Art and Artifacts of the American Civil War

As we acknowledge the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, it's possible you've had to do some research. There are some fantastic books out there where you can read all about it, but the images and art from that time period really help bring the conflict to life.

There are many online resources you can access from the comfort of your home or school, like Chicago Public Library's Civil War digital collection. It includes artifacts from the homefront and the battlefield, including a chess board that soldiers used to pass time as well as swords used by foot artillery.

The Civil War in Art: Teaching and Learning Through Chicago Collections, developed by the Terra Foundation for American Art, also highlights images from Chicago Public Library's special collections.

If you're interested in checking out something from the library, there's The Civil War: An Illustrated History. This book includes over 500 stunning images, and is also a companion to the acclaimed PBS documentary The Civil War.

Another great choice is An Illustrated History of the Civil War. It includes everything from photographs and sketches to paintings and posters, intertwined with essays across a number of topics.

With all that information to explore, you'll be sure to learn something new about the Civil War.

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