Summer's Bloodiest Days: The Battle of Gettysburg as Told from All Sides

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Timed for the Civil War anniversary in 2011, this book powerfully illustrates a true turning point in American history. Gettysburg expert Jennifer Weber tells the story of the momentous battle through the voices of those who were there, a unique approach that makes this title stand out from all others.
Gripping eyewitness accounts, archival photographs, and dramatic artwork combine with the latest research to portray the Battle of Gettysburg from all sides—Yankees and Rebels, ...

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Overview

Timed for the Civil War anniversary in 2011, this book powerfully illustrates a true turning point in American history. Gettysburg expert Jennifer Weber tells the story of the momentous battle through the voices of those who were there, a unique approach that makes this title stand out from all others.
Gripping eyewitness accounts, archival photographs, and dramatic artwork combine with the latest research to portray the Battle of Gettysburg from all sides—Yankees and Rebels, officers and foot soldiers, men and women, townspeople and outside observers. Through their eyes, today’s students get a real sense of how a chance meeting on a dusty road exploded into three days of intense combat. Maps specially created by National Geographic cartographers help us follow all the action of the vicious and complex battle, during which more than 50,000 people were killed, wounded, or taken prisoner. Names such as Little Round Top, the Peach Orchard, and Pickett’s Charge take on new meaning as young readers learn about the incredible sacrifices made—often by people still in their teens.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lauri Berkenkamp
More than 50,000 Union and Confederate troops and one civilian were killed or injured during The Battle of Gettysburg. Providing an excellent overview of what was arguably the turning point in the Civil War and revealing both the Union and Confederate aims, tactics, and actions, the book relates in clear and precise detail the events of those three days in July, 1863. The book begins with a prologue that includes Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and an explanation of the context of the speech and the battle that inspired it. Alternating chapters told from Confederate and Union perspectives offer a clear and fascinating explanation of how the Union and Confederate armies planned and fought the three-day battle. Sidebars and pullouts give more information about aspects of both armies, including their equipment, choice of apparel, and even the firing range of their weapons, that readers will likely find absolutely fascinating. The Civil War can often seem like merely a list of battles and locations to young readers: this book will help bring this vital part of American history to life. Also included are a detailed timeline of major events from 1860 to 1865, recommended web sites, a bibliography, and an index. Reviewer: Lauri Berkenkamp
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Pulling readers headlong into the sights, sounds, and smells of the battle at Gettysburg, Weber paints a picture, rich in descriptive detail, of terrifying encounters, exhausted soldiers, and tedious waiting mixed with chaos and confusion. She outlines how this decisive showdown was actually more happenstance than strategy, and how General Lee's defeat here, while it did not end the war, put him and the Southern army on the defensive for the next two years, never allowing them to gain back an advantage. While the three-day battle is described chronologically, the author begins with Lincoln's famous address at the dedication of the memorial cemetery and then provides some context for the war, its causes, and basic highlights up until those fateful days in early July. The narration is occasionally confusing as it hops between the Northern and Southern perspectives as well as explaining troop movements, various commanders, regiments, and locations in and around Gettysburg. The text is interspersed with bits of first-person accounts, original photographs, and reprints of flyers and other primary-source material that make it an invaluable resource for students and teachers. A detailed time line, websites, and a bibliography are useful additions. Font sizes for captions and sidebars are small, which can be distracting, but overall this is an attractive, informative account of an important American event.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426307065
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 794,783
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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