Thursday, November 10, 2011


I own their previous Civil War Desk Reference publication—it’s a truly fabulous book!

To mark the sesquicentennial of the bloodiest conflict on American soil, the nation’s library, in collaboration with Little, Brown and Company, has published The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War by Margaret E. Wagner, with an introduction by historian Gary W. Gallagher.

Drawn from rare source material in the unparalleled Civil War collections of the world’s largest library, The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War is an authoritative and engaging chronological narrative of the conflict that raged across the United States from 1861-1865. Quotes from figures—both well-known and unsung—provide testaments to the war’s broad scope and complexity, and to the determination and valor that characterized the people on both sides of the conflict.

Among its panoply of illustrations—including some materials rarely seen and never- before published—readers will encounter manuscripts in Lincoln’s own hand, onsite drawings made by a Civil War combat artist, maps, color lithographs, political cartoons, posters, period photographs, and much more. Illustrations and text together reveal dimensions of this pivotal conflict not covered in standard Civil War histories.

The 240-page, hardcover volume, with more than 350 color illustrations, is available for $35 in bookstores nationwide and at the Library of Congress Shop, Washington, D.C., 20540-4985. Credit-card orders are taken at (888) 682-3557, or shop on the Internet at


NOTE: Also available in print from ($21.72) and ($22.29); or as a Kindle ebook ($16.99) or Nook ebook ($16.99) from those same sources.

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