Fun Fact September 22, 2020
22 September 2020
A bit of history today. On this date in 1862 President Abraham Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, freeing nearly three million enslaved people, primarily in the Southern United States. Lincoln had held off from making the announcement, despite urging from abolitionist and radical republicans as well as his personal belief that slavery was morally repugnant. The timing of the announcement came after a Union victory at the Battle of Antietam on September 17th. The final Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863. Along with freedom for all enslaved persons in the United States this proclamation also called for the recruitment and establishment of Black military units among the Union forces. An estimated 180,000 African Americans went on to serve in the army, while another 18,000 served in the navy.