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Wars within a WarControversy and Conflict over the American Civil War$
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Joan Waugh and Gary W. Gallagher

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832752

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807898444_waugh

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Friend or Foe: Treason and the Second Confiscation Act

Friend or Foe: Treason and the Second Confiscation Act

(p.27) Friend or Foe: Treason and the Second Confiscation Act
Wars within a War

William Blair

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines how the North would define and punish treason and handle the confiscation of Rebel property in a war that quickly assumed a scale and level of carnage no one anticipated in the spring of 1861. It offers a fresh interpretation of the Second Confiscation Act of July 1862, describing it as a moderate measure rather than a radical attempt to strike at Confederate slaveholders.

Keywords:   Rebel property, Second Confiscation Act, July 1862, Confederate

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