Senate. Monday, April 7, 1862.
The Georgia vacancy.
, of Georgia
, introduced to the Senate the Hon John W. Lewis
who there upon presented his credentials from the Governor
of the State of Georgia
as an accredited and duly appointed Senator
to supply the vacancy occasioned by the non-acceptance of Hon Robert Toombs
was duly affirmed and took his seat.
, presented a communication from the New Orleans Committee of Public Safety, relating to the existing war and the formation of similar associations in the different cities of the Confederacy
.--It was referred, without being read, to the Military Committee.
, of Miss.
, introduced a bill to authorize the issue of Confederate Treasury notes under the denomination of five dollars. The bill provides that the Secretary of the Treasury
shall issue — amount of notes of the denomination of one dollar, one fifty, two, two fifty, three and three fifty, &c.
The bill was read and referred to the Finance Committee.
Reports of committees.
from the Military Committee, reported back, favorably, a bill for the appointment of a Board of Officers to develop and work beds in the Confederacy
; also, reported a substitute for the bill regulating the Medical Department of the army.
, from the Judiciary Committee, reported a bill regulating the salaries of the Judges
of the District Courts
of the Confederate States
On motion of Mr. Clay
, the bill was laid on the table.
The Clerk announced a message from the House of Representatives embodying resolutions adopted by that body.
, of Tenn, said he hoped the resolutions would prove premature.
From the dispatch that had been received, and from conversation with the President
he was disposed to hope that General Johns
on was not killed, but badly wounded.
The dispatch was send off just at the close of the fight, and it was probable that General Johnston
and been wounded, and, as in often the case, had been reported dead.
At all events, it would be well to wait until we are well informed, or until the first dispatch was corroborated.
, of North Carolina
, stated that he dispatch announcing the death of General Johnston
was sent to the Adjutant General
by General Beauregard
It was emphatic.
replied that was so, but Gen. Van
had also telegraphed on a former occasion that Col. Robert
had been killed in battle, when he afterwards turned up alive and is yet alive.
In the excitement of a battle-field nothing can be known with positive certainty.
On account of the uncertainty, the resolutions were not on at the time.
The Texas frontier.
, of Texas
, called up the bill reported upon adversely by the Military Committee, to receive into the Confederate States
service one regiment of Texas
volunteers, for the protection of the Texas
frontier; which, on motion, was recommitted.
, of Tenn.
, offered a bill appropriating $500,000, to be laid out as the President
and Secretary of War
may direct, for the erection, at such places as he may indicate, of furnaces, &c., for smelling from, &c.; appropriating $100,000 to be expended by them in the erection of rolling mills for making plates and bars for iron clad gunboats; also appropriating $100,000 for repairing and enlarging the foundries where they are already located, and to select such as he may wish for this purpose.
interrupted the reading of this bill, and reminded the Senate that under the 49th rule all such matters are to be considered in secret session.
In this opinion the Senate acquiesced.