which was accepted.
The same plan had been followed in supplying laborers to General Mercer
to finish the fortifications at Savannah
The governor's message in November described the military work of the year.
Of the $5,000,000 appropriated, $2,081,004 had been expended; 8,000 State troops had been employed and supported for six months; the State
's quota of Confederate war tax (in round numbers $2,500,000) had been paid; a State armory had been established in the penitentiary which was turning out 125 guns a month.
The Confederate Congress had passed an additional conscription act, extending its scope to men between thirty-five and forty-five years of age, and compelling the recruiting of existing organizations until filled to the maximum number.
had notified the President
a few weeks before the meeting of the legislature that he would not permit enrollment under this new law until that body met and acted on the subject.
The much-debated question of the constitutionality of the conscript laws was submitted to the State
Supreme court, and that body affirmed the constitutionality.
Other war measures of the legislature of 1862 were acts restricting the cultivation of cotton to three acres a hand, intending to diversify agricultural industry and make the people self-supporting; appropriating $500,000 to supply the people with salt; $100,000 for cotton cards
; something more than $500,000 for obstruction of rivers; $400,000 for the relief and hospital association; $1,500,000 for clothing for soldiers; $2,500,000 for the support of widows and families of deceased and disabled soldiers; $1,000,000 for a military fund, and $300,000 to remove indigent white non-combatants from any part of the State
threatened with invasion.
The aggregate of these appropriations for war was more than $6,ooo,ooo.
The governor was authorized to raise two regiments for home defense, and to impress slaves for work on the defenses of the latter