Alabama Legislature--message of the Governor.
--The Legislature of Alabama
met to-day in extra session.
The Governor's message was presented.
The following is a synopsis:
For obvious reasons the communication is confined to the subject of military defence.
Owing to the now superior numbers of the enemy on every theatre of war the President
has wisely called on the States for their relative portion.
I have received a military requisition on Alabama
for 7,000 men for six months service.
Before the draft came the President
's proclamation called out all under 45, which class alone compose the militia of the State
The Governor reviews the question of classes exempt under State and Confederate cractments, and of substitutes in the army.
He has no means of ascertaining the number of those classes in the State
, but supposes there are several thousand.
The militia organization pertaining to the State
, the Legislature can determine who shall be exempt and who shall not be exempt.
All not exempt by enactment will be liable to militia duty, including those having substitutes in the Confederate
Additional legislation is necessary to give efficiency to the military code of the State
The Governor recommends an amendment to embrace all between the ages of 16 and 60, including persons having substitutes, those of foreign birth domiciled within the State
, and all who have evaded the just requirements of the Confederate Government, also, a plan for the improvement of the militia, and extending the military power of the Governor
If every man in the State
were embodied in military organizations, the State
would present an impassable barrier to incursions.
Stragglers and deserters are condemned, and he recommends that the officers of the State
be charged with the duty of arresting them, and the judicial officers with a rigid enforcement of penalties against their abettors.
A tribute is paid to the memory of Senator Yanecy
, and a regret expressed that his eyes could not behold the success and grandeur of the new Confederacy.
has and will cheerfully respond to every demand upon her, so long as the unnatural foe- perseveres in his unholy crusade.
May the invaded people not give way to alarm and false security, but nerve themselves to an undying resistance to the despotism which has decreed the emancipation of our slaves, the confiscation of our lands, and the subjugation of a free people.
God in his providence will not permit such a calamity.
Proceedings in the Senate on the War.
The Senate passed the following resolutions:
in the opinion of this General Assembly, the people and the army have lost confidence in Gens. Holmes
, without questioning the integrity, patriotism, or loyalty of either of said Generals
That the interest of the service, and the good of the cause we so dearly low, imperatively demand a change in the commands of these respective Generals
That the people of Alabama
and the State
hereby pledge the entire resources of the State
, to the last dollar and the last man, to a successful prosecution of the war now being waged by the North
for the subjugation of the people of the Confederate States
, and that we will never yield the contest until the achievement of the acknowledgment of our independence as a separate people.
That the Governor
transmit a copy of these resolutions to the President
of the Confederate States
, and to each of the Representatives
in the Confederate Congress.