Smithsonian Civil War

Inside the National Collection

By Jon Meacham (Foreword by)
(Smithsonian Books (DC), Hardcover, 9781588343895, 368pp.)

Publication Date: October 29, 2013

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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.  From among tens of thousands of Civil War objects in the Smithsonian's collections, curators handpicked 550 items and wrote a unique narrative that begins before the war through the Reconstruction period. 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 housed at 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, secret messages that remained hidden inside 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 and significance were selected for inclusion here. Artfully arranged in 150 entries, they offer a unique, panoramic view of the Civil War.




About the Author
Andrew Craig Mead was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1971 and was an assistant parish priest in England, Connecticut and Boston. From 1978 he was a parish rector-in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, for seven years; in Boston for eleven years; and from 1996 to 2014, when he retired, at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City. After a public school education, he received his B.A. from DePauw University in Indiana, his B.D. (M.Div.) from Yale University Divinity School, and his M.Litt. from Oxford University in England. He and his wife, Nancy, have a daughter, Emma; a son, Matthew, who is also an Episcopal priest and rector; and four grandchildren.
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