Emancipation Proclamation Inkstand


In the summer of 1862 President Abraham Lincoln sat at a desk in the War Department telegraph office and with this inkstand began to draft a presidential order to free the enslaved people held in the Confederacy. While the act was limited in scope, it was revolutionary in impact. With emancipation and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment ending slavery in 1865, over four million Americans were no longer legally defined as someone’s property and, although their rights would be brutally contested, they became United States citizens.

Date Made: mid 19th centuryAssociated Date: 1863

Associated Person: Lincoln, AbrahamUS Telegraph Office

Used: PresidentsRelated Event: Emancipation Proclamation (1)


See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, General History Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Exhibition: American Democracy

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Related Publication: Rawley, James A.. Lincoln in the Telegraph Office, Rubenstein, Harry R.. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

Credit Line: Transfer from Library of Congress

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.244699.02Catalog Number: 244699.02Accession Number: 244699

Object Name: inkwellinkstand

Physical Description: brass (overall material)glass; brass lid (inkwell material)Measurements: overall: 5 1/4 in x 13 3/8 in x 8 3/4 in; 13.335 cm x 33.9725 cm x 22.225 cm

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Record Id: nmah_524021

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