Smithsonian Civil War

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Smithsonian Civil War is a lavishly illustrated coffee-table book featuring 150 entries in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. llustrated by objects handpicked by Smithsonian curators from among tens of thousands of objects in the collections, it is the perfect gift book for fathers and history lovers. Smithsonian Civil War combines one-of-a-kind, famous and previously unseen, relics from the war in a truly unique narrative.

Smithsonian Civil War takes the reader inside the great collection of Americana drawn from twelve national museums and archives and brings historical gems to light. From the National Portrait Gallery come rare early photographs of Stonewall Jackson and Ulysses S. Grant; from the National Museum of American History, a slave-ship manifest listing its human cargo and secret messages that remained hidden inside Abraham Lincoln's gold watch for nearly 150 years; from the National Air and Space Museum, futuristic Civil War-era aircraft designs. Thousands of items were evaluated before those of greatest value, significance, and interest were selected for inclusion here. Artfully arranged in 150 entries, they offer a unique, panoramic view of the Civil War.

Museum Story

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is responsible for the collection, care and preservation of more than three million objects. The collections reflect the breadth, depth and complexity of the experiences of the American people, from social and cultural history to the history of science, medicine and technology.


  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages, 550 color photographs
  • 11" x 9.5"
  • Foreword by Jon Meacham

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