Following the pre-emptive victory at Antietam President Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclaimation, freeing slaves in states or portions of states still in rebellion on January 1, 1863. Few people realize that Lincoln didn't free the slaves with this document. Rather, the slaves that still were in areas controlled by the South were free. Many looked at this as Lincoln opting out of taking a stand on slavery. Oh well, I am off again, stay tuned for more.