Monday, December 12, 1864.
The Senate was called to order at 12 o'clock. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Doggett
A large number of resolutions were offered and referred to appropriate committees, among which were the following:
Inquiring into the expediency of so amending the first section of the act for the support of soldiers' families as to authorize the impressment of supplies at rates greater than those fixed by the commissioners of the Confederate States
Inquiring into the expediency of so amending the duelling law as to relieve persons who may have incurred disabilities to hold office by engaging in duels since the the 10th day of January last.
Also, so much of the Governor
's message as relates to the subject of placing negroes as soldiers into the army of the Confederate States
A recess of ten minutes was agreed upon to allow the members to be introduced to General Joseph E. Johnston
, who appeared in the hall; after which, on motion of Mr. Keen
, the Senate adjourned.
House of Delegates.
convened at noon. Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Jeter
, of the Baptist Church.
, from the Committee
on Finance, reported a bill to pay General Robert E. Lee
for his services as major general of the Virginia
bill was read the first
, of duced a resolution referring so much of the Governor
's message as relates to the placing of negroes in the military service to the Committee
on Confederate Relations, with instructions to report adversely to the proposition.
The resolution gave rise to much discussion, the House
dividing on the two propositions presented: whether negroes were to be employed as soldiers or as pioneers, cooks, teamsters, etc.
Motions to indefinitely postpone and lay on the table were lost, and the resolution was referred, rejecting an amendment, by Mr. Worsham
, inserting the words "as soldiers" after the words "military service."
submitted a resolution inviting a joint committee of both Houses to confer with the Secretary of War
concerning a detail of mechanics and workers in wood and iron to meet the demand of the farmers of the State
; which resolution was agreed to.
A resolution of Mr. Deane
, inviting General Joseph E. Johnston
to a privileged seat on the floor of the House
, was adopted.
The remainder was consumed by a discussion arising out of a resolution to create a new Salt Committee, composed of new members, some advocating the re-appointment of the old committee. --Adjourned.