Lincoln was our first dictator. He was a tyrant & not Mr. nice guy at all. His policies resulted in the murder, by Union armies, of Southern boys who were defending their homes. Lincoln’s War of Northern Aggression was waged to force the South back into the Union, not to free the slaves. He wanted the taxes & customs’ house monies from the South for the federal coffers. He wasn’t the first president to wage war for his personal agenda, but up to that time he was the biggest spender.
The Emancipation Proclamation was issued to free slaves in the belligerent states only, not in the North. Lincoln needed it to revive the sagging support in the North for his war in the South. It gave his armies a new cause to kill & die needlessly for.