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Young Heroes of the Confederacy
     

Young Heroes of the Confederacy

by Debra Smith
 

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Young people of the 1860s were born to trouble not of their making. How they responded to it was the ultimate test of character. In this biography collection for middle readers, at least one real-life young person from each Confederate state is spotlighted.

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Young people of the 1860s were born to trouble not of their making. How they responded to it was the ultimate test of character. In this biography collection for middle readers, at least one real-life young person from each Confederate state is spotlighted.

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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Writers who deal with the American Civil War often focus their attention on the great men and cataclysmic battles of that epic conflict. Yet, if you look more closely at the fabric of the Civil War you will discover just how significant the contributions, suffering, and sacrifice of America's youth were during the four years of the war. The average age of a Civil War soldier was approximately twenty-two. That meant that many soldiers were younger than that age. Additionally, as armies swept through the nation they encountered children and adolescents whose lives were permanently altered by the tide of war. In Young Heroes of the Confederacy Debra West Smith presents thumbnail sketches of the wartime experiences of twelve young southerners whose lives were part of the tapestry of the Civil War. In each of these sketches the author traces the wartime experiences that the young man or woman in question had, as well as their postwar trajectory. In this way readers encounter youngsters who fought in battles, endured invasion, overcame hardship, suffered wounds, and in some instances died defending the cause in which they believed. Combining sound scholarship, quotations from primary sources, and photographs from the time Young Heroes of the Confederacy is an excellent addition to the library of any student of the Civil War. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455616848
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/31/2012
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Debra West Smith's earliest memories involve a fascination with both horses and books. She spent the first part of her life with her grandparents in Natchitoches, Louisiana. There, she enjoyed a quiet, serene life where she spent most of her time developing a love for reading. Inspiration for the Hattie Marshall series came from stories the author's grandfather used to tell about his younger days in East Texas.

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