Almost with the beginning of the fratricidal conflict of 1861-1865 far-seeing politicians and interested economic groups from the North began an economic invasion of the South. First, a Confiscation Act made all property used in support of the rebellion subject to seizure by the federal government. Later in 1861, despite Abraham Lincoln’s questioning of its constitutionality, Congress passed a second Confiscation Act which made the property of all Confederate officials subject to immediate confiscation by Union officials.
Clarke, Robert L.
"Northern Plans for the Economic Invasion of Florida, 1862-1865,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 28
, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol28/iss4/5