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has been with the Monadnock, Saugus, Mahopac and Canonicus, all vessels of some difference of construction, and built, I believe, by different contractors. Before leaving Hampton Roads, and while waiting for the army to provide troops for the land part of this expedition, I sent the monitors Canonicus, Mahopac and Saugus up the James river to try what they could do with the rebel batteries at Howlett's and above that point. At Howlett's the enemy had a heavy gun mounted (a 200-pounder Brooke's rifle), which was frequently fired at the monitors, but seldom hitting them. One of their shells or shots, however, struck the Saugus fair on the turret, and knocked out and loosened forty bolts. This was owing to the bolts being driven from inside to out, instead of from outside to in. The turret was not materially injured, and was repaired again in about two weeks, and I have been using the Saugus here, against these works, where she has done effective service. The Canonicus,
him under State authority, with the names of the persons exempted, and upon what ground; also, the names of those to whom exemptions were refused, and the ground for refusal. Mr. Mullins, of Henry, introduced a resolution calling for a special committee to inquire into alleged suffering sick and wounded Virginia soldiers at Chimborazo Hospital because of a lack of fuel, and, if necessary, to report a bill for their relief. The resolution was adopted and the committee appointed. Mr. Brooke offered a resolution that the Committee on Military Affairs inquire and report whether the Quartermaster-General of the State is absent from the Commonwealth; and, if so, whether he is not so absent with leave of the proper State authorities and upon important business of his department. The bill amending the fence law, and authorizing the county courts to dispense with enclosures in certain cases, was passed. At noon the House went into secret session for the consideration of bu
hom were referred the resolution that "in all suits hereafter brought upon bonds, promissory notes, or accounts, all credits endorsed upon said bonds, notes or accounts, should be endorsed upon the original writ by the Clerk when he issues the same," reported it back, stating that they deemed it inexpedient to legislate on the subject, and asked to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject. The House, after debate, refused to receive the report of the committee. Mr. Brooke, from the Military Committee, to whom were referred so much of the Governor's message as refers to the re-organization of a public guard, made the following report: "Resolved, That Captain E. S. Gay, who has heretofore been commandant of the Public Guard, be, and he is hereby, authorized to employ, until otherwise provided by law, a police force, to consist of one lieutenant and thirty privates, whose duty it shall be to guard the penitentiary and other public buildings; and the said
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