How Did Abraham Lincoln's Impact On The Civil War

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There were many different leaders during the Civil War. Three of the most important leaders during this long war between the North and South were President Abraham Lincoln and George McClellan of the North and General Robert E. Lee of the South. All of these leaders drastically changed the outcome of the Civil War in many different ways. President Abraham Lincoln had the most effect on the Civil War because of the many laws that were put into place. One of the most famous laws he put in place was the Emancipation Proclamation, which allowed all Southern slaves freed on January 1, 1863. Lincoln was quoted in his proclamation speech on the 22nd of September, 1862, when he declared that “all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States are, and henceforward shall be free.” Abraham Lincoln actually was not concerned about slavery at the time of the Civil War, instead focused on preserving the Union. Soon after the battle of Antietam, …show more content…

When South Carolina seceded from the nation, he stated that leaving the Union was “illegal” and chose to go to war against the South in 1861. One more reason Abraham Lincoln was so important was because of his deliverance of the Gettysburg Address. One very famous line Lincoln used in his speech went like this: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, concieved in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Robert E. Lee was the most important General in the Confederate army. As commander of the Northern Virginia army, he served from September 11, 1861 until the surrender of the Confederate army in 1865. The reason he was extremely important was because he led the Confederate troops to several victories in the North. General Scott was quoted declaring him “the very best soldier I saw in the

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