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 Posted: Thu Aug 29th, 2013 03:50 pm
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Hellcat-

   I see no reason for you to apologize for your tone or what has lately appeared on this thread. If the thread has been hijacked, the reason can be found in Mildman's Post #6. Mark's original intention was to complete a list of Union generals that the CSA Government had chosen to denounce as criminals. Mildman diverted that into a defense of General Hunter's illegal actions in 1862 and an attack on Jefferson Davis: "And the rest of the southern traitors !"

   As previously stated, General Hunter was not the first Union general to cause problems for Mr. Lincoln by issuing his own: "Emancipation proclamation. " That distinction belongs to General John C. Fremont who on 30 August 1861 declared martial law in Missouri, as well as a partial emancipation of slaves. Mr. Lincoln, his commander-in-chief, was not consulted, and learned of these and other declarations made by General Fremont from the newspapers.

   In 1861, the great majority of Union generals were not abolitionists and would have objected if it had been suggested that they were fighting the war to free the slaves. However, there was a radical faction, including Generals Hunter and Fremont, who wished to make the abolition of slavery a war aim of the north.

   Mr. Lincoln was presented with the problem of not alienating different elements of his political allies. He certainly didn't wish trouble in the slave holding border states, so he asked General Fremont to modify some of his proclamations. This General Fremont was unwilling to do and Mr. Lincoln's hand was forced. So, he officially voided General Fremont's proclamations, calling them: "Dictatorial." As soon as the dust settled, General Fremont was relieved from his command.

John C. Frémont and Missouri - Abraham Lincoln

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