Monthly Archives: February 2013

Worthy Fundraising Effort! Please Give!

Dear Readers, The African American Military History Museum in Hattiesburg, Mississippi was badly damaged by a tornado earlier this month. My good friend, Tom Ward, of Spring Hill College, has launched a fundraising drive to help pay for repairs to … Continue reading

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Signs of the Times

Harper’s Weekly, 21 February 1862. Source: http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation/civil-war/1863/february/freed-negroes.htm While slavery was far from dead in the United States in early 1863, the signs increasingly were not good for its long-term survival. The first piece of evidence was an illustration (above) and accompanying … Continue reading

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Freedom Comes to Key West

[Please note: an incomplete version of this edition of Civil War Emancipation went out earlier by accident--my apologies.] It is normal these days to think of Key West, Florida, as simply an attractive vacation destination. As Florida’s southern-most community, surrounded by … Continue reading

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Reaction to the Emancipation Proclamation

While public opinion, North and South, had considerable time between late September 1862 and the end of the year to adjust to the idea that Abraham Lincoln meant to free most slaves in the United States by proclamation at the … Continue reading

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