Brothers in Arms seeks to redress the balance. There is no broad sweep of events here but the story of the everyday lives of the fighting soldiers of Blue and Gray told in their own words.
With a running commentary by Pulitzer-prize nominee William C. Davis, each chapter focuses on one particular aspect of the soldiers' enlistment, the life in camp, or the horrors of battle, and lets the soldiers tell their own stories. Often forthright, and tinged with the sentimentally of their age, these voices of a lost America nevertheless speak clearly to us across the years.
To illustrate these unique first-hand accounts are a series of contemporary photographs and a vast collection of authentic historical artifacts ranging from uniforms and weapons to personal letters and keepsakes.