North against South. Grant versus Lee. Brother against brother. The Civil War split the nation into two warring parties and shaped American history and culture dramatically. This book provides a complete survey of the war's major events, including: Profiles of the Civil War's great leaders; The struggle for African-American freedom; Military strategy and weaponry; Landmark historical documents like the Gettysburg Address and a detailed Civil War timeline. The heroic and tragic stories of the Civil War come alive in this extraordinary retelling, combining a compelling historical commentary with fascinating insights into the most prominent characters of that era.