Civil War Era Studies
'In accordance, as I believe, with the will of our Heavenly Father, and by direction of your great and good friend, whose name you are all familiar with, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, and Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, on the 1st day of January, 1863, you will be declared "for ever free."' [excerpt]
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Rudy, John M., "Two More Proclamations for a Special New Years Eve" (2012). Interpreting the Civil War: Connecting the Civil War to the American Public. 99.