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Emancipation: January 1, 1863

red-dot-in-a-blue-state Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 1:06 PM
I grew up in TX in the 80's. We were taught that if the South had prevailed in the war, that nothing could have prevented future secessions and more wars. It would have been pure hell - ending in a few banana republics. We studied Sherman's farewell speech at LSU extensively and considered it pure prophecy - bordering on clairvoyance. Nothing good would have come from a Southern victory. It's very unfortunate that the Devil chose good southern people to do his dirty-work.

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...