A Wisconsin soldier witnesses the Fugitive Slave Law in action, 1862

Wisconsin Army Officer to His Wife, July 25, 1862 (Fugitive slaves)


This letter from a Wisconsin Army Officer stationed in Alabama expresses the outrage many felt about the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Writing to his wife, the Officer describes how slaveholders have entered their encampments looking for escaped slaves.


Related Topics: Wisconsin in the Civil War Era
Abolition and Other Reforms
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Pub Data: Original manuscript in the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress (Series 1. General Correspondence. 1833-1916).
Citation: "Wisconsin Army Officer to His Wife, July 25, 1862 (Fugitive slaves)." Original manuscript in the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress (Series 1. General Correspondence. 1833-1916); Online facsimile at:  http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mal&fileName=mal1/172
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