The Journal of James Edmond Pease: A Civil War Union Soldier: Virginia, 1863

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Newbery Honor author Jim Murphy portrays the brave and rigorous army life of a 16-year-old Union soldier who has been ordered by his commanding officer to keep a written record of "G" Company during the most brutal years of the Civil War.

James Edmond, a sixteen-year-old orphan, keeps a journal of his experiences and those of "G" Company which he joined as a volunteer in the Union Army during the Civil War.

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Overview

Newbery Honor author Jim Murphy portrays the brave and rigorous army life of a 16-year-old Union soldier who has been ordered by his commanding officer to keep a written record of "G" Company during the most brutal years of the Civil War.

James Edmond, a sixteen-year-old orphan, keeps a journal of his experiences and those of "G" Company which he joined as a volunteer in the Union Army during the Civil War.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
16-year-old James finds himself in the middle of the South in 1863. First directed to assist in the daily record keeping of his unit, he begins a diary of the days' activities, including drawings of the people and the events that surround him. As the war progresses, he finds himself promoted, both for doing a good job and for filling a position where another has perished. This story follows a soldier through about six months of war, and has been based on historical documents and personal diaries of the time. Strong characters, realistic conditions and battle sequences will engage the reader. This series, perhaps intended for boys, will be read by girls too. Series: A Dear America Book: My Name is America.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-James, a 16-year-old private serving in G Company of the 122nd Regiment, New York Volunteers, is baffled when his lieutenant assigns him to be the company historian in his Union regiment. He is initially at a loss as to what he is supposed to record, but gradually becomes more at ease with his responsibility and even finds solace in the task. James's account captures the tedium and drudgery of day-to-day life in the infantry, the confusion and terror of battle, and the horrors of medical practices of the period. Murphy bases this "journal" on real diaries of actual Civil War soldiers. He attempts to lend authenticity to the farm boy's writing by using expressions such as, "We was" or "the shadows was"; other times, he writes in literate and affective prose. For example, "The damage to the enemy lines was severe and their screams terrible." If anything, the author includes too many details and keeps readers from connecting with the protagonist's thoughts and fears. The story gets more exciting when James is lost behind enemy lines and is hidden from Confederate soldiers by a slave woman. The action is neatly wrapped up and the epilogue is a bit too tidy. Nonetheless, this is a solid addition to a popular series.-Ann M. Burlingame, North Regional Library, Raleigh, NC Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590438148
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: My Name Is America Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    Great Book! A must read.

    If you haven't yet you need to read this book. It is an extremely exiting tale of a 16-year old Civil War Soldier with some interesting twists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2005

    OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!

    My story is about James Edmound Pease. James gets separated from his lines when a big explosion hits near by him. He gets knocked out by the explosion. Then he finds a slave's shack. The slave's name was Sally and she let him in and James wanted to get back to his lines and the slaves wanted freedom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2004

    This Is A Great Book

    This is such a great book. It gives (almost) a first hand view of the civil war battles. it is suspenseful at times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2003

    A Tough Job done Well

    Anyone who enjoyed Ken Burns' monumental video series on The Civil War will appreciate the unique approach of this book. It is a personal, searing view of the war through the fictional diary of a 16-year-old boy in a Union regiment, and is based on the real diaries of Civil War soldiers. It combines a superb account of a boy's coming of age and emotional growth with his trials under the literal fire of the most ghastly conditions of war imaginable. Especially notable are the unsparing accounts of the era's primitive medical practices and intense physical suffering of the wounded. Blazing and unforgettable. Highly recommended for adolescent and adult readers alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2003

    Reading This Made Civil War Come Alive

    My son and daughter and I just read this before a trip to Gettysburg. I don't think anything they've encountered about the Civil War has touched them the way this book. It was an ideal way to present the War before our trip. I highly recommend it. It made the history come alive!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2003

    REAL PAGE TURNER

    What a great book! My son grabs anything that Jim Murphy writes, and then we read them together and talk about them. Mr. Murphy is a wonderful writer who really brings history to life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2001

    The Greatest book in the series

    This book really helped me understand the meaning of The Civil War. Although The Journal of Scott Collins was a five star too it was not as good as this book

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