The Civil War was a war unlike any other. The bravery and strength the soldiers showed, the determination in the direst of circumstances, and the fearlessness when met with challenges never dreamed of set these dark years apart. So much has been recorded about the War Between the States from the bloody battles to the steadfast generals. However, there were others present who are often forgotten: young people who were faced with a fate they never thought they would meet when their lives were taken out of their control.
These children of the Confederacy soon grew accustomed to empty fields, family members who never returned home, and lives shortened by the hard impact of a bullet. Many felt a calling to join the cause and found themselves in the same situations as their adult counterparts: prisoners of war, amputees, spies, or guides for generals—only they were barely twenty years old. This collection of true accounts presents the voices of those who faced the ultimate test of character and courage and until now have so rarely been heard. The stories of these emerging adults provide an engrossing exploration of the Civil War in a way that is unlike any other in delivery and subject matter.
About the Author
Debra West Smith uses inspiration from her upbringing for her books, including stories told by her grandfather and from her Louisiana past. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and has been named to the Louisiana Artist Roster for her excellence in presentations regarding local and state history on the school and library levels. Smith has published several books with Pelican, including Hattie Marshall and the Hurricane, Hattie Marshall and the Prowling Panther, Hattie Marshall and the Dangerous Fire, and Yankees on the Doorstep: The Story of Sarah Morgan.
YOUNG HEROES OF THE CONFEDERACY
By Debra West Smith
JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Military & Wars
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Historical
96 pp. 5¼ x 8 23 photos 16 illus. 1 map
ISBN: 9781455616848 pb