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Emancipation: January 1, 1863

Milt37 Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 5:23 PM
Pappy, That's almost like saying that when Japan attacked Peal Harbor, because they decided that any islands in the Pacific were rightfully theirs, that made everything okay. Just because the Confederacy decided what they wanted, and were "rightfully" theirs, does not make it right. The South fired the first shot, they started the war, and we've seen how that worked out. Why you Southerners (not all, just some) spend your lifetime moaning about your loss is beyond me. The South was destined to lose. They had some great military leaders (better than the North, in most cases), but they were fighting for an outdated economy, that even if they had won, would have collapsed a long time ago.

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...