The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 49
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Diary of a Confederate Congressman, 1862-1868
$998.57 by same man. In the House I introduced a resolution
that the Com. on Q.M. & Com. Department inquire as to the
propriety of requiring Q.M.'s duty at the Capitol to settle every
month. House passed a bill punishing perjury & the Counter-
feiting of Treasury notes228 etc. etc. House again (and for the
third time now) passed a bill raising the pay of soldiers $4 per
month-by the sound not more than two votes against this.
Goode of Va.229 moved to take up the bill. I moved to adjourn
at I before 3 so as to cut off the night session. House at the
time of adjournment was considering a bill that property which
had been heretofore impressed by the Government should be
valued according to the mode pointed out in the impressment
law passed this session for valuing property taken under future
impressments.280 (This was reported by Mr. Holcombe from the
Judiciary Committee.) Today has been blustering, cold & very
disagreeable. From 3 to 6 o'clock it was nearly as cold as it has
been at any time during the winter. Glanced after dinner at the
substitute which the Senate proposes for the House tax bill. It
is a terrible thing. It proposes a tax in kind upon farmers &
planters. This idea has not a single feature of practicability.
One state might furnish grain enough for the whole army.
Sunday 5th Heard Rev. Dr. Doggett preach an excellent ser-
mon from Mark 4-38-"Master, carest thou not that we perish?"
His theme was our perils-our fears-our security. He encour-
aged all to trust in God. Enforced the importance of prayer &
faith. After dinner G & I went down to Texas Hospital. Saw
several soldiers quite sick. Poor young Yoakum231 is evidently
228As treasury notes increased in output, counterfeiting became a great
24Goode of Virginia--See above, Note 107.
80Impressment bill, April, 1863. "Food existed in sufficient quantities
in the agricultural South, and in the sections not overrun by the enemy
crops were abundant. But not having an ample revenue at its com-
mand, the government could not readily buy in the open market and
tried to compel the farmers to sell at reduced prices, which they were
little inclined to do. As a result farm produce was withheld by the
producers and could only be secured by more or less forcible 'impress-
ment,' which in parts of the South, notably in upper North Carolina,
created much opposition to the war as conducted by the Richmond au-
thorities." (The South in the Building of a Nation, vol. 5, page 479.)
2"'Yoakum. Presumably relative of Henderson Yoakum, of Huntsville,
Texas, early historian and lawyer of ability, friend of Sam Houston's.
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