Lincoln and the Lieber Code

On January 1, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.  The Proclamation, a rewrite of a preliminary September 22, 1862 release, mostly freed the slaves.  Civil War raged and Lincoln’s pen was mightier than the sword. “Liberty is a slow fruit,” Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in November 1862, “and now comes Lincoln’s Proclamation…The President […]