Category Archives: Halleck, Henry W.

Emancipation Caps Lincoln’s Desperate Month, December 1862

African-Americans and Abolitionists across the country waited nervously 150 years ago today, for confirmation that President Lincoln had actually signed the Emancipation Proclamation.  No one close to the President doubted that he would before the end of the day.  But the country … Continue reading

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Second Manassas Drama Unfolds in Lafayette Square

Critics of General John Pope suggested that his most prominent qualification to be appointed to command the Union’s new Army of Virginia was his father’s clout as a Federal judge in Illinois and a friend of President Lincoln.  He actually had excellent battlefield … Continue reading

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