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Emancipation: January 1, 1863

Paulus Textor Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 10:50 PM
Tyrants LOVE making a big deal about the alleged "first shot" in a war. This is a semi-plausible way for them to gain some alleged moral high ground. In WWII, Hitler engineered the "first shot" by the Poles, in a false-flag operation. In the Spanish-American War, the US either took advantage of a terrible accident, or deliberately engineered the explosion on the battleship Maine. The "first shot" is quite meaningless.

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...