The Resource Freedom to slaves, (manuscript)

Freedom to slaves, (manuscript)

Label
Freedom to slaves, 1863-1864
Title
Freedom to slaves
Inclusive dates
1863-1864
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Retained copy of Milroy's "hand-bill order", 1863 Jan. 5, in which he announces the Emancipation Proclamation to his troops and the people of Winchester, Va.; the order is docketed on the verso "copy of hand-bill order putting in force the Proclamation of freedom within the limits of my command."
  • There is also a retained copy of a letter, 1864 Jan. 1, to President Lincoln in which Milroy recalls announcing the Emancipation Proclamation to his troops on Jan. 1, 1863: "Fellow soldiers, President Lincoln will this day issue a proclamation that will enlist God almighty on our side and ensure the salvation of our country." Milroy states that the soldiers gave three cheers, which he thinks "were the first cheers given for the Proclamation." He mentions that the troops sang "We are coming Father Abraham" and "Old John Brown" as they marched on Winchester. Milroy states that following the announcement in Winchester, he "felt then that I was on duty in the most glorious cause that man ever drew sword in."
  • There is also a retained copy of a letter, 1864 Mar. 18, to Mrs. Amos Binney, in which he encloses "copies of four of my papers" [not present] for the Maryland State Fair to sell for the benefit of the U.S. Sanitary and Christian Commission
Cataloging source
VA@
Label
Freedom to slaves, (manuscript)
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Extent
3
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u5962385
Type of unit
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Library Locations

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