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Emancipation Proclamation

issued by Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862, it declared that all slaves in the rebellious Confederate states would be free


The role of the president as supreme commander of the military forces of the United States and of the state National Guard units when they are called into federal service


the act of liberating someone or something

54th massachusetts Regiment

one of the first African-American regiments organzied to fight for the union in the Civil War


venomous but sluggish reddish-brown snake of Australia

writ of Habeas Corpus

a court order that requires police to bring a prisoner to court to explain why they are holding the person


Name for Union paper money not backed by gold or silver. Value would fluctuate depending on status of the war (plural)


compulsory military service

Battle Of Gettysburg

a battle of the American Civil War (1863)

Pickett's Charge

3rd day of Gettysburg, Lee asked Pickett to lead troops on a mile and a half run where they were then slaughtered by the union army

Appomattox Courthouse

the Virginia town where Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant in 1865, ending the Civil War

Thirteenth Amendment

1865 - Freed all slaves, abolished slavery.

Clara Barton

Nurse during the Civil War; started the American Red Cross

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