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A riveting account tells the stories of forty-nine young people, from thirteen-year-old Orion Howe who received a Medal of Honor on the battlefield at Vicksburg to drummer boy Miles Moore who helped the wounded, whose bravery, valor, and heroic efforts in the Civil War earned them a place in history.
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G. Clifton Wisler is the award-winning author of more than seventy books, including Run The Blockadeand Red Cap, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
A former journalism and English teachers, G. Clifton Wisler is an active Boy Scouts leader. He is currently completing a doctorate in Civil War history at the University of North Texas. Mr. Wisler lives in Plano, Texas.From School Library Journal:
Gr 4-8-Despite orders from both sides banning the enlistment of those under the age of 18, thousands of them fought during the Civil War. Wisler has gathered the stories of a few dozen such boys who entered military service as drummers, hospital orderlies, drivers, musicians, and often full-fledged fighting men. The introduction describes the various ruses that they employed to enlist and explains how the heavy casualties of the first few years of the war prompted officers to ignore the age limits and recruit male children as young as 10. Each soldier's story is told in a concise vignette of two or three pages, often personalized with his photograph, excerpts from his diary or his letters, and sometimes his postwar recollections. Their experiences were almost always the same: deprivation, disease, and fatigue; horrific encounters with death and destruction; and the nearly sudden loss of innocence. Their faces, staring from the vintage photographs, are riveting in their stark revelation that these are indeed children in uniform. Some of their stories have appeared in more comprehensive histories of the Civil War, but Wisler's inclusion of so many of them in a single volume makes readers keenly aware of the sheer numbers of youngsters who experienced such a painful and tragic coming-of-age. Readers who crave Civil War literature with young subjects will find their accounts irresistible. An excellent companion volume to Wisler's fictional Mr. Lincoln's Drummer (1995) and The Drummer Boy of Vicksburg (1997, both Dutton).
William McLoughlin, Brookside School, Worthington, OH
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