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

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

by Delia Ray
     
 

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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,

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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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140383041
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Series:
Young Reader's Hist- Civil War Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
345,875
Product dimensions:
7.88(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile:
1120L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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