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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 02, 1863

Georgia Appropriated Money for Hospital Association

The Georgia General Assembly approved an Act appropriating money for the Georgia Hospital and Relief Association, and exempting its officers from military service.

Full Title: An act to appropriate funds to the uses of the Georgia Relief and Hospital Association, and for other purposes. 15. SEC. I. The General Assembly of the State of Georgia do enact, That the sum of Five hundred thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated and set apart, to the uses and purposes of the Georgia Relief and Hospital Association, to be expended by them, subject to the same uses and limitations as provided in the Act, entitled, “An Act to appropriate funds to the uses of the Georgia Relief and Hospital Association,” assented to December Twentieth, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, with this additional proviso; that the supplying of clothing and shoes to Georgia soldiers in the service of the Confederate States and of this State, be confined by the Association, in their discretion, to the sick, wounded, and such destitute Georgia soldiers as cannot reasonably obtain these articles from the Confederate Government, or from the clothing Bureau of the State of Georgia. [Sidenote: $500,000 appropriated.] [Sidenote: How expended.] [Sidenote: Additional proviso.] [Sidenote: To whom supplies of clothing and shoes are to be given.] 16. SEC. II. And be it further enacted. That the time of holding the annual meeting of the Board of Superintendents be changed, from the last Monday in October, in each year, as provided in the third section of the Act of December 12th, 1862, to the first Wednesday in October, in each year. [Sidenote: Day of annual meeting of Superintendents changed.] 17. SEC. III. And be it further enacted, That in accordance with section Fourth of an Act of the Confederate Congress, approved May first, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, entitled, “An Act to repeal certain clauses of an Act, entitled an Act to exempt certain persons from Military service, approved October eleventh, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two,” the necessary agents and employees of the Georgia Relief and Hospital Association, within the ages of Conscription, shall be considered officers of this State, and the same shall be and are hereby exempted from Military duty in the Provisional army of the Confederate States; provided, not more than two are exempted; and provided, the Executive Committee, or the General Superintendent of the Georgia Relief and Hospital Association shall certify to the Governor of Georgia, in each particular case claiming exemption, that the agent or employee is necessary to carry on efficiently the purposes of the organization of the Association, and is an expert in the special duty to which such agent or employee may be assigned; and in every such case, the Governor is hereby authorized to certify, that such agent or employee is an officer of the State, engaged in the due administration of the government and laws thereof, and as such is exempted by law from Military duty in the service of the Confederate States, as provided in the Act of the Confederate Congress aforesaid. [Sidenote: Exemptions from military service granted to agents and employees.] [Sidenote: Provisoes.] [Sidenote: How exemption is to be obtained.] [Sidenote: Authorizes Gov. to certify such agentser employees are officers of the State.] 18. SEC. IV. And be it further enacted, That the said Association be, and they are hereby authorized, to import any portion of the supplies necessary for the purposes of the charity they represent, and for that purpose they are authorized to adopt such means as they may deem most expedient for running the blockade, and procuring the supplies subject to the laws of the Confederate States; and they shall from time to time, confer with the Governor, as to the best means of accomplishing this object. [Sidenote: Authorizes importation of supplies by the Ass’n.] [Sidenote: Under certain restrictions.] [Sidenote: Requiring conference with Gov.] 19. SEC. V. And be it further enacted, That the sum appropriated by this Act, is hereby authorized to be drawn from any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, upon the warrant or warrants of His Excellency the Governor, to be drawn by him in accordance with the provisions of an act, entitled “An Act to appropriate funds to the uses of the Georgia Relief and Hospital Association,” assented to December 12th, 1862, as the emergencies of the business of the Association may require. [Sidenote: App’n may be drawn on any funds in Treasury.] [Sidenote: How drawn.] SEC. VI. Repeals conflicting laws. Approval Date: Assented to, Dec. 2, 1863.