Virginia's quota of the Confederate Army.
A bill was yesterday reported by Mr. Douglass
, from the Senate Committee, on Military Affairs, which proposes to call out and embody a force of not less than 50,000 nor more than 75,000 men, to serve two years unless sooner discharged, and tendered to the President
of the Confederate States
--this force to constitute, for the time designated, Virginia
's quota of the Confederate Army, unless otherwise ordered by the General Assembly.
The force is to be vies from the entire military population of the State
, as defined and specified in existing laws, and drafted by lot in fair, proportion from each company district as now laid off. Volunteers will be received from districts held by the enemy, if tendered in time, and the whole number to be drafted from the population of the State
will be reduced in proportion to the number of volunteers so offering.
Volunteers now in service may elect to re-enlist under their existing organizations, or may form new ones at the expiration of their present terms of service; otherwise they return to the body of the militia and be subject in all respects to the operations of the act. All those who shall voluntarily re-enlist shall have credit for the time they have actually served, and the same be deducted from the full term reguired of other volunteers and drafted men. The bill embraces sixteen sections besides the preamble, and provides minutely for the organization of the forces in all respects.
As the object is to have this army in the field by the time the present terms of the twelve-months volunteers expire, it will doubtless receive the early and earnest consideration of the General Assembly.