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Confederate Congress.


Saturday, February 11, 1865.
The Senate met at 12 o'clock M. Mr. Hunter, of Virginia in the chair.

Mr. Dortch, of North Carolina, offered a resolution, which was agreed to, that the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the propriety of providing by law that supernumerary officers and officers of the invalid corps shall be assigned to the command of companies of junior reserves.

Senate bill fixing the first Monday in December next, and the same day in every second year thereafter, as the time for holding congressional elections for Missouri, was considered and passed.

Senate bill fixing the compensation of military storekeepers was considered and lost.

The Senate bill to turn over the business of conscription to the commandants of reserves in the several States, and to abolish the Bureau of Conscription and the office of Commander of Conscripts, was considered and amended.

Mr. Watson, of Mississippi, offered, as a substitute for the bill, a bill reported by the minority of the House Military Committee.

On motion, by Mr. Orr, the further consideration of the subject was postponed till Monday, and the substitute ordered to be printed.

Mr. Burnett, of Kentucky, introduced the following, which was placed on the calendar and ordered to be printed:

"A bill to Abolish the office of all officers engaged in Discharging the Duties of Provost-Marshall except within the lines of an army in the field.

"The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That the office of all officers now engaged in performing the duties of provost-marshal, outside the lines of an army in the field, be, and the same is hereby, abolished: Provided, That all officers who may have been disabled and assigned to the discharge of these duties shall not lose their commissions, but may be assigned to other duties.

"Section 2. That all officers whose offices are abolished by this act shall have the right, within thirty days, to volunteer within any arm of the service from their respective States."

House of Representatives.

The House met at 11 o'clock and was opened with prayer by the Rev. Dr. Duncan.

A message was received from the President, in response to a resolution of the House, transmitting a statement of the number of quartermasters and the duty to which they are assigned. The Quartermaster-General states the whole number of quartermasters at one thousand, three hundred and sixteen, of whom three hundred and eighteen are engaged on post duty and in connection with the tax in kind. Laid on the table and ordered to be printed.

Also, the official reports of Generals E. K. Smith, Taylor, Magruder and Price, of operations in the Trans-Mississippi Department. Laid on the table and ordered to be printed.

The motion entered by Mr. Chambers, of Mississippi, to reconsider the vote by which the House rejected the bill for the relief of Nathaniel Moore, postmaster at Enterprise, Mississippi, from responsibility for Government funds captured by the enemy while in his custody, was taken up, and the House refused to reconsider.

Under the call of committees, Mr. Machen, of Kentucky, from the Committee on the Quartermaster and Commissary Departments, submitted a report as to the circumstances under which the Government had paid the market value for wheat delivered in Virginia during the months of July and August, 1864.

Pending the consideration of the report, the morning hour expired, and the consideration of the tax bill was resumed and continued till the hour of adjournment without any conclusion having been arrived at.

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