"Fields of Fury: The American Civil War"

Fields of Fury by James M. McPherson: Book Cover


Book: Fields of Fury: The American Civil War

Author: James M. McPherson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2002

ISBN-13: 9780689848339

ISBN-10: 0689848331

Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)

Reading level: Ages: 11-14

Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     McPherson, James M.  Fields of Fury: The American Civil War (published in 2002 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, 1230 Ave. of the Americas, New York City, NY 10020). The author is one of the most distinguished historians our time and a Civil War expert who won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for his Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. One might suppose that Fields of Fury is an adaptation of that material for younger readers. This book was given to us by some homeschooling friends and is an excellent overview of the Civil War for middle school aged children. Each opening has one page of text about some specific subject related to the Civil War with some quick facts in a sidebar and another page with a full sized photograph or painting that goes with the subject of the text page. It would make a great addition to a homeschool study of the Civil War era. A side note that I wish to add is that a few years ago we attended the seventh annual HSCamping homeschool gathering which was held at Fall Creek Falls State Park, and I noticed that at the intersection of the road leading to the group camp with the main road there was a historical marker which said that famous Civil War painter Gilbert Gaul had his studio just north of that site. When I got back home, I checked, and sure enough, on page 73 of Fields of Fury was Gilbert Gaul’s painting, Battery H at Cold Harbor.

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