It Happened in the Civil War

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Many of the events from the Civil War are well known - the Battle of Gettysburg, the death of "Stonewall" Jackson, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. But do you know the whole story?It Happened in the Civil War provides inside information on these events as well as lesser-known happenings. Do you know the story behind the Hunley, the first submarine to destroy a surface ship in warfare? Or the daring prison escape of John Hunt Morgan? Or the story behind Lincoln's favorite song? You'll find out as author ...

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Many of the events from the Civil War are well known - the Battle of Gettysburg, the death of "Stonewall" Jackson, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. But do you know the whole story?It Happened in the Civil War provides inside information on these events as well as lesser-known happenings. Do you know the story behind the Hunley, the first submarine to destroy a surface ship in warfare? Or the daring prison escape of John Hunt Morgan? Or the story behind Lincoln's favorite song? You'll find out as author Michael R. Bradley takes you behind the scenes of the Civil War.Along the way you'll read about rebel soldiers forced to make gunpowder from urine, the execution of an innocent man who volunteered to take the place of his brother, America's bizarre first "air force," and the efforts of one nurse determined to find out what happened to sixty-two thousand Union soldiers missing in action.In an easy-to-read style that is entertaining as well as informative, It Happened in the Civil War presents some of the most captivating moments from the Civil War. (6 x 9, 144 pages)

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The Civil War can be a formidable subject to many mid-level students. It was vast, complicated, and extremely important, and adults are still arguing about it after all these years. This title will be a useful tool for the teachers of middle school pupils who are getting their first introduction to the War Between the States, and especially those who are reluctant to stick a toe into those waters. It is a collection of 30 stories, each one devoted to a particular Civil War episode and concentrating on the "people element." The subjects are wildly disparate, connected only by the great conflict itself, but are shrewdly chosen to appear to young readers. Bradley starts out with a strong opening act: a few pages on how Confederate workers made gunpowder from urine. With interest thus captivated, he moves on to stories about a daring prison escape, the Confederate submarine Hunley, a barbaric execution, and the like. There are battlefield tales too, which introduce the student to some of the pivotal points of the war, and a piece on Harriet Tubman's inspirational struggles. At the end of it all, the student will have enjoyed some interesting reading and gained some familiarity with the overall subject. Bradley was a good choice to write this offering in TwoDot's "It Happened In" series. He is a professor of history and has authored several other collections of true Civil War stories at the adult level. (It Happened In series).. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2002, Globe Pequot, Twodot, 135p. bibliog. index.,
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762711659
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: It Happened in Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Michael R. Bradley lives in Tullahoma, Tennessee, on the former picket line of a Civil War fort. In addition to authoring five other books on the Civil War and many articles and papers, he is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Southern Historical Association, American Association of University Professors, and the Society for Military History.

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With the first puff of smoke a shell came screaming over the stockade. The second hit the wall, cutting off the timber and sending jagged splinters of wood flying like spears across the interior of the small enclosure. Every shot hit the wall and the cannon were too far away for the Michiganders' rifles to be effective. In a few minutes it was all over. The stockade was blown to smithereens. Of Baldwin's fifty men, forty-nine were dead or wounded. Regretfully, Frank Baldwin waved a towel as a flag of surrender. Out of the smoke came riding a small, dapper man in a neat gray uniform. Three stars surrounded by a wreath on his collar indicated his a rank as a general. "Lieutenant, this is the biggest piece of foolishness I have ever seen. I have not lost a man and your command has been wiped out. It is mere luck you aren't causality yourself. If you had surrendered, you would have saved a lot of good men from death and suffering." Saluting, Baldwin replied, "General, please read this paper. It is from my commanding officer and it orders me to hold this position until relieved. As yet, I have not been relieved."

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Gunpowder from Urine 1
The Story of "Taps" 5
The Death of the Wooden Navy 9
An Unusual Air Force 13
The Double Life of Frank Thompson/Emma Seelye 17
The Stranger 21
The Battle Caused by Three Cigars 25
From the Island of Malta to South Mountain, Maryland 29
The Female Moses--Harriet Tubman 34
The Angel of Marye's Heights 38
His Country's Highest Award for Bravery 42
Loyal Servant--Valiant Sergeant 47
Thunder and Lightning at Hoovers Gap 51
The Old Man of Gettysburg 55
A Daring Prison Escape 59
Even His Enemy Congratulated Him 63
The Historic Voyage of the CSS Hunley 67
A Battle off the Coast of France 71
He Died in Place of His Brother 76
Raiding Rebels on the Rampage 81
The Plot to Destroy Chicago 85
A Sad Homecoming 90
Lincoln's Favorite Song 94
He Broke Into a Prisoner of War Camp 98
The Angel of the Battlefield--Clara Barton 102
Bom Dia, Y'All 106
The War Taught Him to Love Horses 110
United in Death 114
A Little Bit of Dixie in Wisconsin 118
Little Sorrel's Story 122
A Potpourri of Civil War Facts 126
Bibliography 129
Index 132
About the Author 136
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