A place in history
In July 1862, with the Civil War going badly, Abraham Lincoln shared a preliminary draft of the Emancipation Proclamation – a declaration of freedom for slaves – with his cabinet.
When some members expressed worry, Lincoln postponed publishing it to wait for a more favorable occasion.
That occasion arrived Sept. 17 with the Battle of Antietam – an indecisive clash, but with enough elements of success to declare a Union victory.
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