The military of the
The communication to the General Assembly a few days ago by the Governor
, and read in secret session, upon the all-important subject of raising and organizing Virginia
's quota of troops for the war, led to the appointment of a joint committee, which has since been laboriously engaged in preparing a bill embodying the suggestions not only of the State Executive
, but of the Secretary of War
The committee yesterday reported a bill providing for ascertaining the number of the State
forces, and enrolling the same, with a view to a general draft.
We understand that it includes the volunteers now in the field, as well as the militia, and is quite stringent in its provisions.
Lists of all persons of military age are to be taken down by civil officers delegated for the purpose, and any one who fails to report himself for enrollment within a given period will be considered as enrolled and drafted.
The bills previously under discussion will probably, therefore, be abandoned, and both Houses agree upon the plan submitted by the committee, subject to amendments which may be proposed hereafter.
There is no time to waste in idle debate, and appearances indicate that a measure for supplying Virginia
's quota will be very soon adopted and in operation.