Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection
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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.
association and compromise,” author Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) followed his own moral compass and urged readers to do the same in works such as Walden and “Resistance to Civil Government.” When an admirer asked for his portrait in 1856 and offered to defray its cost, he reluctantly obliged by sitting for this daguerreotype. A fervent abolitionist, he protested the Fugitive Slave Act by refusing to pay taxes to Massachusetts—whose officials were required to apprehend fugitive slaves and
139.1; quotes, 5.3, 30.1; Siege of Petersburg, 118.1; Siege of Vicksburg, 79.3; Spotsylvania, 100.1; and surrender at Appomattox, 119.1, 119.2, 119.3, 149.1; West Point uniform, 24.1; and William Sherman, 101.1 Grant and His Generals (Balling, painting), 124.1, 124.2 grave marker, 80.1, 80.2 Greeley, Horace, 5.1, 127.1 Gregg, David M., 109.1, 110.1 Griswold, Samuel guards: 1st Louisiana Native Guards, 80.1, 81.1; honor guards, 135.1, 135.2; Maryland National Guard, 61.1 gun carriage, 44.1
a trunk in his attic. In 1869, not long before his death, he was speaking of his war experiences with a cousin J. K. Wallace, who asked if Rawlins had a copy of Grant’s signature. Rawlins went upstairs, rummaged through his trunk, found the letter, and gave it to Wallace with some good advice: “You had better be careful of that, as it will be valuable some day.” Wallace later sold the letter to Charles L. Webster, nephew of Samuel Clemens. Better known as Mark Twain, Clemens and Webster were
Talman. pages cm ISBN 978-1-58834-389-5 1. United States—History—Civil War, 1861–1865—Exhibitions. I. Kagan, Neil. E467.S65 2013 973.7074—dc23 2013017222 For permission to reproduce illustrations appearing in this book, please correspond directly with the museums, as listed on this page. Smithsonian Books does not retain reproduction rights for these images individually, or maintain a file of addresses for sources. Endpapers: Pages from a Civil War-era photo album portray Jefferson Davis
to be confined there. Colonel George Armstrong Custer went after them and died with 268 of his troopers in June 1876 when Sioux and Cheyenne warriors overwhelmed them at the Little Bighorn. That defeat shocked the nation, but it did not reverse the tide. By 1880 the Plains tribes had been largely subdued. Over the next decade, resistance among tribes of the Southwest was suppressed. In December 1890, after Sitting Bull was killed while resisting arrest at the Standing Rock Agency in South Dakota,