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History - U. S. Civil War: Primary Sources

Research guide with resources about the United States' Civil War.

Diaries & Letters

Civil War Documents

Step back in time by clicking the images below to view important Civil War documents.


Emancipation Proclamation

Emancipation Proclamation image 

The First Draft and The Proclamation Issued

Click here to view more documents about the Emancipation Proclamation.

(from the American Treasures of the Library of Congress: Top Treasures)

 


Gettysburg Address

First Draft of the Gettysburg Address

Click here to see more documents about the Gettysburg Adress

(from the American Treasures of the Library of Congress: Top Treasures)

 


Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address

Lincoln's handwritten message to his cabinet members.

Click here to see more documents related to Lincoln's 2nd Inauguration.

(from the American Treasures of the Library of Congress: Top Treasures)

 

 

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