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tive disaster that had better be left to such disloyal correspondents as the Baltimore "Druid" of the World. The writers of these megrim articles will feel better, may be, after their thanksgiving dinner to-morrow. The following is a specimen telegram of those published by the Yankees in the absence of any news whatever. It is dated at Philadelphia, the 24th instant: It is rumored here that information has been received at Washington that General Sherman has been notified by Governor Brown that Georgia, Alabama and another State had determined to return to the Union, and that Sherman had halted in his movement; also, that Stephens desired to meet a commissioner from the United States in Canada. The Evening Bulletin, in an extra, announces that Sherman has captured Macon, with many prisoners. The War in Kentucky and Tennessee--Hood marching on Pulaski. A dispatch from St. Louis, dated the 23d instant, says: A Paducah dispatch of yesterday says military
are about to make an attack in that quarter. On last Friday, there was some skirmishing on the right, and there has been some artillery firing at different points on the lines since. At night the enemy keep up a constant musketry fire from their picket lines, with the design of preventing a surprise. Since Mahone's descent upon their pickets, they have been very nervous and apprehensive. From Georgia. Our Georgia exchanges furnish us with very little intelligence to copy Governor Brown has issued a proclamation for a levy en masse of the whole free white male population in the State between sixteen and fifty-five years old for forty days service. All persons refusing to report will be "carried immediately to the front." The fright in Milledgeville, when the enemy approached, was very great — some of the members of the Legislature paid as high as one thousand dollars to be carried eight miles. A letter was received in Columbus on Saturday, from Palmetto, a point on th
nication with his rear by tearing up the railroads and burning the towns. Even fifteen miles a day is slow traveling for a flying column; and we are led, with a contemporary, to doubt whether Sherman meant to place his army in that category. A flying column, from its very name, would seem to indicate a rapidity of movement entirely inconsistent with Sherman's prescribed daily march. He must have meant something more solid than the Yankee newspapers gave him credit for. His proposal to Governor Brown and Mr. Stephens, last summer, give evidence of a fixed belief on his part that Georgia was ready to fly into the arms of the Union as soon as her people could feel themselves secure under the protection of a Yankee army. The whole tone of the Yankee press has been of the same character, and the probability is, that the idea was derived from Sherman himself, or from persons about him supposed to know his opinions. There is another theory to account for Sherman's expedition, but not
o the Military Committee. Mr. Graham offered a resolution, which was agreed to, instructing the Finance Committee to inquire into the expediency of remitting the penalties incurred by the non-delivery of tithes of bacon due on, or prior to, the 1st of March, 1864, upon payment of the tithes actually due. Mr. Sparrow, from the Military Committee, reported a bill, which was passed and sent to the House, giving the Surgeon-General the pay and allowances of a colonel of cavalry. Mr. Brown, of Mississippi, presented a memorial of assistant paymasters of the navy asking increase of pay or promotion. Senate bill to authorize the President to furnish supplies to Confederate citizens held as prisoners by the Government of the United States was taken up, and, after consideration, on motion, by Mr. Barnwell, postponed till to-day. On motion, by Mr. Sparrow, the Senate resolved into secret session. House of Representatives. The House met at 12 o'clock. Mr. Ga
es for the army, and to prescribe the mode of making impressments, with amendments proposed by the Judiciary Committee, was taken up and considered. After discussion, on motion, by Mr. Orr, further consideration of the bill was postponed till to-day. A message was received from the President, transmitting reports of the parts borne by D. H. Hill's command in the battle of Chickamauga and of Forrest's operations in North Alabama, including the capture of Athens. On motion, by Mr. Brown, the Senate resolved into executive session; and, the doors being opened, adjourned. House of Representatives. The House met at 12 o'clock. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Moore. The House, upon a suspension of the rules, passed a resolution requesting the President to furnish information as to whether the act imposing duties upon the foreign commerce of the Confederate States had been injurious or beneficial to the interests of the Government. On motion of Mr. Russell, of Virginia,
o authorize the issue of duplicates of lost drafts, reported from the Finance Committee with amendments, was passed with the amendments. The Military Committee were discharged from the further consideration of the resolution relative to the hire or impressment of slaves for labor in the army. The Naval Committee were discharged from the further consideration of the resolution relative to allowing rations to warrant officers on shore and the civil employees at naval stations. Mr. Brown, from the Naval Committee, reported a bill, which was considered and passed, providing that the pay of lieutenants in the navy commanding batteries on shore shall be the same as that received by lieutenants commanding at sea. House bill concerning the emoluments and pay of the Clerk of the District Court of the Confederate States of America for the Eastern District of Virginia was passed, with an amendment. House bill to increase, for a limited period, to ten thousand dollars, th
it was thought the artillery wagon train would have to be abandoned; but, by good management, they were all brought through safely. A telegram, dated Nashville, the 4th instant, which is the latest the Yankees have, says nothing occurred on that day. The Confederates were throwing up breastworks in half a mile of the Yankee works. The same dispatch has the following about the Confederate losses: Prisoners, brought in to-day, say that Brigadier-Generals Gist, Strabl, Granberry and Brown, of the rebel army, were killed at Franklin, and that General Cheatham lost every brigadier in his corps. A dispatch to the Cincinnati Commercial, from Nashville, says Murfreesboro', Bridgeport and Chattanooga are safe.--Nashville and the surrounding country for miles have been converted into huge forts. "The destruction of rebel property to facilitate the defence of the city has been immense. Almost all the rich property holders hereabouts are rebel sympathizers. The advance of the r
Governor Smith's message — a word to Congress. To the Editor of the Richmond Dispatch: I regret your space would not allow you to publish the model message of Governor Smith. It is unquestionably one of the ablest and most patriotic State papers produced by the war, and will be pointed to a century hence for its broad statesmanship, its enlarged views and its genuine patriotism. How well it compares with the narrow views and transparent demagogueism of Governor Brown, of Georgia, and the subtle poison and evil counsels of Mr. Vice-President Stephens? He speaks like a man — like a patriot — who does not scan the acts of the Confederate authorities with a microscope only to find fault; but he exercises his ingenuity to discover wherein he can aid them in the struggle with our mortal foes. His views upon the duties of State officers and the conscription of the negro are equally judicious. The negro has his part to perform in this war; and the only question for us to consi<
Confederate Congress. Senate. Monday, December 12, 1864. By Mr. Baker: A bill to increase the maximum rates of compensation allowed to railroad companies for the transportation of the mails. Referred to the Committee on Finance. Mr. Brown offered a resolution, which was adopted, that the Finance Committee inquire into the expediency of making a more liberal exemption of the property of soldiers from taxation, and whether property and effects necessary to the support of soldiers' families ought not to be exempted entirely from taxation and the deficiency made up by increasing the taxes of those who stay at home. The Finance Committee reported a bill, which was placed on the calendar, to provide for the remission of the penalty for non-delivery of tithes of bacon due in 1864. Senate bill to authorize newspapers to be sent to soldiers through the mails free of postage was passed. A bill appropriating $88,000 to meet a deficiency in the War Department was
Confederate Congress. Senate Friday, December 16, 1864. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Minnegerode, of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Johnson, of Georgia, presented the petition of Isaac Witten, asking to be relieved from taxation on lands. Referred to the Finance Committee. Senate bill to establish the flag of the Confederate States was reported favorably from the Naval Committee; and, on motion, by Mr. Brown, was referred to the Military Committee. Senate bill to regulate supplies of clothing to midshipmen was passed. Mr. Graham offered a resolution, which was agreed to, that the Finance Committee inquire, in cases of payment of tithes of crops grown on rented lands, whether credit shall be allowed landlord or tenant, or apportioned between them. House bill to increase the pay and mileage of members of Congress was laid over till Monday. On motion, by Mr. Hill, the Senate resolved into secret session to consider the bill to suspend the writ of habeas corpus.
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