President Lincoln

Civil War Series/Emancipation Proclamation
6:14 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Historians Say Antietam Helped Lead to Emancipation Proclamation

Burnside Bridge at the Antietam National Battlefield
National Park Service

One-hundred-fifty years ago this week, Confederate and Union soldiers met in one of the deadliest single day battles in history. Dr. Glenn La Fantasie of the WKU Institute for Civil War Studies and WKU military historian Jack Thacker say President Lincoln considered the Battle of Antietam to be a victory and selected the aftermath of the battle as a good time to move ahead with plans to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. However, the WKU historians say the plan to free the slaves was less popular in the north than many people believe.