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Civil War History Historians' Forum

The Emancipation Proclamation

Jun 10th, 2013 | Filed as: Historians' Forum

From the moment Abraham Lincoln announced its preliminary version in late September 1862, the Emancipation Proclamation has been seen as a document of great import. At the time, soldiers and citizens on both sides understood that the proclamation had initiated a new kind of war. Not only did it clarify the North’s war aim so [...]



Historians’ Forum: Centennial vs. Sesquicentennial

Feb 29th, 2012 | Filed as: Historians' Forum

The American Civil War’s Centennial vs. the Sesquicentennial



Historians’ Forum

Aug 8th, 2011 | Filed as: Historians' Forum

The First Battle of Bull Run
“All of this McDowell knew, but the impassioned patriots who from a safe distance were providing the pressure for the great march on Richmond neither knew nor cared about any of it.  They wanted action; action was ordered, and on the afternoon of July 16 McDowell hauled his regiments out [...]



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