The definitive firsthand narrative of our nation's greatest conflict, now in a collector's boxed set: "Has there ever been another historical crisis of the magnitude of 186165 in which so many people were so articulate?" wondered Edmund Wilson in his 1962 classic Patriotic Gore. Reflecting the unprecedented, widespread literacy of nineteenth century Americans, an astonishing number of writerswhite and black, male and female, soldiers and politicians, public intellectuals and private citizensleft vivid first-hand accounts of the Civil War. For the last four years, to mark the sesquicentennial of the most epochal event in American history, The Library of America has published a four-volume series that orchestrates this symphony of voices to chronicle as never before the full drama of the nations most devastating conflict, from Lincolns election in 186o to the Grand Review of the Armies in 1865. Now, in advance of the 150th anniversary of the wars climactic final months, all four volumes are presented in a beautiful collectors box. As a special feature, each box includes four pull-out posters featuring full color maps by expert Civil War cartographer Earl McElfresh. Here is the ultimate gift for anyone interested in the Civil War era.
LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nations literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, Americas best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.