series The Civil War is available, and the Smithsonian Institution has released the series Battles of the Civil War. Also, the Arts and Entertainment Network's Civil War Journal is available on tape. These are excellent studies using reenactments and compelling narrative.
The Civil War is perhaps the pivotal period in U.S. history; it changed the nation's life forever. The war occurred at the dawn of the age of photography. The Industrial Revolution and the technology it created made mass communication possible. These advancements have bestowed on later generations an amazing account of this great upheaval. We are the benefactors of this plethora of material. From glass plate photographic processes to artists' sketches, explicit maps, and fine art paintings, the Civil War has provided a window on the past as no previous period could or has done.
A Guide to Civil War Maps in the National Archives. Washington, D.C.: National Archives Trust Fund Board, 1990.
Abell Sam, and Brian C. Pohanka. Distant Thunder: A Photographic Essay on the American Civil War. Charlottesville, VA: Thomasson-Grant, 1988.
-----. The Civil War: An Aerial Portrait. Charlottesville, VA: Thomasson-Grant, 1990.
Allen Thomas B., and Sam Abell. The Blue and the Gray. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1992.
Barnard George N. Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign. New York: Dover Publications, 1977.
Catton Bruce. The American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War. New York: American Heritage, 1960.
Davis William C. Rebels and Yankees. 3 vols. New York: Smithmark Publishers, 1991.
-----. The Image of War, 1861-1865. 6 vols. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1983.
Donald David, et al. Divided We Fought: A Pictorial History of the War, 1861-1865. New York: Macmillan, 1952.
Forbes Edwin. Thirty Years After: An Artist's Story of the Great War. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1993.
Frassanito William A. Gettysburg: A Journey in Time. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1974.
-----. Antietam. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1978.
-----. Grant and Lee. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1983.
Gardner Alexander. Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the Civil War. New York: Dover Publications, 1959.
Grossman Julian. The Civil War: Battlefields and Campgrounds in the Art of Winslow Homer. New York: Abradale Press/Harry N. Abrams, 1991.
Guernsey Alfred H., and Henry Mills Alden, eds. Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War. New York: Fairfax Press, 1993.
Holzer Harold, and Mark E. Neely Jr. Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: The Civil War in Art. New York: Orion Books, 1993.
Hunt O. E., ed. Photographic History of the Civil War. 5 vols. Secaucus, NJ: Blue and Grey Press, 1987.