Emancipation Proclamation

On Sept. 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of Jan. 1, 1863. This was no help for  Missouri slaves because it was to free slaves located in “states in rebellion” and Missouri was a slave state still in the Union. General John C. Fremont had issued an emancipation order for  Missouri slaves on August 31, 1861. President Lincoln immediately enraged  abolitionists by rescinding that order. Missouri slaves were not set free by state law until January of 1865.

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  1. Topeka and Lawrence wete accepting dozens in the fall of 62 Constitution Hall one of the depots was a popular place foor ARMSTRONG to bring them. He had brought wagon loads from southern Missouri. Topeka churches were assisting with housing, food, and clothing. Local men were engaged in the war so they were welcome to bring in the fall crops. Later LANE recruited t the men into the army.

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