US Attorney General Edward Bates.

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There is a fair amount of debate about the legality of some of Lincoln's polices yet we do not often here of the view of US Attorney General Bates whos served during most of the Civil War. Bates had served as a soldier during the War of 1812. He later became a lawyer and politician. Bates was on the the our main candidates for the Republican presidential nomination of 1860. Lincoln appointed him US Attorney General. Early in the Civil War Bates seemed to support most of Lincoln's policies to include arbitrary arrest of southern sympathizers and seditious northerners. Bates disagreed with Lincoln over the emancipation of slaves and over the recrement of black soldiers. He resigned and Lincoln appointed James Speed who had more radical views to replace him. After he left office Bates opposed the requirement of former Confederate to swear an other to the US.

It appears many historians have a mixed view of Edward Bates performance as Attorney General. Still with so many legal questions arising over some of Lincoln's actions it is bit surprising we do not hear more about Edward Bates.
 
Bates disagreed with Lincoln over the emancipation of slaves and over the recrement of black soldiers.
It wasn't that Bates was against emancipation, per se, but he was against it without the mandatory colonization of those freed in the slave states because he was convinced that the two races could never live peacefully together.
 
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