1862: Civil War, death of Willie Lincoln, drafts of Emancipation Proclamation
"Willie" Lincoln died in the White House, likely of typhoid. Remains temporarily interred in the Carroll vault at Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown. Mary Lincoln inconsolable. Read to cabinet members a draft Emancipation Proclamation. Convinced to wait until Union army achieved a military victory before issuing. Issued Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation after Union victory at Battle of Antietam on September 17.