February 3, 1865

“It is with devout thanksgiving to God, and emotions of joy which no language can express, that we announce to our readers the passage through the U.S. House of Representative, on Tuesday, last, of the proposed; amendment of the Constitution, in concurrence with the Senate, and the requisite two-thirds vote, abolishing and prohibiting slavery in every part of the republic!  It is the greatest and most important event in the history of congressional legislation. It is better than all the military and naval victories of the war.”