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Frederick Douglass

February 1818–February 20, 1895 After escaping from bondage on September 3, 1838, Frederick Douglass became a highly-acclaimed orator and writer supporting the abolition of … Read more

General Orders, No. 11 (Department of the South)

May 9, 1862 On May 9, 1862, Major General David Hunter, commanding the Department of the South, issued General Orders, No. 11, declaring the … Read more

General Orders, No. 11, (Department of the South)

May 9, 1862 On May 9, 1862, Major General David Hunter, commanding the Department of the South, issued General Orders, No. 11, freeing all … Read more

George Brinton McClellan

During the American Civil War, George Brinton McClellan twice served as the commanding general of the Army of the … Read more

James Monroe Trotter

February 7, 1842–February 26, 1892 Born on February 7, 1842 (some sources state that he was born on November 8, 1842 or on February … Read more

John R. Bowles

June 13, 1826–September 3, 1864 Born on June 13, 1826, in Lynchburg, Virginia, John R. Bowles eventually moved to Ohio, settling in the vicinity … Read more

Militia Act of 1862

1862 During the American Civil War, the Militia Act of 1862 boosted the size of the Union's armed forces by authorizing the enlistment of … Read more

Presidential Proclamation 90

May 19, 1862 On May 19, 1862, Abraham Lincoln issued a presidential proclamation revoking David Hunter's general order freeing the slaves in Georgia, South … Read more

Presidential Proclamation 93 (Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation)

September 22, 1862 Issued by President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862, Presidential Proclamation 93, also known as the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation stated that … Read more

Presidential Proclamation 95 (Emancipation Proclamation)

January 1, 1863 Issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation stated that people held in slavery in areas designated … Read more