Emancipation Proclamation
Abraham Lincoln had written drafts of his idea on paper in the spring of 1862, and while he made it clear that he did not call upon them for their approval he did want their advice on when to present the proclamation as documented in John G and John hays book Abraham Lincoln A history volume 6(1890). The North had lost a couple of battles already and under the advice of Secretary of State William Seward he waited until after the Battle of Antietam to make it public or official.
Long before President Lincoln issued the Draft Emancipation Proclamation, Secretary of State William H. Seward was concerned about its impact on foreign governments. He saw it as a two-edged sword which could help but also hurt the Lincoln Administration's diplomatic efforts. When in mid-July 1862 President Lincoln submitted to Congress draft legislation on compensated emancipation, Seward sent out Mr. Lincoln's text to his embassies in Europe with a note that "there is no reasonable doubt that the policy involved cannot be long in winning the favor of the country, and in assuring the stability of the Union
The Battle of Antietam as described in chapter 17 of James McPhersons book ?Battle Cry Of Freedom was one of the bloodiest battles fought during the civil war .General Robert E. lee along with 25,000-35,000 men decided to cross back into Virginia by way of Antietam Maryland, his decision was based that he was not going back without a fight. The fellow officers of the confederate, McClellan and Burnside planned to surround the north and south sides of the battlefield. However the execution of the plan failed and as a result Lee had to stretch his men thin causing Lee to retreat and the union getting a long overdue victory.
After the Battle was won Abraham Lincoln decided to make the emancipation official by announcement in the summer of 1862 and as the lecture from GCU?s History class mentions in lecture 4:4 that the war was entering a second year the question of slavery still was unanswered even in the areas captured by the Union. Although President Lincoln Signed an order under the interpretation that the constitution clearly states ?All Men Are Created Equal?, some of the northern states did not follow it because they believed that the order was not approved by congress and many thought that the freedom was not guarantee freedom forever.
This along with Lincolns worries according to McPherson (1988) abolitionist sentiment in regards to his decision The people of foreign countries, especially of England, poured across the Atlantic their congratulations that slavery was at last abolished in the Republic of the United States. Lincoln had been assured by many of the more advanced Republicans who were nearest him, that the British Government would cordially respond to this declaration of universal freedom. In this he was disappointed. Lord John Russell, who, as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, was the official mouthpiece of the British Government in Matters outside of the kingdom, in a dispatch to the British Minister at Washington, mildly sneered at the proclamation as 'a measure of a very questionable kind,' 'an act of vengeance on the slave owner.

In closing the thought of a victory of battle could be the reason for answers to President Abraham Lincoln?s moral decision to free slaves could have been avoided. The lives of over 200,000 men was the price to enact what is historically the paper to freedom. After the blood battle at Antietam, People ask should the north have stayed and what could have Lincoln down with it afterwards? In my opinion he should have landmarked it and made it a place for all to remember,