Book Review: An Illustrated History of The Civil War, Images of an American Tragedy by William J. Miller and Brian C. Pohanka

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I had a difficult time finding this book Online, I even googled the name of the authors.

Published by Time Life Books Alexandria Virginia in 2000/454 pages

This is a wonderful book! I poured through the pages, gazing at the large photographs--I was amazed at their preservation and descriptive quality! The information given about the entire history of the Civil War was engrossing and I felt as if I'd sat through an American History class--albeit more interesting.
The book is coffee table size and heavy. The book is a keeper an investment, but a grand one!

622,000 Americans died and 3/4 of a million were wounded because of the Civil War.
At the end of the 4 year war Congress was bent on punishing the rebellious and defiant South.
Carpetbagger's called this because of their suitcases that were made from carpet. These bone picker's came to the South wanting to seek fortune, but according to my great-grandfather many were shot and the bodies disappeared.

Jefferson Davis the man that was President of the Confederate States was captured by Federal Troops shortly after the war ended. He was released on bail 2 years later, and at the end of 1868 he was pardoned. During the course of the book it gives details about the war battles, and at the end of the book is a list of the battles by state.

President Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth April 14, 1865 at Ford's Theater in Washington D. C. Twelve days later Booth was captured and killed. Booth's conspirators a total of 3 men and 1 woman were hanged on July 7, 1865. John Surratt the son of Mary Surratt is believed to have also been one of the conspirators, but he fled the country after the assassination on Lincoln.
Mary Surratt
Blissful Reading!


  1. Sounds like a fascinating book! Your review will appear on War Through the Generations on April 15. Thanks for participating!


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