Introduction to the Chapter Files

In these pages, you can explore many topics that are related to the story told in Mr. Lincoln's High-Tech War, or that provide a deeper background to the story.

Many of the people who took part in the Civil War wrote of the intensity of events, of the way more seemed to happen in a week of the war than happened in all their lives before or afterwards. That explains, in large part, why so much has been written about the Civil War.

It would be utterly impossible to tell the complete story of the Civil War in one book. Even in a book concentrating on just one facet of the Civil War, there is no practical way to include everything connected to the topic -- as we discovered in writing our book.

But we didn't want to let go of the best stories, just because they didn't fit into the strictest definition of the book's subject area. It didn't seem right to leave behind so much fascinating political maneuvering, history, adventure and invention just because the material didn't quite fit in with the main narrative of the book.

We decided to present this additional material here, arranged chapter by chapter, so that these essays are keyed as closely as possible to the main text of the book. These essays might best be thought of as additional sidebars for each chapter -- discussions of topics you'll want to know more about once you read the book.

Just click on the chapter title on the left to open the page in this window on the right. Alternately, if you want a wider-screen view of the page, you can right-click on a chapter name on the left and use your browser's pop-up menu to open the page in its own window or tab.

Some pages include more than one topic. On those pages, the titles of all the essays are presented as links as the top of the page. Just click on those links to view each of the essays.

Many pages include links to other websites. Most of these links will open in separate windows or tabs (depending on your browser) so you can flip back and forth between the outside website and our book's website.