After six days, John C. Fremont finally responds to Abraham Lincoln’s request to modify clauses in his controversial Missouri proclamation.
Abraham Lincoln addresses the delicate issue of John C. Fremont’s proclamation imposing martial law in Missouri and freeing slaves belonging to disloyal masters.
John C. Fremont issues controversial orders imposing martial law throughout Missouri and authorizing the forced emancipation of slaves.
Simon Cameron clarifies the Lincoln administration’s policy regarding fugitive slaves escaping into Federal military lines.
Abraham Lincoln reluctantly signs a bill into law allowing Federal commanders to seize slaves from people supporting the Confederacy.
General Benjamin F. Butler pushes the Lincoln administration to set a firm policy regarding fugitive slaves behind Federal lines.