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The Civil War Confiscation ActsFailing to Reconstruct the South$
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John Syrett

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780823224890

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823224890.001.0001

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The First Confiscation Act

The First Confiscation Act

(p.1) The First Confiscation Act
The Civil War Confiscation Acts

John Syrett

Fordham University Press

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

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