July 2, 1864
A BILL further to regulate commercial intercourse with the insurrectionary States was introduced in the Senate, April 14, 1864, by Zachariah Chandler of Michigan, by unanimous consent, and referred to the Committee on Commerce. The bill was reported with amendments May 28, and passed the Senate, June 28, by a vote of 27 to 13. The House passed the bill with further amendments July 2, the concurrence of the Senate being given the same day.
REFERENCES. -- Text in U.S. Statutes at Large, XIII, 375-378. For the proceedings see the House and Senate Journals, 38th Cong., 1st Sess., and the Cong. Globe. The text of the bill as passed by the Senate is in the Globe for June 28.
An Act in addition to the several Acts concerning Commercial Intercourse between loyal and insurrectionary States, and to provide for the Collection of captured and abandoned Property, and the Prevention of Frauds in States declared in Insurrection.
Be it enacted . . ., That sales of captured and abandoned property under the act approved March twelve, eighteen hundred and sixty-three, may be made at such places, in states declared in insurrection, as may be designated by the Secretary of the Treasury, as well as at other places now authorized by said act.
SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That, in addition to the captured and abandoned property to be received, collected, and disposed of, as provided in said act, the said agents shall take charge of and lease, for periods not exceeding twelve months, the abandoned lands, houses, and tenements within the districts therein named, and shall also provide, in such leases or otherwise, for the employment and general welfare of all persons within the lines of national military occupation within said insurrectionary states formerly held as slaves, who are or shall become free. Property, real or personal, shall be regarded as abandoned when the lawful owner thereof shall be voluntarily