The First War Department Printing of the Emancipation Proclamation

From the heirs of General Robert H. Milroy

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Lincoln’s proclamation firmly committed the Union war effort to ending slavery. This was a radical step forward from where Lincoln and Northern public opinion began the war in 1861. Lincoln initially fought to save the Union and would leave slavery alone if that’s what it took to do so. Now in 1863...

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The First War Department Printing of the Emancipation Proclamation

From the heirs of General Robert H. Milroy

Lincoln’s proclamation firmly committed the Union war effort to ending slavery. This was a radical step forward from where Lincoln and Northern public opinion began the war in 1861. Lincoln initially fought to save the Union and would leave slavery alone if that’s what it took to do so. Now in 1863 he made it clear that defeat of the Confederacy and restoration of the Union could only be accomplished by destroying slavery.

Printed document, Eberstadt 12, General Orders, No. 1. War Department, Adjutant General’s Office. Washington, January 2, 1863. 3pp. “Now, therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief…do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free.”

From the heirs of Union General Robert Milroy, so apparently his copy.

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