Lincoln's advisors asked him to wait for a victory in a battle before telling everyone about his new plan. They decided this so it would not look like the government needed freed slaves to save the Union.
12. After the Battle of Gettysburg , President Lincoln went to Gettysburg and declared the battlefield a national cemetery for Union soldiers. He read his famous speech, the Gettysburg Address . He did this because he wanted to honor the soldiers.
The Only Known Photograph of President Lincoln at the dedication of the Civil War cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1863
Close up of Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address