Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Lincoln Administration Avoids Facing the Future

The July 30 edition of Civil War Emancipation featured an emotional letter from Gen. Benjamin Butler to Secretary of War Simon Cameron in which Butler essentially asked what was to become of the about 900 fugitive slaves within his lines. Butler’s … Continue reading

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The First Confiscation Act Becomes Law

On August 6, 1861, Abraham Lincoln signed into law what became known to history as the First Confiscation Act. This piece of legislation was a major milestone on the path to emancipation in the United States. It basically transformed into … Continue reading

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U.S. Grant on Civil War Causes

Brooks Simpson over at Crossroads has just posted an excerpt from U.S. Grant’s Memoirs, in which Grant discusses what he saw as the causes of the Civil War. From the excerpt Simpson provides, it is clear that Grant believed that slavery … Continue reading

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A Pro-Slavery Man’s Plan For Emancipation

On August 2, 1861, the New York Times published a lively letter from an unnamed reader who described himself as a “AN ALEXANDER STEPHENS DEMOCRAT, AND A PRO-SLAVERY MAN.” It was titled, “How to Solve the Slavery Question.” The letter clearly … Continue reading

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Were There Black Soldiers in July 1861? Part 3

This edition of Civil War Emancipation might be subtitled “Simon Cameron cops out.” The July 27 edition of this blog discussed a debate in the U.S. House of Representatives on July 22 and 23 dealing with if and how the House … Continue reading

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