Military And Political Leaders During The Civil War Essay

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Military and Political leaders have to make vital decisions during wartime that they believe will help their side in their war efforts. The Emancipation Proclamation was conceived as a military order that Lincoln believed would increase manpower in the Union Army. The conditions in late 1862 were grim for the Union Army, especially the Eastern Theatre, as the Confederates won the majority of crucial battles in the war so far. The Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order that changed the status of slaves in Confederacy, once the slaves were in land controlled by the United States they were considered free. However, the Emancipation Proclamation applied to Blacks in the Confederacy, and it excluded the slave states that remained loyal to the United States (Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and Missouri). The Emancipation Proclamation did not provide any benefits to African Americans in the United States with the except of being able to serve in the Army. More importantly, it turned the war into a moral crusade for Northerners and Southerners fear of a Republican abolitionist president was proven to be true. The significance of the Emancipation Proclamation on the Civil War was it sparked the conflict and increased the importance of the war to both the North and the South.
The North consisted of three main factions that responded differently to the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The three groups are African Americans, Abolitionists, and…

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