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The signing of the Emancipation Proclamation

By Kaity
Civil War Reporter


President Lincoln
January13, 1863 Abraham Lincoln was greeting people from 9:00 that morning. He went up a floor to go sign the Emancipation Proclamation. His hand was trembling from shaking people’s hands all morning long he could hardly rest his wrist down to write his name. The Emancipation Proclamation was to put slavery to an end.

He didn’t want to start a democracy so he didn’t tell everyone after he wrote the Emancipation. William H. Seward said “We shouldn’t announce it until we have had victory.” Then finally September 17, 1862 they had victory, so in 1863 Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation proclamation and announced it to the United States of America. Once the south heard, they retreated. Abraham Lincoln thought all this fighting would end but he was wrong. The south had retreated and they still had to fight over slavery. It was a wreckage nobody thought this war would end but it all stopped when General Lee surrendered to the north.

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