o invade the Confederate States, to seize all property as plunder, and to let the negroes go free.
Our posterity, reading that history, will blush that such facts are on record.
It was estimated on the floor of the House of Representatives that the aggregate amount of property within our limits subject to be acted upon by the provisions of this act would affect upward of six million people, and would deprive them of property of the value of nearly five thousand million dollars.
Said Garrett Davis of Kentucky:
Was there ever, in any country that God's sun ever beamed upon, a legislative measure involving such an amount of property and such numbers of propertyholders?
But this is only one feature of the confiscation act which was applied to persons who were within the Confederate States, in such a position that the ordinary process of the United States courts could not be served upon them.
They could be reached only by the armies.
There was another feature equally flagran