Smithsonian Civil War

Smithsonian Civil War

Inside the National Collection

Book - 2013
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Random House, Inc.
Smithsonian Civil War is a lavishly illustrated coffee-table book featuring 150 entries in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  From among tens of thousands of Civil War objects in the Smithsonian's collections, curators handpicked 550 items and wrote a unique narrative that begins before the war through the Reconstruction period. The perfect gift book for fathers and history lovers, Smithsonian Civil War combines one-of-a-kind, famous, and previously unseen relics from the war in a truly unique narrative.

Smithsonian Civil War takes the reader inside the great collection of Americana housed at twelve national museums and archives and brings historical gems to light. From the National Portrait Gallery come rare early photographs of Stonewall Jackson and Ulysses S. Grant; from the National Museum of American History, secret messages that remained hidden inside Lincoln's gold watch for nearly 150 years; from the National Air and Space Museum, futuristic Civil War-era aircraft designs. Thousands of items were evaluated before those of greatest value and significance were selected for inclusion here. Artfully arranged in 150 entries, they offer a unique, panoramic view of the Civil War.

Baker & Taylor
A sumptuously photographed coffee-table book in honor of the conflict's 150th anniversary showcases 550 hand-picked representative artifacts from the Smithsonian's collections and is complemented by a panoramic narrative chronicling the prewar period through the Reconstruction.

Book News
This volume is a splendid compendium--thoughtfully prepared, beautifully designed, and elegantly produced in a slightly oversize format. Text and captions intertwine with sparkling photos of a myriad of items in the Smithsonian?s collection. For buffs, historians, and casual readers alike. Annotation ©2014 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Showcases over five hundred hand-picked representative artifacts from the Smithsonian's Civil War collections and is complemented by a panoramic narrative chronicling the prewar period through the Reconstruction.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Books, [2013]
ISBN: 9781588343895
Branch Call Number: 973.7074 Sm69
Characteristics: 368 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 29 cm


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