Lincoln’s Retaliation Proclamation a Stern Warning to the South

July 30, 1863 (Thursday) Through much of the beginning of the war, President Lincoln believed the nation to not be quite ready for black soldiers. By this time, of course, that was a distant memory. Ready or otherwise, the United States had armed both free and escaped blacks, placing them in their own segregated regiments,Read More

Lincoln Argues in Favor of Colonizing the Freed Slaves

September 26, 1862 (Friday) The Emancipation Proclamation would not immediately free all that many slaves. That did not mean, however, that it wouldn’t be one of the first steps in freeing all of them. In whatever way it was accomplished, something had to be done with the 3.5 million slaves living in the south. SinceRead More

Lincoln’s Other September ’62 Proclamation

September 24, 1862 (Wednesday) September of 1862 is most often remembered for the Battle of Antietam and the Emancipation Proclamation released just after. There was, however, another proclamation issued two days following. While the first was meant to set men free, the second was quite the opposite. The proclamation stated simply that “all persons discouragingRead More

Northern Press and Politicians React to Emancipation Proclamation

September 23, 1862 (Tuesday) President Lincoln’s preliminary Emancipation Proclamation was released to the world on this date, appearing verbatim in the morning papers. The edict wasn’t actually anything new, merely a restating of two previous military Acts concerning slaves. The tone, however, was different. Lincoln had warned the Southern slave states that it was comingRead More

Lincoln Unveils the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

September 22, 1862 (Monday) It had been fifty-nine days since President Abraham Lincoln warned the Southern slave states that “within sixty days,” if they had not rejoined the Union, he would authorize the seizure of their property – including, and most importantly, their slaves. Lincoln wanted to release a proclamation freeing the slaves in theRead More

Lincoln Warns the Southern People; Halleck Convinces Mac to Attack (Probably)

Lincoln gives the southern people sixty days to come back into the Union or risk having all of their property seized by the Federal government. Meanwhile, General-in-Chief Halleck almost believes he convinces McClellan to attack Richmond. [July 25, 1862]

Lincoln Shocks His Cabinet with an Emancipation Proclamation

As a follow up to the previous day’s meeting, Lincoln reveals for the first time a draft of the Emancipation Proclamation. Such a measure stuns his Cabinet. However, his mind is already made up. [July 22, 1862]