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Children's LiteratureThe seven well-written pieces in this book do not appear to have an overarching theme, but they do illustrate notable events or experiences in the War Between the States. There is the story of how Julie Ward Howe wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic; the experience of Eugenia Philips in a Union prison; the story of a Richmond, Virginia, woman during food riots; of Farragut's attack on Mobil Bay; of a black Union soldier's role in the attack on Fort Wagner in South Carolina; of newspaperman Noah Brooks's recollection of President Lincoln's second inaugural speech, "malice toward none and charity for all." The collection ends with the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse. "In some instances," the authors state in the forward, "where we could not find every detail, we fictionalized some details, based on historical research." The fictionalized parts are listed in the source notes. 2006, HarperCollins, Ages 8 to 12.
—Michael L. Cooper