Before Lincoln's assassination in 1865, The Emancipation Proclamation was ordered by Abraham Lincoln. He ordered it on January 1st, 1863 and it was supposed to free all slaves. He waited until 1863 so he could order it at the right moment to have the support he needed. If he issued the order without public support, it might fail and he wanted to be sure that it was successful and seen as a major moral victory for the North. When the Union Army turned back Robert E. Lee and the Confederates in the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862 Lincoln knew it was time. The initial announcement that the Emancipation Proclamation order was coming was given a few days later on September 22, 1862.
I order to put the Emancipation Proclamation in effect !
I'M FINALLY FREE!!!!
The rest of the 4 million slaves:
The Emancipation Proclamation also allowed the African-Americans to fight in the Union Army. The Emancipation Proclamation eventually freed millions of slaves.
I'm free and serving my country!
Me too! I was finally given my freedom and my rights to serve this country!