This addition to the series fuses an interesting collection of battle diaries and records with a lively chronology of military campaigns and personalities. The events at the front are well structured into a framework which the reader can easily follow and better remember. There are judicious passages which deal with Lieutenants R. E. Lee and U. S. Grant, as well as Beauregard, Meade, Jackson, McClelland, Jefferson Davis, etc., an amazing aggregate of young military talent. Once off the field, Mr. Dufour gives somewhat less of his energy to the domestic scene. There is consequently an uneven account of how President Polk and his Democrats jeopardized the prosecution of the conflict with their partisan interference. The brief, political picture is interesting but lacks perspective and documentation, and conditions south of the changing border are sketchily handled. The action scenes come off better than any later analysis which leaves the reader with unsolved problems.