The Confederate Soldier

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On April 12, 1861, Confederate troops attacked Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. This marked the beginning of the bloody Civil War. Southern men volunteered and were later drafted to fight the war against the Union. An estimated 800,000 men served in the Confederate Army. Their lives were difficult as they faced brutal combat, disease, starvation, loneliness, and lack of proper shelter and clothing. The four long years of war changed their lives forever. ...
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Overview

On April 12, 1861, Confederate troops attacked Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. This marked the beginning of the bloody Civil War. Southern men volunteered and were later drafted to fight the war against the Union. An estimated 800,000 men served in the Confederate Army. Their lives were difficult as they faced brutal combat, disease, starvation, loneliness, and lack of proper shelter and clothing. The four long years of war changed their lives forever.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
The American Civil War was a horrific experience. The cost of war is rarely worth the fight, and yet even after thousands of years, civilizations rarely take into account the worth of human life before engaging in war. Often touted as one of the first modern wars, the Civil War resulted in a horrendous loss of human life and some of the most horrible camp conditions imaginable. For the Confederate soldiers, especially, being a soldier was more difficult than they could have imagined possible. A blockade placed around southern ports by the northern navy ensured that few supplies would be available from outside the Confederacy; in addition, the majority of battles were fought in the south, resulting in both armies foraging for supplies throughout the south. There was little food, no re-supply for worn uniforms or other basic necessities, and little hope for relief from terrible camp life. Gillis presents the basic and awful life of a confederate soldier in this very brief title. The author does not gloss over what the soldiers had to endure, yet the book is still suitable for a first glimpse at how difficult the Civil War was for soldiers serving in the Confederate Army. The title is part of the "We the People" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Though the vocabulary in these books is appropriate for the intended audience and the font size is inviting, the content suffers, as it is next to impossible to cover adequately any of these topics in so few pages. The descriptions of the conditions are accurate, but limited. Each spread is framed with dark borders that incorporate the book's title. Vintage photos, reproductions of drawings and paintings, and maps liberally illustrate the texts. Some information and photos are duplicated from one title to another, permitting them to stand alone. Unless material of this level is in high demand, these books should be only a secondary purchase, with the ones about women being the priority since this type of information is not as readily available.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756520373
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Series: We the People: Civil War Era Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,363,642
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author


Jennifer Blizin Gillis writes poetry and nonfiction books for children. She first became interested in the Civil War while living near Fredericksburg, Virginia, close to many battlefields. She lives on a former dairy farm in Pittsboro, North Carolina, with her husband, a dog, and a cat.
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Table of Contents


War!     4
Recruiting     10
In Camp     18
In Battle     29
Peace     37
Glossary     42
Did You Know?     43
Important Dates     44
Important People     45
Want to Know More?     46
Index     48
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