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Emancipation: January 1, 1863

Doc W Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 6:27 PM
Milt, Lincoln had the option of simply letting the southern states go, thereby avoiding a disastrous and deadly war. Fort Sumter was fired on and cleared of union troops because it was a threat to the independence of the newly-seceded state, and Lincoln and sent a ship to re-supply it, thereby forcing the issue. Since you are into alternate histories, let me point out that in all probability there would have been no WWII and no Cold War without Woodrow Wilson's intervention in WWI. Anyhow, I don't have to be a proctologist to recognize an a-hole when I encounter one. Shall we drop the useless insults at one apiece?

Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.

President Abraham Lincoln had been warned by Gen. George B. McClellan not to interfere with the institution of slavery. McClellan was a “War Democrat,” willing to fight to preserve the Union, but unwilling to do anything about the root cause of the rebellion that threatened the life of the nation.

Ironically, it was McClellan’s victory at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, that had given Lincoln the opportunity he needed to issue his Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. In that document, the President warned rebellious states in the South that they would...