Reluctant Witnesses

Reluctant Witnesses

Children's Voices From the Civil War

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
A collection of narratives shows how children dealt with hardships during the Civil War

Perseus Publishing
Between 250,000 and 500,000 boy soldiers fought in the U.S. Civil War. Many more children were exposed to the war’s ravages in their home towns—in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Columbia, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Harper’s Ferry, Richmond, and Vicksburg—and during Sherman’s March to the Sea. Based on eyewitness accounts of 120 children, ages four to sixteen, Reluctant Witnesses tells their story of the war: their experience of the hardships they endured and how they managed to cope. Their voices speak of courage and despair, of horror and heroism, and of the bonds of family and community and the powers of faith that helped them survive. Their diaries, letters, and reminiscences are a testimony to the astonishing resiliency in the face of great adversity and their extraordinary capacity to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Like children of contemporary wars, these children from the Union and the Confederacy speak to us across centuries without hate but with the stubborn hope that peace might prevail in the end.

The U.S. Civil War touched the lives of millions of children on the battlefield and the home front. Based on eyewitness accounts of 120 children, ages four to sixteen, Reluctant Witnesses gives their perspective on America’s bloodiest conflict and how they managed to cope. Their diaries, letters, and reminiscences are a testimony to the astonishing resiliency of the human spirit. Like children of contemporary wars, these children from the Union and the Confederacy speak without hate but with the stubborn hope that peace might prevail in the end.


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& Taylor

A developmental psychologist draws on diaries, letters, and reminiscences to illustrate the pain, anger, and resilience of 120 boys and girls who witnessed the Civil War either firsthand on the battle field, or in their homes and towns.

Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1998
ISBN: 9780813328225
0813328225
Branch Call Number: 973.708 We 1998
Characteristics: xi, 175 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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