THE CONFEDERATE SENATE’S LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS, 1861 – 1865
On Monday, 23 February 1863, Confederate Senate Bill #53 was introduced by Senator James L. Orr of South Carolina; and, considered in secret session, upon approval of a motion by Senator Benjamin H. Hill of Georgia. The specific wording was:
“A bill to deprive negroes and mulattoes taken in arms against the Confederate States of the rights and immunities of prisoners of war, and to sell them into perpetual slavery where no person claims right of property in them:
which was read the first and second times, then referred to the Committee on the Judiciary on motion by Senator Hill
Source: JOURNAL OF THE CONGRESS OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, Volume 1, page 89.
More coverage of the legislative actions by the Confederate Congress targeting disenfrancisment as well as punishment of blacks and mulattoes fighting for the Union is found at: