Opening with a watercolor map of the slave states and the free states, this story begins with Johnny on the plantation where he works as a slave carrying water and herding forty cows and being subject to random beatings despite his young age. He has his mule, Nell, and his Uncle Silas for comfort but man and boy yearn for freedom. The day comes when Union soldiers brush past where Johnny is working and they invite him to join their Army and their cause. He is "small and shy" and far from everyone and everything he knows and loves as he marches within the ranks of the Union soldiers on the move. He finds a place caring for the mules that support the Army. The day comes when Davy, the man in charge of the mules, has come down sick and it will be Johnny who answers the call to drive a wagon of supplies to hungry troops crossing a wooden bridge through cannon fire. This is a finely drawn picture of the life of one slave who served his country and is written for our young, independent readers. 44 pages Ages 7-10
From Slave to Soldier: Based on a True Civil War Story
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