Among the Camps
Young People’s Stories of the War
This sequel to Two Little Confederates followed the first book when originally serialized in the Harper’s Young People Magazine of 1888. Among the Camps tells still more exciting tales of children caught up in the tragic difficulties and dangers of the War Between The States.
Author Thomas Nelson Page’s stories from the war are full of themes of courage, sacrifice, honor, strategy, even forgiveness, and other realities of life as children and soldiers are thrown together and learn to see how Christian kindness and goodwill apply even in the worst of times. Highly authentic historical fiction from a man who lived his boyhood during the times of the war.
Observations of two Virginia boys about the war raging in their own town
When there first began to be talk around Oakland about the war, the boys thought it would be a dreadful thing; their ideas about war were pretty much formed from reading about it in the Bible, where they had read of men, women and children being put to the sword. So they feared it greatly.
One evening, as the family discussed the coming crisis, Willy astonished all at the table, who were discussing the merits of the Union armies, by announcing that “I bet they didn’t have any general who could beat Joab.”
The boys dubbed “two little confederates” lived in Oakland, Virginia. It was not a handsome village, as modern views are, but down in Old Virginia it passed as one of the best plantations in that region. The boys thought it was the greatest place in the world!
Frank ‘n Willy
It was quite secluded and lay right between two of the county roads, the Court-house Road on one side and the Great Mountain Road on the other. The boys were Frank and Willy. Their mother called them her “little men”, with much pride; but Lucy Ann, who was taken into the home to help care for them, always coupled their names together and just called them “Frank n Willy.”
These read as unforgettable tales from one of the South’s greatest 19th-century story-tellers; a favorite with children since its original publication in 1888. Two boys, Willie and Frank, are trapped between Union and Confederate lines in war-torn Virginia. The secrets they must keep and the dangers they confront are fascinating to all readers. Highly authentic from a man who lived his boyhood during those times.
About the Author
Thomas Nelson Page (1853-1922) became a prominent American lawyer and writer. During the administration of President Woodrow Wilson he served as U. S. Ambassador to Italy. Page was born in Virginia and was only eight years old at the commencement of the War Between the States. In 1869, he enrolled at Washington College, when Robert E. Lee was President there. In most of his literary works, General Lee was depicted as the figure of Southern Heroism. Page paid himself for his college education by tutoring his cousins!
He was married to Anna Bruce in 1886, but she died of a throat infection only two years later. In 1893, he re-married to Florence Field.