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Practical Liberators: Union Officers in the Western Theater during the Civil War

Kristopher A. Teters


During the first fifteen months of the Civil War, the policies and attitudes of Union officers toward emancipation in the western theater were, at best, inconsistent and fraught with internal strains. But after Congress passed the Second Confiscation Act in 1862, army policy became mostly consistent in its support of liberating the slaves in general, in spite of Union army officers' differences of opinion. By 1863 and the final Emancipation Proclamation, the army had transformed into the key force for instituting emancipation in the West. However, Kristopher Teters argues that the guiding prin ... More

Keywords: Union Officers, Civil War Western Theater, Second Confiscation Act, Emancipation Proclamation, military strategy, emancipation, racial attitudes, Union army, black soldiers, freed slaves

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469638867
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638867.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristopher A. Teters, author
Western Governor's University