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The Union Army’s Struggle over the Limits of Confiscation in the West

Kristopher A. Teters

in Practical Liberators

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print June 2018 | ISBN: 9781469638867
Published online May 2019 | e-ISBN: 9781469638881
The Union Army’s Struggle over the Limits of Confiscation in the West

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From the beginning of the war to the summer of 1862, officers in the West adopted policies toward fugitive slaves that ranged from barring them altogether from their lines to aggressively liberating them. In August 1861, Congress offered some guidance on the issue with the First Confiscation Act, but the act’s limited scope led to minimal confiscation or none at all by top officers. Sensitive to the sentiments of border states like Missouri, who supported the Union but wanted slavery preserved, Lincoln was not yet ready to push for emancipation. At times, however, officers in the Border South...

Keywords: fugitive slaves; confiscation; diverse policies; First Confiscation Act; border states; confiscated slaves; officers; William T. Sherman; Henry Halleck; Ulysses S. Grant

Chapter.  12649 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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