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The Civil War CD-Rom: The Official Records of the War of Rebellion (128 vol. on one cd) Multimedia CD – November 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • CD-ROM
  • Publisher: H-Bar Enterprises (November 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763900001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763900007
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By M. P. Wills on December 14, 2006
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This is the cheapest way to own the entire 128 volumes or books on the War of the Rebellion. You can made a search for a particular incident and generally find that incident after a little work. That's the good parts about this CD, now the bad. Within this CD there are thousands upon thousands of spelling mistakes, but fear not the owner of this CD can generally correct those mistakes and save the file to the computer. It seems like the people who transcribed this work did not know how to use the space bar on the computer since there are uncountable number of run on's . It would probably take months to correct all the spelling mistakes and run on of words. My first impression was that the 130,000 pages must have been transcribed by a 6th grader who was not concerned with mistakes. The original books were written in Series and Volumes but for some unknown reason the people who transcribed the books decided to make changes and list everything by campaigns. Very confusing since there is not rhyme or reason. Within this CD there is a Shakespearean plays, what it has to do with the rebellion is beyond me.

I spent over 60 hours removing all the garbage, separating all the campaigns, and changing it back into the original 128 volume and then saving it in a Word Document File, now it's extremely easy to make a search. The original search tools was a terrible joke, but worked fairly well if you wanted to spend twice the time as normal to make your searches. I took the original CD and threw it into my junk CD drawer where it now belongs.

Still overall the package was worth the price, and it's even a better package if you're willing to take the time to remove the garbage and put everything back in the original format.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Grant and Lee on January 27, 2008
The layout of the disk is a bit confusing on how to operate it. I am finding it tricky at times to find the information that I would like. They have changed the format from its original series-volume orgainization and have organized it into campaigns. This does not bother me too much, but the search engine on the disk to find key words leavs something to be desired. Overall though the price is worth it considering a new set in the printed version was around $3,000.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bjohn913 on June 22, 2013
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This collection of the "OR" is certainly complete. It is easier to search (but that is not saying much) than the university versions. I've discovered that going to primary documentation is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it is what the real people wrote about their experience. The second is that they are biased, terrible writers. It still is the place to start. bj
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Printup on January 8, 2013
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Find it hard to navigate using the instructions, have windows 7 and try to use there instruction and have a hard time
pulling up information. a class should of been offered on how to use the CD.other CD I own show you how to navigate
around the CD. This should be added to help people,
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By Linda on April 23, 2013
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My husband is a big civil war buff. He really enjoyed this cd. Was a christmas present. Would recommend it for anybody.
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By Peter Martin on December 18, 2012
Twenty-five years ago, this would have been groundbreaking since the only other way to buy all the volumes of this series was to drop over $2000 for the hardback books. Times have changed and there are numerous libraries where you can now easily download any or all of this information for free, so there is no reason (unless you just want to spend your money) to buy this anymore. I recommend saving your money and getting it from a library website.
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