Stand by the Union

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Christy Passford reports for duty only to find an impostor already in his place on board the transport ship headed for the Gulf. Unable to convince his superior officers that he is the real Christy Passford, he is made a prisoner of the Union navy. In spite of these complications, Christy solves this mystery and uncovers a clever plot by his cousin Corny and his Southern compatriots to abscond with an entire Union naval warship -- Christy's own command -- right out of the midst of the Eastern Gulf Squadron! After...
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Christy Passford reports for duty only to find an impostor already in his place on board the transport ship headed for the Gulf. Unable to convince his superior officers that he is the real Christy Passford, he is made a prisoner of the Union navy. In spite of these complications, Christy solves this mystery and uncovers a clever plot by his cousin Corny and his Southern compatriots to abscond with an entire Union naval warship -- Christy's own command -- right out of the midst of the Eastern Gulf Squadron! After regaining command of his vessel, Christy continues his blockading duties around St. Andrews Bay, on the Florida panhandle. Christy's uncle, Homer Passford, a staunch Confederate, is found on board a sloop that the Union ship has boarded and Christy learns of another blockade runner that he is determined to claim for the North. From St. Andrews, Christy and his crew are bound for Isle Grande Terre on the south side of the Mississippi Delta. Although disappointed that they were not assigned up the Mississippi with the rest of the fleet, a daring reconnoitre reveals Confederate shipping to be had at this small Delta port. A small scale battle ensues, this time with serious consequences for Christy. An imaginative storyteller, Oliver Optic (William Taylor Adams, 1822-97) wrote 125 books and over a thousand stories for children. Among the best of his stories is The Blue and the Gray Series about the Civil War. Stand by the Union, first published in 1891, is the fourth book in the series of six. Includes a Build-Your-Vocabulary Glossary of some 263 words and definitions. Each word is cross-referenced with its page number so children can easily go back and see how it is used in the story. Two new maps of the Gulf Coast and a map of all of Christy's adventures have been created specially for this edition.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780554350288
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter I A Mysterious Visitation 17
Chapter II The Absconding Manservant 27
Chapter III Christy Passford is Utterly Confounded 37
Chapter IV The Sick Officer in the Stateroom 47
Chapter V Lieutenant Passford and His Apparent Double 57
Chapter VI The Conference in the Captain's Cabin 67
Chapter VII The Announcement of the Decision 79
Chapter VIII The Prisoner of War 89
Chapter IX A Moral Philosopher 99
Chapter X A Change of Quarters in the Confusion 109
Chapter XI Laying out a Plan of Operations 119
Chapter XII A Lesson in Ordinary Politeness 131
Chapter XIII The Opening of the Secret Orders 144
Chapter XIV The Affray on the Quarterdeck of the Bronx 151
Chapter XV A Rebellious and Prejudiced Prisoner 161
Chapter XVI The Disposal of the Prisoners 171
Chapter XVII The Second and Third Lieutenants 181
Chapter XVIII A Battle on a Small Scale 191
Chapter XIX The Skipper of the Sloop Magnolia 201
Chapter XX An Expedition to St. Andrew's Bay 213
Chapter XXI A Noncombatant on Board the Bronx 223
Chapter XXII The Stranger in the Captain's Cabin 233
Chapter XXIII A Very Impudent Declaration 243
Chapter XXIV A Critical Situation in the Cabin 253
Chapter XXV The Destruction of a Prominent Facial Member 263
Chapter XXVI The Meeting with the Bellevite at Night 275
Chapter XXVII The Planning of an Expedition 285
Chapter XXVIII The Negro Village on the Isle Grande Terre 295
Chapter XXIX A Professional Visit to the Fort 305
Chapter XXX The Attack upon the Fort 315
Chapter XXXI A Wounded Commander 325
Glossary 349
Map of St. Andrews Bay 360
Map of Isle Grande Terre 361
Map of Christy's Adventures 362
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  • Posted October 21, 2010

    we really enjoyed this book

    Oliver Optic was the penname of Massachusetts native William Taylor Adams (1822-1997), a children's author who wrote 125 books, many of them in series, and over a thousand stories for young people. Among the best of his series are The Army and Navy Series, The Great Western Series, The Starry Flag Series, The Onward and Upward Series, The Yacht Club Series, The Lake Shore Series, The Riverdale Series, and The Boat Builder Series; others include Young America Abroad, The Woodville Stories, and the Boat Club Stories. Stand by the Union, first published in 1891, is the fourth book of six in the The Blue and the Gray Series about the Civil War. We purchased it at the bookstore of The Lincoln Museum in Springfield, IL. Volumes 1-3 are Taken by the Enemy, Within the Enemy's Lines, and On the Blockade; Volumes 5-6 are Fighting for the Right and A Victorious Union.
    I picked up the book, not knowing which number it was in the set, because I recognized the name of the author. It would have been helpful for a better understanding of the plot to have read the first three books in the series since there are several references in Stand by the Union to events in previous volumes. However, the book can still be read and appreciated on its own. Eighteen-year-old Christopher (Christy) Passford, who lives on his family estate of Bonnydale on the Hudson River in New York, is the son of Capt. Horatio Passford, an officer in the Union navy. Christy had also enlisted and as a result of exploits recorded in the first three volumes, including the capture of a Confederate ship the Vixen, has been appointed new commander of the Bronx, as the Vixen was rechristened when placed in the Union navy. However, there is a conspiracy between the Passford's new butler Walsh, Christy's look alike cousin Cornelius (Corny) Passford, and a Confederate named Galvinne posing as a Union officer to steal Christy's commission and present Corny as Christy so that they might steal back the ship. Unable to convince the captain of the Vernon on which he is to sail of his identity, he is made a prisoner.
    Will the ruse work? Or will Christy somehow be able to regain control of his ship? And how will he go about trying to accomplish this task? We did the book as a family read aloud and everyone agreed that it was very exciting. This is the kind of fiction that boys of previous generations, who grew up to be God-fearing men and solid citizens, read. Christy, even in warfare, is a model of deportment, as well as a good example of loyalty to friends, patriotism, prudence, and modesty too. We should give thanks to folks like Lost Classics Book Company for bringing back some of these works for use by people of the present generation who are concerned about the kind of junk and worse that is passed off for children's literature today. To help homeschoolers who might use the book in a study of the Civil War, there are a build-your-vocabulary guide of 263 words and definitions cross referenced to its page number in the story and a set of maps to show where Christy's adventures take place. We really enjoyed this book.

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