1862 Fredericksburg: A New Look at a Bitter Civil War Battle


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National Geographic Kids 2011
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The battle of Fredericksburg took place in 1862 at the place where rivers cease to be navigable and near where a young fellow named George Washington grew up and went to school.  When the forces of the North and South converged on Fredericksburg, the fighting was violent and drew in the townspeople as the soldiers spread through the streets of the town.

National Geographic delivers us into the year 1862 to life and makes the harshness of the battle come to life using re-enactors in the large and colorful photographs that carry this vividly told story.  

Why Fredericksburg?  What was the role of the townspeople?  How had the war progressed to bring the forces of the North and South to this port in Virginia?  

The voices of a slave named John Washington and a  nameless Union soldier from the Second Wisconsin are plucked from their written acccounts offering an authenticity of the experience of this violent battle.

Truly bringing history to life, this is a worthy addition to any school library.

48 pages  Ages  8-12  978-1426308352

Recommended by:  Barb

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