The First Confiscation Act

John Syrett

in The Civil War Confiscation Acts

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780823224890
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240852 | DOI:

Series: Reconstructing America

The First Confiscation Act

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Samuel Gridley Howe and other abolitionists believed that with the firing on Fort Sumter, God had “opened the way” for the emancipation of the slaves and the subjugation of the “Slave power.” Many factors contributed to this dramatic transformation of the war. These included the First and Second Confiscation Acts passed by Congress in August 1861 and July 1862. After the fall of Fort Sumter, Abraham Lincoln emphasized to both North and South that the Union would try to “avoid any devastation, any destruction of, or interference with, property, or any disturbance of peaceful citizens in any part of the country.” The First Confiscation Act had been a weak blow against both slavery and the Confederacy by those who now applauded Frémont and attacked Lincoln.

Keywords: Fort Sumter; slaves; transformation; war; Abraham Lincoln; Confiscation Acts; Frémont; slavery; emancipation; Confederacy

Chapter.  9276 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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