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July 17, 1994|CHARLES SOLOMON

AMERICAN CIVIL WAR REPORTS AS RECORDED IN HARPER'S WEEKLY edited by Sidney Rudeau (Historical Briefs Inc., Box 629, 260 Madalyn Ave., Verplanck, N.Y. 10596: $24.95; 224 pp., paperback original). These accounts from "A Journal of Civilization" give the reader a sense of the War as contemporary readers knew it. In addition to news stories and dispatches, the reproduced magazine pages include commentaries, cartoons and advertisements (a silver "Army" watch on a vest chain: $7). The dramatic woodcuts of battles, generals, congressmen, private soldiers and escaped slaves provide a vivid pictorial compliment to the many written accounts of the Civil War.

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