The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 51
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Diary of a Confederate Congressman, 1862-1863
meeting of Congress-that prevailed and was afterwards recon-
sidered & then the House adjourned.
Wednesday 8th Intelligence from Charleston today informs
us that the Enemy's Ironclad which had crossed the bar yester-
day, opened fire on Fort Sumter. They ceased firing after sev-
eral hours and two drew off apparently disabled. At 9 this morn-
ing one double turreted Monitor (supposed to be the Keokuk)
sunk. Her chimney was seen sticking out of the water. The
Lord be praised for so much success.230 I humbly pray that his
mercy & favor will enable us speedily to end this dreadful war
by the establishment of our independence. The election bill was
finally referred to a select Committee of 5 (or of one from each
of the states interested). Holcombe's bill from the Judiciary
Committee providing for extending (substantially) the provisions
of the impressment bill passed at this session to impressments
heretofore made, was discussed during the day & at night was
finally laid on the table. It is not prudent to consider these
questions now. If we undertake to pay now every claim for
damages which will be presented, we cannot make our currency
worth anything at all. Passed a bill as to Marshalls making titles
to property ordered to be sold under orders of the Federal courts
in States previous to secession & also as to fees of District At-
torney. Got a suit of clothes today (i.e.-coat & pants only)
which cost $120. Think of that! My conscience. It is too com-
mon grey cassimere. What is to become of the Country. I am
almost sorry I got the goods.
Thursday 9th In the House a bill was proposed to increase
the salary of the Confederate District Judge residing in Rich-
mond. I voted against it. It failed. The bill to establish a
volunteer Navy passed. I voted for it. Correspondence between
the State Department & our ministers abroad presented to us in
secret session. Referred to Committee on Foreign Affairs. Bill
to authorize the President to suspend the writ of habeas corpus237
28'Ft. Sumter. Sinking of Monitor (Keokuk) April 8, 1863. Under
the command of Admiral Dupont, a large fleet including many ironclad
vessels like the famed Monitor, failed to withstand the fire from Ft.
Sumter, and abandoned the attempt to take the city of Charleston. The
Keokuk was demolished and the other ships were injured.
287Bill to suspend the writ of habeas corpus. See note 94.
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