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A good quality book, but a few flaws
on 20 November 2013
I bought this on a whim, I must admit.
Being a Civil War enthusiast, I am always looking at photos and was very interested in this book.
First of all, I was very impressed with the overall quality. On flicking through the pages, I saw a number of photos that I hadn't seen before and a lot I had.
The artist has obviously spent a great deal of time and effort to add colour to the original black and white/sepia photos and in general, the effect is incredible. The effect is more like original WW1 colour photos, so well in keeping with the subject as too bright/modern colouring would have looked wrong, so well done in that respect.
In general, I am well pleased with it, but there are a few glaring errors and maybe a few things that aren't quite right for my liking. I won't dwell on it too much as I think the book is well worth it, but one that would have been so easy to get right is the branch of service markings. Chevrons are all cavalry yellow, for instance, regardless of whether the photos show infantry or whatever. No sky blue chevrons to be seen anywhere.The other point is that the Federal dark blue is generally way to light and looks more like a medium french blue, even allowing for fading. A couple of mistakes with the muskets, but easy to ignore those. The main one is really the branch of service colours. No excuse for that one, I feel.
Some of the photos have been used in the various CW magazines, I have noticed.
Still, despite the issues, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the conflict and I hope the artist will produce some more, hopefully without the mistakes made in this book.