Abraham Lincoln revokes David Hunter’s order freeing all slaves in his military department. But Lincoln also declared for the first time that he had the power to free slaves as a wartime necessity.
Abraham Lincoln signs a bill into law freeing the slaves in the District of Columbia, despite bitter opposition.
After six days, John C. Fremont finally responds to Abraham Lincoln’s request to modify clauses in his controversial Missouri proclamation.
John C. Fremont issues controversial orders imposing martial law throughout Missouri and authorizing the forced emancipation of slaves.
February 23, 1865 – Minnesota became the 15th state to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution permanently abolishing slavery. On February 1, the
January 31, 1865 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a constitutional amendment permanently abolishing slavery in America. The Lincoln administration, led by Secretary of