Governor Blair declares Michigan is fighting to end slavery


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All through his administration, Lincoln was under almost constant pressure by various groups, political and social, to make the war a crusade against slavery. This was particularly so, in the very earliest days of his administration.

Even as Lincoln resisted, what he considered Unconstitutional, emancipation by the unilateral action of the Federal gov't, he was active in securing Constitutional Emancipation, through voluntary action by the Border States themselves.

A noted Senator in Congress noted that in the War everywhere the Union looked it found Slavery and it always as an enemy. The war was always about Slavery. Everyone, at the time, knew it, but not all would admit it.
 

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As late as the 1864 election, Lincoln said he would agree to end the war if the South would lay down arms, rejoin the Union and leave other issues to be resolved in the normal way. He would not continue the war over abolition alone.
 
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As late as the 1864 election, Lincoln said he would agree to end the war if the South would lay down arms, rejoin the Union and leave other issues to be resolved in the normal way. He would not continue the war over abolition alone.
This was a PR display for the European governments as well as the people of both the North and South. Lincoln offered this knowing full well that there wasn't a snowball's chance in hell that Davis would lay down arms. "He affords us no excuse to deceive ourselves. He cannot voluntarily reaccept the Union; we cannot voluntarily yield it." (Lincoln to the House of Representatives, December 6, 1864)
 

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As late as the 1864 election, Lincoln said he would agree to end the war if the South would lay down arms, rejoin the Union and leave other issues to be resolved in the normal way. He would not continue the war over abolition alone.



As noted by Copperhead, almost, but, not really. Reunion was always the goal of the Union and his administration, but, a plank had been added to it, in 1863; Emancipation. Lincoln(and the Union, having made the promise of Freedom, the Union was honor bound to follow through on the promise.

The war had become, a remorseless revolutionary struggle, from which, neither side would accept nothing less than total victory.

Though the search for victory by means, less than total victory would continue(even by Lincoln) all through the war, the time for compromise had passed.
 

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The Governor of Michigan as well as the Michigan Senators fair early had decided the civil War should be used to free the slaves.

However, I have some doubts all Michigan residents agreed.
 


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