Documents & Speeches

American History is better understood when you have the opportunity to examine the original documents and speeches as written and spoken by the people who put the words on paper, or gave the speeches in front of dozens or even thousands. Back in the era when these documents were written, they became primary sources, not only for the people of that time, but for us as well!

From Fredrick Douglas's The Hypocrisy of American Slavery speech, to Lincoln's Letter to the Widow Bixby, CivilWarTalk has many of the most often requested documents available for free as part of our Resources!

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1863/08 - Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick's  Report on the Battle of Gettysburg CivilWarTalk
"...a brisk artillery fire was opened upon his wagon trains in the vicinity of Fairfield..."
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1863/08 - Maj. Gen. George Sykes Reports on the Battle of Gettysburg CivilWarTalk
"...beaten, baffled, and discomfited, he returned to the shelter of the forests..."
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1863/08 - Maj. Gen. David B. Birney's Report on the Battle of Gettysburg CivilWarTalk
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1863/09 - Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock's Report on the Battle of Gettysburg CivilWarTalk
"...after a few moments of desperate fighting the enemy's troops were repulsed..."
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1863/12 - Maj. Gen. Abner Doubleday's  Revised & Original Reports on the Battle of Gettysburg CivilWarTalk
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1863/09 - Brig. Gen. Henry J. Hunt's Report of the Battle of Gettysburg CivilWarTalk
"The enemy advanced magnificently, unshaken by the shot and shell which tore through his ranks..."
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1863/10 - Maj. Gen. George G. Meade's  Report on Battle of Gettysburg CivilWarTalk
"...the enemy opened from over one hundred and twenty-five guns, playing upon our center and left.."
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1859/10 - Lee's Report on the Attack at Harper's Ferry CivilWarTalk
"...I made preparations to attack the insurgents at daylight..."
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1862/04 - P.G.T. Beauregard's Official Report on the Battle of Shiloh CivilWarTalk
"... soon the battle raged with a fury which satisfied me..."
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1861/04 - Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard's Official Report of Operations against Fort Sumter CivilWarTalk
"...at every discharge from the fort, cheered the garrison for its pluck and gallantry..."
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1863/04 - Thomas Jackson's Official Reports on the Shenandoah Valley Campaign CivilWarTalk
"...the whole line magnificently swept down the declivity and across the field..."
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1863/02 - Jackson's Official Report on the Seven Day's Battles CivilWarTalk
"...with unfaltering step in the face of those murderous discharges of canister and musketry..."
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1863/04 - Thomas Jackson's Official Report on the Battle of Cedar Run CivilWarTalk
"...For some two hours a rapid, and continuous fire of artillery was kept up on both sides..."
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1863/04 - Thomas Jackson's Official Report on the Battle of Second Manassas CivilWarTalk
"...Both lines stood exposed to the discharges of musketry and artillery..."
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1861/07 - Thomas Jackson's Report on The Battle of Manassas (I) CivilWarTalk
"...I gave the command for the charge of the more than brave Fourth and Twenty-seventh..."
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1863/04 - Thomas Jackson's Official Report on Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, & Battle of Sharpsburg CivilWarTalk
"...The troops slept that night upon their arms, disturbed by the occasional fire of the pickets..."
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1862/09 - Ambrose Burnside's Official Report of the Battle of Antietam CivilWarTalk
"..Our loss at this place was fearful, the enemy being posted in rifle-pits and behind barricades.."
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1862/09 - Lee's Reports on Campaigns for Autumn of 1862, and the Battle of Sharpsburg CivilWarTalk
"...the result reflects the highest credit on the officers and men engaged..."
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1863/03 - Robert E. Lee's Report of the Seven Days Battles CivilWarTalk
"...The troops displayed great gallantry and inflicted heavy loss upon the enemy..."
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1863/07 - Robert E. Lee's Reports on the Gettysburg Campaign CivilWarTalk
"...A large number of brave officers and men fell or were captured on this occasion..."
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