Eager recruits, who had never fired a gun or camped outdoors, learned to live to the beat of drums and to endure the hardships of army camp. They also made the best of their rustic existence, inventing ingenious games, telling yarns, and at times even socializing with the enemy.
Behind the Blue and Gray describes how soldiers felt in battle and looks inside the makeshift hospitals and disease-ridden prison camps. It tells about the diversity of recruits, from elderly soldiers to all black Northern regiments.
Based on many first-person accounts and illustrated with vintage photos, this colorful, readable book brings to life the extraordinary existence of the common soldier.
About the Author
Delia Ray is the author of numerous fiction books for young readers including Ghost Girl and Singing Hands. She has also written three young-adult nonfiction books about American history. She lives with her family in Iowa City, Iowa.