12-year-old Will always wanted to be a drummer in the Union Army, but when the fighting hits close to home he finds himself wondering if he truly is ready for battle. With uncountable wounded soldiers in his hometown of Gettysburg, Will rises to the challenge of tending and caring for them. But when a colonial gives him a dangerous task, will he rise to the occasion? Includes historical note, a look at children's roles in the war, historical characters, timeline, and glossary for further reference.
Twelve-year-old Will wants to be a drummer in the Union army, but he's stuck far from the fighting in his sleepy hometown of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Then the Union and Confederate armies converge on Gettysburg, and suddenly Will and his family are caught up in the battle.
From delivering important messages and helping the wounded to even saving a young soldier's life, Will takes readers on a firsthand trip through one of the Civil War's most significant battles.
Laurie Calkhoven lives in New York City.
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