March of Glory

Author: Joinson, Carla

Subjects: Values; American History; Civil War; Confederate Army

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Order code: 0823

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 0823S

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March of Glory is a handsomely written novel for young adults and Civil War buffs. It is about the mindset of a young Southern soldier. It is an American history experience masterfully crafted, richly documented, and accurately detailed. Cadet Charlie Stuart’s story is a must-read, either alone or as a parallel piece to The Red Badge of Courage.

Born into a prosperous North Carolina family with business ties in the North, Charlie decides to become a soldier when North Carolina secedes from the Union. Against his father’s wishes, he enrolls in the Virginia Military Institute to become a good fighting soldier for the honor of his state and his country. The war, he believes, had started over states’ rights but was now becoming a war over slavery.

Through Charlie’s relationships with and observations of his Southern family and VMI cadets and upperclassmen, we experience the toll of the war on the Southern family unit and social groups. The economics of the plantation system and slavery are clear, too. Hard work, long hours of study, little food, belittling relationships with upperclassmen, and close friendships with other new cadets are all here.

The characters in this story have pasts and personalities. Even Charlie’s brief capture by Union soldiers has unusual depth as he dramatically shares his fear and his discovery that a Union soldier is capable of compassion. Although the South is ill-equipped for war, the pervading feeling is that it will fight to the death to preserve its way of life. Therefore, when the VMI Corps of Cadets supports General John C. Breckenridge’s forces in Staunton, Virginia, we see an extraordinary battle scene. March of Glory is an American novel of human feelings, honor, values, and soldiering.

March of Glory is a handsomely written novel for young adults and Civil War buffs. It is about the mindset of a young Southern soldier. It is an American history experience masterfully crafted, richly documented, and accurately detailed. Cadet Charlie Stuart’s story is a must-read, either alone or as a parallel piece to The Red Badge of Courage.

Born into a prosperous North Carolina family with business ties in the North, Charlie decides to become a soldier when North Carolina secedes from the Union. Against his father’s wishes, he enrolls in the Virginia Military Institute to become a good fighting soldier for the honor of his state and his country. The war, he believes, had started over states’ rights but was now becoming a war over slavery.

Through Charlie’s relationships with and observations of his Southern family and VMI cadets and upperclassmen, we experience the toll of the war on the Southern family unit and social groups. The economics of the plantation system and slavery are clear, too. Hard work, long hours of study, little food, belittling relationships with upperclassmen, and close friendships with other new cadets are all here.

The characters in this story have pasts and personalities. Even Charlie’s brief capture by Union soldiers has unusual depth as he dramatically shares his fear and his discovery that a Union soldier is capable of compassion. Although the South is ill-equipped for war, the pervading feeling is that it will fight to the death to preserve its way of life. Therefore, when the VMI Corps of Cadets supports General John C. Breckenridge’s forces in Staunton, Virginia, we see an extraordinary battle scene. March of Glory is an American novel of human feelings, honor, values, and soldiering.

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