War of the Rebellion: Serial 127 Page 0863 CONFEDERATE AUTHORITIES.

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394 infantry companies for one year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28,866

78 cavalry companies for one year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,035

55 artillery companies for one year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,005

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527 companies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37,906

Commissioned officers in above companies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,068

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Total officers and men (whose time expires in April,

May, and June, 1862). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39,974

4 infantry companies for the war, including officers. 313

4 infantry companies, "regulars". . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 309

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535 companies. Total officers and men. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40,596

Respectfully submitted in compliance with the resolution of the House of Delegates of Virginia.

HENRY HILL,

Paymaster-General of Virginia.

PAYMASTER-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Richmond, Va., January 18, 1862.

NOTE. -The Wise Legion and Floyd's brigade, all of whom are Virginia troops, are not included in the above abstract, for the reason that they were commissioned by the Confederate Government, and not paid to the 30th of June, 1861, by the State of Virginia. No returns having been made to this office of said troops, I have no means of ascertaining their exact strength. Nor does the above abstract embrace the field and staff officers of volunteers or the provisional officers of Virginia. There are known to be some three companies of volunteers yet unpaid; said companies failed to make their returns, notwithstanding the strenuous efforts of this office to that end. There may be other companies in a like condition.

[JANUARY 20, 1862. -For Lovell to Benjamin, in relation tot he importation of saltpeter and powder, &c., see Series I, VOL. VI, p. 813.]

[JANUARY 22, 1862. -For message of Jefferson Davis, in relation to an act authorizing the organization of a regiment of volunteers for the protection of the frontier of Texas, see Series I, VOL. LIII, p. 770.]

EXECUTIVE OFFICE,

January 22, 1862.

To the CONGRESS OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES:

After mature consideration of the bill to encourage the manufacture of small-arms, saltpeter, and of gunpowder within the Confederate States, I felt constrained to return it with the following statement of objections: By its provisions the bill deprives the Executive of the discretionary power to protect the Government against unnecessary or improvident contracts, and confers upon individuals who may propose to furnish to the Government any of the supplies enumerated the right to demand that their proposition shall be accepted, and that 50 per cent. of the amount proposed to be invested shall be paid from the public Treasury without any other condition than that the person making such proposition shall have actually expended in the prosecution of the proposed work one-fourth of the capital to the invested in it, and that his undertaking shall not be, in the opinion of the Secretary of War, visionary or impracticable, or at points too remote for the advantage of the Confederacy. As an example of the disadvantageous operation of the bill herewith returned, the attention of Congress is called to the contemplated case of the manufacture of gunpowder. Our