House of Reps debates and passes legislation to revive rank of lieutenant general

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RET1VAL OF THE CRJDE OP UET--TKSAXT UET--TKSAXT UET--TKSAXT UET--TKSAXT OESfKRU. The following df bite look place recently in the United States Hoa.e of Representatives, npon the bill rev-viiig rev-viiig rev-viiig the gride of Lieutenant General: J!r. Garfield, of Ocio, (Union.) said there wm nothing to be dr-ne dr-ne dr-ne by a Lieutenant General wh'ch the General iu-d.i iu-d.i iu-d.i ( Lim-elf Lim-elf Lim-elf ca.d net do. The President Lad a sail ranee of ali Uie (Seaerais. and eouid h .ect any one 1 them to act in the latter capacity. So ti.e bill aid not give him rnor poer than be bow bad. Better wait antil the war wm over, aad Lhen see woat General towered above ail the other., and 10 hhn pive a brevet as a crown of merit. IneKMw""" fan elevated w-dv w-dv w-dv may be J"wb to morrow. Iney aU inVw what General would probably be apposed - . .i... i.i i a man who towerea aiov i It iM time, and ja.tiy ao. Bat he woild ask the House, id view of oar necessities, wbetber It wonid I.. , rnli bin), and mse nun a oureau .mr in Washinirtsn Woaid it not t-ean t-ean t-ean act of the greatest danger to cad him to tha city for i vice T Mr. Farnsworth, of Illinois (Union) replied, while ft sru true that some of the General! derated today today may be down to-morrow, to-morrow, to-morrow, it waa not true of the General for whom Oil honor waa intended. His star bad been constantly rising. Ue beef me grsater day by day, and by his maatcrly abiliy he stands a kead and sbouwers auove a.i ti.e other Generals in the armv. be had been tried enoneb. toco down to posterity with the most bn.liant military honors, and has done en'.tisra to enrnie him t the prize. It did not necessarily follow that Gen. Grant shall be selected. He woaid be brought to Washinelon to transact hi business. lie expected that Gen. Grant would still command the army, and would hasten to poitts where his skill and voice required 1 1 presence. air. Kpaulding, cf Ohio, (Union) inqui-ed inqui-ed inqui-ed whetoer the bill contemplated that the Lieutenant-Gener&l Lieutenant-Gener&l Lieutenant-Gener&l should actuil.v take command and replace the Generai in-t in-t in-t hief. Jf o, he would yote for it. Wr. Farnsworth reniird the bill pro.ided that the Lient-nant Lient-nant Lient-nant General aiiouid command the armies of the I m'ed States. Mr. Schem k, of Ohio. (Union.) anronnced hia intention to yote for t.u- t.u- biiL He desires ts be understood understood as not willing to instruct the President, for on the latter tuuuld rest the responsibility of staking the selection. If the President, eighteen months ago had been authorized to confer this brevet, brevet, rank of Lieutenant tieneral, it might have been conferred on IfoClellan, or subsequently npon Meade, or npon Kosecrarm, and now it may lie npon Grant, so variable are the fortunes f war. He (Schenck) was unwUing to enter any discussion concerning the meri's ol any of the Generals. He repeatei tnat he th nM vote for the b II simply on the ground that it nncht be considered better for the organization of the army that such an officer should exist. Mr. Stevens, of Pennsylvania. (Union.) could sot see the necessity for the passage, of the bill, as the president now has the power to appoint from among the Generals a General in-C,uef in-C,uef in-C,uef of tie army. It the present General in Chief is not sat-isfactory, sat-isfactory, sat-isfactory, the President has full power to appoint another. Tnere was, re repeated, no necessity for the bill, unless it wa to censnre the President f r not making such a chmiee. Tnis bill proposed that the selecting of a Lieutenant General shou.d not be male from a lower grade than a Major General. But if soldiers of a lower grade were better qnalihed. aa oppcrtuni'y should be allowed to select from them iu other words, the most able and meritorious, with no regard to rark. Imputation Imputation depended npon the success of a General. The House should wa.t a wLile before pasting a bi'i of thi character. i!i. Boyd, of Missouri, (Dem..) favored the appointment appointment of a Lieutenant General, if it wouid have theiflpct of superseding Gen. Halleck as General-i.i-t'hief. General-i.i-t'hief. General-i.i-t'hief. General-i.i-t'hief. General-i.i-t'hief. Mr. Vt ashhnme, of Illinois, said the b'.ll pending pointed so distinctly to a du-tn du-tn du-tn guished General that no one could mi-iinder'and mi-iinder'and mi-iinder'and it. He couid not see the reason f ir rev vmg the trade of Lieutenant General. What won d have been tie position of anair in the present rebellion bad it not been for the services of Gen. Grant ? A man who could nut be surpassed iu histo'T for the brilliancy of b'i cbievunents in the n-id n-id n-id ! Two yedrs aeo a tide of ca umiiy aud detraction swept over this great Geoeril, and wl en he (Wa-hburne) (Wa-hburne) (Wa-hburne) arose to de fend linn, he b li-ve li-ve li-ve J be had not the sympathy of ait c'e rn-iu rn-iu rn-iu bre. He wonid appeal to the past as Weil as to the present tus'ory ot Ue country to iy w he her e.'e. y pred.ci-'n pred.ci-'n pred.ci-'n be then made as to Gen. Grnt l.a l no' ben funy vrifi' d. sir. Wastt barne bri flv reviewed Gen. Gram's career, fr m Belmont to Lockout Mountain. iaimir.g that he had cap"ired n. re prisoners thn any man in Bioderu limes, and m"-e m"-e m"-e kuhs frm the enemy, and nad dune tint wni had fp'-.-'.ra fp'-.-'.ra fp'-.-'.ra fp'-.-'.ra fp'-.-'.ra nun to the irrsu tnde ot ah hmr's m tt e W'e-t W'e-t W'e-t by leopenioc the Tea'- Tea'- ha'inl of tiie VI .-i.s-ippi .-i.s-ippi .-i.s-ippi .-i.s-ippi .-i.s-ippi river. Grant has led your armies on to victory ; he hai inspired hit o'dieri Kim u.u!-' u.u!-' u.u!-' r at ptitiC'pies, and abilities. And eutntsias:.! which belong to him. Ht wouid never leave the he'd, but wou d eier be where his pretence wis most needed, and where duty Called. Mr. Hubbard, of C t nei'ticn', (Union), said as the war was n t i.d d, t--er t--er t--er t--er bi'tle would be fought. Home eentlt m-n m-n m-n he e doub'i d the eipe-dieney eipe-dieney eipe-dieney of pass i, e the bill at Ihe present time. All the Generals sfo.uld have an opportunity to compete compete for the ereat priz-. priz-. priz-. iir. Waehburne. f Illinois, (Union.) would tell h.s !nend ttiat th war would never be ended nntil we hal a finne General to leal onr armes. That a what's the nutter." Laughter, and Toi-s Toi-s Toi-s of " you're ru'-t." ru'-t." ru'-t." Mr. Kout'wetl, t f V.as ttchnsetta, (Union.) was opposed to the bi'!. cot bees use be was opposed to Gn. Grant h i:e h ir.on d, but beoaase tne war was not ended, and such an appointment might create sectional flivi-oons flivi-oons flivi-oons in the amy. Ilede-ired Ilede-ired Ilede-ired the selection might be pos'poned till the termination termination of hotiliries. Mr. Garfl-ld. Garfl-ld. Garfl-ld. of Ohio, (Union.) moved that the bill and the amend cents be laid on the table. Diisgreed to, I1' scant 113 Mr. Kos, nf ihinois. (Iem. ) ofT"rd an amendment amendment repec'iol.y rec omnending Maj ir Gen. Grant lor the position 01 Lieutenant Genersd. This was agreed to, yeas 111; nays IT, as follows follows : Nars Messrs. Ashley, Broomall, Bailey, Clay, THvte of Maryland, OnKgs, Garfield. Gnder, Hall, .H:gby, Hoiciikias. Hubbard, J alia a, Longyear, 6hann n, llpson, Williams. The hill waa then passed. 96 against 41. The bill provides that the grade of Lieutenant General be revived to the army of the United States, and au;horiz-s au;horiz-s au;horiz-s the President, whenever he hall deem it expedient, to appoint by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, Com-BiandrfT Com-BiandrfT Com-BiandrfT of the army, to be selected daring the war from among fiose fScers in 'hemunary tervice of the United Statea not below the grade of Major General, most distinguished for courage, skill and ability, and who being commissioned aa Lieutenant General, shall be authorised, onder the direction of the President. t.t command the armies of the United S ates. The Lieutenant lieneral appointed appointed in the manner provided, shall be enti'led to the pay, allowances and stsfl specified in lbs fi'th section of the act approved May 2s. 17l, and alio the allowances prescribed in the sixth section of the act approved Aneust 23, 142. granting ad diti'inal rations to cerHin officers ; provided thst olhing in this bill contained aha 1 be construed in any way to afT-et afT-et afT-et the rank, pay or allowances of Winfle d Scott, l.ientenaat General ky brevet, now on the reared Iwt of the army, and Congresa respectfully respectfully recommends Msjor Gen. Grant to the position of Lieutenant tieneral under this b 11.

Clipped from The Times-Democrat19 Feb 1864, FriPage 2

The Times-Democrat (New Orleans, Louisiana)19 Feb 1864, FriPage 2
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