Young Heroes of Gettysburg

Date published – 2000
Page count – 172
Maps included – 1
Photos included – 6
Bibliography included

The Battle of Gettysburg as seen through the eyes of teenagers, both civilian and soldier.

Ben Ellis and Sam Bradshaw are young Indiana soldiers swept into Gettysburg by the forces of war. These teenage Hoosiers participate in one of America’s deadliest battles during the Civil War. One of the boys remains unharmed during the savage fighting on July 1, 1863, while his best friend falls wounded and is forced to seek refuge among the patriotic citizens of Gettysburg.

Annie Taylor and Rachel Kendall are cousins living in Gettysburg. Both girls find themselves directly in the path of the battle’s destruction. To survive, they must draw upon unknown qualities of strength and courage. Annie and Rachel help take care of disabled soldiers, watch over younger siblings, and manage to hide and protect some of their new friends.

Young Heroes of Gettysburg is based upon actual experiences of teenage soldiers from Indiana as well as the recorded activities of Gettysburg’s young women. These youthful Americans were forced to act with conviction and courage and truly can be called the young heroes of Gettysburg.

Young Heroes of Gettysburg is fast paced and dramatic. This young adult historical fiction is a masterful blend of the horrors of war combined with the human elements of compassion, love, and forgiveness.