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“That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a state, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free…”

From the Emancipation Proclamation, January 1st, 1863

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Abraham Lincoln

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress)

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On this day in the Civil War, Edwin Stanton becomes President Lincoln’s Secretary of War.

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Edwin Stanton

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress)

On this day in the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln accepts the resignation of Secretary of War Simon Cameron.

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Simon Cameron House

Harrisburg, Pa

On this day in the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation which frees slaves in territories still occupied by the rebels.

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass had this to say about that momentous day, “The first of January 1863, was a memorable day in the progress of American liberty and civilization. It was the turning-point in the conflict between freedom and slavery. A death blow was then given to the slaveholding rebellion. Until then, the Federal arm had been more than tolerant to that relict of barbarism . . . We fought the rebellion, but not its cause. And now, on this day of January 1st, 1863, the formal and solemn announcement was made that thereafter the government would be found on the side of emancipation. This proclamation changed everything.”

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On this day in the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln gives his annual message to congress. He makes his first major statement of reconstruction in a Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction. Confederate pardons will be conditional on an oath of allegiance to the United States.

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On this day in the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln orders the execution of 39 Indians as a result of the Indian uprisings in Minnesota during September.

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Fort Snelling, Minnesota

On this day in the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln gives his State of the Union message to congress.

Lincoln says, “We cannot escape history…in giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free.”

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