Exploring the Civil War

Exploring the Civil War

Books for Children

Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln

cover photo: Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln by Patricia Polacco JE POL.P

When two brothers visit a museum in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, with their grandmother, they find themselves in a very realistic Civil War setting where they see the Antietam battlefield and meet historical figures from the aftermath of that momentous battle. Includes author's note on the Battle of Antietam.

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John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry

cover photo: John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry by Jason Glaser J 973.7116 GLA.J

Tells the true story of how John Brown raided the military outpost at Harpers Ferry, Virginia in 1859, with the goal of capturing weapons and raising an army to fight for the freedom of the slaves.

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Underground

cover photo: Underground by Shane Evans J 973.7115 EVA.S

A group of slaves introduces readers to the Underground Railroad by relating their personal experiences and describing their escape.

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Most Loved in all the World

cover photo: Most Loved in all the World by Tonya Hegamin JE HEG.T

Even though Mama is an agent on the Underground Railroad, in order to help others she must remain a slave, but she teaches her daughter the value of freedom through a gift of love and sacrifice.

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Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States

cover photo: Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States by Pat McKissack J 973.7 MCK.P

Uses slave narratives, letters, diaries, military orders, and other documents to chronicle the various stages leading to the emancipation of slaves in the United States.

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Signals in the Sky

cover photo: Signals in the Sky by Candice F. Ransom J RANSOM

Whisked back to 1863 Virginia with the aid of a magical spyglass, the three Chapman children meet real-life Civil War spy, John Doyle.

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Civil War on Sunday

cover photo: Civil War on Sunday by Mary Pope Osborne J OSBORNE

Jack and Annie are transported by their magic tree house to the Civil War where they meet Clara Barton, who distributed supplies and nursed wounded soldiers during the war, later founding the American Red Cross.

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The Diary of Susie King Taylor, Civil War Nurse

cover photo: The Diary of Susie King Taylor, Civil War Nurse by Susie King Taylor J 973.775 TAY.S

Excerpts from the diary of a woman who served as nurse to a regiment of black soldiers fighting for the Union during the Civil War, including her observations on the treatment of African Americans after the war.

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Anna Sunday

cover photo: Anna Sunday by Sally M. Keehn J KEE.S

In 1863, twelve-year-old Anna, disguised as a boy and accompanied by her younger brother, Jed, leaves their Pennsylvania home and makes the difficult journey to join their wounded father in Winchester, Virginia, where they find themselves in danger from Confederate troops.

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A Light in the Storm: The Diary of Amelia Martin

cover photo: A Light in the Storm: The Diary of Amelia Martin by Karen Hesse J HES.K

In 1860 and 1861, while working in her father's lighthouse on an island off the coast of Delaware, fifteen-year-old Amelia records in her diary how the Civil War is beginning to devastate her divided state. This story presents a fictional description of how life might have been for a young girl during the Civil War.

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Outrageous Women of Civil War Times

cover photo: Outrageous Women of Civil War Times by Mary R. Furbee J 920.72 FUR.M

Biographies of some outspoken and influential women of the North and South who broke barriers both in battle and on the home front.

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Sally Bradford: The Story of a Rebel Girl

cover photo: Sally Bradford: The Story of a Rebel Girl by Dorothy Hoobler J HOO.D

A fictional account of a young girl's experiences with the cruelty, danger, and destruction of the Civil War in Virginia.

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