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Atlas of the Civil War: A Complete Guide to the Tactics and Terrain of Battle

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In this one-of-a-kind atlas, scores of archival maps and dozens of newly created maps trace the battles, political turmoil, and great themes of America’s most violent and pivotal clash of arms. From the Antebellum South to Fort Sumter, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the fitful peace of Reconstruction, National Geographic’s Atlas of the Civil War displays eye-ope ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by National Geographic
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Timons Esaias
Because my university students don't know geography to begin with, much less the impact of geography on warfare, I was certain that I wanted an Atlas of the Civil War for my Civil War class. In the Oakland library I got my hands on this one, and decided (despite the price) that it would be the one.

As with most historical atlases, there are a couple of problems. Sometimes the number dots (twice, if I recall) didn't actually get printed on the map, so we have a key and no lock. Sometimes the desir
John Nelson
I received this book for a Christmas gift. The maps are good, as one would expect from a book published by the National Geographic Society. The accompanying discussion, however, is too cursory to really explain what happened at each battle, even in broad outline form, and the authors do not even discuss events that took place behind the front lines, no matter how important. On the whole, this book is a worthwhile if quick read, so long as one seeks nothing more than a quick overview of the war's ...more
A ready good reference that I used to accompany my reading of the Battle Cry of Freedom.
I found it not perfect sometimes and hard to understand sometimes but it was complicated.
I found that some of the usage of "historical" old maps made understanding harder but in a way they made it easier.
I will continue to use this book and maybe will upgrade the three stars it has from me for now.
Dec 22, 2014 Becky rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Beautiful book. You could spend hours looking at the historical maps and photos. The facts and details in the write-ups and captions are just as interesting.

I found some of the images used in this book disturbing but effective. The maps are fantastic and it is worth the read.
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