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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
July 29, 1863


Journal of the Senate
of the State of West Virginia

(Wheeling: John F. M'Dermot, Public Printer, 1863)

Wednesday, July 29th, 1863.

Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Brockunier.

The Journal was read and approved.

A message from the House of Delegates, by the clerk, announced the passage of the following resolution, and asked concurrence:

Resolved, The Senate concurring, that when the Legislature adjourn on Wednesday, the fifth day of August next, it will adjourn to meet on the second day of the following September.

Also, that the House had concurred in the Senate resolution raising a committee to examine the Auditor’s office, and that they had appointed as the committee on the part of the House, Messrs. Lamb, Barns, Hagar, Hale, and Dunbar.

Also, that the House had concurred in the Senate amendment to House Bill No. 30, “A Bill to provide for the trial of offences committed in counties in which the administration of justice may be interrupted by war or insurrection.

On motion of Mr. Stevenson said resolution was laid on the table.

The President then appointed under said resolution, in regard to the Auditor’s office, as the committee on the part of the Senate, Messrs. Bunker and Slack.

The President laid before the Senate the following communication from the Governor. (See Executive Document No. 3.)

On motion of Mr. Haymond the said communication, with the accompanying documents, was ordered to be printed and referred to the committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws.

Mr. McCann, from the committee on Internal Improvements and Navigation, reported the following bill:

Senate Bill No. 15, “A Bill for the appointment of a superintendent of Public Works,” which was read the first time and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Stevenson, from the committee on Townships, &c., reported the following bill:

Senate Bill No. 16, “A Bill prescribing the duties of township clerk,” which was read the first time and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Haywood was permitted to withdraw a bill, introduced by him some time since, in reference to the division of the several counties into townships.

Senate Bill No. 10, “A Bill prescribing, in part, the duties of the supervisors,” was read the third time, and passed with its title:

Yeas – Messrs. Phelps, (President,) Atkinson, Bowen, Brown, Bunker, Burley, Carskadon, Copley, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Haymond, Hubbard, Mahon, Maxwell, McCann, Rollyson, Slack, Stevenson, and Young – 19.

Nays – None.

Ordered, That the clerk inform the House of Delegates thereof, and ask concurrence.

Senate Bill No. 9, “A Bill concerning spirituous liquors,” being the order of the day for 11 o’clock, was taken up and referred to the committee upon the subject to which it relates.

On motion of Mr. Young, his resolution in relation to the subject of requiring school teachers to take an oath, was taken up and referred to the committee on Education.

On motion of Mr. Bunker,

Resolved, That the Senate will proceed on Friday next, at 11 o’clock, A.M., to classify the members of this body, and determine by lot the term of service of each class, in accordance with the third section of the fourth article of the Constitution.

Mr. McCann offered the following resolution, which was laid on the table:

Resolved, That a committee of two on the part of the Senate, and three on the part of the House, be appointed for the purpose of inquiring of the Secretary of War how much money has been drawn by, and how much is still due to, West Virginia under her quota of the two million dollars appropriated by Congress to pay the militia of the border States.

And, on Mr. Mahon, the Senate adjourned.


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