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Reluctant Witnesses: Children's Voices from the Civil War

The U.S. Civil War touched the lives of millions of children on the battlefield and the home front. Based on eyewitness accounts of 120 children, ages four to sixteen, "Reluctant Witnesses" gives their perspective on America's bloodiest conflict and how they managed to cope. Their diaries, letters, and reminiscences are a testimony to the astonishing resiliency of the human spirit. Like children of contemporary wars, these children from the Union and the Confederacy speak without hate but with the stubborn hope that peace ...

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