The Emancipation Proclamation (by pasquale minnone)

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The Emancipation Proclamation (by pasquale minnone)

Abraham Lincoln was the inventor of the most important and well known documents of the Civil War. The Emancpation Proclamation gave African Americans the right to be teated equally.(except those in the border states.) This document would not have been issued if he Union had lost the battle of Antietam. Lincoln could have issued the document at any given time, but he wanted to set an example by winning. He didnt want to seem desperate by issuing this on a loss. The not so loved presedent redeemed himself with this win and gained more support from the civilans of the Union.

On September 16, Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan confronted Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia at Sharpsburg, Maryland. At dawn September 17, Hooker’s corps mounted a powerful assault on Lee’s left flank that began the single bloodiest day in American military history. Attacks and counterattacks swept across Miller’s cornfield and fighting swirled around the Dunker Church. Union assaults against the Sunken Road eventually pierced the Confederate center, but the Union's advantage was not followed up. Late in the day, Burnside’s corps finally got into action, crossing the stone bridge over Antietam Creek and rolling up the Confederate right. At a crucial moment, A.P. Hill’s division arrived from Harpers Ferry and counterattacked, driving back Burnside and saving the day. Although outnumbered two-to-one, Lee committed his entire force, while McClellan sent in less than three-quarters of his army, enabling Lee to fight the Union to a standstill.

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