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BEHIND THE BLUE AND GRAY by Delia Ray

BEHIND THE BLUE AND GRAY

A Soldier's Life in the Civil War

By Delia Ray

Age Range: 10 - 14

Pub Date: May 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-525-67333-4
Publisher: Dutton

 A continuation of the ``Young Readers' History of the Civil War,'' begun in A Nation Torn (1990). Here, Ray discusses the soldiers' personal experiences: their early enthusiasm; the conditions they found in the armies on either side; their tempering under war's ordeals; roles played by diverse national groups; the hardships of hospitals and POW camps; the feelings of returning veterans. Ray's writing is vivid, if undistinguished, and aided by memorable photos of the period. Chapter notes would have been useful for tracing the origins of generalizations about the soldiers' feelings, and chronological information might have been better integrated. Nevertheless, an intense portrayal of the military experience, with resonance for today. Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)