Affairs at the Southern Capital.
A letter in the Columbus Sun, dated Montgomery
, March 1, gives the following account of affairs at the capital of the Southern Confederacy:
The Congress to-day did no business in open session.
It is understood that the Permanent Constitution
was under consideration.
A vote on it will probably be taken on Tuesday or Wednesday next.
As soon as the Permanent Constitution
is adopted, a day will be set for the temporary adjournment of Congress, unless there be a commencement of war, in which case there will be no recess for some time to come.
I was credibly informed to-day that Gov. Moore
will, in a few days, tender one thousand men (officered, armed, and fully equipped,) to President Davis
to be used in whatever service they may be needed.
This is exclusive of the forces at Fort Morgan
, numbering about 500 or 600 men. A large number of troops are being tendered to the Governor
If required, Alabama
can furnish five thousand troops in a short time.
is expected here daily, and it is said, goes immediately to Charleston
He will probably be made Major General-in-Chief
will also likely be Major Generals
, and Col.C Wm. Henry Walker
, of Ga.
, a Brigadier.
During the secret session to-day the nomination of Gen. Peter G. T. Beauregard
, of Louisiana
, for Brigadier General
of Provisional Army of the Confederate States
, was confirmed, and secrecy removed.
No other business was made public.
will not allow civilians or West Point
juniors to rank above West Point
seniors, or citizens of the Confederate States
who have heretofore seen service and who have resigned their commissions in the United States Army.
, of Tennessee
, a son of the late celebrated Hopkins L. Turney
, is in the city.
He has tendered a company of Tennessee infantry to Mr. Davis
, to serve the Confederate States
It is almost probable that there will be quite a change in the ratio of Representatives in the Congress of the Confederate States--indeed I learn that the subject is now being considered in connection with the permanent Constitution.
According to the old Federal rate of representation, one representative to every 127,462 of population.
loses (for census of 1860) two representatives; Georgia
loses one; Alabama
loses one, and Texas
I am very certain the old Federal basis will be entirely annulled, and each State will be entitled to a representative for every 50,000 of the entire population, white
The present Provisional Congress has just forty-nine members in all, or say 14 Senators
and 35 Representatives.
It is thought to be necessary to make the proposed changes for the reason, among others, that the Congress
will be quite a small body unless the number of Representatives be increased.
The Senate may be increased to four members from each State.
A son of that gallant old hero, Joe Lane, arrived in this city last night.
He has resigned from the West Point
Military Academy, where he had ranked quite high.
is 22 years of age and had been at the Academy four years. This gallant son of a noble sire has formally tendered his services to President Davis
, and is anxious to aid the South
in her struggle for her rights and equality.
He has taken this step by the advice of his father.