was not in session on Saturday last.
met at 11 o'clock A. M.
passed the bill to extend the provisions of an act approved May 1st, 1863, in relation to the receipt of counterfeit Treasury notes by public officers, to the 1st of January, 1864.
refused to concur in the amendment of the Senate to the bill to regulate impressments, so as to strike out the first section, and returned the bill to the Senate.
A bill was introduced, and referred, by Mr. Miles
, to appoint additional officers of artillery for ordnance duty.
submitted the following resolutions in relation to the re-enlistment of troops, which were unanimously adopted.
That the thanks of Congress the hereby tendered to all of the brigades, and other troops in service, who have taken the patriotic and gallant resolution to re enlist for the war.
That the manifestation of such a spirit in our armies is a happy omen of the ultimate triumph of our struggle for independence, indicative as it is of the fixed determination of our people never to lay down their arms while our soil is exposed to the hostile tread and barbarous ravages of our malignant enemies.
A resolution of inquiry was submitted by Mr. Conrad
in relation to a contract for beef entered into by Capt. A. B. Magruder
, at Lincolnton, N. C.
, in December, 1862, to supply the troops under Gen. Whiting
, at Wilmington
, and subsequently disapproved by the Commissary General
The object of the resolution was to ascertain what loss the Government
has sustained by such disapproval, and whether it was proper.
The bill to conscribe free negroes and slaves as teamsters, and in other capacities, to increase the efficiency of the army was taken from the calendar for consideration.
moved to amend the 1st section so that no free negro engaged in the production of food and forage should be taken; and pending its consideration the hour for the special order arrived, and the House
went into secret session.