Dramatic biographies of fifty famous generals and admirals of the Union and Confederacy, with full-color portraits.Exciting illustrations of nearly seventy important battles, including the complete series of Kurz and Allison prints.Informative chronology of significant events illustrated with authentic documents.Accurate full-page maps show the location of every momentous battle of the Civil War.Official uniforms with rank and grade insignia and buttons.Authentic drawings of all the major weaponryincluding muskets, rifles, revolvers, swords, and artillery.And more!In this beautifully produced compilation are the biographies of fifty famed commanders from both the Union and the Confederacy, accompanied by lifelike portraits and more than seventy full-color and duotone full-page battle scenes, including images from Currier & Ives and the treasured Kurz and Allison series. This highly anticipated commemorative edition brings a classic American history book back in stock for the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War on April 12, 1861.The biographies and captions in this indispensable collector’s item are derived from nineteenth-century publications written for a popular audience when many Civil War heroes were still alive, and they contain fascinating first-person narratives and anecdotes that might not otherwise have survived. The heroes’ two thousandword histories are supplemented with separate lists of their important battles, independent commands, and dates of rank, to aid the reader in following a general’s career.Each exciting battle picture is presented in proper chronological order, identified by the names both sides used, and shows its correct date. The essential maps indicate the sites of all important engagements, and carefully selected illustrations from official atlases and ordnance manuals help the reader identify the major sidearms and field weapons pictured, as well as uniforms and insignia. Colorful vignettes and patriotic drawings taken from troops’ writing paper and envelopes complete this enriching volumea must-have for history buffs on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line.