This well-written guide provides insights into our nation's Civil War. Actual photographs, photographs from re-enactments, paintings and drawings (all black and white) highlight textual information. The war is presented generally in chronological order, with many sidelights of interest along the way. At the end of most chapters, two activities are provided to bring students closer to the battle. These include creating coded messages, making a military uniform (not from scratch, but does require some sewing), creating a coffee can drum, making ink from berries, learning flag signals, cooking hardtack, building a stretcher, and making battlefield bandages. A timeline of major events, glossary, lists of officers, historical sites to visit, web sites to explore, bibliography, and index are also included.