The Civil War Through the Camera



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"The War of the Rebellion," "The Civil War," "The War of Secession," "The War of Northern Aggression" and "The War Between the States," enveloped the lives of the American people in the United States in the years from 1861 through 1865. Pitting brother against brother, the war tallied an enormous cost in American lives. In total, it is estimated that 618,222 men died1, more than any other war in United States history. The people and places, the battle sites that watched this gruesome history unfold, still hold power over our collective conscience; and so "these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth."2 The Civil War through the Camera was published in 1912. Each page is lavishly illustrated with photographs that capture the moments of the Civil War, and 16 full color reproductions that bring each instant to life. Author Henry W. Elson, professor of history at Ohio State University, grants us perspective on the events depicted, and a context for each image included. His writing, surrounded by an elaborate sidebar illustration makes this book a visual extravagance. Reproduced in full color, these illustrations and abundant era photographs offer us a glimpse into the time, place and saga that was the American Civil War.

  • Dust jacket protects and enhances the book while providing you with a built in bookmark
  • Illustrations in black & white and color throughout the text
  • Reproductions of full color
  • original paintings.