Voices of Gettysburg
The Battle of Gettysburg left more than 57,000 soldiers dead, wounded, or missing. In this emotionally charged collection of personal accounts, the author pieces together experiences of Yankee, Rebel, soldier, and civilian. The battle is told solely through their eyes in a series of chronologically dated entries.
The characters’ eyewitness stories allow young readers to see the Civil War from many points of view, lending immediacy to historical events. At 3:00 a.m. on June 29, Gen. George Meade awakens surprised to find he has been given charge of more than 100,000 men. In another instance, a Confederate color bearer advances in a frontal assault on Cemetery Ridge amidst earth-shaking cannon fire. Through the many layers of the story, the collective voice speaks of the chaos, confusion, and fear during a war that divided the country.
“Sherry Garland unerringly echoes the voices of Union soldiers and Southern Rebels. In addition to the story seen through many eyes, the author captures the reader with colorful expressions. Judith Hierstein’s action pictures take the reader beyond the text. The illustrator’s authentic horses and weapons depict soldiers dying to hold a piece of barren rock in silver fog and misty rain.” — Review of Texas Books
About the Author
The author of more than twenty-five books, Sherry Garland enjoys writing about history and interesting people. Her children’s historical picture books The Buffalo Soldier and Voices of the Alamo have garnered several honors, including selection into the Accelerated Reader Program and a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People designation. Garland is also the author of Best Horse on the Force, Voices of Gettysburg and Voices of Pearl Harbor. She and her husband live in Bryan, Texas.