Confederate States Congress.
The Senate met at 12 o'clock. Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Deshirl, of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
Mr. Phelan offered a resolution, that the Committee on Military Affairs inquire into the expediency of authorizing certain military officers to enlist, for a term of ninety days, persons not able to perform military duty, and not at the time in the service of any State.
Mr. Semmes, of La, from the Finance Committee, reported a bill providing for the collage of copper (alloy) tokens of the value of five, ten, and twenty cents, to the extent of $5,000,000, and the appropriation of $200,000 for the purpose.
Placed upon the calendar.
Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, reported back the petition of infirm soldiers, at Winder Hospital, and were discharged from its further consideration.
Also, the petitions from various Southern religious organizations asking exemptions in certain cases, from which the committee was also discharged.
Mr. Sparrow also reported from the Military Committee a bill providing for the extension of the Conscript age to forty-five, which was ordered to be printed, and made the special order for 12½ o'clk on Thursday.
Mr. Brown, of Miss., from the Committee on Naval Affairs, reported a joint resolution of thanks to Commander Eben Farrand, and the officers and men under his command, for gallant services in repulsing the enemy's gunboats at Drury's Bluff, on the 15th of May last Adopted.
The following message, with accompanying dispatches, from President Davis, was received and read by the Clerk:
Tuesday, September 2, 1862.
To President Davis:
Manassas, a signal victory over the combined forces of Gens. McClellan and Pope. On the 28th and 29th each wing, under Gens. Longstreet and Jackson, repulsed with valor attacks made on them separately. We mourn the loss of our gallant dead in every conflict, yet our gratitude to Almighty God for His mercies rises higher each day. To Him, and to the valor of our troops, a nation's gratitude is due.
The House resolution voting thanks to Captain Raphael Semmes, of the C. S. steamer Sumter, was referred to the Military Committee. The bill amendatory of the act to organize bands of Partisan Rangers, restricting the privilege of raising such bands, as given by the original bill, and also authorizing the Secretary of War to brigade them as troops of the line, was taken up. A lengthy debate succeeded, sundry amendments were adopted, and, after all, the bill was defeated by a vote of 12 to 7. The Senate then went into Executive session.