The Union Soldier

The Union Soldier

by Renee C. Rebman
     
 

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On April 12, 1861, Confederate troops attacked Fort Sumter, in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. This marked the beginning of the bloody Civil War. Union soldiers volunteered and were later drafted to fight the war. An estimated 2.1 million Northern men served in the Union Army. Their lives were difficult, as they faced brutal combat, disease, starvation, and… See more details below

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On April 12, 1861, Confederate troops attacked Fort Sumter, in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. This marked the beginning of the bloody Civil War. Union soldiers volunteered and were later drafted to fight the war. An estimated 2.1 million Northern men served in the Union Army. Their lives were difficult, as they faced brutal combat, disease, starvation, and loneliness. The four long years of war changed their lives forever.

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Author Rebman has written a book on the Union Soldier for the "We The People" series by Compass Point. On April 12, 1861, Confederate troops attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina. The event marked the beginning of the Civil War when Northern men volunteered for the Union Army. Over two million Union soldiers fought in the Civil War. This forty-page picture book shows the life of the Union soldier in training, camp life, and battle. Trouble between the North and South over slavery had been growing for years. When President Abraham Lincoln asked for male volunteers to "put down the Southern rebellions," farmers and their sons, immigrants, and others came forward. Soldiers trained to fight in the infantry, cavalry, and artillery units. At first there were not enough good weapons for the soldiers. Some trained with old muskets, while others had newer rifles. The soldiers had to learn how to load their weapons properly. Camp life was hard. Wives and children of officers were allowed to live in tents around the campfires. Food was scarce and often spoiled. When there was not enough food, soldiers lived on crackers made of flour and water called hardtack. When there was a lull in fighting, soldiers hung around the camps, playing cards and reading newspapers or books. Many of the soldiers also came down with diseases such as malaria, dysentery, smallpox, and pneumonia. Winning battles depended on strong leaders. One of them was the Union General Ulysses S. Grant who gained control of Fort Donelson in Tennessee. Grant led his soldiers to victories in Vicksburg and Chattanooga. There were also African-American troops in the Union Army. Many of them were employed as cooks and laborers. Blacksoldiers earned $10 a month while a white soldier earned $13. Almost 120,000 African-American soldiers served in the Civil War, and thousands lost their lives. Photographs, a glossary, important dates, and people as well as internet sites are included.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Though the vocabulary in these books is appropriate for the intended audience and the font size is inviting, the content suffers, as it is next to impossible to cover adequately any of these topics in so few pages. The descriptions of the conditions are accurate, but limited. Each spread is framed with dark borders that incorporate the book's title. Vintage photos, reproductions of drawings and paintings, and maps liberally illustrate the texts. Some information and photos are duplicated from one title to another, permitting them to stand alone. Unless material of this level is in high demand, these books should be only a secondary purchase, with the ones about women being the priority since this type of information is not as readily available.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756520304
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Capstone We the People Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
940L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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