The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 59
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Diary of a Confederate Congressman, 1869-1868
Feel almost a disgust for legislative assemblies. (Have not room
to write all I think & it is probably well enough that I have not.
Tuesday 21st Various reports made in the House from Com-
mittee on Com. & Q.M. department etc. I reported a bill in
regard to preventing officers from committing frauds in regard
to mileage etc. etc. Bill from Medical Committee authorizing
furloughs & discharges to soldiers to be granted on certificates of
Surgeons etc. passed. At night the Tennessee election bill failed.
Bad news from Louisiana tonight. Banks is advancing from
below & has compelled Taylor to fall back to New Iberia. Mc-
Clernand is marching down through Northern La. This perils
our route home. This is the most critical period yet in our his-
tory. May God have mercy on & save us for Jesus' sake. (Voted
today for the bill to make the Chief of Ordinance & Engineers &
Brig. Gen.-fear it was wrong.)
Wednesday 22nd House spent the day mainly in discussing
reports from special committee in regard to sequestration. Bill
was finally indefinitely postponed, leaving the old law still in
force. Heard today, by letter from Lycurgus, of the death of
my friend Capt. James A. Broocks. He fell like a soldier gal-
lantly fighting in defense of his country. Feel much concerned
about the condition of affairs in La. At night the House deter-
mined to postpone the consideration of a bill to increase the
salaries of Assistant Treasurers & depositaries etc. until the Sen-
ate should consider the House bill to increase the pay of soldiers.
I voted Aye because I think the Senate has dictated legislation
to the House too long already. This may not be a very good
reason. But I am not quite sure that an increase of the salaries
of those officers is absolutely necessary.
Thursday 23d Raining & very unpleasant today. In the House
bill extending the increase of salaries for at last session for
clerks, employees etc. residing in Richmond, to 1st July next.-
Appropriation bill passed-on motion of Garnett an amount of
$18,000,000 per month for 6 months was inserted for increase
of pay of private soldiers which might hereafter be provided for.
At night the Senate bill about impressments on Wigfall's radical
amendment came up. On motion of Gray it was amended so as
to provide that if the impressing officer was dissatisfied with the
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