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Great Battles of the Civil War brings to life ten epic clashes that scourged our nation between 1861 and 1865. This powerful book sets forth the human drama of a great nation locked in mortal combat with itself. Along with accounts of the battles, this volume contains picture essays that reveal in crisp detail the uniform, weapons, equipment, and personal possessions of those courageous American fighters of 140 years ago. Great Battles of the Civil War is illustrated with an extraordinary collection of over 750 photographs, portraits, on-the-spot sketches, contemporary newspaper illustrations, paintings, and full-color artifacts. Lively anecdotes and eyewitness accounts by the people of that time-the obscure as well as the famous-offer personal perspective that brings history to life.