Marching to Appomattox

Marching to Appomattox : The Footrace That Ended the Civil War

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A rigorously researched historical overview of the last battle of the Civil War
We always hear about how wars start, but how they end can be just as fascinating. That is certainly the case with America's Civil War. After the fall of Richmond, Robert E. Lee and his Confederate troops were racing toward North Carolina for supplies and reinforcements. Ulysses S. Grant's Union troops were determined to stop them. Both sides were certain they would prevail, yet after fighting with all his heart and soul, Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House. But why?
Find out how geography, luck, perseverance, and compassionate diplomacy by Lee, Grant, and Abraham Lincoln combined to change the course of our nation's history.
"Full-color illustrations. Includes bibliography!"
"In this dramatic day-by-day account, Stark chronicles the tense six-day chase in April 1865 that ended with the Army of Northern Virginia's failure to break out of the encircling Union forces....Absorbing.
Booklist
"A clear narrative that is detailed enough to make this chapter in American history come alive."
Kirkus Reviews
"A wonderfully illustrated look at the closing days of the Civil War Quotes are provided throughout the book from soldiers, as well as generals, giving this a strong voice. Interesting facts that are often left out are provided, making this a truly unique read."
LMC
Winner of the 2011 Beacon of Freedom Award from the Williamsburg Regional Library and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, presented annually to a book that introduces history to children in a historically accurate and engaging manner
Winner of the Wisconsin Library Association Outstanding Children s Title"
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 186 x 234 x 8mm | 159g
  • Puffin Books
  • New York
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0147514495
  • 9780147514493

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"In this dramatic day-by-day account, Stark chronicles the tense six-day chase in April 1865 that ended with the Army of Northern Virginia's failure to break out of the encircling Union forces....Absorbing.
Booklist
"Stark frames this war vignette effectively for young readers....The author is respectful of both Grant and Lee, and depicts the soldiers on both sides as having more in common than not.... This book has appeal for the many children who enjoy reading about the Civil War or who may be visiting the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park."
School Library Journal
"Realistic paintings in watercolor, gouache and casein depict a determined but rumpled and muddy Grant, enthusiastic boys in blue, both black and white, and exhausted Confederates in grey led by the handsome, sharply dressed Lee. An opening map that shows the location of each major battle introduces a clear narrative that is detailed enough to make this chapter in American history come alive."
Kirkus Reviews
"A wonderfully illustrated look at the closing days of the Civil War. . . . Quotes are provided throughout the book from soldiers, as well as generals, giving this a strong voice. Interesting facts that are often left out are provided, making this a truly unique read."
LMC
Winner of the 2011 Beacon of Freedom Award from the Williamsburg Regional Library and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, presented annually to a book that introduces history to children in a historically accurate and engaging manner
Winner of the Wisconsin Library Association Outstanding Children s Title"
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About Ken Stark

Ken Starkis the illustrator of many picture books, including "Growing Seasons "by Elsie Lee Splear and "Oh, Brother!," which he himself authored. The larger-than-life personalities involved in the civil War are what sparked Ken s interest in doing this book. His research took him to Virginia and the village of Appomattox Court House, where he visited the McLean house and imagined being a witness to the surrender scene. Ken lives in south-western Wisconsin with his wife, Chris."
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