Lincoln, eager to get news and responses to his orders as soon as possible ¿ and also inclined to hide out from patronage-seekers who wanted to see him at the White House ¿ spent many hours in the telegraph office at the nearby War Department. According to the Huntington, Lincoln wrote an initial draft of the Emancipation Proclamation there. Here, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, wearing top hat, is shown with Union Army Gen. George B. McClellan, facing Lincoln. McClellan, his staff and Lincoln were photographed in 1862 in Antietam, Maryland, during the American Civil War.
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