RIDE FOR OLD GLORY by Jacqueline M. McNicol

RIDE FOR OLD GLORY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Johnny Linn tells the story of how, when he was 14 years old, he left illinois and became a courier for General Wilson in the 1864 battle for Nashville against General Hood. When his father disappeared and his mother died, he was ""took-in"" by Old Man Dolph, and set to work loading cotton. At the first opportunity he escaped on a train for Tennessee and was sheltered by a circus troop. At nashville he went to see General Wilson, a hometown boy, who enlisted Johnny as a clerk-courier to protect him from Dolph. Johnny's retelling of events is thoroughly convincing, and his ringside view of one of the important battles of the Civil War makes absorbing reading.

Publisher: McKay