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First Congress.

Executive Office,
Richmond,
September 6, 1862.

To the House of Representatives.

I herewith transmit a letter from the Secretary of War, in response to a resolution of the House of Representatives, requesting information relative to arrests, by military authority, of citizens of the Confederate States.

Jefferson Davis.


Executive Office,
Richmond,
September 6, 1862.

To the House of Representatives.

I herewith transmit a letter from the Secretary of War, inclosing a communication from the Quartermaster General in response to a resolution of the House of Representatives requesting information relative to the payment of troops. The organization of the Army of the Confederate States gives a paymaster to each regiment, by devolving the payment of troops on the regimental quartermasters, a system by which we avoid at the same time all danger from delay in payment by the absence of the proper officer, as well as the hazard of transporting large sums of money from camp to camp, as would be the case if a corps of officers were employed for the sole purpose of paying the troops. The failures to pay regularly, as required by Regulations, should disappear with the prompt and regular supply of funds to the quartermasters of the different regiments. The ability of the Government to do this it is hoped will increase with the further development of the means of the Treasury Department.

Jefferson Davis.


To the House of Representatives.

I herewith transmit to your honorable body an estimate of appropriation called for by the Secretary of War.

Jefferson Davis.

[Received September 6, 1862.]