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With Every Drop of Blood: A Novel of the Civil War

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Johnny promised his father, wounded while fighting for the South, that he would take care of the family and not run off to fight. When there's a request to take his mules and wagon on a bold mission to supply the Rebel troops, Johnny can't resist. Then he's captured by Cush, a runaway slave. Johnny doesn't like taking orders from a black, but he has no choice. He's heading ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1994)
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Jacob Johnson
Feb 02, 2015 Jacob Johnson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: b
The summary of this book is Johnny, a southern boy who's dad fought for the Confederates, is trying to take care of his family after his dad died from getting shot. One day he hears about a food supply for the Confederate Army. The pay bill is 400 dollars. Even though there was a chance of fighting and he promised his dad not to fight, he still went. After 3-4 days, a company of Union soldiers captured the wagon train. What really made him mad was he was captured by a African-American company. ...more
Jim F.
Oct 13, 2016 Jim F. rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction. A very different perspective of the Civil War. One that was interesting and eye opening to me. Written for younger readers, but I still found it interesting and toward the end it was hard to put it down. Definitely recommend this book.
Nov 28, 2013 Hafi rated it liked it
With Every Drop Of Blood

This book is a very fascinating book. At first when is saw this book as they say “don't judge a book by its cover” well I did I thought it was gonna be very boring and not so much to my liking. I just picked it up and started to read it. This book is not only about African-American legacy but about a boys life. It first starts out with a little description about the word used to described African Americans and the book gave a little background on it. This book is about a
Jan 09, 2011 Peter rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: library, history
I picked this one up along with several other books by James Lincoln Collier at the library. I've long been a fan of his Lost Treasures: The Teddy Bear Habit - Book #3, and since I was thinking of that at the library one day, I picked up several more books of his on a whim.

But With Every Drop of Blood almost got returned to the library unread. I read another book of his first, Outside Looking in, and it had been rather disappointing. And despite the old maxim, the cover of With Every Drop of Blo
To be honest, I read this book because of the cover. The cover features photographs of a black Federal soldier and a white Rebel soldier, both very young.

It covers the last two weeks of the American Civil War. I was disappointed because I found the main character so unlikeable. He's a liar and he breaks a very important promise to his dying father. I can understand why he breaks the promise but rationalizations don't cut much water with me.

I enjoyed, though, his wrestling with the whyness of the
Jonas Brand
Oct 31, 2013 Jonas Brand rated it it was amazing
With Every Drop of Blood is written by James Collier and is set in the Shenadoah Valley during the Civil War back in the 1800s. The story is told from the pint of view of a farm boy named Johnny. The war was spreading across the land in which they lived, the "Yankees" would come on to their land and steal their cows. Johnny's father goes off fighting in the Army of Northern Virginia while Johnny hand to stay home with his ma plowing with the mules, planting, cutting hay, and helping keep up the ...more
Alex Smythe
Oct 03, 2014 Alex Smythe rated it really liked it
With every drop of blood
James Lincoln Collier

Johnny is a teenager living in the southern colonies. When his dad is injured in the Civil War, Johnny goes out to fight for the Southern. He's taken captive by a Negro while fighting. Cush, The Negro who is taking him captive, doesn't know how to read, so Johnny teaches him to read. The two become friends very fast.

This book was a very good read.I liked is because I am really into history and I enjoy historical fiction books. In the book it points ou
Marissa Cunneen
Apr 08, 2013 Marissa Cunneen rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, I thought it was quite interesting I think I liked it more because it had more of a sincere feeling to it. It showed that if you care about someone you don’t stop and that feelings are feelings. In this book i couldn’t really make much connections but at the end Johnny mentioned that he only had a little bit of dried beef and hardtack, which in sixth grade we had a Civil War celebration and we made hardtack and it wasn’t that delicious. I also liked how the authors used ...more
From the author of My Brother Sam is dead...
Johnny is the son of a Confederate soldier who promises his father that he will not join when his father returns with a fatal injury. Johnny has been working as a teamster to earn money. The promise to help the confederate soldier in that role proves too much for Johnny to resist.

This is a story of Johnny's journey. How he evolves in his understanding that what the war his father was fighting is not the what the war is about. In his journey he is meet
Rena Jane
Dec 10, 2011 Rena Jane rated it it was amazing
Good, fairly accurate relating of a friendship between a white Southern boy and a black Southern conscript into the Union Army.

I could imagine this friendship developing in just the way the Collier's describe and ending just the way they portray it.

It touches on the growth of young men as they face real life and have to begin making their own decisions and choosing what their heart says is right or wrong, vs. what society has told them.

There were times when the book was kind of slow, but all, i
Isabella Macayan
Mar 28, 2016 Isabella Macayan rated it really liked it
Although I am not much of a fan of history and the topic of Civil War, this book was interesting to read. It both talked about the Civil War and the power of relationships. I love how the author ties the capture of the story (he didn't know the reason to fight in the war) with the end that all men are created equal. It shows both side of the war and why they are both fighting. The one thing that warmed my heart was Cush and Johnny's relationship development. From Johnny's ignorance about black ...more
Feb 06, 2011 Dotty rated it really liked it
Johnny, a Southern teenager, is captured by a Negro company of soldiers during the Civil War. His captor, Cush, wants to learn to read using Lincoln’s Gettysburg address.

This book provides a cool perspective of the Southern mind and relationship to slaves and to the war. The authors do a good job of maintaining the mindset of Johnny with a gradual realization that perhaps the two are friends before it’s all over. The beginning of the novel reads a bit like a history lesson, but part way through
Lars Guthrie
Mar 20, 2010 Lars Guthrie rated it really liked it
Like the Colliers' 'My Brother Sam Is Dead,' somewhat didactic, but also like that book, a well-told tale that moves briskly along, giving the reader unflinching looks at the horrors of war and captivating glimpses of the last days of the most horrible of American wars, with a visit to Appomatox just before Generals Grant and Lee meet in Wilmer McLean's parlor. McLean is a minor character in the book. Cush, an African-American private in the Union army who is charged with guarding the ...more
May 05, 2009 Shelby rated it really liked it
this book is taking place during the civil war and the main charcters name is johnny and johnny has a little sister name sarah and a little brother named sam...johnnys father was fighting and got shot at cedar creek and so now johnny and his ma has to do all the work.when johnny was in town some guys was talking bout the wagon trained and asked johnny to come along so johnny told his ma bout it and went..when their on their way to take food to the soilders a black soilder name private turner ...more
Apr 29, 2009 Hunter rated it really liked it
Great book, involves a kid named Johney who has a hatred for the yankee's after they killed his father. Johney enraged forgets about what his father said and goes of to war, or driving a cart in the war. He dodges bullets for a while then he is caught by a union soldier, named cush. He is no ordinary soldier though, he is a darky. Cush orders johney around and johney doesn't have a choice, all in all he feels guilty about lieing to his pa before he died and a whole mess of other stuff. If you ...more
Catherine  Mustread
May 29, 2009 Catherine Mustread rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, childrens
While trying to transport food to Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War, fourteen-year-old Johnny is captured by a black Union soldier, Cush. The two of them eventually become unlikely friends and at the end of the war travel together back to their home. Cush wants Johnny to teach him to read. Johnny thinks it is improper to teach a black person to read and struggles with the request, especially since Cush's choice of reading material is Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
Robby Beck
Sep 05, 2013 Robby Beck rated it it was amazing
After reading "With Every Drop of Blood" I was encouraged to learn me about the Civil War.The main character in this book is Jhonny Reb. His Dad went to fight in the Civil war and was wounded at a battle at Cedar Creek and the later dies. In this book Jhonny promises never to fight any Union soldier for his families sake. Jhonny gets offered a journey does he take it? Read "With Every Drop of Blood" to find out what decision Jhonny makes.
Mar 09, 2016 Avanti rated it liked it
(Historical Fiction)
History books don't usually appeal to me, but I enjoyed reading this one. This story is set in the time of the Civil War. It focuses on a Southern boy and his affiliation with a freed slave who captures him as a Union soldier. As you read, you can learn more about how their friendship grows as well as key events of the Civil War.
May 29, 2015 Mackenzie rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This book wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either. I was impressed by some of the depth in it, as it is for a younger audience. There was a lot of well done internal conflict, and it did discuss some of the major aspects of the war which would be helpful for younger readers (or other readers) not familiar with the Civil War.
Mar 27, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it
This book is a good intro for students to the hardships people went through during the Civil War. One part I really liked was how the characters debated and discussed the real reason for the war. Was it for states' rights or the end to slavery? It isn't a difficult read once you get used to the dialects.
Jul 20, 2012 Laurie rated it really liked it
An excellent, quick-read Civil War novel - I would say for about 5th-9th graders - really gets at the reason behind the war. A surprising friendship between an escaped slave who enlists for the North challenges a young Rebel boy to reconsider the argument he heard from his father that the South is fighting for "states' rights."
May 08, 2016 Brittany rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite Collier brother book. It gives an amazing portrait of lives during the civil war. I strongly recommend it for elementary aged students who love history. I was not one who like reading in elementary school, but I read this book with enthusiasm and it led me to reading the rest of the Collier brothers' books.
Gretchen Oates
Feb 21, 2016 Gretchen Oates rated it really liked it
This novel does a great job at showing the motivations of the North and South during the Civil War. Its narrative illustrates the human side of the war, with the two main characters realizing they are not as different from each other as they were taught to believe.
Feb 10, 2015 Rodrigo rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Johnny, A young Confederate, gets taken prisoner by a young black soldier named, Cush.
Quick historically fiction read. It's no My Brother Sam Is Dead, but solid Young Adult literature about the Civil War.
Ellen Gallagher
Excellent historical fiction. Students can connect to the struggles the characters face while learning more about the themes of friendship and loyalty.
Mar 04, 2009 Kim rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book about the Civil War. I read it for my classroom, but fell in love with it. Of course, the Civil War is my favorite time in history.
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James Lincoln Collier (born June 27, 1928) is a journalist, author, and professional musician.

Collier's notable literary works include My Brother Sam Is Dead (1974), a Newbery Honor book that was also named a Notable Children's Book by the American Library Association and nominated for a National Book Award in 1975. He also wrote a children's book titled The Empty Mirror (2004), The Teddy Bear Hab
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