Each of the sixteen parts of this two-volume set provides full accounts of one or more battles. Photographs by Mathew B. Brady and Alexander Gardner illustrate the set. Ohio State University history professor Henry W. Elson provides the explanatory text, Elson's New History. The battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville appear in part seven. The Battle of Wilderness and Spotsylvania and the Bloody Angle appear in part eleven.