Lincoln’s veto of Gen. Hunter’s Emancipation Order

May 23, 1862

“..Was any thing ever more weak or more pitiable than this?…His plea is, that the Emancipation Order was ‘producing some excitement and misunderstanding’.  Yes, glorious excitement in the bosoms of angels, and of the spirits of just men made perfect” in a higher sphere; thrilling excitement in every upright, manly, liberty-loving breast in the land; furious excitement in the regions of the damned, and among the traitors of the South and their Northern abettors!….Neither the rebels nor their slaves will have any difficulty in understanding a declaration so true and sensible as this…All honor to General Hunter, … and shame and confusion of face to the President for his halting, shuffling, backward policy!…”

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