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John C. Fremont

Major-General John C. Fremont Proclamation

General Fremont's Proclamation came two years before President Lincoln's Proclamation. General Fremont intended to use military power to erradicate slavery. The intention was a means to gain labor and detract potential labor from the Confederate Army. President Lincoln found issue with the use of military power and the dissonance with the First Confiscation Act Congress had enacted. 

Abraham Lincoln to John C. Fremont, Monday, September 02, 1861 (Fremont's August 30 Proclamation; endorsed by Lincoln, Sept. 3, 1861)

This document shows President Lincoln's aprehension to use military force to impose political views. 

John C. Fremont to Abraham Lincoln, Sunday, September 08, 1861 (Proclamation and situation in Missouri)

Private letter from Major-General John C. Fremont to President Lincoln regarding the Proclamation of August 30, 1861 in Missouri. 

This document expresses that General Fremont believed the Proclmation to be a valuable military measure. General Fremont requested President Lincoln publically retract the Proclamation to show that the President had control and also to show that General Fremont acted of his own accord. 

Abraham Lincoln to Orville H. Browning, Sunday, September 22, 1861 (Fremont's Proclamation)

Private letter from President Lincoln to Orville H. Browning regarding General Fremont's August 30 Proclamation. 

This document gives deeper insight into President Lincoln's disaproval of the Fremont Proclamation.