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Confederate States Congress

The Senate met at 8 o'clock Monday night.

House bill in reference to the exportation of products by the States was passed.

House bill to amend the act reducing the currency was also passed.

The report of the Committee of Conference on the House bill to increase the compensation of the heads of the Executive Departments was concurred in.

House amendments to Senate bill authorizing the appointment of additional Quartermasters and Commissaries were concurred in.

House bill to amend the laws relating to the commutation value of hospital rations was passed with an amendment.

The Senate then adjourned till 9 o'clock yesterday morning.

The Senate met at 9 o'clock A. M. yesterday, Mr. Hunter, of Va, in the Chair.

The Senate concurred in House amendment to the bill requiring the Secretary of War to detail disabled officers and soldiers to fill the offices of marshals and clerks in military courts. House amendment was to substitute for "soldiers" the words "non- commissioned officers and privates."

The Senate concurred in a resolution of the House of Representatives to extend the time of adjournment to 2½ o'clock P. M.

House joint resolution of thanks to Major General Forrest and the officers and men under his command, for the recent victory at Tishomingo creek, was, under the rule, referred to the Military Committee.

A message from the President at announced that he had approval and signed the following bills:

An act to authorize the formation of new commands, to be composed of supernumerary officers who may resign to join such commands, and to limit and restrict the appointment of officers in certain cases.

An act to authorize the appointment of quartermasters and assistant quartermasters and of commissaries and assistant commissaries in the Provisional Army in certain cases.

An act to amend an act entitled "an act to prohibit the importation of luxuries," &c., approved February 6th, 1864.

An act to provide and organize a General Staff for armies in the field.

And three acts amendatory of the act to establish military courts for armies in the field, and to define their powers.

It being announced by the Special Committee that the President had no further communication to make, at 2½ o'clock P.M. the President adjourned of the Senate desired the Senate adjourned sine die.

House of Representatives--Night Session--Monday--Mr. McClellan introduced a bill for the relief of the State of Tennessee, which was considered and passed.

On motion of Mr Barksdale, of Miss, the vote by which she passed the bill providing for the payment of property irregularity impressed, was reconsidered.

Mr. Foote called the previous question, and the bill again passed — ayes 33, noes 80.

Mr. Russell, from the Committee on the Judiciary, reported back a Senate bill to organize military court, which was amended and passed.

Mr Chambers, of Miss, reported a bill to amend the act to levy additional taxes for the common defence and to support the Government. It levies a tax of ten per cent. on all profits made by selling spirituous liquors, flour, wheat; corn, rice, sugar, syrup, molasses, salt, bacon, pork, beef, and beef cattle, horses, mules, boots and shoes, cotton yards, wool and woolen, cotton or mixed cloth, hats, wagons, harness, coal, iron, steel, and nails, in addition to the tax on such as come under the said act.

After some minor amendments the bill was passed.

Mr Pugh, of Ala, offered a resolution, which was agreed to, authorizing the appointment of a committee of three to contract with suitable persons for reporting and publishing in full the proceedings of the House in future.

Senate joint resolution of thanks to Gen. E. Kirby Smith was taken up and discussed till half past 11 o'clock, at which hour the House adjourned.

Tuesday, June 14.--The House was called to order at 9 o'clock A. M.

Senate amendment to the House bill relative to sick and wounded soldiers in hospitals was concurred in.

Mr. Farrow, of S. C., reported a joint resolution of thanks to, and for the relief of Gen. Gasper Tochman. Placed on the calendar.

Mr. Heiskell, of Tenn., from the Committee on Claims, made a report on the claim of Flag- Officer Forrest, which was laid upon the table.

Also, sundry unimportant bills, which were placed on the calendar.

Mr. Holliday, of Va., from the Committee on Claims, reported a bill providing compensation for officers and privates who have heretofore performed the duties of drill officers, which was placed on the calendar.

Senate bill to provide and organize a general staff for the armies in the field to serve during the war, was taken up.

Mr. Chambers, of Miss., called the previous question.

The bill passed — ayes 33, noes 19.

Senate bill to amend the act to prohibit the importation of luxuries or of articles not necessaries or of common use, was taken up and passed.

Senate bill to amend the act to organize military courts to attend the armies in the field, was amended and passed.

Senate joint resolution directing the payment, in gold, of $2,000 of the President's annual salary, was, on motion of Mr. Foote, laid upon the table — ayes 47, noes 11.

Mr. Lyon, of Ala., from the Committee on Ways and Means, reported back, without amendment, Senate bill to provide for the impressment of railroad iron, equipments, and rolling stock of railroads, when the same shall become necessary for the public defence, and to make further provision for the efficient transportation of troops and military supplies.

After a lengthy discussion the bill and heading amendments were, on motion of Mr. McMullen, laid upon the table.

A message was received from the President vetoing the bill allowing further time to persons within the enemy's lines to fund their Treasury notes. Postponed to next session.

A message was received from the Senate announcing the passage of a resolution appointing a committee to wait on the President to inform him that, unless he had some further communications to make, Congress was ready to adjourn.

The resolution was concurred in, and Messrs. Russell, Barksdale, and Foster were appointed a committee on the part of the House.

Mr. McCollum, of Tenn., introduced a joint resolution of thanks to Gen. N. B. Forrest and the officers and men of his command, for the brilliant victory recently achieved by them at the battle of Tishomingo creek, which was unanimously passed.

Mr. Foote, of Tenn., offered a resolution to authorize an investigation into the frauds alleged to exist in the Commissary and Quartermaster Departments. Adopted.

The committee to wait on the President returned and reported through their chairman (Mr. Russell) that they had discharged the duty confided to them; that the President had no further communications to make unless it might be some bills now under consideration, and he had desired the committee to convey to the members of the House his sincere wishes for their health and happiness, and expressed the hope that before their next meeting the blessings of peace might dawn upon our land.

At half-past 2 o'clock the Speaker declared the House adjourned sine die.

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