civil or criminal, shall be maintained for any arrest or imprisonment made, or other trespasses or wrongs done or committed, or act omitted to be done, at any time during the present rebellion, by virtue or under color of any authority derived from or exercised by or under the President of the United States, or by or under any act of Congress, unless the same shall have been commenced within two years next after such arrest, imprisonment, trespass, or wrong may have been done or committed or act may have been omitted to be done: Provided, That in no case shall the limitation herein provided commence to run until the passage of this act, so that no party shall, by virtue of this act, be debarred of his remedy by suit or prosecution until two years from and after the passage of this act.
APPROVED, March 3, 1863.
March 3, 1863
A BILL "to provide for the collection of abandoned property, for the purchase of staples, and for the prevention of frauds in the insurrectionary districts within the United States," was introduced in the Senate, February 19, 1863, by Zachariah Chandler of Michigan, and referred to the Committee on Commerce, which reported it with amendments on the 26th. Of the amendments agreed to by the House, the most important were those providing that the act should not apply to naval prizes, and striking out the section authorizing the purchase of certain agricultural staples by agents of the government. The bill passed the House February 27, and the Senate March 3.
REFERENCES. -- Text in U.S. Statutes at Large, XII, 820, 821. For the proceedings see the House and Senate Journals, 37th Cong., 3d Sess., and the Cong. Globe. The House proceedings are not important. See also House Exec. Doc. 99, 39th Cong., 1st Sess.
An Act to provide for the Collection of abandoned Property and for the Prevention of Frauds in insurrectionary Districts within the United States.
Be it enacted . . ., That it shall be lawful for the Secretary of the Treasury, from and after the passage of this act, as he shall