National Historical Publications and Records Commission
Today is Juneteenth or Freedom Day, commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. The news arrived was two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had become official on January 1, 1863.
With support from the NHPRC, the Freedmen and Southern Society Project was established in 1976 at the University of Maryland to capture the essence of that revolution by depicting the drama of emancipation in the words of the participants: liberated slaves and defeated slaveholders, soldiers and civilians, common folk and the elite, Northerners and Southerners.
Drawing upon the records at the National Archives of the United States, the project's editors pored over millions of documents, selecting some 50,000 between the beginning of the Civil War in 1861 to the beginning of Radical Reconstruction in 1867. The documents uncovered by the project's editors are presented in Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861–1867. A total of nine volumes of Freedom is projected; six have been published to date.
You can read more about it at http://www.freedmen.umd.edu/