Bill to be entitled "an act to further provide for the public residence.
In view of the exigencies of the country and the absolute necessity of keeping in the service our army and of placing in the field a large advancement to meet the advancing columns of the invading our soil: Therefore.
Resolved 7th Congress of the Confederate States Independence.
That the President
be, and be as hereby, authorized to call out and place in the military service of the Confederate States
, for three years in the war shall have been surrendered.
A white man who are residents of the Confederate States
between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five years at the time the call or calls may be made who cannot legally exempted from military service. --All of the persons aforesaid who are now in the army of the Confederacy
, and whose term of service will expire before the end of the war, shall be stepped in the service for three years from the of their original enlistment, unless the war would have been sooner ended: Provided, however, that all such companies, battalions and regiments, term of original enlistment was for twelve months, shall have the right within forty days, on a day who fixed by the commander of the brigade, reorganize said companies, battalions, and regiments, by electing all their officers which they had fight heretofore to elect, who shall be commission by the President
: Provided, further.
That further not extending sixty days, with transportation and back, shall be granted to all those readmitted in the service by the provisions of this set and the period of their original enlistment, and who have heretofore not received furloughs under provisions of an act entitled ‘"An act providing of the granting of bounty and furloughs so prisoners and non- commissioned officers in the Provisioned Army
,"’ approved 11th December, eighteen hundred and sixty-one said furloughs to be granted times and in such numbers as the Secretary of War
may deem most compatible with the public interest; the Provided, further.
That in Item of a the confederation M money of the transportation hereinabove granted shall be paid to the private, musician
, or non-commissioned officer greatly elect to receive it, at such time as the furlough would otherwise be granted: Provided, further.
That all persons under the age of eighteen years or over the age of thirty-five-years, who are to enrolled in the military service of the Confederate States
, in the regiments battalions and companies hereafter to be organized, shall be required to their respective companies, battalions, regiments, for ninety days, unless their places as sooner be supplied by other recruits not now in service who are between the ages of eighteen of thirty-five years, and all laws and parts of laws abiding for the re-enlistment of volunteers and for organization thereof into companies, squadrons, battalions, or regiments shall be, and the same is hereby, repeated.
2. Be it further enacted.
That such companies squadrons, battalions, or regiments organized or in process of organization by authority on the Secretary of War
, as may be within thirty years from the passage of this act so far completed to have the whole number of men requisite for organization actually enrolled, not embracing in organizations any persons now in service, shall considered into the service of the Confederate States
as part of the land forces of the same, to be that arm of the service in which they are authorized to organize, and shall elect their company, battalion, and regimental officers.
3. Be it further enacted,
That for the enrollment of all persons comprehended within the problem of this act, who are not already in service in the armies of the Confederate States
, it shall be said for the President
, with the consent of the advisors of the respective States, to employ State orders and, on failure to obtain such consent, he will employ Confederate officers, charged with the of making such enrollment in accordance with rules and regulations to be prescribed by him.
4. Be it further enacted.
That persons enlist under the provisions of the preceding second shall be assigned by the Secretary of War
to the different companies now in service, until each company shall be filled to its maximum number, to the persons to enrolled shall be assigned to companies from the States from which they respectively come.
5. Be it further enacted,
That all seaman and ordinary seamen in the land forces of the Confederate States
, enrolled under the provisions of the act, may, an application of the Secretary of the navy
, be transferred from the land forces to the federal service.
6. Be it further enacted.
That in all cases there a State may not have in the army a number of regiments, battalions, squadrons, or companies, sufficient to absorb the number of persons subject military service under this act, belonging to such , then the residue, or excess thereof shall be as a reserve, under such regulations as may be established by the Secretary of War
, and that at the periods: of not greater than three months, details determined by lot, shall be made from said reserve, so that each company shall, as nearly as practicable be kept full: Provided, That the persons held in reserve may remain at home until called into service by the Presidents Provided
That during their stay at home they shall not receive payment.
That the persons apprehended in this act shall not be subject to the act and articles of war until mustered into the active service of the Confederate States
, except that one persons, when enrolled and liable to duty, of any shall willfully refuse to obey said call, each of them shall be held to be a deserter, and punished as each under said articles.
Provided, further, That whenever, in the opinion of the President
, the exigencies of the public service may require it, he shall authorized to call into actual service the entire forces, of so much as may be necessary, not previously assigned to different companies in service under the provisions of section four of this act; said reserve shall be organized under such rules as the secretary of War may adopt: Provided, The company, battalion, and regimental officers shall be protected by the troops composing the same: Provided The troops raised in any one State shall not be combined in regimental, battalion, squadron, or company organization with troops raised in any other States.
7. Be it further enacted,
That all soldiers are serving in the army or mustered in the military service of the Confederate States
, or enrolled said service under the authorizations heretofore raised by the Secretary of War
, and who are conferred in the service by virtue of this act, who are not received the bounty of fifty dollars allowed by existing laws, shall be entitled to receive bounty.
8. Be it further enacted,
That each man who may hereafter be mustered into the service, and who shall arm himself with a musket, shot-gun, rifles or carbine, accepted as an efficient weapon, shall be paid the value thereof, to be ascertained by a mustering officer under such regulations as may be prescribed by the Secretary of War
, if he is willing to sell the same, and if he is not, then he shall be entitled to receive one dollar a month for a use of said received and approved musket, rifle, shot-gun or carbine.
9. Be it further enacted,
That persons not able for duty may be received as substitutes for those who are, under such regulations as may be subscribed by the Secretary of War
10. Be it further enacted,
That all vacancies shall be filled by the President
from the company, battalions, squadron or regiment in which such vacancies shall occur, by promotion according to security, except in cases of disability or other incompetency.
Provided, however, that the President
may, when, in his opinion, it may be proper, in such vacancy of vacancies by the promotion of by officer or officers, or private or privates, from each company, battalion, squadron or regiment, who shall have been distinguished in the service by exhibition of valor and skill, and that whenever a vacancy shall occur in the lowest grade of the commissioned officers of a company, said vacancy shall be filled by election: Provided, That all appointments made by the President
shall be by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
11. Be it further enacted,
That the provisions of the first section of this act relating to the election of officers shall apply to these regiments, battalion and squadrons which are composed of the months and way companies combined in the same organization, without regard to the manner in which the officers thereof were originally appointed.
12. Be it further enacted,
That each company of infantry shall consist of one hundred and twenty-five rank and file; each company of field artillery of one hundred and fifty rank and file; and such of cavalry of eighty rank and file.
13. Be it further enacted,
That all persons subject to enrollment, who are not now in the service, under the provisions of this act, shall be persisted previous to such enrollment, to volunteer in companies now in the service.