Behind the Blue and Gray: The Soldier's Life in the Civil War

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In this sequel to A Nation Torn: The Story of How the Civil War Began, author Delia Ray reveals how oridinary Union and Confederate soldiers experienced the Civil War.

Eager recruits, who had never fired a gun or camped outdoors, learned to live to the beat of drums and to endure the hardships of army camp. They also made the best of their rustic existence, inventing ingenious games, telling yarns, and at times even socializing with the enemy.

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Overview

In this sequel to A Nation Torn: The Story of How the Civil War Began, author Delia Ray reveals how oridinary Union and Confederate soldiers experienced the Civil War.

Eager recruits, who had never fired a gun or camped outdoors, learned to live to the beat of drums and to endure the hardships of army camp. They also made the best of their rustic existence, inventing ingenious games, telling yarns, and at times even socializing with the enemy.

Behind the Blue and Gray describes how soldiers felt in battle and looks inside the makeshift hospitals and disease-ridden prison camps. It tells about the diversity of recruits, from elderly soldiers to all black Northern regiments.

Based on many first-person accounts and illustrated with vintage photos, this colorful, readable book brings to life the extraordinary existence of the common soldier.

Traces, in this second of a three part series, the events of the Civil War from the first battle to the surrender with emphasis on the experiences of the individual soldier.

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Gr 7 Up-- This sequel to A Nation Torn: The Story of How the Civil War Began (Lodestar, 1990) is the story of the Civil War as seen from the perspective of common soldiers who served in Union blue and Confederate gray; coverage is from the first shots fired upon Fort Sumter to the long trek home at war's end. Ray is an excellent narrator and has chosen many informative, perceptive personal accounts upon which to base her work. The fears, horrors, boredom, and simple, transitory pleasures of these young men are brought into sharp focus by the many first-person writings. Especially moving is the chapter concerning medical care--primitive at best--and the prisoner of war camps--inhumane at worst. Readers may learn for the first time of the many Native American volunteers; all-black regiments; and the large number of German, Irish, and other foreign-born soldiers who fought in the war. Black-and-white historical photographs and reproductions flesh out this highly readable volume that should whet the appetite of readers and inspire them to delve further into a this period. --David A. Lindsey, Lakewood Junior/Senior High School, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140383041
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Series: Young Reader's Hist- Civil War Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 401,226
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

    Behind the Blue and Gray Review

    Behind The Blue and Gray Puffin books, 9/1/1996, 112pp, $9.99
    Delia Ray ISBN#0140383041
    Behind the Blue and Gray is many stories about men or children fighting in the civil war. There are lots of different characters telling their feelings. It also tells how they kept themselves from going insane from their hard work.
    Behind the Blue and Gray is a slow book. It doesn't tell how they fought in the war; it just tells you how they lived. The story makes you think of how much we have that they didn't. If you want to know how they felt or lived, then I would recommend this book without a second thought. But, if you were looking for a story that told of a handsome man that saved the day, I would go read Cinderella. This book can make you want to read and thank Mrs. Okell for picking this book for you, or it will make you bored and you will fall asleep. It just depends on what you are looking for.
    By Mirella Davis

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