I received a copy of “Soldier’s Song” ($19.99 value) in exchange for this promotion. Any opinions expressed here are honest and my own.”
“Amid the fearsome battles of the Civil War, both Union and Confederate soldiers were urged onward by song.
There were songs to wake them up and songs to call them to bed,
Songs to ready them for battle and to signal their retreat,
Songs to tell them that their side was right, and the other wrong . . .
And there was one song that reminded them all of what they hoped to return to after the war.
Defeated in the battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia, the Union soldiers retreated across the river. There, a new battle emerged as both armies volleyed competing songs back and forth. With the Christmas season upon them, however, Federals and Confederates longed for the same thing. As the notes of “Home, Sweet Home” rose up from both sides, they found common ground for one night.
Interwoven with soldiers’ letters and journal entries, this is a true story of duty and heartbreak, of loyalty and enemies, and of the uniting power of music.”
Soldier’s Song – A True Story of the Civil War is a colorful, hardcover picture book geared for ages 9-12 (grades 3-5). It’s an inspiring book of the Union Troops and the Confederate Troops in the Civil War back in 1862 sitting on the bank of the Rappahannock River. While music kept each side moving forward to their goal, it also reminded them of their life without war. This music also became a common ground on both sides that their Commanders didn’t want to hear and may have made the peace they needed…if allowed.
Soldier’s Song – A True Story of the Civil War can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and anywhere children’s books are sold starting February 7, 2017.
About the Author
Debbie Levy (debbielevybooks.com) is the award-winning author of many books of nonfiction and fiction for young people, including We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, a 2014 Jane Addams Award Honor Book and Bank Street College Best Book. She also wrote The Year of Goodbyes, a 2010 Sydney Taylor Honor Book and Kirkus Reviews Best Book. Debbie is a former lawyer and newspaper editor, and lives in Maryland with her husband.