Reluctant Witnesses: Children's Voices From The Civil War

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Between 250,000 and 500,000 boy soldiers fought in the U.S. Civil War. Many more children were exposed to the war's ravages in their home towns—in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Columbia, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Harper's Ferry, Richmond, and Vicksburg—and during Sherman's March to the Sea. Based on eyewitness accounts of 120 children, ages four to sixteen, Reluctant Witnesses tells their story of the war: their experience of the hardships they endured and how they managed to cope. Their voices speak of courage and despair, of horror and heroism, and of the bonds of family and community and the powers of faith that helped them survive. Their diaries, letters, and reminiscences are a testimony to the astonishing resiliency in the face of great adversity and their extraordinary capacity to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Like children of contemporary wars, these children from the Union and the Confederacy speak to us across centuries without hate but with the stubborn hope that peace might prevail in the end.

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Emmy E. Werner is a developmental psychologist and research professor at the University of California at Davis. She is the author of many books, including Through the Eyes of Innocents (Westview Press 2000); Reluctant Witnesses (Westview Press, 1998); Pioneer Children on the Journey West (Westview Press 1995).

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YA-These firsthand narratives include young people's diaries, journals, letters, and published reminiscences, as well as accounts by families who recorded their impressions of their youngsters' ordeals. The result is "their descriptions of the hardships they endured and how they managed to cope with them," with parallels to the experiences of children in contemporary civil strife. The author focuses chronologically on the war's outbreak, the first big battles, the emancipated slave children, the effects of the spreading war, the tide-turning Battle of Gettysburg, the siege of Vicksburg, the horror of the Andersonville prison, the siege and burning of Atlanta, and the closing days of the war. Narratives include descriptions of the occasional camaraderie during lulls in the fighting when Union and Confederate soldiers danced and sang together. What emerges throughout the book is the "legacy of courage and determination that is not celebrated in speeches given at monuments honoring the dead.... These are children speaking without rhetoric or resentment about human resilience and the capacity for compassion and decency that survives even when the world is awash in armed conflicts and hates."-Cynthia J. Rieben, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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