ointment of superintendents of the national armories.
Davis reported the bill from the military committee of the Senate, and, in calling it up on Feb. 21, said: I should like the Senate to take up a little bill which I hope will excite no discussion.
It is the bill to authorize the States to purchase arms from the
John Buchanan Floyd. national armories.
There are a number of volunteer companies wanting to purchase arms, but the States have not a sufficient supply.
Senator Fessenden, of Maine, asked, Feb. 23, for an explanation of the reasons for such action.
Davis replied that the Secretary of War had recommended an increase of appropriations for arming the militia, and as the militia of the States were not militia of the United States, he thought it best for the volunteer companies of States to have arms that were uniform in case of war. Fessenden offered an amendment, March 26, that would deprive it of mischief, but it was lost, and the bill was passed by a strict party vote—