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UK £25.00
US $34.95
CAN $38.95
Hardback with jacket
176 pages
230 illustrations, 50 in colour
25.6 x 21.2 cm (10.25 x 8.5 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4578-1
Battlefields of Honor
American Civil War Reenactors

Photographs by Mark Elson

Text by Jeannine Stein

Foreword by James Lighthizer

Some 150 years on, interest in the American Civil War (1861–65) is at an all-time high, no more so than among the thousands of people across the United States and Europe who participate in reenactments. They leave their jobs and homes behind to become battle-weary soldiers, courageous generals, dedicated nurses and even eager newspaper reporters, adopting not only the clothes of the era, but also the language, mannerisms and food. In Battlefields of Honor, Mark Elson’s expressive images, themselves evoking the look and style of nineteenth-century photographs, capture the painstaking attention to detail that goes into such reenactments. Exploring such themes as the meticulous choreography frequently involved in the restaging of battles, the role women played in the conflict, and the behind-the-scenes work of artisans responsible for crafting replica uniforms, weaponry and utensils, this is a fascinating documentary essay on the men and women who feel an intense, often personal connection to a monumental period in America’s past.


Follows modern-day reenactors as they re-create battles, camp life and the day-to-day existence of soldiers and civilians

Features evocative images created by the authentic nineteenth-century process of wet-plate photography

Includes a complete chronology of the Civil War

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Author Profiles

Mark Elson is a Los Angeles-based photographer and film-maker who specializes in wet-plate processes.

James Lighthizer is President of the Civil War Trust.

Jeannine Stein has been a journalist for more than 20 years, and has written for major daily newspapers and magazines. She is also the author of two books on book arts.

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Elson's images are genuinely beautiful. The feel of authenticity is never less than impressive.

Amateur Photographer

Hauntingly authentic … A great way to experience the Civil War up close and personal

Monsters and Critics

Astonishingly authentic-looking photos of reenactments and reenactors


A captivating photographic and documentary journey

Sir Read a Lot
Interview with Mark Elson

Click here for an interview with Mark Elson by the Civil War Trust

Huffington Post slideshow

Click here for an article on the book in the Huffington Post, 26 October 2012

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