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Primary resource, Foreign Relations of the United States, FRUS, series is produced by the Department of State’s Office of the Historian. The series began in 1861 and records major, declassified U.S. foreign policy decisions and diplomatic activity. The volumes contain “documents from Presidential libraries, Departments of State and Defense, National Security Council, Central Intelligence Agency, Agency for International Development, and other foreign affairs agencies as well as the private papers of individuals involved in formulating U.S. foreign policy.” https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/about-frus
Click on the link below to read a message in a volume from Abraham Lincoln’s administration: 1863, Papers Relating to Foreign Affairs, Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the First Session Thirty-eighth Congress, Part I
This is an August 12,1863 Civil War correspondence to Great Britain’s Foreign Consul from William H. Seward, President Lincoln’s Secretary of State detailing the Union’s latest war operations. Seward reviews 1862-1863 battles such as General McClellan on the banks of the Antietam and Potamac; General Buell in Kentucky and Tennessee; General Grant in Mississippi; and Generals Meade and Lee at Gettysburg.
Free Internet access to all of the volumes in the series:
USAFA Campus only: HeinOnline
Print volumes in our library: 4th floor, Government Documents collection (SuDoc call number: S 1.1:)
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