And also the counties of Berkley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth),

from Abraham Lincoln – The Emancipation Proclamation on Rap Genius


These 7 counties and 2 cities are located in the Tidewater Region of Virginia. The region was controlled by Union forces at the time.


The term tidewater may be correctly applied to all portions of any area, including Virginia, where the water level is affected by the tides (more specifically, where the water level rises when the tide comes in).

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