Answers to Trivia from the Archives

February 2010

A.  While this document is commonly thought of as freeing the slaves, it actually only freed the slaves in the states who were in “rebellion” and only if these states did not come back into the Union by January, 1863. 

Answer: The Emancipation Proclamation »

B.  On May 22, 1863 this War Department general order was finally issued after frequent requests.  Many historians believe that this was a major advantage for the Union Army. 

Answer: War Department General Order 143: Creation of the U.S. Colored Troops (1863) »

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