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Soldier's Heart : Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers

By (author) Gary Paulsen

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In June 1861, when the Civil War began, Charley Goddard enlisted in the First Minnesota Volunteers. He was 15. He didn't know what a "shooting war" meant or what he was fighting for. But he didn't want to miss out on a great adventure. The "shooting war" turned out to be the horror of combat and the wild luck of survival; how it feels to cross a field toward the enemy, waiting for fire. When he entered the service he was a boy. When he came back he was different; he was only 19, but he was a man with "soldier's heart, " later known as "battle fatigue."

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 104.14 x 170.18 x 12.7mm | 113.4g
  • 12 Nov 2000
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • Laurel (imprint of Dell Publishing)
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • 0440228387
  • 9780440228387
  • 146,801

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Gary Paulsen is the author of more than 100 books.

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"A stark, utterly persuasive novel of combat life in the Civil War that may well challenge generations of middle-school readers."--"The New York Times" "Paulsen's storytelling is so psychologically true that readers will feel they have lived through Charley's experience."--"Publishers Weekly," Starred "The nightmare of the Civil War comes to the pages in this novel from Paulsen . . . based on the real-life experiences of a young enlistee."--"Kirkus Reviews," Pointer "The novel's spare, simple language and vivid visual images of brutality and death on the battlefield make it accessible and memorable to young people."--"Booklist," Starred

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In June 1861, when the Civil War began, Charley Goddard left his farm and enlisted in the First Minnesota Volunteers. He was fifteen. He didn't rightly know what a "shooting war" meant, or what he was fighting for. All he knew was that he didn't want to miss out on a great adventure.The shooting war meant the horror of combat and the wild luck of survival. It meant knowing how it feels to cross a field toward the enemy, waiting for fire. Waiting for death. And Charley learned: This is how it's done.When he entered the service he was a boy. When he came back he was different. He was only nineteen, but he was a man said to have "soldier's heart".

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In June 1861, when the Civil War began, Charley Goddard enlisted in the First Minnesota Volunteers. He was 15. He didn't know what a "shooting war" meant or what he was fighting for. But he didn't want to miss out on a great adventure. The "shooting war" turned out to be the horror of combat and the wild luck of survival; how it feels to cross a field toward the enemy, waiting for fire. When he entered the service he was a boy. When he came back he was different; he was only 19, but he was a man with "soldier's heart," later known as "battle fatigue."

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