The War For The Union Volume 2 Author:Allan Nevins "We shall," said Abraham Lincoln,"nobly save or meanly lose the last,best hope of the earth," This was in December,1862 when he was pleading for compensated emancipation of the slaves,an ideal that was close to his heart,But he might have been speaking of each and every one of the momentous events of the second year of the Civil war. — This was t... more »he year of the bloody battles of Antietam and Chancellorsville. McCellen was frittering away the golden opportunities of the Army of the Potomac,while in the west Grant was beginning to lslug his way to victory.
This was also the year in which Lincoln,disheartened by the border states' response to compensated Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves behind the Confederate lines.Bedeviled in Washington by the ambitions of the eliques behind Seward and Chase, he checkmated both men by obtaining -and not using - their resignations from the cabinet. Abroad our ministers in France and England were struggling against misunderstanding in high places.« less