The Untold Civil War: Exploring the Human Side of War

By James Robertson

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A very browsable book with the sort of gorgeous photographs one expects from its publisher, National Geographic. "The Human Side" is encapsulated in a unique format--pithily and adroitly told tales on one page accompanied by a full page visual rendering of the subject. Some topics will be quite familiar to locals, such as the Angel of Marye's Heights but many will be new to readers. There is also a detailed, double-page photo spread at the beginning of the first chapter showing Grant and his men enjoying themselves in the pews of Massaponax Church--which they have dragged into the yard for a makeshift headquarters. The stories from both perspectives--North and South--are lively, yet it is not surprising that most of the battlefield images come from from Union artists and photographers.

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