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|I find it interesting that Lincoln was slow to emancipate slaves. Yes, I understand his point that he lacked the authority to do so. But was that a convenient excuse? If slaves were property, couldn't property of those in rebellion be confiscated? By the spring and summer of 1862 many slaves were freeing themselves by escaping to union lines, particularly on the Pennisula of Virginia. I don't think these ex slaves were sent back to thier former owners. So was the emancipation proclamation just a reflection of what was already occuring?