Texans fought in every theater of the Civil War, from Gettysburg to Shiloh to Pea Ridge and Glorieta Pass, and helped prevent Federal invasion of their home state. Still on the developing frontier, they struggled with multiple threats to their way of life -- Indians to the west, dissidents within, Yankees to the north. The Civil War presented the first major opportunity for Americans to photograph these fighting men and the places they battled and to create an extensive visual record of war. Most collections of such photographs, however, have focused on the leaders of the conflict and have treated the images merely as illustrations for traditional narratives. By carefully matching available written sources to the 250 photographs, the authors have created a unique opportunity for the reader to see the war on a very human scale. Centering on the common soldier, Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Texas in the Civil War, the seventh volume in the University of Arkansas's award-winning series, tells the stories of the actual people, rich and poor, whose lives were changed forever by the nation's great drama.