by Michael J. Deeb

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Michael J. Deeb

is the author of seven novels which take place during the American Civil War known as The Drieborg Chronicles.
Duty and Honor is the first novel of The Drieborg Chronicles.
Duty Accomplished is the second novel.
In Honor Restored the character Michael returns to the life of a farmer.
In the fourth novel, The Lincoln Assassination Michael Drieborg works with a team of marshals.
The title 1860 America Moves Toward War explores the issues at stake in the 1860 elections.
In The Way West, Michael Drieborg's youngest son runs away to join the US Cavalry in the West. Civil War Prisons follows the fate of both Union and Confederate captives and the quality of life they each endured during their confinement.

Mike Deeb, with co-writer Robert Lockwood Mills, has also penned two novels which explore the Kennedy Assassination and attempts to answer the question, "Did Oswald Really Act Alone?" Learn more at

Michael also blogs on the Website, telling the stories of the freest people on earth.

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The Road to Emancipation

The Road to Emancipation


At the Outset of the War:

From the outset of the war in April of 1861, Lincoln insisted his government’s only war aim was to re-unite the country. It was not, he insisted very publicly, to abolish slavery.  He said:

“My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union and is not to either save or destroy slavery. If I could save the union without freeing any slaves, I would do it; if I could save the Union by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and, if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would do it.”


Congressional View

Republicans in Congress thought otherwise.In march of 1862,

  1. Congress forbade the army to return slaves to their masters, as they had been doing.
  2. In April of 1862, Congress outlawed slavery in the District of Columbia.
  3. In June of 1862, Congress outlawed slavery in the western territories.


Lincoln’s Response

Never-the-less, Lincoln backed a plan that would have paid an owner for each slave freed. He then intended to return the freed slave to Africa. He pursued this policy because he feared inciting rebellion in the boarder states and a negative reaction from Union soldiers who had joined the fight to save the Union, not free slaves.


But, by mid summer he knew this initiative had failed. Slave owners in the boarder states had not warmed to his purchase proposal, black leaders in the North opposed it too, and congressional leaders did not support it.


So, by mid summer of 1862, he then decided to issue an executive order freeing all slaves in states not controlled by the Union.


But he listened to Secretary of State Seward’s warning not to issue such an order out of weakness. Seward urged him to wait for a Union military victory to do so. Thus, he would issue the Emancipation Proclamation following the Union 1862 September 1862 military victory at Antietam Creek in Sharpsburg, MY.


A Second War Aim Jan. 1, 1863

Thus, President Lincoln announced a second war aim, that is  the end of slavery in the entire nation.