This collection was compiled by Allan Kohl, Visual Resources Librarian at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). Kohl has selected approximately 100 images from Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, a four–volume publication issued serially in 1887–1888, which presented a comprehensive account of the American Civil War (1861–1865). These images depict battle scenes and camp life, as well as details of weapons and uniforms. Kohl has also provided cataloging information for the collection, including references to major events and campaigns.

The Artstor Digital Library features other collections from MCAD, including Minneapolis College of Art and Design Collection and Minneapolis College of Art and Design Faculty Artists.