From the Covington Journal of June 22, 1861, comes this brief story which makes an interesting and thought-provoking point in the concluding paragraph (its response to the reprinted report above it.)
"The great mass of those who are supporting the war in the North, and fighting its battles, have not the most remote idea of giving it an emancipation character" - Cincinnati Enquirer
Have they not? Then the spectacle is presented to the world of a mass of men aiding in the accomplishment of an object they do not approve of.
This newspaper, a Southern-supporting periodical in a state that remained in the Union, clearly saw the Union war effort as having an abolitionist goal, even more than a year before the Emancipation Proclamation.