Historian Harold Holzer believes that "there is no place more important to the Lincoln story than this room." Here, in the Lincoln Bedroom, President Lincoln and his ministers decided to reinforce Ft. Sumter and thereby resist secession. Holzer recounts the story of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in this room on January 1, 1863.
Harold Holzer is a leading authority on Abraham Lincoln and the politics of the Civil War era. He is an author, lecturer, and co-chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.