The proceedings of the Senate
were yesterday opened with prayer by the Rev. E. W. Sehon
, of the Methodist Church.
The petition of the President
of the James River
and Kanawha Packet company was referred to the Military Committee.
, from the Military Committee, reported back favorably House
joint resolution declaring the meaning of the act allowing hospital accommodations to sick and wounded officers.
The resolution declares subsistence to be included under the head of hospital accommodation.
The resolution was passed.
, from the same committee, reported back favorably the bill to amend the act to provide and organize engineer troops.
Put on the calendar.
, from the same, reported back adversely the bill to preserve the efficiency of old fire companies.
, from the same, reported back adversely the bill to abolish the office of third lieutenant in the army.
, of Va.
, submitted a joint resolution of thanks to Virginia
troops who had re- enlisted for the war. The resolution was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Semmes
the Senate resolved into secret session.
met at 11 o'clock, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Minnegerode
A large number of joint resolutions of thanks to soldiers for re-enlisting were offered and adopted.
A letter was read from a lady of Macon, Ga.
, tendering to the Government
a pieces of silver plate given to her as a wedding present.
The Speaker laid before the House
Senate bill to increase the efficiency of the cavalry of the Provisional Army, and to punish lawlessness in any portion thereof.
Referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
renewed the consideration of the bill reported from the Committee
on Printing to authorize the publication and printing of an analytical and alphabetical digest of the laws of Congress, compelled by Messrs. Lester
A substitute for the bill, offered by Mr. Barksdale
, of Miss.
, was adopted.
A resolution was adopted tendering the courtesies of the House
to Major-Gen. Robt. E. Rodes
during his stay in Richmond
then took up the bill reported from the Committee
on Military Affairs to provide a general staff
for the army; which, after some discussion, was passed.
then took up for consideration the bill to provide for the payment of horses lost, captured, killed, or permanently disabled in the service.
The question was upon the substitute to the committee's bill, offered by Mr. Boteler
, of Virginia
, which was adopted.
The bill provides payment for horses which have been killed in battle, or which, having been wounded in battle, have since died or become permanently disabled by said wounds; also, for horses lost by unavoidable accident or capture, or by abandonment by order of a commissioned officer.
On motion of Mr. Goode
, of Va.
, the bill to authorize the impressment of meat for the use of the army, under certain circumstances, was taken up, and after some discussion, adopted.
[This bill provides that under proper regulations and restrictions, one half of the bacon laid in for family use, amounting to the customary supply, may be taken when the necessities of the army require it.]
On motion, the House
went into secret session.