FIFER FOR THE UNION by Lorenzo Allen

FIFER FOR THE UNION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The underlying discomfort of a stepson-stepfather relationship, and the bterfuge by which twelve-year-old Len Baldwin enlists in the Union Army mar an otherwise simple presentation of the Civil War. As a fifer, Len finds that body ice, weevils in the hard tack, wounded and dead men, rather than glory alone are what it means to be a soldier. Except for the scenes of camp life which are excellent, the plot attempts to gather in too much. The portrayal of female characters is weak, particularly their candycoated conversation.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1964
Publisher: Morrow