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COLLECTING THE UNION/CONFEDERATE SOLDIER (Rockywood Productions, Inc., $19.95 each, $29.95 for two-volume set).

These richly descriptive and informative videos are equally useful for beginner and veteran collectors of Civil War memorabilia. With individual, 80-minutevolumes dedicated to the Union and Confederate fighting man, this set examines the equipment with which each army was outfitted. Both tapes are divided into segments covering everything collectible, from uniforms and headgear to weapons and photographs. The meticulous camera work provides close-up looks at the fabric, manufacturer stamps,and other minute characteristics that allow collectors to identify individual items properly. This set is available only by calling 800-440-8478.