|Walton Rawls, ed|
|Pages/Publication Date:||304 / 2011|
The American Civil War's imposing number of historical figures can make it a daunting subject to study, but this beautifully produced, wide-format encyclopedia meets the challenge with comprehensive, 24 page entries on the 50 most important people of the era, along with synopses of key battles. Flattering yet factual, the articles themselves are culled from 19th-century sources and filled with direct quotations from those who knew these soldiers best, giving a sense of how these individuals were viewed in their own era. In color and black and white, the nearly 300 illustrations here include rare engravings of battle scenes, as well as fascinating vintage depictions of Union and Confederate weapons, equipment, uniforms, and flags.