UNDER SIEGE! THREE CHILDREN AT THE CIVIL WAR BATTLE FOR VICKSBURG
Author: Andrea Warren
Publisher: VHPS (HOLT & ST MARTINS), May 2009
Meet 3 young survivors of the Civil War?s Battle for Vicksburg. Union troops are shelling night & day & terrified townspeople take shelter in caves ? enduring heat, snakes, & near suffocation. Period photographs, engravings, & maps detail this battle through the eyes of ordinary people. Ages 10+. B&W Photos; 8x9 inches, 176 pgs.
?Living in a cave under the ground for six weeks . . . I do not think a child could have passed through what I did & have forgotten it.? ? Lucy McRae, age 10, 1863
Meet Lucy McRae & two other young people, Willie Lord & Frederick Grant, all survivors of the Civil War?s Battle for Vicksburg. In 1863, Union troops intend to silence the cannons guarding the Mississippi River at Vicksburg ? even if they have to take the city by siege. To hasten surrender, they are shelling Vicksburg night & day. Terrified townspeople, including Lucy & Willie, take shelter in caves ? enduring heat, snakes, & near suffocation. On the Union side, twelve-year-old Frederick Grant has come to visit his father, General Ulysses S. Grant, only to find himself in the midst of battle, experiencing firsthand the horrors of war.
Period photographs, engravings, & maps extend this dramatic story as award-winning author Andrea Warren re-creates one of the most important Civil War battles through the eyes of ordinary townspeople, officers & enlisted men from both sides, &, above all, three brave children who were there.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
ANDREA WARREN?s noteworthy nonfiction has received the Boston Globe?Horn Book Award as well as a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book Award. Her most recent book, Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy, was a Booklist Editors? Choice and an NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, among other recommendations. She lives in the Kansas City area.