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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book VII:—politics. (search)
ally, if not de facto, of the power which they sought to establish. This law, then, directed the seizure and sale of all property, under whatever form, belonging to citizens of the hostile nation, or even to strangers simply residing on its territory. It would be difficult to imagine a more general confiscation. The law was aggravated by the means resorted to for the purpose of enforcing its execution. All transfer of property from an enemy to a citizen of the Confederacy after the 21st of May, 1861, was declared null, and the object of transfer confiscated. In order to find out everywhere what personal and real estate was subject to confiscation, an extraordinary mode of proceeding was devised, which, despite the danger there was in disputing any orders emanating from Richmond, gave rise to strong opposition, and which, even in the courts of Charleston, was justly designated as a new inquisition. In fact, all the lawyers, the attorneys, the bank-directors, all the agents of corp