Chapter 17

Chapter 17: The War Of The Union

Research Topics

Life in the Civil War

Overview

What was life like for soldiers during the Civil War?

Historians rely upon a wide variety of sources in their efforts to understand the past. Letters, diaries, memoirs and photographs are useful sources. They are especially helpful in reconstructing the day-to-day lives of "common" folks in American history. For example, they provide insights into the life of a soldier during the Civil War.

Sources

Choose from the following titles:

  1. The Diary of a Union Soldier (1862)
  2. Letters from a Confederate Officer (1862)
  3. Reminiscences of My Life in Camp by Susie King Taylor (1902)
  4. Diary of Michael Reid Hanger (1861)
  5. Civil War Sketch
  6. Soldier group
  7. Harvest of Death
  8. Log hut company kitchen
  9. Camp life
  10. Amputation at Gettysburg
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Connection

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What does this photograph tell you about this period in America History?

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