Abraham Lincoln hosts a conference of black men at the White House, where he reiterates his desire that they voluntarily leave America.
Abraham Lincoln orders the drafting of militia into the Federal armies and allows for the recruitment of blacks as military combatants for the first time.
Abraham Lincoln issues a proclamation warning southerners to stop aiding and abetting the Confederacy or risk having their property, including slaves, confiscated by military force.
Abraham Lincoln surprises his cabinet by reading a draft of an executive order freeing all slaves in Confederate states.
With the northern war effort in decline, Abraham Lincoln begins to reconsider whether or not he should free slaves by presidential decree.
Abraham Lincoln holds a conference with U.S. congressmen from the loyal slaveholding states to persuade them to adopt gradual, compensated emancipation.