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Smithsonian Civil War is a lavishly illustrated coffee-table book featuring 150 entries in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  From among tens of thousands of Civil War objects in the Smithsonian's collections, curators handpicked 550 items and wrote a unique narrative that begins before the war through the Reconstruction period. The perfect gift book for fathers and history lovers, Smithsonian Civil War combines ...

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Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection

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Overview

Smithsonian Civil War is a lavishly illustrated coffee-table book featuring 150 entries in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  From among tens of thousands of Civil War objects in the Smithsonian's collections, curators handpicked 550 items and wrote a unique narrative that begins before the war through the Reconstruction period. The perfect gift book for fathers and history lovers, Smithsonian Civil War combines one-of-a-kind, famous, and previously unseen relics from the war in a truly unique narrative.

Smithsonian Civil War takes the reader inside the great collection of Americana housed at twelve national museums and archives and brings historical gems to light. From the National Portrait Gallery come rare early photographs of Stonewall Jackson and Ulysses S. Grant; from the National Museum of American History, secret messages that remained hidden inside Lincoln's gold watch for nearly 150 years; from the National Air and Space Museum, futuristic Civil War-era aircraft designs. Thousands of items were evaluated before those of greatest value and significance were selected for inclusion here. Artfully arranged in 150 entries, they offer a unique, panoramic view of the Civil War.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588343901
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 913,986
  • File size: 79 MB
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Meet the Author

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION is the largest museum complex in the world. Smithsonian Civil War features objects from 12 Smithsonian museums and research centers and text by 49 curators with expertise in a variety of fields. NEIL KAGAN specializes in producing innovative illustrated books. As the former publisher for Time-Life Books, he created numerous book series, including Voices of the Civil War, Our American Century, and What Life Was Like. He has edited Great Battles of the Civil War, Great Photographs of the Civil War, Concise History of the World, Eyewitness to the Civil War, Atlas of the Civil War, and The Untold Civil War.
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  • Posted December 14, 2013

    This is an exceptional book. It has many pictures and informatio

    This is an exceptional book. It has many pictures and information of detailed artifacts, photographs of the era, and personal items from the Smithsonian, set up in a time frame from before the Civil War began, to its very end. It is interesting to note that Jefferson Davis was regent of the Smithsonian, from 1847 to 1851, before he was President of the Confederacy. There is a chapter on John Brown, with a rare daguerreotype of him when he was younger, with some of the weapons he had used and a hand written letter to his benefactor. Other chapters have some of the uniforms worn and weapons used during the conflict, Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch, which was just recently discovered to have inscriptions secretly made inside the case made during the War, technological innovations & inventions, medical kits and medicines used, currency used by both North and South, and even Philip Sheridan's preserved warhorse, Winchester. And much more. This book is a must for anyone who has an interest in the Civil War and history in general. When I first saw that this book was released, I had to get a copy, I am a big fan of the Smithsonian's work and I was not disappointed! Highly recommended!

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Best history lesson I've ever had!

    This book is excellent. The images are clear, and well explained. It takes the reader through every step of the war, with articles that are pertinent to the images. I'm enjoying it a lot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Great book. Interesting and informative.

    Great book

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