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Books about the Battle of Gettysburg

Want to learn more about Gettysburg and the Civil War? Here is a good place to start:

●“A Day That Changed America: Gettysburg” by Shelley Tanaka. Age 8 and older. $6.95.

The art and photos paint a vivid picture of the July 1863 battle and President Abraham Lincoln’s historic speech at Gettysburg 4 1 / 2 months later.

●“The Long Road to Gettysburg” by Jim Murphy. Age 8 and older. $9.95.

The true story of two young soldiers who fought there: John Dooley, 19, an officer in the Confederate army; and 17-year-old Thomas Galway, a Union corporal.

“The Long Road to Gettysburg” by Jim Murphy

●“At Gettysburg: What a Girl Saw and Heard of the Battle” by Matilda “Tillie” Pierce Alleman. Age 9 and older. $9.99.

When the fighting started, Tillie’s parents moved her from the town to a nearby farm for safety. But she wound up in the thick of the battle, and the farm became a field hospital.

●“When Johnny Went Marching: Young Americans Fight the Civil War” by G. Clifton Wisler and “The Boys’ War” by Jim Murphy. Both books are for age 10 and older. Available mostly in libraries.

Boys not yet in their teens went off to war (as did hundreds of young women who pretended to be men). Among them was Union drummer Orion Howe, who received the Medal of Honor for bravery at the Battle of Vicksburg when he was just 14.

You’ll find a lot more on the National Park Service’s suggested reading list:

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