Atlas of the Civil War

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Here is the definitive reference to the battles of the Civil War, written by America’s leading military historians and edited by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War expert James M. McPherson. This authoritative volume includes gripping eyewitness accounts plus 200 specially commissioned, full-color maps that detail all of the major campaigns and many of the smaller skirmishes of the war between the states. Maps provide a superb visual reference to troop movement, battlefield terrain, and communication lines. ...
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Here is the definitive reference to the battles of the Civil War, written by America’s leading military historians and edited by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War expert James M. McPherson. This authoritative volume includes gripping eyewitness accounts plus 200 specially commissioned, full-color maps that detail all of the major campaigns and many of the smaller skirmishes of the war between the states. Maps provide a superb visual reference to troop movement, battlefield terrain, and communication lines. Dynamic reconstructions depict battles fought on land, river, and ocean, and time-line descriptions provide play-by-play commentary of the action. With more than 200 photographs and many personal accounts that vividly recount the experiences of soldiers in the fields, this book brings to life the human drama that pitted the north against the south.

Written by leading historians and edited by Pulitzer Prize recipient James M. McPherson, The Atlas of the Civil War provides dynamic reconstructions of all major campaigns and many of the smaller skirmishes on land and sea, in the western theater as well as the eastern. Includes more than 180 specially created full-color maps and 200 photographs.

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Pulitzer Prizewinning author McPherson is Edwards Professor of American History at Princeton. In addition to the prizewinning "Battle Cry of Freedom", his books include "Struggle for Equality" and "Marching toward Freedom". The contributors to "The Atlas of the Civil War" are academics and military-park historians The 200 maps in this specialized atlas show troop movements first and second positions, retreats, physical features, and the location of towns and counties. Clearly defined symbols indicate army hierarchies corps, division, brigade, topographic features, and battle lines encampments, siege lines, batteries. Thus, the reader gets a "comprehensive overview of the warfare which was destined to affect Americans for centuries." Arranged around the maps as sidebars and inserts are hundreds of photographs, eyewitness accounts, letters, and news clippings The atlas is divided into five sections, each one highlighting a war year from 1861 to 1865. A typical example, the 1864 "Total War," begins with a full-page photograph of General Grant accompanied by a 1,200-word article that provides a context for the two dozen maps that follow. The writing is colorful and engaging. Also presented here is a double-page color lithograph of the battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia Since the pages measure 9 by 12 inches, the maps are fairly large. Line clarity, color, and detailing are excellent. The photos could almost stand alone as a photographic essay of the war. They strengthen the impact of the maps tremendously. For example, accompanying the map of the Spotsylvania Campaign is a photo of a dead Confederate soldier, captioned, "So devastating had been the Union fire that many of the Confederate dead lay in orderly rows, the alignment of their ranks perfectly preserved." The volume concludes with a brief bibliography and indexes of personal names and place-names The four-volume "Encyclopedia of the Confederacy" ["RBB" F 1 94] contains 67 maps, most of them on military matters. But with a reasonable price of $40, "The Atlas of the Civil War" is an excellent buy and will be valued by public and academic libraries serving serious Civil War researchers.
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A reference that charts all of the major campaigns and many of the smaller skirmishes of the Civil War. Each clash is plotted on one of 200 specially commissioned color maps which show where the battles were fought, the kind of terrain, and who led the troops. Time-lines provide accounts of the battles and maneuvers, and the accompanying text highlights the strategic aims and tactical considerations of the men in charge. Each battle map is cross-referenced to communications and locator maps that situate the fighting as it swept the country. Some 200 photographs and numerous personal accounts describe the experiences of the soldiers in the field. 9.25x12.25" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762423569
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/14/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


James McPherson
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    1. Hometown:
      Princeton, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 11, 1936
    2. Place of Birth:
      Valley City, North Dakota
    1. Education:
      B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) 1958; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1963

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