Civil War: First-hand American History

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Now you can study the American Civil War from first-hand perspective. This essential app includes 65 primary source accounts of America's biggest struggle. No source is better than the original. It is untainted and tells the history as it happened.

The content in this app is included in our colossal "First-hand History of America" app with nearly 700 primary source accounts.

This App includes 65 First-hand Accounts:

  • Lincoln and Reconstruction
  • Edward Baker's Reply to Breckenridge
  • Lincoln's Inauguration
  • Secession as a Constitutional Right
  • Beauregard Reports the Fall of Fort Sumter
  • Grant Asks for a Commission in the Army
  • The First Battle of Bull Run
  • Bull Run as Seen Through Critical English Eyes
  • The Trent Affair
  • Jefferson Davis' Farewell Address to the Senate
  • Inaugural Address of Jefferson Davis
  • Toombs on Resigning from the Senate
  • Lincoln's Farewell Words in Springfield
  • The Siege and Capture of Fort Sumter
  • Lincoln and His Cabinet
  • The Capture of Fort Donelson
  • The Monitor and the Merrimac in Action
  • The Battle of Shiloh
  • The Capture of New Orleans
  • The Peninsular Campaign
  • The Second Battle of Bull Run
  • Antietam
  • How the Emancipation Proclamation was Drafted
  • Hooker Placed in Command of the Army of the Potomac
  • The Battle of Chancellorsville
  • The Death of Stonewall Jackson
  • Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg
  • The Siege of Vicksburg
  • The Battle of Chickamauga
  • Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge
  • The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863
  • The Battle of Gettysburg
  • Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, 1863
  • Proclamation of Amnesty
  • Lee and Grant in the Wilderness
  • The Sinking of the "Alabama"
  • Sheridan's Ride from Winchester
  • Sherman's March to the Sea
  • Farragut in Mobile Bay
  • Lincoln Reelected President
  • The Battle of Fredericksburg
  • Lincoln's Letter to Mrs. Bixby, 1864
  • Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865
  • Lincoln's Last Words in Public
  • Lincoln's Presentiment on the Day of His Assassination
  • Assassination of Lincoln—Stanton's Official Announcement
  • The Assassination of Lincoln
  • The Death of Lincoln
  • The Funeral of Lincoln
  • The Pursuit, Capture, Death and Burial of Booth
  • Thomas Defeats Hood at Nashville
  • The Hampton Roads Conference
  • The Evacuation and Fall of Richmond
  • The Last Stand of Lee's Army
  • The Surrender of Lee at Appomattox
  • Davis's Flight from Richmond and Capture in Georgia
  • The Disbanding of the Federal Army
  • Terms of Lee's Surrender at Appomattox
  • Lee's Farewell to His Army, 1865
  • General Grant Reviews Post-War Conditions in the South
  • Robert E. Lee's Attitude After the War
  • General Carl Schurz's Conclusion
  • Beecher's Speech in Liverpool
  • The Kansas-Nebraska Bill, 1866
  • Proclamation Declaring the Insurrection at an End

Main Features:

  • Create multiple tabs (study and compare several documents simultaneously)
  • Auto-scrolling (variable speed, portrait/landscape)
  • Adjustable font size
  • Double-tap to toggle full screen
  • Night mode – black background with white text
  • Highlighting (individual words, phrases, paragraphs; includes 12 colors, bold, underline, and italics)
  • Bookmarks
  • Personal Notes
  • Document Select Rolodex (quick navigation tool for finding/selecting a document)
  • Full Search
  • Return to where you left off reading when you open the program


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