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The Daily Dispatch: March 20, 1865., [Electronic resource], Report of the Senate committee on President Davis's late message. (search)
hen so regarded, I must dissent from those who advise a general levy and arming the slaves for the duty of soldiers." It is manifest that the President, in November last, did not consider that the contingency had then arisen which would justify a resort to the extraordinary policy of arming our slaves. Indeed, no other infemaster-General, the section alluded to was stricken out. The subject of class exemptions was called to the attention of Congress by the Executive message of November last. It was carefully considered, and an act was passed expressive of the views of the Legislative Department of the Government. The message under consideratiad advertised that he would pay for supplies the price fixed by local appraisement; which is, in fact, the market price. The President, in his Annual Message of November last, did not call the attention of Congress to any difficulties attendant on the execution of the impressment laws. The present message, for the first time dur