With Malice Toward None: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln had begun to see emancipation as a war aim in 1862. So, why did he revoke General David Hunter’s military order freeing the slaves on the Sea Islands


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Licoln was pushing his own plan for slave-holding states to take advantage of his plan for gradual, compensated emancipation rather than simply instand emancipation. Lincoln also wanted to be remembered as the person to emancipate slaves, not General David Hunter.