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1862: Fredericksburg: A New Look at a Bitter Civil War Battle (National Geographic Kids) Hardcover – 13 Sep 2011

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society (13 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426308353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426308352
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 1 x 28.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,519,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robust Overview of Key Battle and Civil War 13 Sept. 2011
By Jason Golomb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is much more than a look at a key battle during the civil war. This book, targeted to grades 3-6, provides a wonderfully robust overview of what the civil war was about, and what fanned the flames of the battles that tore the new country apart.

Of the 48 total pages, only a handful are focused on the key battle at Fredericksburg. The book points out that there were numerous skirmishes, run-ins and battles at and near the strategically placed town in northern Virginia, which is only 50 miles from the capital cities of both the North (D.C.) and South (Richmond).

The book is enhanced by many full color photos of a myriad of reenactments...soldiers in battle, as well as civilians in different situations. But the real win of the book is the incorporation of text pulled from letters and memoirs from those that were there.

Taken from the writings of one John Washington, a slave who fled to the safety of Union soldiers during the battle, we learn first-hand what it was like: "...in an instant all Was Wild confusion as a calvaryman dashed into the Dining Room and said 'the yankees is in Falmouth..." Author Kostyal chose to reprint Washington's writings with no editing which gives the reading a very real vibe.

A white woman who fled from Frereicksburg as the battle was starting wrote, "I am afraid of the lawless Yankee Soldiers but that is nothing to my fear of the negroes if they should rise against us."

The quotes add a vivid realism to this rather simple book, and combined with the photos fulfill a very "National Geographic" look at history.

Kostyal writes about slavery and writes about its role in dividing the country. She also writes on the battle itself which the South won by killing 13,000 Union soldiers.

I highly recommend this book.
Reenactors Bring History to Life 8 April 2013
By Marco Antonio Abarca - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is geared to children in grades 3-6. At that age, children are tying to obtain the basic facts of history. "1862: Fredericksburg" does not get too bogged down on the details of battle of Fredericksburg. Instead, the author tries to place the battle of Fredericksburg in the bigger context of the Civil War. This means the readers also learn about how civilians both free and slave were effected by the battle. This is a very different approach from the traditional history books that I read as a child. I like this approach for young children. There is plenty of time in middle school for readers to learn the more traditional approach to the Civil War.

What really makes this book work are the color photographs of Civil War reenactors. These high quality images bring the conflict to life in a way that period black and white photographs or illustrations can never do. These beautifully photographed images allow a child to place themselves back into history. If you like this approach, check out the other books published by National Geographic on Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown. Highly recommended!
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