It was only when I came to renew my quest for the elusive and haunting 'battle maps',  which I thought I'd seen in those old NG issues, that I learned that there was now a book out - for the 'sesquicentennial'! - dedicated wholly to Vizetelly's ACW work. I wrote to the publishers, explaining my interest in the subject, and they very kindly sent me a review copy. This, then, is my full review of that book. 
Bostick tells Vizetelly's story, and thereby that of much of the war, over thirteen short heavily illustrated chapters. Taken as a whole Vizetelly's work covers pretty much everything: from the build-up to the conflict, to its end; covering many theatres - from the woods and plains, to towns, cities, railroads, islands, and naval war - both at the front and behind the lines; and evokes verbally and visually both the civilian and military spheres, and views from both sides.
In just over 150 pages, richly supported by 100 images, almost all of which are engravings of his sketches for the ILN, Bostick tells the fascinating story of how Frank Vizetelly, an Englishman of Italian descent, heavily involved in the burgeoning field of illustrated newspapers (which Bostick describes, for his American readership, as 'the CNN of their time'), travelled to the US, becoming, through his coverage, embroiled in the war he was documenting.
Vizetelly also wrote about what he witnessed, and that aspect of his war reportage is also present in Bostick's account. Somewhat to my surprise though, one thing Bostick doesn't address in any great depth - at least as far as I recall - and something I am interested in (and which I do address here on my blog) is the process by which Vizetelly's original sketches, none of which feature in Bostick's work, and their accompanying descriptive notes, were transformed into the fabulous engravings that adorn his book. Despite this omission this remains a beautiful, evocative and very informative account, helping ensure that, as Bostick himself avows, Vizetelly 'finds his deserved place in our history.'
This brings me back to a question I considered at the start of this more detailed part of the post; ought this penchsnt to add colour to his campfire tales worry us, regarding his reliability as a witness? I don't claim that my opinion is a well-argued case, but personally, although he ultimately sided with the losing team, and despite the fact that his views on the situation of slaves might look pretty dubious to many a modern eye, I think he's a pretty reliable eyewitness.
Except at this point there isn't much discussion in this book of the slavery issue, which became so central to the war. And what little there is deals mostly with Vizetelly's perspective on the subject, as he relayed it home: 'However repugnant slavery as an institution must be to the English mind, no useful purpose is to be gained by keeping the eyes shut to the undoubted fact that where slaves are well treated, many of them grow accustomed to, and happy under, their servitude.'