Semi-Centennial
Memorial

The Photographic History

of The Civil War

In Ten Volumes

 

Francis Trevelyan Miller - Editor in Chief

 

Robert S. Lanier

Managing Editor

 

Thousands of Scenes Photogrpahed

1861-65, with Text by many

Special Authorities

 

New York

The Review of Reviews Co.

1911

 

Produced for the 50th anniversary of the Civil War this work by the Review of Reviews Co. in 1911, edited by Francis Trevelyan Miller, is an epic ten volume set of photogrpahic record, broken down into various categories of geography, time periods, campaigns and military arms, among others.  It was undoubtedbly a work designed for profit, yet also desinged to tell the story of the war to honor those who fought on both sides and to unite the two. President William Howard Taft was one of the principal listed contributors.

 

The work is dedicated thusly -

Dedicated

FIFTY YEARS AFTER
FORT SUMTER
TO THE MEN IN BLUE AND GRAY
WHOSE VALOR AND DEVOTION
HAVE BECOME THE
PRICELSS HERITAGE
OF A UNITED
NATION

 

And from the introduction:

"THE PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR comes on this anniversary to witness a people's valor; to testify in photograph to the true stroy of how a devoted people whose fathers had stood shoulder to shoulder for the ideal of liverty in the American Revolution, who had issued to the world the declaration that all men are created politcially free and equal, who had formulated the Constitution that dethroned mediaeval monarchy and founded a new republic to bring new hope to the races of the earth---parted at the dividing line of a great economic problem and stood arrayed against each other in the greates fraticidal tragedy that the world has ever witnessed, only to be reunited and to stand, fifty years later, hand in hand for the betterment of mankind, pledging themselves to universal peace and brotherhood."