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"a real factual and pictorial treasure. . . . It is hard to imagine a more accessible survey of the Civil War than this one." BookPage

"In addition to the timeline - a wonderful tool if you want to look up a particular date (or thereabouts) 150 years ago - Wagner has written an authoritative account of the war. And her book features more than 350 photos, maps, manuscripts, lithographs and original drawings, many rare and never before published." --Richmond Times-Dispatch

"This is an extraordinarily valuable reference work that can also be read as a connected narrative of the Civil War. Incisive descriptions of all significant events are here in chronological order, along with useful information on lesser-known persons and incidents. The many illustrations and their captions add yet another important dimension to this wonderful book."
James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom

"A rich feast of words and pictures that only the Library of Congress-with its vast resources and incomparable expertise-could produce. There have been Civil War almanacs and chronologies before-but none so sumptuous and irresistible-none, like this one, a genuine page turner."Harold Holzer, editor of The New York Times The Complete Civil War 1861-1865 and chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation

"Lavishly illustrated with many rare drawings and photographs, this detailed, narrative timeline of the Civil War will both instruct and delight all who are drawn to the gravitas of these events. Richer and more effective than E. B. Long's classic The Civil War Day by Day, this work is laced with the poignant voices of participants, from presidents to privates, and it unblinkingly portrays the real war on battlefields as well as the tortured collective struggle to destroy American slavery." David W. Blight, author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, and American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era.

"The meaning of the war has been debated for the past 150 years, and it is destined to be debated for the next 150 years as well. But because of the splendid detail marshaled in this remarkable timeline, there can be no dispute over what happened, when, and where, and what it looked like. This is an historic accomplishment of scholarship and imagination."

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University

About the Author

A senior writer-editor in the Publishing Office of the Library of Congress, Margaret E. Wagner is the coauthor and coeditor of The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference and The Library of Congress World War II Desk Reference and author of The American Civil War: 365 Days, World War II: 365 Days, and Maxfield Parrish and the Illustrators of the Golden Age.

Gary W. Gallagher, the John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia, is the author or editor of many books in the field of Civil War history, including The Confederate War; Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War; and The Union War.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (October 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316120685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316120685
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1 x 13.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Graf on December 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you love history and are visual, The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War by Margaret E. Wagner might be something you'd be interested. I found a piece of Civil War reference material that I've got to have for my library.

This book is an excellent reference book any Civil War and/or history buff will love when their hands on it. The beautiful pictures add so much to the reading. This timeline takes the reader with words and pictures from February 1861 all the way through May 1865. Each monumental event is laid out with quotes, pictures, drawings, and maps to show the reader how it impacted the entire Civil War.

It concludes with an epilogue that summarizes the entire war and looks into the years that followed. The best description I have read of the war comes in this section:

"It had shaken assumptions, shattered illusions, and added fuels to the fires of social reform movements - from suffrage to labor unions - that had been kindled in the prewar North. In the South, it also gave birth to the gripping mythology encompassed in the term `Lost Cause'."

What do you get with this book?
- Detailed timeline of the American Civil War
- Vivid pictures capturing the events and people
- Detailed notes section
- Information on the Library Congress
- A great reference material
- Perfect gift
- Quotes of events
- An engaging account of a tragic event

What do you not get with this book?
- Boring textbook feel
- Bland descriptions
- A book for the shelf and nothing more.

I see this book as a great coffee table piece, part of your reference library, a perfect piece for a history classroom. Too many forget how visual students can be. To see what Ms.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mer myth on May 16, 2013
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It has a well balanced approach and gives equal space and time to both sides, showing the good and bad of both. The information was gathered from war reports and daily newspapers; Southern, Northern and European, and from diaries and private letters of those who suffered through the war.
There is an overwhelming wealth of information in the drawings and renderings of small things that happened, and big things we never were told about because like any long terrible war - most people want to forget - or remember only their version. The chronological stories are about not just the battles, but of the rest of the country and how it was affected and how people in states and towns far from the battles were caught up in it too.
Over the years I have read several books on the Civil War, from personal diaries and day-by-day battle accounts, to reconstructed white-washed versions. This one book equals all of them put together for its breath and depth, it's honesty and evenhandedness.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Redd VINE VOICE on January 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
With access to the resources of the Library of Congress the reader should expect nothing less than an exceptional book. Author Margaret E. Wagner has certainly delivered upon this expectation.

Wagner serves as a senior writer and editor in the Publishing Office of the Library of Congress and has written, co-written, or edited several other works including The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference, The Library of Congress World War II Companion, Maxfield Parrish and the Illustrators of the Golden Age amongst others. Her background with the available resources at the LOC makes her an obvious choice for this work.

Published in a "coffee table" format the book works perfectly as a conversation piece as well as a book that can be referred to regularly or just perused at the readers' leisure. The book is broken into four logical chapters based upon major events or shifts in the war. In a timeline work such as this though I don't really feel chapters are needed.

Being written in chronological order the reader is able to follow the war on an almost daily basis. For parents working to instill an interest in history in their children a book like this is ideal. The family can read the events of the day together. Mind you, the book is not written with children as a target market however. As would be expected some days have much more information than others. No days however dominate the book. Even the mystique that surrounds the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg does not lead it to more than it's fair share. Most days events can be read within a matter of a couple of minutes.

Wagner and "picture editor" Athena Angelos have done a masterful job in choosing the illustrations that grace practically every page.
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Great. The timeline of events was great.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Consumer on April 6, 2014
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Good concise reference, April 6, 2014
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This review is from: Civil War Sites in Virginia: A Tour Guide (Paperback)
I am repeating my review here as I think it applies to all of the purchases I have recently made
I purchased a number of books on touring Civil War sites as we are planning trips to do so this year and next, during the final sesquicentennial dates. It's difficult to know which will be the "best" resources and I suspect that many if not all will compliment the others. The sites books have information concisely packaged. The Road Trip Books bring an orientation to the scenes as they exist today (as well as historical perspective) and the Day-By Day books allow another method of quick reference.
I needed the maps as well to remain oriented. With all of them, I can find not only the immediate point of interest, but also the context into which the events will fit. If I had to select just one or two to concentrate upon, I would be hard pressed to decide. I am in the process of learning as much of the information as will stick. It may seem like a lot of duplicative effort, but repetition and evolving context are what helps me learn and I want to learn, to appreciate what I will be viewing.
I also have purchased Shelby Foote's anthology to re-read as I had misplaced those volumes purchased when I was a kid. After seeing him in Ken Burn's The Civil War, I remembered how witty and enjoyable he is. All of this is available on Amazon
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