Do not lament my fate; if I have decided to go on living, it is to serve your glory. I wish to write the history of the great things we have done together! … Farewell, my children! I would like to embrace you all; let me at least embrace your flag!
— Napoleon Bonaparte (A. J. F. Fain, Manuscrit de 1814; Paris 1825)
September 22, 1862: Abraham Lincoln Issues Emancipation Proclamation
On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. This declaration set a date for the freedom of more than three million black slaves in the United States.
The Emancipation Proclamation ordered the emancipation of all slaves residing in Confederate states that had not returned to Union control by January 1, 1963. It emphasized the mission of the Civil War as a fight against slavery.
The Emancipation Proclamation was signed and issued on January 1, 1863.