French system, inaugurated by Marshal Jourdan, in order to bring into the service citizens from the civil walks of life. Our army in the field at the time of its adoption were to be considered as State militia, and consequently coming under the coercive policy of the Government. They were not, therefore, to be considered conscripts. Mr. Oldham briefly reviewed the objectionable features of the Conscript act, both as a measure of impolicy and unconstitutionality. He withheld argument upon the constitutional question as unnecessary at present, but was prepared to give it if occasion occurred. Mr. Clark, of Mo., opposed the substitute, favored the original, and urged immediate
ether persons holding commissions in the army of the Confederate States are employed as clerks in the Departments, and especially in the offices of the Quartermaster and Commissary General, in this city; what pay and allowances such clerks receive; whether they are paid as clerks or commissioned officers, or both; and whether the duties performed by such commissioned officers, as clerks, may not be as well performed by persons taken from civil life, and at less cost to the Government. Mr. Oldham, of Texas, offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Resolved, That the Committee on Finance be instructed to inquire and report what legislation is necessary, if any, to suppress the illicit trade carried on between persons residing in the Confederate States and person residing in the United States. Mr. Henry, from the Committee on Military Affairs, reported back the joint resolution in relation to the Hon. Pierre Soule, now confined by the enemy in Fort Warren, with
Confederate Congress. Monday, Sept. 15, 1862. Senate. --The Senate met at 12 o'clock, and was opened with prayer by the Rev. J. L. Burrows, of the Baptist Church. Mr. Hunter, from the Committee on Finance, asked to be discharged from the further consideration of a resolution for the prevention of illicit trade. The trade with Maryland is not illicit, and there is little or none other, and the present statute is sufficient. Mr. Oldham said that Mr. Hunter had developed in his remarks the deficiency of the present law, which it was the object of his resolution to correct. It was found in the exception of Maryland and the border States from the operations of the law. Maryland had disappointed us in her political action, and the trade carried on with her had been injurious to us, and had tended much to depreciate our currency. Mr. Hunter said this was, of all times, the most unpropitious for withdrawing indulgences to Maryland. The news was that the people were
ed by Mr. Max well, of Fla., and determined in the negative, viz: Yeas--Messrs. Baker, Clay, Haynes, Maxwell, Mitchell, Orr, Peyton, Wigfall, and Yancey--9. Nays--Messrs. Brown, Burnett, Clark, Davis, Dortch, Henry, Hill, Hunter, Lewis, Oldham, Pholan, Preston, Sparrow, and Semmes--14. When Mr. Mitchell's name was called, he asked to be excused from voting, as he had paired off with Mr. Simms, of Ky., who was absent by leave of the serving on a special committee. Mr. Clay. o Mr. Dortch, and being put, was decided in the affirmative, viz: Yeas--Messrs. Burnett, Clay, Clark, Davis, Dortch, Haynes, henry, Hill, Hunter, Lewis, Orr, Phelan, Sparrow, and Semmee--14. Nays--Messrs. Baker, Brown, Maxwell, Mitchell, Oldham, Peyton, Preston, Wigfall, and Yancey--9. Mr. Orr. of S. C., moved to amend the bill so as to except from exemption the militia officers of a State, Rejected. Mr. Davis of N. C., moved to amend the bill by striking out the various class
The Daily Dispatch: September 22, 1862., [Electronic resource], Affairs in the West--fight at Munfordsville, Ky.--blockade of the Ohio at Hamilton. (search)
which was rejected, that in the execution of this law any conflict should arise between the provisions of this act and any State law or ordinance of any State Convention, it shall be determined in favor of such State law or ordinance. On motion of Mr. Derich, a clause was appended repealing the exemption act approved in April. The bill as amended was then read a third time and passed by the following vote. Yeas.--Messrs Baker, Clay, Davis, Haynes, Henry, Hill, Lewis, Maxwell, Oldham, Orr, Peyton. Preston, Semmes, Sparrow, Wigfall, Yancey--16. Nays.--Messrs Burnett, Clark, Dortch--3. On motion, the Senate adjourned. House of Representatives--House met at 11 o'clock. The Chair laid before the House several communications from the President in response to resolutions, which were appropriately referred. Mr. Chambliss, of Virginia, obtained leave to introduce the following resolution, which was agreed to Resolved, That the Committee of Ways and
n the heads of departments." For these reasons the committee respectfully report back the bill mentioned with a recommendation that it do not pass. Bnj. H. Hill., Chairman. A discussion arose on the question, in which Messrs, Yancey, Hill, Semmes, and Henry, participated. Mr. Yancey offered a substitute for the bill. After debate between Messrs. Yancey and Orr, the vote was taken, and the amendment was rejected by the following vote: Ayes--Messrs Clark, Haynes, Oldham. Semmes, and Yancey--5. Nays--Messrs. Baker, Burnett, Clay, Davis, Henry, Hill, Hunter, Lewis Maxwell, Orr, Phelan, Preston, Sparrow and Wigfall--14 The vote was then taken on the original bill, with the following result: Ayes--Messrs Clark, Lewis, and Yancey--3. Nays--Messrs. Baker, Burnett. Clay Davis, Rhines, Henry, Hill Hunter, Maxwell, Orr, Phelan, Preston, Semmes, Sparrow, and Wigfall--15. So the bill was negatived. Then, on motion, the Senate adjourned.
sion, during which it was stated that a bill had just passed both Houses of Congress simplifying and expediting the process of getting sick furloughs, so that 24 hours will suffice for it, the resolution of Mr. Hill was adopted. Mr. Sparrow presented a memorial from citizens of Louisiana, in relation to the protection of the cotton interests. Referred. Mr. Haynes--A memorial from citizens of Tennessee, asking that Confederate Treasury notes be made a legal tender. Referred. By Mr. Oldham--A bill to amend an act to divide Texas into two Judicial Districts, and to provide for the appointment of Judges and officers in the same. Referred to Committee on the Judiciary. By the same, the following resolution: Resolved by the Senate of the Confederate States of America, That when necessary, the General-in-Chief or a Chief of a division of the army may appoint a Provost Marshal to take charge of prisoners, with a suitable guard or other police force. 2. That the
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