Thursday, March 5, 1863.
Senate.--The Senate was called to order at 12 o'clock M, by Mr. Hunter
, of Va.
, and opened with prayer by Rev. Mr. Secley
, of the Second Baptist Church.
The Senate were informed that the House
had placed a joint resolution of thanks to General John H. Morgan
, and the officers and men of his command.
The Senate resumed in Committee of the Whole the consideration of a bill authorizing the appointment of a register, and an additional clerk, and a draughtsman for the Navy Department, which was finally ordered to its engrossment and passed.
On motion of Mr. Sparrow
, the Military Committee was discharged from the further consideration of the message of the President
transmitting estimates of additional funds required for the service of the Ordnance Department, and the same was referred to the Finance Committee.
The joint resolution tendering the thanks of Congress to Capt. Raphael Semmes
, of the C. S. steam-sloop Alabama
, and the officers and crew under his command, for their good conduct in sinking the U. S. steam-sloop Hatteras
, off the 13th of January, 1863, was passed unanimously.
A message was received from the President
, communicating a copy of an act of the Legislature of South Carolina, offering a guaranty by that State of the bonds of the Confederate States
The Senate then resumed consideration of the impressment bill, the pending question being on the amendment of Mr. Femmes
to the amendment of Mr. Haynes
, of Tenn.
After considerable debate the amendment of Mr. Semmes
was adopted A provise, offered by Mr. Haynes
, to come in after the 3d section, was in debate when the Senate adjourned.
House of Representatives.--The House
met at 12 o'clock, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Read
, of Va.
, moved to suspend the rules to allow him to introduce a memorial.
Not agreed to.
, of Va.
, moved to suspend the rules to allow him to make a report from the Committee
on Ordnance and Ordnance Stores.
The motion was rejected.
, of Ala, asked a suspension of the rules, with a view to offering a resolution changing the hour for the daily meeting of the House
from 12 to 11 o'clock A. M. Leave was not granted.
The Chair laid before the House
a communication from the President
, transmitting a communication from the Secretary of War
, covering estimates of additional funds required for the service of the Ordnance Department.
Referred to the Committee of Ways and Means.
On motion of Mr. R. M. Bruce
, the House
then went into secret sessions for the consideration of the Tax bill.