Essay about The Battle Of Gettysburg : The Emancipation Proclamation

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The second of the ten events that led up to the Battle of Gettysburg is the Emancipation Proclamation, it went into effect on January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation was President Abraham Lincoln’s decision to free all of the slaves in the United States. This event caused chaos within both the Confederates and the Union Troops. The men felt that this added further complications to the already complicated American Civil War. “Evidently, scores of African Americans living in the North were captured and taken South.” This changed the outlook for the troops that were fighting. They hoped to finish the already dragged on war; and most importantly, they had to figure out what to do with the African American slaves that they had working for them throughout the war and among their troops.

The next turning point event that led to the Battle of Gettysburg was that of the first Union draft; it went into effect on March 3, 1863. At this time, both sides were suffering heavy losses, not only from battles but from sicknesses as well. During the winter months the troops suffered malaria, pneumonia, and typhoid. When the winters ended is when the battles began again; and when the population of the troops was at its lowest. The Battle of Shiloh in particular brought them to the realization that they are losing men too quickly and something needed to be done. “When the law went into effect in July 1863, violence erupted in cities across the North. Crowds of mostly poor,…

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