The proof? How about the writings of Lincoln's own bodyguard Ward Hill Lamon [pictured above], who also happened to be one of Lincoln's appointed U.S. Marshals whose job it was to enforce it
by Larry Simons
March 25, 2014
When Jon Stewart had Judge Andrew Napolitano on his program The Daily Show on March 11 to discuss Abraham Lincoln, Stewart created a mock game show titled 'The Weakest Lincoln', in which three so-called "experts" would rule on weather Napolitano was telling the truth in his responses to Stewart's questions about Lincoln or the Civil War.
The three "experts" were professors Eric Foner, Manisha Sinha and Jim Oakes. After a segment where Stewart, Napolitano and Prof. Sinha were discussing the slave trade, Napolitano says, "The President used federal marshals to chase down slaves that had escaped and returned them to the South during the Civil War!"
All three exclaimed, "That's not true! That's not true!", almost in perfect synchronization. Stewart then asked his "expert" panel, "How is that not true?" All three at once stated, "It didn't happen" or "It's not true".
watch this segment [at 6:36 into the clip]
Lamon himself stated in his own book Recollections of Abraham Lincoln 1847–1865 (A.C. McClurg and Company, 1895), "After the law was passed emancipating the slaves in the District of Columbia, that territory was made, or sought to be made, the asylum for the unemancipated slaves of the States of Maryland and Virginia. Mr. Lincoln was not yet ready to issue his general emancipation proclamation; the Fugitive Slave law was still in force and was sought to be enforced".
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Notice how Lamon states this fugitive slave enforcement was "after the law passed emancipating the slaves in the District of Columbia". He is referring to the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act, which ended slavery in Washington D.C., which Lincoln signed into law on April 16, 1862, a full year into Lincoln's presidency. Proof that Napolitano was absolutely 100% correct.
Napolitano told the three "experts" the fugitive slave law was enforced "during the Civil War". April 16, 1862 was a full year and four days after the war began and Lamon clearly stated the slave law was still in force during this time.
Also, in Ward Hill Lamon's book The Life of Abraham Lincoln as President, a book that was written in the 1880's but published in 2011 by editor and author Bob O'Connor, Lamon once again confirms that the Fugitive Slave Act was in full force. Lamon writes:
"The Fugitive Slave Act was yet in force. The District of Columbia Emancipation Law had gone into effect, and Maryland and Virginia slaves were constantly seeking a refuge of safety from slavery. The District of Columbia was a depot for them but was not an asylum under the law in existence. The effect of the passage of the law without the concomitant protection and relief made it most embarrassing and complicated for all the local judicial, ministerial and executive officers. Slavery was abolished in the territory. The law was plain enough on that subject. The fugitive slave law was still in force. The federal law and Maryland statutes were also in force in the District. Virginia and Maryland slaves soon flocked to the District."Lamon continues:
"Before and after the compensated abolition of slavery the execution of the fugitive slave law in the District of Columbia became a question much discussed by Congress and was a frightful scandal to radical members. The District had become the asylum of runaway slaves from the border states, particularly from the rebel state of Virginia and the quasi-loyal state of Maryland. The fugitive slave law remained in force and no attempt was made by Congress to repeal it or provide for the protection of the executive officers whose duty it was to enforce it."It is clear from the words of Lincoln's own personal bodyguard and U.S. Marshal Ward Hill Lamon, that the Fugitive Slave Act was fully enforced by Lincoln all through the war.
Napolitano is correct. Stewart's panel of Lincoln "experts" are bald-faced liars.