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Who Was Ulysses S. Grant?

by Megan Stine, Nancy Harrison & Mark E Geyer

Ulysses S. Grant certainly does not have the typical war hero “back story.” Although a graduate of West Point, he never wanted to be a soldier and was terrified when he first saw battle. However, during...


Our Flag

by Carl Memling

The youngest readers will enjoy this concise but informative history of the American flag with beautiful and exciting illlustrations of colonial life, Betsy Ross and George Washington, Fort McHenry, and more!...


Who Was Robert E. Lee?

by Bonnie Bader, John O'Brien & Nancy Harrison

Robert E. Lee seemed destined for greatness. His father was a Revolutionary War hero and at West Point he graduated second in his class! In 1861, when the Southern states seceded from the Union, Lee was offered...


A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown's War Against Slavery

by Albert Marrin

John Brown is a man of many legacies, from hero, freedom fighter, and martyr, to liar, fanatic, and "the father of American terrorism." Some have said that it was his seizure of the arsenal at Harper's Ferry...


Gettysburg: The True Account of Two Young Heroes in the Greatest Battle of the Civil War

by Iain C. Martin

In the summer of 1863, General Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia advanced into Pennsylvania in a daring offensive to win the Civil War in a single campaign. They met the Union Army at a quiet crossroads...


The True Story Behind Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

by Jennifer Armstrong & Albert Lorenz

Four score and seven years ago...

So begins one of the most important speeches in the history of the United States -- Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Given on a cold November day, it wasn't much of a...


What Kind of War Was It, Anyhow?

by Nancy Ekberg

In the summer of 1862, Jeremy, a Southern boy, becomes aware that a war is going on. But what kind of war was it? He begins his investigation by asking the people around him. His father explains to him that...


What Was the Battle of Gettysburg?

by Jim O'Connor & John Mantha

"Four score and seven years ago..." begins Abraham Lincoln's beautiful speech commemorating the three-day battle that turned the tide of the Civil War. The South had been winning up to this point. So how did...


Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America

by Harold Holzer

A new book—and companion to the Steven Spielberg film—tracing how Abraham Lincoln came to view slavery . . . and came to end it.

Steven Spielberg focused his movie Lincoln on the sixteenth president's tumultuous...


Two Miserable Presidents

by Steve Sheinkin & Tim Robinson

May 22, 1856: A MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WALKS INTO THE SENATE CHAMBER, LOOKING FOR TROUBLE.

That Congressman, Preston Brooks, was ready to attack Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts over remarks...


Under Siege!

by Andrea Warren

"Living in a cave under the ground for six weeks . . . I do not think a child could have passed through what I did and have forgotten it." – Lucy McRae, age 10, 1863

Meet Lucy McRae and two other young people,...


Great Civil War Projects: You Can Build Yourself

by Maxine Anderson

From periscopes and lean-to shelters to uniforms and regimental flags, this interactive book explores the history and inventions of the Civil War through building projects and activities. Finished products include...


Abraham Lincoln

by David Colbert

You're about to be an eyewitness to the ten crucial days in Abraham Lincoln's life, including:

  • A tragic loss that sets a boy on a course for greatness
  • A career sacrificed to protest an unjust war
  • A state resorting...

  • Abraham Lincoln: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #47: Abe Lincoln at Last!

    by Natalie Pope Boyce, Mary Pope Osborne & Sal Murdocca

    Track the Facts with Jack and Annie!

    When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #47: Abe Lincoln at Last!, they had lots of questions. What was it like to grow up in a log cabin? How...


    Abraham Lincoln

    by David Colbert

    You're about to be an eyewitness to the ten crucial days in Abraham Lincoln's life, including:

  • A tragic loss that sets a boy on a course for greatness
  • A career sacrificed to protest an unjust war
  • A state resorting...

  • Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist

    by Barbara Herkert

    Harriet Powers learned to sew and quilt as a young slave girl on a Georgia plantation. She lived through the Civil War and Reconstruction, and eventually owned a cotton farm with her family, all the while relying...


    A House Divided: The Lives of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee

    by Jules Archer & Allen C. Guelzo

    A House Divided is an exciting introduction to two of the most fascinating players in the American Civil War. Ulysses S. Grant was gruff and sloppy, the son of a hardworking but uneducated man opposed to slavery....


    Who Was Clara Barton?

    by Stephanie Spinner & David Groff

    Clarissa “Clara” Barton was a shy girl who grew up to become a teacher, nurse, and humanitarian.  At a time when few women worked outside the home, she became the first woman to hold a government job, as...


    Who Was Harriet Beecher Stowe?

    by Dana Meachen Rau, Gregory Copeland & Nancy Harrison

    Born in Connecticut in 1811, Harriet Beecher Stowe was an abolitionist, author, and playwright. Slavery was a major industry in the American South, and Stowe worked with the Underground Railroad to help escaped...


    Top Secret Files: The Civil War: Spies, Secret Missions, and Hidden Facts from the Civil War

    by Stephanie Bearce

    The pigpen cipher, the Devil's Coffee Mill, and germ warfare were all a part of the Civil War, but you won't learn that in your history books! Discover the truth about Widow Greenhow's spy ring, how soldiers...