Reluctant Witnesses: Children's Voices from the Civil War

Synopsis

Between 250,000 & 500,000 boy soldiers fought in the U.S. Civil War. Many more children were exposed to the war's ravages in their home towns-in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Columbia, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Harper's Ferry, Richmond, & Vicksburg-& during Sherman's March to the Sea. Based on eyewitness accounts of 120 children, ages four to sixteen, Reluctant Witnesses tells their story of the war: their experience of the hardships they endured & how they managed to cope. Their voices speak of courage & despair, of horror & heroism, & of the bonds of family & community & the powers of faith that helped them survive. Their diaries, letters, & reminiscences are a testimony to the astonishing resiliency in the face of great adversity & their extraordinary capacity to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Like children of contemporary wars, these children from the Union & the Confederacy speak to us across centuries without hate but with the stubborn hope that peace might prevail in the end. Contents: Introduction. 1861. 1862. 1862. 1863. 1863. 1864. 1864. 1865. Picking Up the Pieces. Modern Wars.