In June 1861, when the Civil War began, Charley Goddard enlisted in the First Minnesota Volunteers. He was 15. He didn't know what a shooting war meant or what he was fighting for. But he didn't want to miss out on a great adventure.
The shooting war turned out to be the horror of combat and the wild luck of survival; how it feels to cross a field toward the enemy, waiting for fire. When he entered the service he was a boy. When he came back he was different; he was only 19, but he was a man with soldier's heart, later known as battle fatigue.
At the start of the Civil War in 1861, 15-year-old Charlie leaves his farm and enlists in the First Minnesota Volunteers. After experiencing the horrors of war, Charlie comes back a man changed forever. This "stark, utterly persuasive novel of combat life" ("New York Times"), by a three-time Newbery Honor winner, explores the condition of battle fatigue.
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