Civil War (Eyewitness Books Series)by John Stanchak
Here is a dramatic, photo-filled guide to the war that split the Union. Eyewitness Civil War includes everything from the issues that divided the country, to the battles that shaped the conflict, to the birth of the reunited states. Rich, full-color photographs of rare documents, powerful weapons, and priceless artifacts plus stunning images of legendary commanders, unsung heroes, and memorable heroines combine with stories of courage, adventure, and defiance to paint an unforgettable portrait of the American Civil War.
See Fort Sumter's battle-torn flag, a beardless Lincoln, the tools of a Civil war surgeon, and the Confederate capital in ruins.
Learn how to fire a cannon, the secrets of the Underground Railroad, about the Confederacy's First Lady, and what soldiers carried into battle.
Discover who plotted Lincoln's assassination, where the last Confederates surrendered, what happened to Jefferson Davis, and why the North won the war, and much, much more!
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The Eyewitness "Civil War" is a very encyclopedic overview of the Civil War and in most areas well presented. But I was astonished that there was very little in the way of maps; especially absent was a map of the Union and Confederate States. I bought the book based on the excellent experiences that I have had with other DK Eyewitness series and will keep this one for some of the excellent sections on everyday life of the soldier and weapons, but will have to supplement maps from other sources.