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The cemetery keepers of Gettysburg

by High, Linda Oatman.

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
Available (6)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Non-Fiction Collection j E475.53.H535 2007
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  j E475.53.H535 2007
CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Non-Fiction Collection j E475.53.H535 2007
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  j E475.53.H535 2007
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 973.7349 Hig
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 973.7349 Hig
Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 973.7 H53
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Nonfiction
Call Number  J 973.7 H53
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J 973.7 HIG 2007
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
Call Number  J 973.7 HIG 2007
Wilkinsburg Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J973.73 HIG HISTORY
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
Call Number  J973.73 HIG HISTORY

It was a hot and buggy afternoon in the summer of 1862, when Peter Thorn, the cemetery tender of Gettysburg, left his pregnant wife and three small sons to join the Union army. In his absence, his family would bear witness to the most ferocious and bloody battle of the Civil War.
On July 1, 1863, a shell exploded in the Thorn's kitchen when the brutal Battle of Gettysburg began. The cannons sounded on Cemetery Hill, as more than 51,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or captured during the three day battle. For days after the battle, seven-year-old Fred, his pregnant mother, Elizabeth, and his grandfather worked to honor the dead by digging graves and burying Union and Confederate soldiers.
Neither the Thorn family nor the rest of America would be the same again after witnessing the terrible toll the battle took. Though the Gettysburg Address paid tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives, this is a tribute to the family that so dutifully tended to the soldiers after they had fallen.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A family of cemetery keepers at Gettysburg is the unique vehicle for describing the battle. In a spare, free-verse text, the oldest boy tells about his father, away fighting for the Union; his pregnant mother; and how the family carries on as best it can. When Confederate and Union soldiers turn Gettysburg into a battlefield, the family is ordered to leave Cemetery Hill. It takes shelter in a nearby farmhouse along with wounded soldiers. After a few days, the family returns to its battered, empty home and begins digging graves. Some months later, Lincoln comes to dedicate a new cemetery. High's sensitive verse creates a vivid yet restrained impression of the boy's experiences. While the lovely ink-and watercolor illustrations are entirely appropriate to the periods before the battle and some time afterward, the sanitized pictures of the fight and its aftermath are altogether too pretty to represent one of the bloodiest battles in the war. Still, the text offers a unique perspective on the Civil War, when the home front too often became the front line. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863 -- Juvenile literature.
Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns.
Publisher New York :Walker :2007
Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers,
Contributors Filippucci, Laura.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
ISBN 9780802780959 (rein. bdg.)
0802780954 (rein. bdg.)
9780802780942 (hc.)
0802780946 (hc.)
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