Behind the Blue and Gray

“This highly readable volume . . . should whet the appetite of readers and inspire them to delve further into this period.”

—School Library Journal (Starred Review)

Whether they wore Union blue or Confederate gray, the untrained recruits of the Civil War quickly learned to endure the hardships of army life. They experienced the horrors of battle, rampant disease, makeshift hospitals and prison camps, and even boredom. Drawing on eyewitness accounts and illustrated with many historical photos, Behind the Blue and Gray explores the lives of soldiers from all walks of life, from all-black Northern regiments to young boys who lied about their age to enlist.


Selected by the New York Public Library to be included in the Books for the Teen Age

Young Adult Library Services Association Recommended Book for the Reluctant Reader

“An intense portrayal of the military experience, with resonance for today.”
—Kirkus Reviews