Produced with the Smithsonian Institution and released in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the start of the
war, The Civil War is the definitive visual history to one of the most defining moments in our country's history.
Comprehensive timelines, revealing first-person accounts by soldiers and civilians, key political and military
leaders, as well as examinations of broader topics, such as transportation, the economy, and the treatment of wounded
soldiers, make The Civil War a must-have for anyone interested in the history of the Civil War.
Maps, portraits, photography, and key artifacts from the Smithsonian's unrivaled Civil War collections help bring the
war to life!
James G. Barber is a historian at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and is the curator of the Gallery’s Time
magazine collection of original cover art. His publications include Faces of Discord: The Civil War Era at the National
Portrait Gallery, Theodore Roosevelt: Icon of the American Century, George C. Marshall: Soldier of Peace, and Andrew
Jackson: A Portrait Study. He is the project coordinator for the Smithsonian Institution’s Civil War website.
Established in 1846, The Smithsonian Institution—the world’s largest museum complex—includes 19 museums and
galleries and the National Zoological Park. The total number of artifacts, works of art, and specimens in the
Smithsonian’s collections is estimated at 137 million, the bulk of which is contained in the museum of Natural History.
The Smithsonian is a world renowned research center, dedicated to public education, national service, and scholarship
in the arts, sciences and history.
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