Eyewitness to the Civil War

ISBN-10: 0792262069

ISBN-13: 9780792262060

Edition: 2006

Authors: Harris J. Andrews, Stephen G. Hyslop

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At once an informed overview for general-interest readers and a superb resource for serious buffs, this extraordinary, gloriously illustrated volume is sure to become one of the fundamental books in any Civil War library. Its features include a dramatic narrative packed with eyewitness accounts and hundreds of rare photographs, artifacts, and period illustrations. Evocative sidebars, detailed maps, and timelines add to the reference-ready quality of the text. From John Brown's raid to Reconstruction, Eyewitness to the Civil War presents a clear, comprehensive discussion that addresses every military, political, and social aspect of this crucial period. In-depth descriptions of campaigns and battles in all theaters of war are accompanied by a thorough evaluation of the nonmilitary elements of the struggle between North and South. In their own words, commanders and common soldiers in both armies tell of life on the battlefield and behind the lines, while letters from wives, mothers, and sisters provide a portrait of the home front. More than 375 historical photographs, portraits, and artifactsmany never before publishedevoke the era's flavor; and detailed maps of terrain and troop movements make it easy to follow the strategies and tactics of Union and Confederate generals as they fought through four harsh years of war. Photoessays on topics ranging from the everyday lives of soldiers to the dramatic escapades of the cavalry lend a breathtaking you-are-there feeling, and an inclusive appendix adds even more detail to what is already a magnificently meticulous history.
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 11/21/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 9.50" wide x 11.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 4.290
Language: English

Harris J. Andrews has worked for two decades as a researcher, writer, and editor at Time-Life Books. He resides with his family in Annandale, Virginia.

About This Book
Prologue: A Nation Divided
Two Americas
Essay: The Brutal Life of Slaves
1861 First Blood
Fail of Fort Sumter
Trial at Bull Run
Battle for the Border Lands
Essay: Outfitting the Confederate Infantry
Essay: Union Infantrymen Dressed for War
1862 Total War
South to Shiloh
The Coastal War
The Struggle for Richmond
North to Antietam
Emancipation and Endurance
Essay: The Soldier's Life
1863 Victory or Death
Taking Vicksburg
The Road to Gettysburg
War on the Home Front
Breakthrough at Chattanooga
Essay: The Cavalryman's Flair
1864 Rebels Under Siege
Grant Against Lee
Descending on Atlanta
Paths to Victory
Essay: The Medical Middle Ages
1865 The Final Act
Conquering the Carolinas
From Petersburg to Appomattox
Essay: The Assassination of Lincoln
Epilogue: The Nation Reunited
Casualties of War
Selected Milestones
Vocabulary of War
Additional Reading
Illustration Credits
List of Maps
About the Contributors
Acknowledgments & Staff Credits
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