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Atlas of the Civil War: A Complete Guide to the Tactics and Terrain of Battle (National Geographic) [Bargain Price] [Hardcover]

Stephen Hyslop , Neil Kagan , Harris Andrews
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In this one-of-a-kind atlas, scores of archival maps and dozens of newly created maps trace the battles, political turmoil, and great themes of America’s most violent and pivotal clash of arms. From the Antebellum South to Fort Sumter, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the fitful peace of Reconstruction, National Geographic’s Atlas of the Civil War displays eye-opening maps—and a gripping, self-contained story—on every spread.

Eighty-five rare period maps, many seen here for the first time, offer the cartographic history of a land at war with itself: from 19th-century campaign maps surveying whole regions and strategies to vintage battlefield charts used by Union and Confederate generals alike, along with commercial maps produced for a news-hungry public, and comprehensive Theater of War maps. In 35 innovative views created especially for this book, the key moments of major battles are pinpointed by National Geographic’s award-winning cartographers using satellite data to render the terrain with astonishing detail.

In addition, more than 320 documentary photographs, battlefield sketches, paintings, and artifacts bear eyewitness testimony to the war, history’s first to be widely captured on film.

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"Beaufort Harbor and Coastline" "Dismal Swamp"
"Field of Gettysburg"

"The Sear of War" "Sketch of the County occupied by the Federal & Confederate Armies, July 1861" "Thomas's Stand" "View of Vicksburg"

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*Starred Review* This atlas brings an understanding of the Civil War military campaigns in a graphic way. Not just military history buffs but anyone interested in the Civil War will find it captivating. The “About This Book” section is essential to understanding the maps. The introduction, “Mapping the War,” covers the unsung heroes, the mapmakers. The description of mapmaking tools, techniques, and even dangers adds a layer of understanding to the maps, which are a combination of around 85 rare period items (many published here for the first time) and 35 new views commissioned by the National Geographic Society. The atlas’s five chapters cover the five years of war and highlight the battles. Each chapter opens with a 2-page “The War at a Glance” presenting an overview, a map locating major events, a chronology, and a number of documentary photographs. Major battles and campaigns are then described. For each, there are a small locator map, a time line, and one or more larger maps (often from the Civil War era), with explanatory text keyed to map locations. The major battles, such as Antietam and Gettysburg, have multiple pages with different maps. For example, 12 pages and 6 maps are devoted to Gettysburg. More than 320 photographs, battlefield sketches, and other illustrations are scattered throughout the pages. Additional features include 8 biographical sidebars and 11 “Order of Battle” boxes. Three comprehensive maps of battles are contained in an appendix. A list of readings and an index complete the work. National Geographic has a high standard for atlases, and this one does not disappoint. It stands out from other Civil War atlases because of its use of archival maps, and the reproduction of the maps is amazing. The narrative is informative, and the photographs, illustrations, and other artwork add an important dimension. This is an essential purchase for all libraries with any interest in the Civil War. --Abbie Landry

Product Details

  • Series: National Geographic
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426203470
  • ASIN: B003JTHSJ0
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 10.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,771,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Atlas of the Civil War: A Complete Guide to the Tactics and Terrain of Battle </em> by Stephen Hyslop, Neil Kagan, and Harris Andrews, National Geographic Incorporated, 255 pages, additional readings, index, 2009, $40.00

Comprehensive is a word of which CWL is suspicious. <em>National Geographic's Atlas of the Civil War A Comprehensive Guide to the Tactics and Terrain of Battle</em> is pretty close to comprehensive though.

Organized as a chronological account with eighty-five rare period maps, this atlas offers the map maker's history of the American Civil War. Campaign maps surveying whole regions and strategies, contemporary battlefield charts used by Union and Confederate generals, commercial maps produced for a newspapers are the majority of the maps in the atlas. The key moments of major battles are pinpointed by National Geographic's cartographers using satellite data to render the terrain with astonishing detail in 35 maps created for the atlas.

In addition, there are over 300 documentary photographs, battlefield sketches, paintings, and artifacts bear eyewitness testimony to the war, history's first to be widely captured by photography. Users of William J. Miller's <em>Great Maps of the Civil War: Pivotal Battles and Campaigns</em>, Earl McElfresh's <em>Mapping For Stonewall</em> and <em>Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil War</em>, the Atlas to the Official Records, the West Point Atlas of the Civil War, and the numerous online map collections of universities and libraries will be content with the depth and clarity of reproductions in this atlas. Those coming to Civil War era maps and map making for the first and second time could hardly do better that the National Geographic's atlas. Those looking for a large format nearly comprehensive book on the military aspects of the war will find in this big, handsome coffee table book to be hefty both in its weight and its contents.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted.. October 4, 2011
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I was looking for a book that would have maps for battles I'm reading about in other historys (i.e., Shelby Foote's 3-volume, The Civil War, A Narrative). I am not that interested in period maps, but I'm not opposed to them either. This book exceeded my expectations because it has both period and modern maps AND it has nutshell descriptions of the historical context of each major battle plus fairly detailed descriptions of the battles themselves. So, while not as detailed as Foote on individual battles or the cast of characters involved, this book does an excellent job of putting each major battle into context, describing how the battle unfolded, who was involved, and why the battle was important. After you read the first two volumes of Foote, some of the references to earlier battles become a little hazy. All you need to do when that happens is open this book and refresh your recollection. As I said, this book was exactly what I was hoping it would be - plus a little bit more. The only slight downside is the dust jacket. To be honest, I'm afraid I'll rip or mar it. But I guess that's what dust jackets are for. Would definitely recommend this one. I'd buy it again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars finally! July 29, 2012
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i am a map nut, 67, also a cvil war nut.

i have waited for this book for 58 years!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book! November 30, 2010
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Wonderful period maps, photos and text on all the main battles of the ACW. a very pretty and nice coffee top book that summarises all the key facts. The main part is the maps of the battles. There is a nice section at the start which reviews the role of cartographers in the ACW and how important they were in the battles.

I feel like putting gloves on when I look at the book it is so nice!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Devotee and the Novice January 24, 2012
This is a good reference book that will serve the interests of the Civil War aficionado as well as the novice.

A coffee table book, "Atlas of the Civil War" contains period as well as new maps, lots of pictures, summaries of major battles and lots of other odds and ends info. For the Civil War buff, maps are always a great thing to peruse and this book has many drawn by Civil War cartographers as well as current renderings that more sharply display troop movements and battle sequences. For someone - adult or youngster - just getting into the Civil War, this is the kind of book that can be picked up, flipped to any page and deliver great visuals as well as self-contained information in easy to digest amounts. Exaclty the kind of books my dad had around the house that peaked my first interest in the Civil War (his were the old two-volume American Heritage Civil War history; a great find if you can locate them used).

My only minor nib is that I would have liked more maps drawn by today's interpreters. The vintage maps are great historical pieces, but they are typically hard to see in terms of detail. The currently drawn maps are great visualizations of the chosen battles and give a good, concise view of attacks and movements. There are a lot of the currently drawn maps - probably over 30 - but I would have preferred more and rather less of the vintage maps. Not a major quibble at all, this is a wonderful book.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good info - poor graphics December 5, 2009
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If you're a Civil War buff, student, teacher this book is a must - BUT many of the graphics, trying to look "of the period" are a bit obscure. The maps from the Natinal Geographic are better. Some of the "battles" were a bit more than skirmishes; still people died, were wounded and subsequent battles were often determined by these skirmishes.
To understand the war, you must have a fair knowledge of "the west" i.e. TN LA etc. This book does a good job with that.
The VA peninsula campaigns and Gettysburg are well described and fairly easy to follow
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift, for a true civil war hobbyist.
The receiver was a civil war buff, and this was his request. Seems to have really enjoyed it. Glad I found this at this price.
Published 1 month ago by George L Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for reference
This is a great book for those who want or need to get a feel of the major battles of the War of Northern Aggression. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kenneth E. Bohannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
Bought this gift for a civil war fanatic and he absolutely loved it. Beautiful book with vivid pictures and descriptions.
Published 5 months ago by melissa
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My husband is a civil war buff. He reads some in this book everyday. Anyone who is a civil war enthusiast should get this one.
Published 5 months ago by Peggy Mershon
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive mini-encyclopaedia of the Civil War
Great, high quality bind and print Atlas on the Civil War. Rich in information, pictures and drawings, sketches added to make a full story line of this dramatic episode in american... Read more
Published 8 months ago by H. J. F. Kleijssen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
It’s a great conversation - coffee table book. Very interesting book that makes you want to keep reading and turn the page. Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any Civil War collection
This is a must purchase for any Civil War buff. It is a chronological in nature and provides an insight to where campaigns/battles took place and who was involved. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Freddie L Muller
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book for non-scholarly types
This is a very good book. I was interested in our country's history and did not want a "fluff" book, yet I also didn't want something so totally deep / million footnotes that it's... Read more
Published 12 months ago by YeahSoMaybe?
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite atlas
Bought this one because it has information about Sterling Price's raids around Missouri. We live in Missouri and plan on following his path this summer. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mary Lou Cochrane
5.0 out of 5 stars Use it all the time
This book is a handy reference guide that is just priceless to me. I go back to it repeatedly and would recommend it to any civil war buff for the maps and handy guides.
Published 14 months ago by Pilpot
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