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Children's LiteratureThe first two years of the Civil War in the East encompassed some of the most sweeping battles of the entire war. One need only think of fights such as Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Antietam, First and Second Bull Run, and Gettysburg to realize how important those years were. Union and Confederate armies locked in a death grip at these places and fundamentally changed the way the Civil War was fought. Dale Anderson addresses this theater of operations and time period. Anderson begins by relating the series of unfortunate events that led to the conflict. Then Anderson systematically recounts the main battles and the leadership that occurred during the momentous opening phases of the war in the East. Throughout this book Anderson incorporates primary source visual imagery, illustrative maps, as well as interesting inserts that specifically highlight the words and deeds of participants. This style works well and, in the end, produces a textbook effect that will interest and inform youngsters with an interest in Civil War history. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck