Background to the war; warring sides; the outbreak; the fighting; firsthand points of view; the wider context.
Gary W. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several books, among them "Lee and His Generals in War And Memory," "The Confederate War," and "Stephen Dodson Ramseur: Lee's Gallant General." He also serves as editor and co-author of the "Military Campaigns of the Civil War" series, which includes titles on seven operations.
"Osprey should be commended for its publishing efforts here. The book has crisp, clear illustrations printed on glossy pages. The maps are like-wise clear and also in color, making it easy to conceptualize the troop movements described in the text, and with just enough detail fitting for this general survey... should appeal to the general reader desirous of a quick, yet comprehensive, treatment that may well stimulate further study." -Frank Piatek, Civil War News