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Southern Historical Society Papers
1959. New Series, Vol. 14, Old Series, Vol. LII.
2d Confederate Congress--(2d Session)--Monday, February 13, 1865.
SENATE
OFFICERS FOR THE JUNIOR RESERVES
Mr. Sparrow, from the Military Committee, reported a bill to assign to the command of the Junior Reserves officers of the invalid corps or supernumerary officers of the line, in cases where officers of the said reserves may, in the opinion of the commanding General, prove incompetent.
Ordered to be printed.
TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND NEGRO SOLDIERS
Mr. Sparrow, from the Military Committee, reported back, with an amendment, Senate bill to provide for raising two hundred thousand negro troops.
The amendment proposes to strike out the fourth section declaring "that Congress does not hereby assume to change the social and political status of the slave population of the States, but leaves the same under the jurisdiction and control of the States to which it be longs," and insert the following:
All slaves received into the service under the provisions of this act shall be valued and paid for according to existing laws, and that said slaves or any of them, upon a faithful performance of their duties, shall be manumitted by general orders from the War Department, if the consent of the State in which the said slaves may be at the time, is given for their manumission.
The bill was placed on the calendar and the amendment ordered to be printed.
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NEGRO SOLDIERS
Senate to provide for raising two hundred thousand negro troops, reported back from the Military Committee, with an amendment was taken up.
Mr. Johnson, of Georgia, believed it to be necessary to the free and full discussion of this important subject that it be considered in secret session. It would be found necessary to put it in its proper light to make statements which it would be improper should go out to the enemy. He moved the Senate resolve into the secret session.
Mr. Wigfall opposed carrying it into secret session. He believed that if the discussion had on the subject when it was before the Senate had been given to the publick, that it would have forever disposed of the question.
Mr. Semmes was also opposed to transferring the bill to the secret calendar.
The discussion on the motion to go into secret session being out of order, the Chair ordered the hall to be cleared and the doors closed.
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EMPLOYMENT OF NEGRO TROOPS
The Chair announced the special order at the expiration of the morning hour, to wit: the bill reported by Mr. Barksdale, of Mississippi, from the special committee on the employment of negroes as soldiers.
Mr. Barksdale had the floor, but before commencing his speech,
On motion of Mr. Atkins, of Tennessee, the House went into secret session by a vote of 38 ayes to 35 noes.
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Southern Historical Society Papers
1959. New Series, Vol. 14, Old Series, Vol. LII.
2d Confederate Congress--(2d Session)--Friday, February 17, 1865.
REORGANIZATION OF THE FIELD ARTILLERY
Mr. Wigfall, from the same, reported back House bill for the further organization of the field artillery of the Confederate States, which was considered and passed.
On motion, by Mr. Oldham, of Texas, the Senate resolved into secret session to resume consideration of the bill providing for the employment of two hundred thousand negro soldiers.
The doors being opened the Senate took up Senate bill to regulate for a limited period the compensation of the officers, clerks, and employees of the civil departments of the Government in the city of Richmond, the question being on concurring in certain amendments of the Finance Committee.
The amendments were concurred in and the bill passed.
The bill provides that the Vice-President and chief executive officers shall receive $10,000; the assistant secretaries $7,500; chiefs of bureaux $7,000; chief clerks $6,000; all other clerks, artisans and employees $5,500.
Southern Historical Society Papers
1959. New Series, Vol. 14, Old Series, Vol. LII.
2d Confederate Congress--(2d Session)--Wednesday, February 22, 1865.
NEGRO SOLDIERS
The Senate resolved into secret session to consider the negro soldier bill passed and sent up from the House of Representatives.
Southern Historical Society Papers
1959. New Series, Vol. 14, Old Series, Vol. LII.
2d Confederate Congress--(2d Session)--Thursday, February 23, 1865.
DAY FOR THE MEETING OF THE NEXT CONGRESS
Senate bill fixing the first Monday in October next as the day of the next regular meeting of Congress, was considered, and, on motion of Mr. Garland, of Arkansas, its further consideration postponed till Monday next.
NEGRO SOLDIERS
There being no further business on the open calendar, the Senate resolved into secret session.
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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
The following message was received from the President in response to a resolution of the 30th ultimo:
I herewith transmit, for your information, a communication from the Secretary of War relative to the accessions to the army from each State since April 16, 1862; to the number of persons liable to conscription who have been exempted or detailed, and to the number of those between the ages of seventeen and forty-five, and not unfitted for active service in the field, who are employed in the several States in the manner indicated in your enquiry.
(Signed) Jefferson Davis.
The message and accompanying documents were laid upon the table and ordered to be printed.
The message states that the number of conscripts assigned to the army from camps of instruction, 81,995. Deserters returned to the army, 21,056. Assignments under section eight of the act of February 17th, 1864, 7,733. Approximate estimates of men who have joined the army without passing the camps of instruction, 76,206. Total number of exempts, 66,586. Agricultural details, 2,217. Detailed on account of publick necessity, 5,803. For details, bureaux and departments, not including artisans and mechanicks, 4,612. Detail of contractors to furnish supplies, 717. Detail of artisans and mechanicks, 6,960.
PATRIOTICK RESOLUTIONS
Mr. Barksdale presented the resolutions of Harris' Brigade of Mississippi troops, declaring their purpose to continue the war for independence with unabated zeal, and urging Congress to pass a law to employ negroes as soldiers.

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