Young Heroes of the Civil War

Author: Fiore, C. A.

Subjects: American History; Civil War; Heroes; Creative Nonfiction

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-88092-6393

Order code: 6393

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 6393S

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During the American Civil War, boys joined the forces on both sides. Some were pre-teenage (even as young as eight years old). Many were teenage noncombatants, drummers, fifers, and buglers who abandoned their instruments and grabbed muskets to join the fighting ranks, becoming heroes beyond the call of duty and winning Medals of Honor. Many boys and young men did everything their older comrades-in-arms did, and many were horribly injured, imprisoned, killed, or died of disease.

Author C. A. Fiore wrote: "The young fighters and noncombatants of the Civil War served with distinction yet received a minimum amount of credit and recognition after the hostilities ceased. Published literature hardly ever mentioned the younger underage soldiers and sailors. Their vitally important contributions...went relatively unnoticed."

Sixteen chapters of the book are presented in the first person, as if the young heroes were telling their stories directly to us. Four more chapters offer background and perspective and highlight the contributions of black and Native American combatants. There are poignant letters home and eye-witness accounts of how the battle-hardened soldiers were affected by the deaths of the youngsters. This is a revealing and moving book.

Carmen Anthony Fiore was a public schoolteacher and a private tutor. He also authored Supplement to Shakespeare, published by Royal Fireworks Press. 

During the American Civil War, boys joined the forces on both sides. Some were pre-teenage (even as young as eight years old). Many were teenage noncombatants, drummers, fifers, and buglers who abandoned their instruments and grabbed muskets to join the fighting ranks, becoming heroes beyond the call of duty and winning Medals of Honor. Many boys and young men did everything their older comrades-in-arms did, and many were horribly injured, imprisoned, killed, or died of disease.

Author C. A. Fiore wrote: "The young fighters and noncombatants of the Civil War served with distinction yet received a minimum amount of credit and recognition after the hostilities ceased. Published literature hardly ever mentioned the younger underage soldiers and sailors. Their vitally important contributions...went relatively unnoticed."

Sixteen chapters of the book are presented in the first person, as if the young heroes were telling their stories directly to us. Four more chapters offer background and perspective and highlight the contributions of black and Native American combatants. There are poignant letters home and eye-witness accounts of how the battle-hardened soldiers were affected by the deaths of the youngsters. This is a revealing and moving book.

Carmen Anthony Fiore was a public schoolteacher and a private tutor. He also authored Supplement to Shakespeare, published by Royal Fireworks Press. 

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