While there have been many adaptations of Clement Moore’s memorable poem, author Mark Vogl has brought a new interpretation to the field. Originally published as a short Christmas greeting to readers of his Rebel Mountain Reader, his poem stands alone as a testament to the best of human nature during a trying time for all in the Civil War. While Congress did not declare Christmas a holiday until 1870, and the traditions of Santa Claus and presents were still foreign to many families in America, those who had little still felt the need to share with widows and orphans of their fallen brothers on the most holy of Christian celebrations.
In this retelling reminiscent of events documented during the war, illustrator Stephanie Ford relies on historic evidence and her own considerable knowledge of Civil War camp life to visually embellish Vogl’s poem. Filled with lifelike images of generals like Beauregard and Jackson, kepis (military caps), gray coats, and horses, the tale follows the soldiers’ collection of food for the widows and orphans of nearby Richmond at the behest of their beloved General Lee. From the snow-filled camp to the bundle of packages, prancing horses, and loaded wagons, this collaboration is sure to become a Southern Christmas classic.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A writer and speaker, Mark Vogl is also a Texas rancher, an adult-education instructor at Tyler Junior College and Kilgore College, and a retired US Army officer educated at The Citadel. He has been honored as the Confederate of the Year by the Texas division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and has received the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Stephanie Ford earned bachelor of arts degrees in both history and art from Stephen F. Austin State University and teaches high-school art and English. She is the illustrator of Pelican’s Confederate Alphabet; Nadine, My Funny and Trusty Guide Dog; and Willy the Texas Longhorn and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. As a historian who has adopted Civil War reenacting as a pastime, she focuses on women as active participants on the battlefield, particularly the vivandieres, or canteen keepers. She and her husband live in Texas.
CONFEDERATE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
By Mark Vogl
Illustrated by Stephanie Ford
JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 19th Century
JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus. Ages 5-8 & Grades K-3