Great Civil War Heroes and Their Battles

Release Date
Format Paperback 308 pages 11.5 x 9 inches More than 200 illustrations, 150 in full color
ISBN-13 978-0-78921-064-7 SKU 1042436

Released in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, this book offers a complete pictorial overview of the war and biographies of fifty legendary leaders.

The dramatic history of the “War Between the States” comes alive in Great Civil War Heroes and their Battles. In this beautifully produced compilation are the biographies of fifty famed commanders from both the Union and the Confederacy, accompanied by lifelike portraits and more than seventy full-page battle scenes, including images from Currier & Ives and the treasured Kurz and Allison series.

The highly anticipated new edition of Great Civil War Heroes and Their Battles brings a classic American history book back in stock in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War on April 12, 1861. This anniversary edition features an engaging new Preface from author Walton Rawls.

Each general’s section, in addition to a biography and exciting descriptions of his exploits in the war, lists his major battles, his dates of promotion, his independent field commands, etc. Written when many of these figures were still alive, the biographies are peppered with fascinating first-person anecdotes and recollections that may not otherwise have survived. Supplementing the text and battle scenes are ordnance drawings identifying the major types of artillery, muskets, rifles, and pistols used by both sides— as well as full-color spreads showing the standard uniforms and insignia of Union and Confederate armies. Scattered throughout are colorful vignettes of a soldier’s life and patriotic drawings taken from writing paper and envelopes distributed to the Union troops. Full-page maps and a detailed chronology of the war complete this enriching volume—a must-have for history buffs on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line.


"Resplendent, like most Abbeville books." -- Philadelphia Inquirer

"A treasure for Civil War buffs." -- Smithsonian Magazine

"An excellent gift." -- Dallas Morning News

“This work is a treasure.” -- Times-Picayune, New Orleans

“A rare collector’s item.” -- Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Rawls’ book is lavishly illustrated with colorful pictures, period illustrations, uniforms and weapons and is a delight to read." --

Because of this overwhelmingly thorough coverage [of the Civil War], any new work must justify its existence by bringing something special to the table, and Great Civil War Heroes and Their Battles does just that... Any Civil War buff will be happy sitting in a favorite chair poring over this book’s detailed biographies while admiring its numerous and impressive illustrations. For their libraries, it is a must.” -- Armchair General

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