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[42] clause, and insert: That the Governor of Kentucky, by the consent and under the direction of the President, should have the power to raise and organize into regiments a volunteer force not exceeding twenty thousand, to serve for the term of twelve months, to be employed within the limits of Kentucky in repelling invasion, suppressing insurrection, and guarding and protecting the public property: Provided, that at any time it might be necessary, in the discretion of the President, these troops might be employed out of the limits of Kentucky against the enemies of the United States. That the regimental and company officers should be appointed and commissioned by the State of Kentucky, provided the officers should be entitled to pay only when the regiments or companies were filled as required by law and while in actual service. That the regiments, when raised and officered, should be mustered into the service of the President of the United States, and be subject to the command of the President. That the officers and soldiers thus enrolled and mustered into service should be subject to the rules and articles of war, and should be placed on the same footing as other volunteers in the service of the United States as to pay, subsistence, clothing, and other emoluments, except bounty, for and during the time they might be in actual service That a portion of this volunteer corps, not exceeding two regiments, might be mounted, and armed as mounted riflemen. That the President should have power to make such other regulations in regard to the organization of this force as he should deem expedient for the interest of the service. That by and with the consent of the President, the volunteers authorized to be raised by this act, or any portion of them, might be attached to and become part of the three years Kentucky volunteers. Mr. Harlan moved to amend, by striking out the words “Governor of Kentucky,” and inserting the word “President,” so that the President should be authorized to raise twenty thousand one year's volunteers in any State or States, instead of authorizing the Governor of Kentucky to raise that number of men in that State. After debate, the amendment was agreed to — yeas, nineteen; nays, sixteen.

The Senate, on the twelfth, resumed the consideration of the bill, and on motion of Mr. Lane, of Indiana, reconsidered the vote on Mr. Harlan's amendment — yeas, twenty-one; nays, fourteen. That amendment, and others agreed to on the ninth, were then rejected. On motion of Mr. Davis, it was so amended that the troops should be “raised within the State of Kentucky.” Mr. Clark moved to postpone the consideration of the bill for one week; but the motion was lost — yeas, thirteen; nays, twenty-four. It was then passed — yeas, twenty-three; nays, thirteen. The bill was, on the sixteenth, referred by the House to the Committee on Military Affairs. On the fourth of February, Mr. Yeaman, of Kentucky, reported it back, with a recommendation that the amendment of the Senate be concurred in. Mr. Stevens, of Pennsylvania, moved its reference to the Committee of the Whole; lost — yeas, twenty-five; nays, ninety-three. Mr. Olin moved the previous question, and under its operation the substitute of the Senate was agreed to. So the bill was passed, and approved by the President on the seventh of February, 1863.

No. Xliii.--The Bill to promote the efficiency of the Commissary Department.

In the House, on the eighth of January, 1863, Mr. Washburne, of Illinois, introduced a bill to promote the efficiency of the commissary department, which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. Mr. Marston, of New-Hampshire, on the fourth of February, reported it back with an amendment.

The bill provided that there should be added to the subsistence department of the army, by regular promotions therein, one brigadier-general, who should be commissary-general of subsistence; one colonel, one lieutenant-colonel, and two majors; the colonel and lieutenant-colonel to be assistant commissaries-general of subsistence; and that the vacancies in the above-mentioned grades should be filled by regular promotions in the department.

The Committee on Military Affairs proposed to amend by adding to the bill, that the vacancies created by the promotions therein authorized might be filled by selections from officers of the regular or volunteer force; and the amendment was agreed to, and the bill passed.

On the seventh, the Senate, on motion of Mr. Lane, of Indiana, took it up for consideration. Mr. Wilson moved to amend the bill, so that the commissary-general, who was to have the rank a brigadier-general, should be appointed by selection, and the other officers by regular promotion. Mr. Lane, of Indiana, Mr. Ten Eyck, Mr. Lane, of Kansas, and Mr. Howe opposed the amendment, and Mr. Grimes and Mr. Wilson advocated it, not in opposition to the promotion of Colonel Taylor, the Commissary-General, but upon the ground that general officers were appointed by selection. Mr. Wilkinson was opposed to the bill and the amendment. Mr. Wilson modified his amendment so that the commissary-general should be selected from the commissary department; and it was then agreed to, and the bill passed. On the same day, the House, on motion of Mr. Buffinton, of Massachusetts, concurred in the Senate amendment, and the bill was passed, and it was approved on the ninth of February, 1863.

No. Xliv.--The Joint Resolution to facilitate the Payment of sick and wounded Soldiers in the Hospitals and Convalescent Camps.

In the Senate, on the eighteenth of February, 1863, Mr. Wilson introduced a joint resolution to facilitate the discharge of sick and wounded soldiers in the hospitals and convalescent camps, which was read twice and referred to the Military Committee. On the twentieth, Mr. Wilson reported

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