Battles and Leaders of the Civil War is volume one in a four-part series about the American Civil War. Edited by Robert Underwood Johnson, an American diplomat and writer, the book contains a collection of accounts and stories written by a variety of authors, primarily those who served in the Civil War. This book is a treasure trove of information for the history enthusiast.
The book is divided into sections that each detail a major event, battle, or prominent individual of the war. The book opens with a brief introduction, which sets the stage for the entire collection by examining the organisation of the two governments, the United States Government and the Confederate States Government. From there, the book proceeds to detail signs of the impending conflict and the first military operations of the war. Prominent events of the war, from the Campaign of the First Bull Run, to The Battle of Shiloh, to the gunboat campaign are all discussed in tremendous detail. Contributors are both historians and notable participants in the war, including several sections written by Ulysses S. Grant. Maps and images accompany much of the text and enrich the written word.
Volume one of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War is a remarkably comprehensive account of the early days of the Civil War. The battles are examined from the perspective of both sides, and the sources included by Johnson are rich in detail and truly fascinating in content. History students and enthusiasts will surely appreciate the tremendous scope of this collection.
If you are looking for a thorough and exhaustive treatment of the Civil War, Robert Underwood Johnson's Battles and Leaders of the Civil War will surely appeal to you. Volume one sets the stage for the ongoing conflict, which is examined in even greater detail over the course of the final three volumes of this fantastic collection.