Features original full-page images
of actual newspapers from the past that have been collected
and preserved in the rare and historical archive newspaper
collections of Eric C. Caren and Stephen A. Goldman. To complement
this unique newspaper chronology, the Smithsonian Institution
has provided an added dimension of rare and historic images,
such as those selected from the works of Matthew Brady, Winslow
Homer, Currier and Ives, and the like. These newspapers
bring history alive by revealing how events of the time were
actually perceived and described by those in that era.
Both Union and Confederate causes are represented,
with large headlines, woodcut engravings, patriotic rhetoric
and impassioned vitriol that flowed from the pens of those
not-so-neutral newspapermen covering the conflict. Newspapers
were then the primary means of mass communication and played
a unique role in informing the interested public about the
latest battles, troop movements, promotions in rank and casualty
reports. This is our heritage in contemporary documentation.
It is history at its source. All readers, especially Civil
War buffs, will enjoy seeing the dramatic woodcut engravings,
as well as the massive number of first-hand accounts telling
of the events, both large and small, of this tragic episode
in our nation’s history.