met on Saturday at the usual hour.
, of Fla.
, introduced a bill in relation to trading with the enemy, which was referred to the Judiciary Committee.
, of Ga.
, introduced a joint resolution of thanks to Commander John Taylor Wood
and the officers and men under his command for daring and brilliant conduct, which was considered and passed.
The memorial of Dabucy H. Maury
was referred to the Naval Committee.
, from the Finance Committee, reported back, with amendments, the appropriation bill.
The amendments were agreed to and the bill sent to the House
, from the Military Committee, reported back, with an amendment, House
bill to provide for increasing the price of the rations for sick and wounded soldiers in hospitals.
The amendments were agreed to and the bill passed.
The Military Committee were discharged from the further consideration of the memorial of R. W. Gibbs
of the Press Association
; and a resolution inquiring into the expediency of organizing and strengthening the Trans-Mississippi Department by the appointment of an Assistant Secretary of War
, from the Military Committee, reported back adversely the bill to provide rations for the officers of the army during the war; and the bill relating to exchanged or paroled Confederate prisoners captured by the enemy west of the Mississippi river
, from the Judiciary Committee, reported without amendment House
bill to provide for holding Congressional elections in Arkansas
The bill was considered and passed.
, from the Committee
on Claims, reported back the joint resolution for the relief of Major R. Hooper
, from the same committee reported back the House bill
for the relief of Livingston Mims,
joint resolution for the relief of Major W. F. Haines
House bill to increase the efficiency of the army by the employment in certain capacities of free negroes and slaves, was taken up, and on motion of Mr. Johnson
, of Ark.
, transferred to the secret calendar.
introduced a bill to amend an act entitled "An act to establish the Judicial Courts
of the Confederate States of America
, approved March 16, 1861, which was taken up for consideration, but the hour of half past 3 having arrived, the Senate took the usual recess.
met at 11 o'clock, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Minnegerode
, of Va.
, from the Committee
on Quartermaster and Commissary Departments, to whom was referred a resolution offered by Mr. Foote
, of Tenn.
, in reference to the subsistence of prisoners of war, submitted a report on the the subject, which was read, laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.
The resolution required the committee to inquire into the truth or falsehood of the allegation that the Yankee
prisoners in our hands have not been adequately supplied with food, and report to this House
as soon as practicable, to the end that the character of our Government may be effectually vindicated in the premises, and censure, if any be due, be visited upon those who deserve it.
The Committee, in their report, say:
"For a more perfect understanding of the subject it is perhaps necessary to state that all requisitions for subsistence drawn from the Subsistence Department were directed by the Commissary General
to Capt Forbes
, the issuing Commissary.
In carrying out the orders of the Quartermaster's Department for subsistence to be furnished prisoners, it was understood between Capt. Warner
and Capt Forbes
that the rations of meat should be of fresh beef when Capt. Forbes
could supply it; and when beef was not to be had, the requisitions for meat rations should be filled by supplies of bacon, bulk pork, or salt beef.
The butcher for the Subsistence Department in Richmond
was a certain George R. Wilson
, upon whom orders were given by Capt. Forbes
to supply rations of beef under the requisitions made by Capt. Warner
It appears from the statement of Wilson
, herewith submitted, that orders were drawn upon him for fresh beef in favor of Capt. Warner
on the 1st, 6th, 8th, 9th, 13th, 20th, 21st, 22d, and 23d days of November, which were not filled because the supply of beef on hand was not more than sufficient to meet the requisitions for the hospitals; and by an index from the Commissary General
he was directed, in the event of a scarcity of beef, first to fill the requisitions for the hospitals containing the sick and wounded, to the exclusion of the prisoners of war and our own soldiers on duty at this post.
"It further appears that when the prisoners of war in the city of Richmond
were either upon short rations of meat, or deprived of the meal ration altogether, our own soldiers shared the same privation, and it further appears from the evidence, that when the meat rations was short, or withdrawn altogether, double rations of bread and vegetables were furnished to the prisoners.
Your committee therefore feel authorized to state that the complaint that the prisoners, suffered from being deprived of a sufficiency of food, is entirely without foundation."
A communication was received from the President
vetoing the bill to establish a Veteran Soldiers' Home, which was laid on the table.
Also, a communication in reference to the trial and conviction of Wm. E. Codman
, of Rockingham county, Va.
; which was ordered to be printed.
took up the special order, the bill entitled an act to facilitate the settlement of claims of deceased officers and soldiers.
Before final action upon the bill a motion to go into secret session prevailed, and the House
went into secret session.