Madame Clara Ranke, wife of the German historian Leopold von Ranke, upon hearing of Lincoln's Proclamation, writes in a poem dated January 1863:

"My heart lept up, aye! higher than the skies
Up to the throne of God, with grateful joy...
The glorious news, that Slavery now lies
Even as a snake that stricken would annoy."

Letter dated Feb. 28, 1863 written by Daniel M. Points from Camp Reede, Jackson, Tennessee to his friend William Plattenburg in Canton, Fulton County, Illinois. Points was a shoemaker and served in the 103rd Illinois Infantry, Company F.

"It is true the soulders would like to se the War Brought to a close...they are still Willing to Stay and Do Battle for thare Country...it would [be] Better if thay had stayed at home...niger or no niger I have done what I could."

Letter from Thomas F. Miller on January 21, 1863 from Benton Barracks, Saint Louis, Missouri to Mr. B. W. Newton. Miller, an Indiana resident, joined the 29th Illinois Infantry, Company H in 1861; he deserted April 24, 1863 at St. Louis:

"This Emanipation bill of old Abrahams has Caused in Some parts of the army considerable disturbance and is Called the Lincoln Negro Proclimation."