Read The Cemetery Keepers of Gettysburg by Linda Oatman High Linda Oatman-High Laura Francesca Filippucci Online

the-cemetery-keepers-of-gettysburg

It was a hot and buggy afternoon in the summer of 1862, when Peter Thorn, the cemetery tender of Gettysburg, left his pregnant wife and three small sons to join the Union army. In his absence, his family would bear witness to the most ferocious and bloody battle of the Civil War.On July 1, 1863, a shell exploded in the Thorn's kitchen when the brutal Battle of Gettysburg bIt was a hot and buggy afternoon in the summer of 1862, when Peter Thorn, the cemetery tender of Gettysburg, left his pregnant wife and three small sons to join the Union army. In his absence, his family would bear witness to the most ferocious and bloody battle of the Civil War.On July 1, 1863, a shell exploded in the Thorn's kitchen when the brutal Battle of Gettysburg began. The cannons sounded on Cemetery Hill, as more than 51,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or captured during the three day battle. For days after the battle, seven-year-old Fred, his pregnant mother, Elizabeth, and his grandfather worked to honor the dead by digging graves and burying Union and Confederate soldiers.Neither the Thorn family nor the rest of America would be the same again after witnessing the terrible toll the battle took. Though the Gettysburg Address paid tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives, this is a tribute to the family that so dutifully tended to the soldiers after they had fallen....

Title : The Cemetery Keepers of Gettysburg
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9780802780942
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

The Cemetery Keepers of Gettysburg Reviews

  • Samantha
    2019-05-22 08:33

    This poetic book tells the story of Elizabeth and Peter Thorn, gravekeeper's at Gettysburg's Evergreen Cemetery. Peter was away serving in the Union army when the Battle of Gettysburg broke out, but Elizabeth, with the help of her oldest son who was all of 7 years old and with her father, buried 100 soldiers. Elizabeth was 6 months pregnant at the time and was only compensated $13, but her brave efforts are recognized in this honorable tribute.Watercolor illustrations take readers back in time and an author's note gives a little background information on the Thorn family.

  • Sue
    2019-05-23 07:35

    A beautifully illustrated book, clearly written through irregular rhymes, tells the story of a family who are caretakers of the Gettysburg Cemetery before, during, and after the Battle of Gettysburg. The courageous diligence of the pregnant mother and children to keep up the work of digging graves even when the husband/father went off to war is remarkable. Reading this book to children about a real family surviving the Battle of Gettysburg and carrying out their responsibilities in spite of the hardships should spark interesting conversations.

  • sarafem
    2019-04-28 05:35

    This is the true story of the family who tended the cemetery at Gettysburg during the Civil War - obviously, before it was called the Gettysburg Cemetery. It's a touching tale about a mother and three young boys who give the dead their final resting place while their father, the real cemetery keeper, is fighting on the Union side; it's also about the way they restored order and peace to this resting place and buried soldiers after part of the Gettysburg battle was fought there on its grounds. The illustrations in this book were absolutely vivid and gorgeous.

  • Matthew
    2019-05-23 07:48

    Anyone who has studied the Civil War is probably aware of the story of the soldiers at Gettysburg, but this book tells the story of a family living there that tended the town graveyard. It's every bit as harrowing, and in the aftermath, they are the ones that have to clean up and dig the graves. This is a true story and one that brings a whole different perspective to the experience of Gettysburg. A must read for a unit on the Battle of Gettysburg.

  • Kelly
    2019-05-12 00:45

    The story is based on real events and people. The story sometimes rhymed and sometimes didn't, which I found distracting. The plot would be appealing to children, and the climax is handled well. The illustrations are realistic, but not scary or disturbing when it deals with the battle. An overall nice story.

  • Fisal Ansari
    2019-05-10 00:26

    Age: Grades 8-YA Genre: historical realistic fictionDiversity: Gettysburg era family of the South. Illustrations: drawings in color. Personal response: Great lesson on importance of family, work ethic, perspective about war and children of war. Curricular or programming connections: Library displays would work great with this book especially in city libraries.

  • Heidi-Marie
    2019-05-17 06:34

    I liked the illustrations in the book. Not too many words, so could be read aloud and keep children's attention. The grasp of the meaning may escape them until they are older. The random attempts at very loose rhymes can be confusing because it is not steady. But overall a good book based on actual events and a real family.

  • babyhippoface
    2019-05-14 00:42

    I knew nothing about Gettyburg's historical cemetery keepers, and I found the story interesting. This story takes place in the north but is told without a political slant, focusing instead on the human aspect and loss of life at Gettysburg.

  • MCPLD Youth Department
    2019-05-17 03:28

    This is an excellent factual account of the family who witnessed the Battle of Gettysburg and then helped bury the dead soldiers. Great vivid illustrations and simple text tell this remarkable story from the Civil War for younger readers.

  • Marie
    2019-05-18 03:40

    Wow! This is really the story of a woman who, though 6 months pregnant, with the help of her 7-, 5-, and 3-year old sons and her father, personally dug the graves to bury over 100 union soldiers at Gettsburg. These are the stories of strong women in American history that need to be told.

  • Emily Roberts
    2019-05-24 07:36

    A bit harsh toward “the Rebs,” but still an enjoyable and interesting book with a historical account of the Gettysburg Cemetery during the Civil War. Lovely illustrations.