War Against Slavery Without a Black Soldier in Sight?

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Rudy, John M.
CW150; Gettysburg; Gettysburg College; Civil War Era Studies; slavery; Emancipation Proclamation; Cultural History; History; Public History; Social History; United States History
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I've been lying to people. OK, not exactly lying, just not telling the whole truth. One of my favorite lines to use when I worked in Washington at the Lincoln Cottage was that the, "most important part of the Emancipation Proclamation came near the end, where it says that black men, the former slaves, can serve in the army and navy, that they can fight for their very own freedom." [excerpt]