In the Senate,
Thursday, the bill increasing the pay of non-commissioned officers and privates of the army was, after further debate, postponed until the next session — yeas 9, naye 8.
The amendment of the House
to the substitute of the Senate for the House
bill ascending the Exemption act was concurred in. The act, as thus finally passed, repeals the clauses of the Exemption relating to overseers, and provider that "for the police and management of slaves one person shall be exempted on each farm or plantation, the sole property of a minor, a person of unsound mind, a feme gale
or a person absent from home, in the military or naval service of the Confederacy
, on which there are twenty or more slaves."--There are several parvises,
to guard against the of this exemption, one of which is, that "during the period of such exemption there shall be paid annually into the public treasury by the owner of such slaves the sum of $500." The act further exempts such other persons as the President
shall be satisfied ought to be exempted to secure the support of the population remaining at home; and also all State officers whom the Governor
of any State may claim to have exempted for the due administration of the Government
and laws thereof.
In all other respects the act of last session remains in force.
amendments to the bill to provide and organize a general staff
for armise in the field were concurred in.
The following House
bills were passed without amendment:
A bill to establish a Provisional Navy — ayes 14, ness 4.
A bill to provide for the appointment of military storekeepers.
Bills in relation to the Congressional elections in Tennessee
The Senate took a recess until 7 o' clock P. M.
In the House
joint resolutions of thanks to Maj.
J T. Brent
and the officers and men under his command, for gallant conduct to capturing the Federal
, was passed.
Also, joint resolution of thanks to Maj. Oscar
M. Walk and command, for the signal victory over the naval forces of the United States
at Subine Pass, resulting in the dispersing of the enemy's fleet and the capture of two gunboats.
Also, joint resolution of thanks to Gen. G. T. Beauregard
and command, for the signal repulse of the enemy's iron-clad fleet before Charleston
, on the 7th of April, 1863.
passed a bill to prevent the sale, exchange, or other disposition of notes, bonds, &c., under the authority of the United States
.--The bill imposes a fine of not less than $1,000, or six months imprisonment, as the Jury or Judge
A bill to facilitate the direction of frauds in the Quartermaster
and Commissary Departments was also passed.