A Soldier's Life in the Civil War

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Tens of thousands of men served in the armies of the Civil War. At first, many of them seemed to expect a glorious adventure that would test their courage and be over quickly. The war lasted many years, though, testing their endurance and commitment to their cause. This book describes in depth the soldiers' lives, including the treatment of African-American soldiers. The tales of colorful and daring spies and "daughters of the regiment" complete the picture of life in both ...
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Overview

Tens of thousands of men served in the armies of the Civil War. At first, many of them seemed to expect a glorious adventure that would test their courage and be over quickly. The war lasted many years, though, testing their endurance and commitment to their cause. This book describes in depth the soldiers' lives, including the treatment of African-American soldiers. The tales of colorful and daring spies and "daughters of the regiment" complete the picture of life in both armies during the Civil War.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
During 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
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-While series on the Civil War are rather common, this one stands apart by presenting a wide breadth of topics in a concise way. These four titles offer accessible overviews for students just becoming acquainted with this period in American history, and who are challenged to understand the big picture as opposed to the more specific aspects studied later on. All of the books begin with similar introductions summarizing events up to that point and the significance of the part about to be told. The sections that follow provide interesting facts in a quick format that divides the chapters by topical headlines accompanied by several paragraphs of information. This makes it possible even for history haters to get through the material in appropriate blocks of action. Many important individuals are profiled in frequent sidebars, and clear maps and extremely helpful photographs, illustrations, and reproductions are everywhere, many in full color. Also featured are first-person quotes and short paragraphs on additional items of interest such as "Women Soldiers" (Soldier's Life) and Lincoln's "Second Inaugural Address" (Union Victory). Anderson has kept his audience in mind throughout his writing, and students will therefore learn and benefit from these titles.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836855951
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP
  • Publication date: 1/4/2004
  • Series: World Almanac Library of the Civil War Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Chapter 1 Building the Armies 6
Chapter 2 Fighting for Freedom 14
Chapter 3 Uniforms and Weapons 19
Chapter 4 Camp Life 26
Chapter 5 Medical Care 32
Chapter 6 Spies and Guerrillas 36
Chapter 7 Prisoners of War 40
Time Line 44
Glossary 44
Further Resources 46
Index 47
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