Voices of Gettysburg
By Sherry Garland

(November 2010 Civil War News)

Bookmark and Share

Voices of GettysburgIllustrated by Judith Hierstein. Illustrated, glossary, bibliography, 40 pp., 2010, Pelican Publishing Co., www.pelicanpub.com $16.99, Juvenile.

Written for young children, this book tells the story of the Gettysburg Campaign — its beginning stages, the battle itself and its aftermath.

In easy-to-read language, it describes participants in the campaign accompanied by illustrations that reflect their experiences.

The author uses civilians, common soldiers and notables such as Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee to describe the battle and its aftermath. Highlighted are events like Pickett’s Charge, the Gettysburg Address and early 20th century veterans’ reunions.

This is a very well-written and visually pleasing book. The wonderful illustrations greatly enhance the text and make this an exciting and informative reading experience.

I highly recommend this book to all those looking for a “starter” volume for children just beginning their study of the American Civil War.

Reviewer: Joseph A. Truglio

Joseph A. Truglio is president and business agent for a  motion picture film technicians local union and a lifelong student of the Civil War. His memberships include the Lincoln Group of New York and New Jersey Civil War Heritage Assn. He is president of the Phil Kearny Civil War Round Table in Wayne, N.J.