The Reasons Of Abraham Lincoln And The Emancipation Proclamation
Not looking for war He wanted a peaceful union and was willing to keep slavery in the south. “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies.” Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address) Succession was already winning the battle, and the southern states were not willing to go down without a fight.
Fort Sumter, a federal fort, sat on a tiny Island in South Carolina. Cut off from the Union, Fort Sumter was in need supplies. Deciding to continue to occupy the fort, Lincoln sent aid knowing war could ensue, but being a man of integrity, he felt the need to uphold his promise of defending federal property. The fort being on confederate land was a constant thorn in the south’s …show more content…
In the confederacy, Slaves were used to build forts, haul materiel, tend the horses and perform chores for the armies plus provided support on the home front by growing food. Douglas states “slavery was the stomach of this rebellion”. Lincoln started to realize the importance of the confederacy dependency on slavery. “Union military commander’s and politician’s alike gradually realized that to defeat the Confederacy, the North would have to destroy slavery. “I am a slow walker” Lincoln said, “but I never walk back.”” This was the turning point for Lincoln; his idea changed to saving the Union by saving the