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  • U.S.
    Tuesday Mar 11, 1862

    Abraham Lincoln

    Lincoln removed McClellan

    U.S.
    Tuesday Mar 11, 1862

    In 1862 Lincoln removed McClellan for the general's continued inaction. He elevated Henry Halleck in July and appointed John Pope as head of the new Army of Virginia.




  • U.S.
    Thursday Jul 17, 1862

    Abraham Lincoln

    Confiscation Act of 1862

    U.S.
    Thursday Jul 17, 1862

    In July, the Confiscation Act of 1862 was enacted, providing court procedures to free the slaves of those convicted of aiding the rebellion; Lincoln approved the bill despite his belief that it was unconstitutional.




  • Minnesota, Dakota Territory
    Sunday Aug 17, 1862

    Abraham Lincoln

    Sioux Uprising

    Minnesota, Dakota Territory
    Sunday Aug 17, 1862

    On August 17, 1862, the Sioux Uprising in Minnesota, supported by the Yankton Indians, killed hundreds of white settlers, forced 30,000 from their homes, and deeply alarmed the Lincoln administration.




  • U.S.
    Friday Aug 22, 1862

    Abraham Lincoln

    A wish

    U.S.
    Friday Aug 22, 1862

    Privately, Lincoln concluded that the Confederacy's slave base had to be eliminated. Copperheads argued that emancipation was a stumbling block to peace and reunification; Republican editor Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune agreed. In a letter of August 22, 1862, Lincoln said that while he personally wished all men could be free, regardless of that, his first obligation as president was to preserve the Union: My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union ... I have here stated my purpose according to my view of official duty; and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men everywhere could be free.




  • Prince William County, Virginia, U.S.
    Friday Aug 29, 1862

    Abraham Lincoln

    Second Battle of Bull Run

    Prince William County, Virginia, U.S.
    Friday Aug 29, 1862

    Pope was then soundly defeated at the Second Battle of Bull Run in the summer of 1862, forcing the Army of the Potomac back to defend Washington. Despite his dissatisfaction with McClellan's failure to reinforce Pope, Lincoln restored him to command of all forces around Washington.




  • Washington County, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, U.S.
    Wednesday Sep 17, 1862

    Abraham Lincoln

    Battle of Antietam

    Washington County, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, U.S.
    Wednesday Sep 17, 1862

    General Robert E. Lee's forces crossed the Potomac River into Maryland, leading to the Battle of Antietam. That battle, a Union victory, was among the bloodiest in American history; it facilitated Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in January.




  • U.S.
    Monday Sep 22, 1862

    Juneteenth

    President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

    U.S.
    Monday Sep 22, 1862

    During the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862.


  • Spotsylvania County and Fredericksburg, Virginia, U.S.
    Thursday Dec 11, 1862

    Abraham Lincoln

    Battle of Fredericksburg

    Spotsylvania County and Fredericksburg, Virginia, U.S.
    Thursday Dec 11, 1862

    Burnside, against presidential advice, launched an offensive across the Rappahannock River and was defeated by Lee at Fredericksburg in December. Desertions during 1863 came in the thousands and only increased after Fredericksburg, so Lincoln replaced Burnside with Joseph Hooker.


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