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Confederate Congress.
Saturday, Sept. 13th, 1862.


--The Senate met at 12 o'clock. Prayer by the Rev. J. D. Coulling, of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mr. Mitchell, of Ark., offered the following resolution, which was agreed to:

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Treasury be requested to inform the Senate if he has any official information of the appropriation of the war tax of the State of Arkansas by the Commanding General of the Trans-Mississippi Department.

Mr. Lewis, of Ga., presented the following resolution, which was adopted:

Resolved, That it be referred to the Military Committee to inquire into, and report upon, the expediency of instructing the Secretary of War to have any military order revoked or modified which may now exist, and may interfere with the transportation of wheat and oats from Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee, to the South and Southwest, which may be intended for seed, making it, however, a condition of such order that persons so shipping these articles shall file an affidavit with the railroad agent from which shipment is made that the grain shipped is intended for seed only.

Mr. Hunter, from the Committee on Finance, reported back the bill for the further issue of treasury notes, with certain amendments. The consideration of the bill involving questions of too much importance for the public car.

On motion of Mr. Hunter, the Senate resolved itself into secret session.

The doors being re-opened,

Mr. Lowis, from the Committee on Post-Officer and Post Roads, to whom was referred a resolution inquiring into the cause of delays on the great Southwest mall route, reported a communication from the Postmaster-General, stating that the delays were caused by the refusal of Robt. L. Owen, President of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad Company, to run the schedule which had been adopted by the Government, and in use to the 26th of March last. The reason assigned for the refusal was the condition of the road and the rolling stock. The Department had endeavored to make arrangements with the several roads forming the route to act in unison, and obviate the difficulty by running two trains daily, making ‘ "close connections;"’ but thus far the terms of such an arrangement had not been settled. The Postmaster General closes his next report by saying that unless such an arrangement be effected, or the Department invested with power to compel the railroad companies to adopt the necessary schedule, he could suggest no other means of avoiding the delays alluded to. The arrangement alluded to was agreed to by the Presidents of all the roads between Richmond and Atlantis, except the President of the South-Side Railroad.

The committee recommended, that the Postmaster General renew his efforts to effect the arrangement spoken of, and in case of failure, that he report the same to Congress, in order that the proper legislative steps may be taken in the promises.

The report was laid on the table and ordered to be printed.

The unfinished business of yesterday, being the resolution offered by Mr. Orr, of S. C., appointing a committee to investigate certain charges against Gen. Braxton Bragg, was resumed.

Mr. Yanesy, of Alabama, offered the following amendment to the resolution, by way of substitute.

Resolved, That the President be requested to communicate to the Senate, whether any soldiers in the army of the Confederate States have been shot by order of any general officer, without trial, according to the rules and regulations for the government of the land forces; and if so, that he will lay before the Senate all the information he has upon the subject, and whether any steps have been taken by the Executive in the matter.

On motion of Mr. Brown. of Miss, the question was taken.

Mr. Yancay's amendment was then put to the vote and passed. Mr. Henry. of Tenn moved that the resolution as amended be indefinitely postponed. Lost.

The resolution, as amended, was then adopted by 13 ayes, 8 nors.

Mr. Sparrow, from the Committee on Military Affairs, reported a bill, in accordance with the design of a resolution to them referred, repeating the act commutation for clothing to non-commissioned officers and privates, and providing that all clothing shall hereafter be furnished by the Government. The bill was placed on the calendar.

The Senate then adjourned.

House of Representatives

--The House met at 12 o'clock, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Doggett.

Mr. Collier, of Va., offered a joint resolution rendering thanks to Commander W. E. Lynch for gallant and meritorious conduct at Aquia Creek, Roanoke Island, &c. Referred to Committee on Naval Affairs.

Mr. Curry, of Ala, presented a memorial from the officers of Union Theological Seminary, Alabama, asking the exemption of theological students from military service. Referred to Military Committee.

Mr. Kennan, of Ga, introduced a bid to create and abolish certain offices, whereby the effective strength of the army will be greatly increased. Referred to Military Committee.

Mr. Russell. of Va., from the Judiciary Committee, submitted a bill and joint resolutions from that committee on the subject of martial law and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.

Mr. Dargan, of Ala, from the same committee, submitted a minority report.

Mr. Baldwin hoped the reports would not be acted upon until the present law would expire, which would be only a few days. He wanted to live one day at least under a Government where the habeas corpus existed and was recognized.

Mr. Miles, from the Committee on Military Affairs, reported back House bill authorizing the appointment of additional artillery officers for ordnance duties, with Senate amendment, with a recommendation that the House concur in the amendment. The bill was taken up and agreed to Also reported Senate bill creating the rank and providing for the appointment of a Lieutenant- General, to receive the pay of Brigadier General The bill was considered and passed. Also, reported back the bill for the increase of the signal corps, with a recommendation that it pass. This bill provides for the appointment of one Major, ten First, and ten Second Lieutenants, in the signal service. The bill, as reported, was agreed to. Also, a bill to regulate the rank of officers of the Provisional Corps of Engineers. Agreed to. Also, reported back from the committee the bill to increase the pay of non-commissioned officers and privates of the Provisional Army. This bill provides for an increase of $4 per month for each non- commissioned officer and private.

Mr. Foster, of Ala, moved to amend by striking out $4 and inserting $5. This motion was rejected.

On the passage of the bill the vote was taken by ayes and noes, as follows:

Ayes.--Messrs. Ashe, Atkins, Ayer, Baldwin, Batson, Bell, Bonham, Boyee, Bridges, H. W. Bruce, E. M. Bruce, Chambliss, Chisman, Clapp, Clopton, Collier, Cook, Crockett, Curvin, Curry, Dargan, Davis, Dawkins, Dejarnett, Ewing, Farrow, Foote, Foater, Freeman, Gardenheir, Gartrell, Gentry, Graham, Gray, Hanly, Hartridge, Heiskell, Herbert, Hilton, Hoge, Holcomb, Holt, Johnson, Kenan of Ga., Kenan of N. C., Kenner, Lander, Lyon, Machen, Marshall, McDowell, McLean, Menees, Miles, Moore, Perkins, Pugh, Royston, Russell, Sexton, Smith of Ala., Smith of N. C., Strickland, Swann. Tibbs, Trippe, Vest, Villere, Welch, Wilcox, Wright of Texas, Wright of Tenn, and Mr. Speaker.--74.

Noes.--Messrs. Breckinridge, Conrad, Conroe, Dupre, Harris, and Lyons.--6.

Absent, or not voting.--Messrs. Arrington, Barksdale, Boteler, Burnett, Chambers, Chilton, Clarke, Davidson, Elliott, Gaither. Garland, Garnett, Goode, Hyer, Jones, Lewis, Mckae, McQueen, Mumerlyn, Preston, Ralls, Read, Singleton, Smith of Va., Staples, and Wright of Ga.

Mr. Harris, of Mo., from the Committee on Military Affairs, reported back a bill to provide for the payment of certain claims against the Confederate States in the State of Missouri. The bill was taken up and agreed to.

Mr. Foote, of Tenn., offered the following resolution, which was adopted:

Resolved, That the President be respectfully requested to cause to be sent to this House copies of the following papers, viz: Original and Supplemental Report of Gen. Pillow in regard to the affair at Fort Donelson, with the sworn statements of Cols. Forrest and Burck, and Majors Haynes, Nicholson, and Henry; also, the correspondence between the Department of War and Gen. Pillow since his suspension from command, restoring him to his former position and command; and all other correspondence between that officer and the Department of War, with a view to printing those documents with those relating to the same subject, heretofore ordered to be printed under the direction of the Special Committee on the Affair at Fort Donelson. Agreed to.

Mr. Holcombe, of Virginia, introduced a bill to establish a Court for the investigation of claims against the Confederate States. Referred to Judiciary Committee.

Mr. Atkins, of Tennessee, offered a resolution to terminate the debate on the Conscript bill to day at 3 o'clock, and limiting debate to all amendments to five minutes for each member. On this resolution the ayes and noes were taken with the following result: Ayes 55, noes 29. The Speaker ruled that a two third vote was necessary for the adoption of the resolution; so that it was not agreed to.

The special order of the day, the bill to increase the Provisional Army of the Confederate States, was then taken up, and the House was addressed by Messrs. Herbert, of Texas, and Foster, of Alabama, after which the House adjourned.

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