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Gunpowder Girls: The True Stories of Three Civil War Tragedies Hardcover – October 11, 2016
"Devoted" by Dean Koontz
For the first time in paperback, from Dean Koontz, the master of suspense, comes an epic thriller about a terrifying killer and the singular compassion it will take to defeat him. | Learn more
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''Outstanding. . . Thoroughly researched and beautifully written, this tragic story of 140 girls and young women killed by gunpowder explosions in three arsenals where they produced ammunition for Civil War armies reveals details previously unfamiliar even to Civil War historians. We can now add their names to the human toll of America's greatest conflict.'' --James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
''Clear, engaging prose. . . Extensive backmatter adds gravitas. The employment plight of so many women of the era--few jobs and low pay--is amply illustrated. This grim, enlightening tale is most likely to appeal to those who seek out disaster stories or have an interest in American history.'' --Kirkus Reviews, September 2016 issue
- Lexile Measure : 1050L
- Item Weight : 13.2 ounces
- Hardcover : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0966925874
- ISBN-13 : 978-0966925876
- Product Dimensions : 6.3 x 1 x 9 inches
- Reading level : 13 - 17 years
- Publisher : Quindaro Press (October 11, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,868,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Theses young women were assembling cartridges for use in muskets and rifles. In all three instances covered by this book the gunpowder with which they were working was accidentally set off into horrific explosions. The locations and dates of the three explosions covered by this book and the resulting number of deaths are listed below:
Allegheny Arsenal...........................78 deaths
September 17, 1862
Confederate States Laboratory........45 deaths
March 13, 1863
Washington Arsenal..........................21 deaths
June 17, 1864
This book is targeted toward a young adult readership and is well illustrated. It contains numerous interesting sidebar snippets of information. The personal stories about some of the victims are particularly poignant. I believe it is the sort of book that YA's will find to be interesting and educational.
Meticulously researched, filled with anecdotes and photos to make the events come alive, and completed with ties to historical and ongoing struggles for women's rights, this book is well worth the read for anyone, but especially as a classroom centerpiece to help students understand why they should crave studying and researching history.
A YA historical account of 3 civilian tragedies during the American Civil War in which most of the casualties were girls and women. A book for students interested in the topic that is written more like a novella than a collection of historical facts with a subject matter that is long overdue. A few photographs are included as well as a decent bibliography.
LT Early Reviewer