Eyewitness to the Civil War (Hardcover)
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 artifacts--many never before published--evoke 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.
About the Author
Neil Kagan, formerly publisher of "Time-Life Books," now heads Kagan & Associates, creators of innovative illustrated books. Over his 30-year career he has developed such award-winning book series as "Voices of the Civil War, What Life Was Like, Our American Century," and the "Time-Life Student Library."
Jerry H. Bentley, head of "The Concise History's" advisory board is Professor of History at the University of Hawaii, editor of the "Journal of World History," and an expert in the history of cross-cultural interactions.
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.
Stephen G. Hyslop is an independent scholar who has written extensively on American history and the Spanish-American frontier. He served as editor of a 23-volume series on American Indians for Time-Life Books and is coauthor of several books published by the National Geographic Society.