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Historical research encompasses two forms of sources, also know as "evidence": primary and secondary.  "Primary evidence records the actual words of someone who participated in or witnessed the events described.....Secondary evidence records the findings of someone who did not observe the event but who investigated primary evidence."  [Jules R. Benjamin,  A Student's Guide to History, 6th edition, (NY: St. Martin's Press, 1994), p. 7

Primary Documents from The Attack on Pearl Harbor

What is Historical Thinking

Primary Documents of the American Revolution

America at War

Battle of Lexington and Concord

Battle of Bunker Hill

Bonhomme Richard vs HMS Serapis

Firing on Fort Sumter

Pickett's Charge Battle of Gettysburg in 1863

Trench life during WWI

Trench along the Western Front

American Soldiers in World War I

D-Day on Omaha Beach

E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne

Battle of the Bulge

U.S. B-17 over Germany

Happy New Years from Korea

Winter in Korea

MASH Unit in Korea

Squad on Patrol in Vietnam

Air Calvary in Vietnam