Confiscated Property of Loyal Men South

March 13, 1866


Congress hopes to pass a bill that allows military leaders acting under the President to restore land confiscated from the Union during the war.


The Judiciary Committee of the House have under consideration, and will probably report next Tuesday, a bill empowering the President, or any military commander who represents him in the late rebellious States, to reinstate loyal men in the possession of lands which they were deprived of by rebel confiscation during the war, as everybody knows the Confederate Government indulged pretty heavily in confiscation against those who were known to favor the Union cause. Since the war, many of their decrees have been reversed and the former owners reinstated in possession of their property. The object of the proposed bill is to keep the loyal owners in possession by the employment of military power until the southern country has become so far settled that the question can be tried before the civil courts. It is merely a measure to choke off the lawyers temporarily- New York Herald
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