Blacks & the Civil War:. Lower high school. President Lincoln’s Aims (April 1861). Lincoln was most concerned with preserving the Union.
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Lower high school
“We are concerned in this fight and our fate hangs upon its issues. The South must be subjugated, or we shall be enslaved. In aiding the Federal government in whatever way we can, we are aiding to secure our own liberty; for this war can only end in the subjugation of the North or the South.”
Anglo-African (a black NY newspaper)
“Our feelings urge us to say to our countrymen that we are ready to stand by and defend our government as equals of its white defenders, to do so with ‘our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor,’ for the sake of freedom, and as good citizens; and we ask you to modify your laws, that we may enlist,- that fill scope may be given to patriotic feelings burning in the colored man’s breast.”
-Resolution Drawn up by Black Bostonian soldiers
–General George B. McClellan
These black Virginians are freeing themselves. Regarded by Northern white authorities as contraband, they are crossing the Rappahonnock River in August of 1862 shortly before the battle of Antietam and Abraham Lincoln’s decision