Primary sources are an excellent means to learn about the context in which historical events occurred and the perspectives of people directly affected. The Library of Congress website documents that examining primary sources gives students a powerful sense of history and the complexity of the past. Letters penned by Parham provide insight on day-to-day life through the eyes of a Mississippi Volunteer Confederate infantryman. Another primary source with respect to this epic within American history is The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government by Jefferson Davis, former President of the Confederate States of America. Davis, according to the preface, authored the work with the view that the South was justified by the Constitution and the equal rights of the people of all the states. Like many primary sources which require a significant undertaking to dissect, the effort is worthwhile in the lifelong pursuit of learning. Click on the image of the LibriVox logo below to listen to the audiobook recording of Davis’ historical account.