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Children's LiteratureDuring the course of the Civil War over three million men served in the opposing armed services. Of this total more than 620,000 soldiers perished. The lives of servicemen during the Civil War were sprinkled with combat experiences but, by and large, most of their terms involved far more mundane events. Drilling, marching, and simply trying to stay warm, dry and fed occupied most of a soldier's life. It is this social history of the Civil War that Anderson turns his capable attention toward in this volume in the "World Almanac Library of the Civil War," series. Using the format that typifies this informative series, Anderson successfully encapsulates some of the common experiences of a soldier's life in the bloodiest conflict in American history. Each chapter of this book is about the different ways in which Civil War troops lived. Among the subjects are training, uniforms, equipment, camp life, prisoners of war, women's contributions to the war efforts, and the role of African-American troops. Throughout this illustrated work Anderson includes apt quotations from participants. Thus, through a combination of clear writing, primary source information, and an eye for the period, Anderson has produced a book that offers a reasonable look into the world of Civil War soldiers. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck