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Updated May 31, 2020

US Military and Naval Officers Who Opposed Slavery

Some prominent Union military and naval commanders and officers were opposed to slavery.  During the course of the Civil War, a number of these officers were involved in activities helping slaves and former slaves.  The following is a partial list.


Frémont, John C., Major General, US Army


Howard, Oliver Otis, Major General, US Army


Hunter, David Dard, Major General, US Army


Patterson, Daniel, US Naval Commander


Ross, George T., Colonel, US Army


Shaw, Robert Gould, Colonel, 54 Massachusetts Infantry, U.S. Colored Troops, US Army


Slocum, Henry Warner, Major General, US Army


Thomas, Lorenzo, Major General, US Army


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