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1862: “Lincoln Will Take No Step Backward”

EMANCIPATION PROCLAIMED Common sense, the necessities of the war, to say nothing of the dictation of justice and humanity have at last prevailed. We shout for joy that we live to record this righteous decree. Abraham Lincoln, President of the … Continue reading

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1862: “Personal Wish That All Men Everywhere Could Be Free”

Executive Mansion Washington, August 22, 1862. Hon. Horace Greely: Dear Sir I have just read yours of the 19th address to myself through the New-York Tribune. If there be in it any statements, or assumptions of fact, which I may … Continue reading

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1862: “Treated As Outlaws”

WAR DEPT., ADIT. AND INSP. GENERAL’S OFFICE, GENERAL ORDERS, NO. 60 Richmond, August 21, 1862 Whereas, Major-General Hunter, recently in command of the enemy’s forces on the coast of South Carolina, and Brigadier-General Phelps, a military commander in the State … Continue reading

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1862: “I Must Save This Government If Possible”

Private Executive Mansion, Washington, July 26, 1862. Hon Reverdy Johnson My Dear Sir. Yours of the 16th. by the hand of Governor Shepley is received. It seems the Union feeling in Louisiana is being crushed out by the course of … Continue reading

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1861: “Is He Not A Man?”

September 1861 …Our Presidents, Governors, Generals, and Secretaries are calling, with almost frantic vehemence, for men. – “Men! Men! Send us men!” they scream, or the cause of the Union is gone, the life of a great nation is ruthlessly … Continue reading

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1861: “Modify That Paragraph So As To Conform”

Washington D.C. Sept. 2, 1861. Private and confidential. Major General Fremont: My dear Sir: Two points in your proclamation of August 30th give me some anxiety. First should you shoot a man, according to the proclamation the Confederates would very … Continue reading

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