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Posted March 4, 2009
Chamberlain was a Good Union General
I purchased this book knowing that it was for children; however, I was dismayed by several inaccuracies that a fact-checker should have caught. One of these was that at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Chamberlain was thrown from his horse into the Potomac River. This is no mean feat since Fredericksburg is on the Rappahannock River, the Potomac being on the order of 30 miles away. The second of these is that the War Between the States Lasted five (5) years. If my math is right, from April 1861 to April 1865 is four (4) years.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
If this book is an example of what passes for history to be taught to our children, it is no wonder that we will have a generation either doomed to knowing no history, or at best not knowing it correctly.
I would use it for the classroom ONLY by indicating the errors in the book and how one should not let the historical facts be sacrificed for a good story.
Chamberlain's character throughout the book is of the highest order. As a Virginian, I appreciate his actions at Appamattox.
Posted December 13, 2007
When I received my package I was surprised and dismayed to find this is a children's book. It is probably for a middle school or earlier audience. It is well done, with nice illustrations, but not what I expected. I reviewed the web site again and don't see that it is identified by reader type.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2010
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