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Describes the events of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 as seen through the eyes of two actual participants, nineteen-year-old Confederate lieutenant John Dooley and seventeen-year-old Union soldier Thomas Galway. Also discusses Lincoln’s famous speech delivered at the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg....

Title : The Long Road to Gettysburg
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ISBN : 9780395559659
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 116 Pages
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The Long Road to Gettysburg Reviews

  • Angelica
    2019-02-01 07:44

    I read this to my kids on our way out to Gettysburg. We enjoyed how the author follows one soldier from each side of the Civil War using quotes from their journals. These journal entries were linked together with factual information and details about the battle. Altogether it was very interesting and informative. I had not heard of Jim Murphy before, but I will look for more of his books to use in our future history studies.

  • Skylar
    2019-02-11 05:28

    This was a wonderful younger readers Civil War non-fiction, it may have just been the best I read, scratch that, it was the best I read. A lot of Civil War non fiction for the younger audience will chop bits out so it isn't to gory, this book doesn't do that. You can't have an accurate Civil War non fiction and take out all of the gory stuff, the Civil War was simply a very gory time. I thought the photos fit in the book nicely, and included photos I have never seen of the war before (and I am a very avid Civil War enthusiast). I also thought the quotes spoken by men actually at the battle were a very good addition. All in all, this is a great book for any Civil War enthusiast, young or old, It won't bore you.

  • Stacy Croushorn
    2019-02-03 05:33

    Good for middle school students interested in the Civil War.

  • Lars Guthrie
    2019-01-31 09:41

    In conjunction with my current history reading project--Nineteenth Century America--I decided to read two children's books about the Civil War I've had lying around: this one and the Colliers' (of 'My Brother Sam Is Dead' fame) 'With Every Drop of Blood.' I think any good children's library should have Jim Murphy's books. This marks the second in mine, along with 'The Great Fire.' Murphy's carefully researched melanges of text and illustration, with their focus on individual stories, make history real and alive. It's too bad more middle schools don't use books like this. Usually teachers supplement history textbooks, generally dull reading packed with a confusing amount of information in order to meet standards, with fiction. It's too bad that formula isn't turned around, so that fiction is matched with non-fiction by single authors (as opposed to the bureaucratic committees formed to author textbooks) telling compelling stories in the way Jim Murphy does with the Battle of Gettysburg. Part of the reason that history isn't engaging or fun for many young scholars is that they associate it with textbooks and Wikipedia. Asking students to read books like 'The Long Road to Gettysburg' may not help educators to meet enough of the required standards, but it would help students reach a more valuable goal, the understanding that history is more than lists of names and facts, that history is exciting and relevant.The only way most young readers discover interesting non-fiction is on their own. That's a shame when there is so much good non-fiction out there. In American history, books by Jim Murphy and Jean Fritz immediately come to mind, as well as the wonderful 'Ain't Nothing But a Man,' a search for the real John Henry behind the myth by Scott Nelson. Oh, how I wish schools could be free of 'the laundry list of goals currently harnessing our teachers and students...devoted instead to just a few narrowly defined and deeply focused goals' as Susan Engel so eloquently put it in her New York Times piece, 'Playing to Learn' ( Our zeal to have children learn everything often results in apathetic students who have learned very little.

  • Ms. Albert
    2019-01-27 05:48

    In true Jim Murphy style, readers are taken through the experience of being a Confederate solder at Gettysburg, and alternately being a Union soldier in the same battle. He does this by pulling our focus in to real soldiers who kept journals of their experiences.This book has plenty of photographs and maps that show troop troop movement. The author points out General problems on both sides, which led to Lee's largest defeat at Gettysburg, and Meade's victory, the battle that turned the tide of the war for the Union. Confederate troops would be reduced by a third at this 3 day battle and would never again regain full strength although the war would linger on for another two years. On the Confederate side, Longstreet did not agree with Lee's strategy and delayed giving issuing the order for Pickett's charge until it was too late for the cannons to continue to give support to the charging infantry. On the Union side, the general who didn't agree with Lincoln's plan quit. Lincoln accepted this and appointed General Meade to the post, a decisive, aggressive general who made all the difference in this key victory, which turned the tide for the Union.This is a quick and interesting read that gives good basic information about the Battle of Gettysburg. There is an extensive Index and Bibliography in the back that can lead you to further reading.

  • Shaunya Harden
    2019-02-03 05:21

    The Long Road to Gettysburg is a first hand account of what happens in the Battle of Gettysburg. Lieutenant John Dooley's diary/journal entries are used throughout the book. He was a part of the Confederate army. One of the entries says that there were hardly any farmlands that aren't covered in blood. The battles that took place at Gettysburg were fierce and deadly. Some men had their limbs blown off by the cannon shells. Corporal Thomas Galway's journal entries were used also. He was a part of the Union army. He was very impatient with the situation he was in. The Union army was at a stand still for a ferw days. One of his entries states, " At last, the army is moving once more." Some of the battles that took place were so horrific that the site were nicknamed. One place was named Slaughter Pen.This book gave me a huge understanding of the Battle of Gettysburg. It was really informative. The journal entries were a good asset to this book. I think an intelligent 8th grader would love to read this book.

  • Brittany
    2019-01-28 08:33

    For my YA Lit class, I had to choose one award winning book of Jim Murphy's, and this is the one I chose. (Several of his books were awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award for 2010.) This book includes firsthands accounts of the battle of Gettysburg from the perspective of two young men - Confederate Lieutenant John Dooley and Union soldier Thomas Galway. Telling the story from their points of view really added a human element to the battle. The book also includes many photographs, drawings, and maps to give context to the story of the battle. Concluding with a chapter on the Gettysburg Address by President Lincoln was a great way to end the book because it reminded me of what the young men were fighting for. I enjoy reading about the Civil War, and I've actually visited Gettysburg and several other battlefields with my Civil-War-buff uncle. I think this is a nice book to introduce young readers to the history of the Civil War.

  • Beverly
    2019-02-06 07:22

    Very good children's history. Concise yet thorough. photos really contribute to its clarity. I enjoyed it having read a few histories of the Civil War. I encourage giving it a go especially if you are not informed on the topic. It provides a nice available text and I can't imagine children not liking it, but I'm not up on how this information is presented these days.

  • Sue Poduska
    2019-02-16 07:33

    Wonderful descriptions with glimpses into the minds of the participants. Painstakingly researched. Great book for anyone interested in this phase of American history.

  • Leslie
    2019-02-19 08:34

    We listened to this book on a car trip. It was interesting to hear first-hand accounts of a Union Soldier and a Confederate Soldier. Very interesting.

  • Jaclynn
    2019-01-28 06:28

    This covered aspects from several different men involved in the war and leading up to and beyond this battle. It was a good overview.

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  • AnnieM
    2019-01-31 05:25

    It isn't my favorite of Murphy's books. The multiple narrators made it disjointed instead of adding to the feel. It's a popular topic and a good intro to the subject, but Murphy has done better.

  • Alyssia Saldana
    2019-02-02 06:36

    The Long Road to Gettysburg tells the story of two actual participants of the battle. It is told in the perspective of 19 year old Confederate lieutenant John Dooley and 17 year old Union solider Thomas Galway. It also includes a description of the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg. The book includes actual dates, real events, maps, and photographs from the battle and the dedication.