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The Long Road to Gettysburg
ISBN: 9780618051571
Author: Murphy, Jim
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: September 2000
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: A description of the Battle of Gettysburg as seen through the eyes of nineteen-year-old Confederate lieutenant John Dooley and seventeen-year-old Union soldier Thomas Galway.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History - United States - Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Dewey: 973.734
LCCN: 90021881
Lexile Measure: 1070
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 8.25" W
Bargain Category: Reference, Non-Fiction, Middle School, Historical Fiction, High School, Geography
Grade level(s): 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
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Publisher Description:
A description of the Battle of Gettysburg as seen through the eyes of nineteen-year-old Confederate lieutenant John Dooley and seventeen-year-old Union soldier Thomas Galway.

Contributor Bio(s): Murphy, Jim: - Jim Murphy's nonfiction books have received numerous awards, among them two Newbery Honors, the Sibert Medal, three Orbis Pictus awards, the Margaret A. Edwards award, the James Madison Book Award, and a National Book Award nomination. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jim lives in Maplewood, NJ, with his family.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1992 April #3)
Excerpts from the diaries of two young officers, Lt. John Dooley of the Confederacy and Cpl. Thomas Galway of the Union army, are at the heart of this compelling account of the Civil War's bloodiest battle. Expertly blending details about the battle and each side's plans with the diaries, Murphy conveys all of the tension, tedium and excitement of the battlefield. Archival photographs of the site powerfully present young readers with a grim reminder of the high cost of waging this conflict. Several photos show dead horses and soldiers, their bodies not yet removed for burial. The conclusion explains what happened to the young officers after the war was over, neatly tying up the end of the book and making these men from long ago even more real to today's readers. Ages 9-12. (Apr.) Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1992 June)
Gr 6 Up --As in The Boys' War (Clarion, 1990), Murphy returns to the Civil War, this time focusing on the Battle of Gettysburg. He introduces two participants--19-year-old Lieutenant John Dooley, CSA, and 17-year-old Union army Corporal Thomas Galway--through whose eyes the action unfolds. Each is a fairly ``typical'' soldier: for Galway, who has experienced anti-Irish prejudice, the war is personal; Dooley is there to defend the honor and integrity of the South. Through alternating narratives, readers see the march northward through Virginia and Pennsylvania, and are present for Pickett's Charge. Murphy does not spare the grim details of battle, and the well-chosen, sepia-toned illustrations and their accompanying captions do much to illuminate the text. The maps are comprehensive and thorough in recording the troop movements. The book closes with Lincoln delivering his Gettysburg Address, and with an epilogue about the young men's postwar lives. The excellent use of quotes and descriptions from Dooley and Galway's journals brings authenticity and immediacy to the narrative. By focusing on these two ordinary soldiers, readers gets a new perspective on this decisive and bloody battle. A first-rate addition to Civil War collections, especially where Murphy's previous book is popular.-- Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information.