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American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection; 6 volume set.


American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection; 6 volume set

Edited by Spencer C. Tucker



2778 pages




This six volume set edited by Tucker covers the American Civil War in extensive detail, with an entire volume devoted to primary documents. Prior the list of entries, Tucker offers an introduction to the historiographic project and an overview of the war. The list of entries includes all major battles, important politicians, military officers, and other persons, organizations, strategic locations, transportation networks, and political relations with Native Americans. It also includes aspects of technology, culture, and physical phenomena that influenced the outcomes or documentation of the war, such as the early ambrotype photograph, influential newspapers, the practice on conscription, and the phenomenon of acoustic shadow. Over 2500 entries are collected, with most spanning half a page to a page with cross-references and selected sources. Occasional photographs and illustrations appear in the main body, with relevant maps preceding the introduction. The alphabetical encyclopedia is postscripted by a list of decorations and honors, discussion of military ranks, a glossary, and a chronology. The final volume holds the reproduced text of 172 primary documents as well as the index.

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