In Blood Proclaimed
George Washington was called the “Father of His Country,” Andrew Jackson “Old Hickory,” and Abraham Lincoln “the Great Emancipator.” Yet when General John Charles Frémont had taken it upon himself to liberate Missouri’s slaves, Lincoln promptly annulled the order. When General David Hunter—commanding the U.S. Army’s Department of the South—took Fort Pulaski, Georgia, in April 1862, and freed slaves living within the reach of his military jurisdiction, Lincoln annulled that order as well.
This chapter explains “the Great Emancipator’s” cautious position on slavery and how the Civil War finally did become a fight “to make men free.”
The Prayer of Twenty Million
Abraham Lincoln did not relish annulling the emancipation ...