From the publisher’s web site:
Produced with the Smithsonian Institution and released in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the start of the war, The Civil War is a unique visual history to one of the most defining moments in our country’s history.
As the sesquicentennial anniversary of the war approaches, the key events of the conflict retain a vivid resonance in the popular memory. Gettysburg, the Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania, and the Crater at Petersburg have become bywords for brutality and suffering, but also for courage and resilience.
The casualty toll of the Civil War still exceeds that of every other American war, before and since, put together. Race and states’ rights remain potent issues to this day, making the story of the Civil War as gripping today as it was when it divided the nation 150 years ago.