Guns of the Civil War celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861–1865) with an elegant and richly detailed history of Colt, Henry, Manhattan, Remington, Sharps, Spencer, and S&W Firearms, and guns by many other rivals and contemporaries. This essential overview of the legendary guns and armsmakers of the Civil War era includes exquisite photography of the handguns, rifles, and muskets, with numerous close-ups that capture the detail of each piece.
Award-winning author, photographer, and historian Dennis Adler is recognized as one of America’s most published authors and historians. He has been seen on Good Morning America, The Today Show, and CBS Sunday Morning.
The author of thirty-six books on historic firearms and collectible automobiles, as well as a former magazine editor, Adler has had more than five thousand articles and photographs published during his 35-year career. His features have appeared in publications as varied as Motor Trend, Road & Track, Automobile, and AutoWeek to Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, European Car, the Robb Report, Car Collector, Automobile Quarterly, Popular Mechanics, the DuPont Registry, and The Star—the official Mercedes-Benz publication—as well as in American Rifleman; Guns of the Old West (where he serves as a contributing editor); Combat Handguns; and Harris Publications specials. He is also Special Projects Editor for Blue Book Publications (Blue Book of Gun Values) and has written 10 books on black powder firearms and related subjects.
An authority on nineteenth-century Colt revolvers and Winchester shotguns, he has written and photographed several popular coffee table books on the topics, including Colt Single Action—From Patersons to Peacemakers, Winchester Shotguns, and his latest work, Guns of the American West, all three published by Chartwell Books and Quayside Publishing Group.
Guns of the Civil War will be Adler’s thirty-seventh book. An avid collector of American West and Civil War firearms, he is also involved in the design and manufacturing of custom cowboy guns for collectors and shooters, and has worked with such distinguished American firms as Sturm, Ruger & Co. and serves on the Antique Arms Committee of America Remembers and the United States Society of Arms and Armour.