sep 21, 1862 - Emancipation Proclamation/ Battle of Antietam
September 17, 1862
The war was fought near sharpsburg, Maryland. It was the 1st major battle of the American Civil War.
Outcome: Only a few slaves were actually freed. No immediate effect because Confederate States didn't act on Lincoln's order
Lincoln's proclamation would be federal government's 1st official step toward the abolition of human slavery
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