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Emancipation: January 1, 1863

Think Freely Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 10:19 PM
It is interesting that you do not reply to the specific reasons given in the article as to why the Emancipation Proclamation applied only to the confederate states. That it was the only way that Lincoln could legally free any slaves since the Southern newspapers stated that the slaves had military value.

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...