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Civil War In Photographs Hardcover – October 15, 2002

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The crisis dividing North and South in the United States coincided with the evolution of the photographic process. The result, the most documented human experience in history until the advent of the moving picture.

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In a rare conjunction in history, the sectional crisis dividing North from South in the United States and the evolution of the photographic process came of age together in 1861. The result was that the American Civil War which followed would be the most thoroughly documented human experience in history until the advent of the moving picture. More than 2000 photographers plied their varying processes from 1861 to 1865, covering almost every aspect of the war in every theater.

The Civil in Photographs sifts through this mass of imagery to present over 300 of the best images, capturing the soldiers in camp, the look of the battlefields with the smoke of battle still lingering, the ships and navies, the dashing cavalrymen, the big guns of the artillery, as well as the people at home, the impact of the war on two societies and on the slaves it was being fought over. The great leaders like Lincoln and Less are here, alongside the obscure unknown privates who bore the brunt of the fighting. Here are the prison camps that became living hells for captured men in blue and gray alike. Here are the hospitals where they bled and suffered, and endured the ignorance and quakery of pre-modern medicine. Here are the cities like Richmond and Charleston, ravaged by the fire of war. Most of all, here are the faces of two peoples of one blood, scarred by a whilrwind they had created but could not control.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Publishing Group (October 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842226363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842226360
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,729,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
The American Civil War was the first war to be extensively photographed, and there are many interesting photos around. This large and attractive book brings together many interesting Civil War photos from both Northern and Southern photographers. The pictures were obviously selected for very different reasons – some show famous people of the era, some show interesting scenes, and some are just plain unusual. My favorite picture has to be the picture of Battery Rodgers in Washington D.C., with the man *inside* the canon (p.200).

The book is organized chronologically, with a chapter for each year of the War, and some excellent accompanying text. My daughter bought this for me for Father’s Day, and I must say that I was very glad to get it – it’s great!
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Format: Paperback
Oh, you might be thinking, another book of the American Civil War in pictures - time to trot out all of the same old images. Well, not so much as far as I can tell. I am not an expert in this time period by any means, but I have read and perused hundreds of books on the subject. The text describing the events does not contain any revelations, new information, or fresh perspectives for me, but I have to admit most of the photos were new to me. (Not all - for example, there was the standard photo of Rebel prisoners at Gettysburg that I have seen in so many books.) Not all of them were interesting to me either, but enough of them were to make it worth my while to read the book.

Each year of the war is in a section, starting with a summary of that year. Then the photos for that years are presented, and then often there are separate little photo sections, such as on the Ironclads, or the artillery used. Those types of topics are less interesting to me than the descriptions of the men and the battles, but as these are merely pictures with captions, there was no investment of time to read through them. And with William C. Davis as the author/editor, you can feel confident about the accuracy of the information.
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Format: Hardcover
To see it in photos is horrifying to say the least. This is known as the bloodiest war in American history and there are some pictures that do prove it. Anyone that wants a visual book for a learning lesson this is it.
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