The boys' war : Confederate and Union soldiers talk about the Civil War

by Murphy, Jim, 1947-2022

Format: Print Book 1990
Availability: Available at 9 Libraries 9 of 9 copies
Available (9)
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Juvenile Nonfiction j 973.7 MURPHY
Location  Andrew Carnegie Free Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
Call Number  j 973.7 MURPHY
C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Children Non Fiction J 973.7 Mur
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library
Collection  Children Non Fiction
Call Number  J 973.7 Mur
Jefferson Hills Public Library Juv Nonfiction J 973.7 MUR
Location  Jefferson Hills Public Library
Collection  Juv Nonfiction
Call Number  J 973.7 MUR
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 973.78 Mur
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 973.78 Mur
Northern Tier Regional Library Juvenile J 973.7 MURPH
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Juvenile
Call Number  J 973.7 MURPH
Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 973.7 M95
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Nonfiction
Call Number  J 973.7 M95
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J 973.715 MUR 1990
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
Call Number  J 973.715 MUR 1990
Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Biography j 973.7092 M
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Biography
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Wilkinsburg Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J 973.7 MUR WAR
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Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
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First-hand accounts that include diary entries and personal letters describe the experiences of boys, sixteen years old or younger, who fought in the Civil War.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 5-12. Similar in design to Freedman's photo biography Lincoln [BKL O 15 90], with the same high-quality paper and spacious type, this focuses not on the great movers and shakers of the Civil War, but on the thousands of soldiers, Confederate and Union, who were underage. Murphy draws on letters, diaries, memoirs, and archival photographs, effectively combining oral history and photo-essay. His general account of the war is interwoven with graphic quotes from boy soldiers and drummers about what they saw and felt. Mostly uneducated farm boys away from home for the first time, they speak with directness (Murphy preserves their original spelling and idiom), whether about the lure of adventure, the horrors of battle, the monotony of drill, or their longing for home. They don't talk of slavery; in fact, there don't seem to be any blacks in the book. There's a select bibliography, but some notes on sources would have been useful (for example, what's Murphy's authority for the estimated number of boys who fought?). Except for his overuse of the exclamation point, Murphy's style is nonhistrionic; he allows the drama to come from the boys' words and from the sepia pictures, which evoke the stills in the recent PBS series on the war and are sure to lure browsers of all ages. ~--Hazel Rochman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Readers of Russell Freedman's Newbery-winning Lincoln: A Photobiography , viewers of the recent PBS Civil War documentary series and even Nintendo-addicted preteens will find themselves immediately caught up in this dramatic and at times tragic book. Murphy's exemplary narrative history of the Civil War focuses on the contribution of boys--some as young as nine, many not yet teens. He skillfully interweaves excerpts from the diaries and letters of countless young men who, either seeking escape from the drudgery of farm work or embracing fantasies of glory, participated in America's most brutal and bloody war. Handsomely produced, the book does not shrink from presenting the stark images of youngsters killed or mutilated in battle. The extensive use of contemporary archival photos reinforces the power of the understated text. Ages 9-14. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Children.
Publisher New York :Clarion Books,1990
Language English
Description 110 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 103-106) and index.
ISBN 0899198937 :
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