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Primary Source

A document created during the time period you’re studying. These documents help us understand what people were experiencing and feeling as history happened. What were they thinking about? How did they do what they did? Primary sources can be diaries, letters, photographs, newspaper articles, interviews, etc.

Secondary Source 

A secondary source is created after the time period you’re studying. Secondary sources look back on events and give us the big picture of what happened and what the results were.

Primary Sources Online

During the War

The Missing Soldiers Office


After War and Reconstruction

 Secondary Sources Online


Don’t see what you’re looking for here? Be sure to explore the curated bibliography on the National Museum of Civil War Medicine’s website.

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