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President Abraham Lincoln’s executive order proclaiming the freedom of all slaves held in rebel states goes into effect, signaling an ideological change in the Union’s reasons for fighting the Civil War

One month after the qualified Union victory in the Battle of Antietam, Lincoln issued a preliminary proclamation warning that in all states still in rebellion on January 1, 1863, he would declare their slaves “then, thenceforward, and forever free.” January 1 came, and with it the final proclamation, which committed the government and armed forces of the United States to liberate the slaves in rebel states “as an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity.”…

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6 thoughts on “January 1 1863

  1. Be excellent to each other. And… PARTY ON, DUDES!

    When the excellent dude Carlin hit the mainstream, Dave.

    Lincoln was one of the good guys.

    Some might disagree:

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