Some Union and Confederate soldiers were as young as twelve, thirteen, or fourteen years old when they went off to fight in the Civil War. With firsthand accounts of their experiences, The Boy's War follows these boys through the rigors of camp life and drilling, right into the chaos of the battlefield.
First-hand accounts that include diary entries and personal letters describe the experiences of boys, sixteen years old or younger, who fought in the Civil War.
Jim Murphy's nonfiction books have received numerous awards, among them the Sibert Medal, three Orbis Pictus awards, the Margaret A. Edwards award, and two Newbery Honors. Jim also was a finalist for the National Book Award. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jim lives in Maplewood, NJ, with his family.
"An excellent selection of sepia-toned contemporary photographs augment the text of this informative, moving work." School Library Journal, Starred