The year of 1861 was full of incidents that few people today are aware of. The authentic 1861 artwork on the book cover brings forward what the public knew then, but does not know now. The cause of the American Civil War was not only over slavery as in the mix were state rights, tariffs, taxes and trade. This book concentrates on the war and the slaves. Shown within these pages is exactly as it was for both the north, the south and for those enslaved shown in the words of 1861.