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Confederate States of America. Congress. House of Representatives Joint Resolutions in reference to the treatment of colored troops

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08979.05 Author/Creator: Confederate States of America. Congress. House of Representatives Place Written: Richmond, Virginia Type: Printed document Date: 15 February 1864 Pagination: 4 p. ; 24 x 15cm.

Summary of Content: Confederate act resolves that the abolition of slavery is against the rules of war and that former slaves who are captured while fighting for the Union will be returned to their masters. States "emancipation of the negro slaves within the Confederate States by the enemy, is not among the acts of legitimate war; but is...among such acts as 'putting to death all prisoners in cold blood.'" With war department stamp.

People: Confederate States of America 1860-1870

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryConfederate States of AmericaLawSlaveryPrisoner of WarAbolitionAfrican American HistoryAfrican American TroopsContrabandsUnion ForcesEmancipationEmancipation ProclamationAtrocity

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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