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Under Siege!: Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  66 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Meet Lucy McRae and two other young people, Willie Lord and Frederick Grant, all survivors of the Civil War's Battle for Vicksburg. In 1863, Union troops intend to silence the cannons guarding the Mississippi River at Vicksburg – even if they have to take the city by siege. To hasten surrender, they are shelling Vicksburg night and day. Terrified townspeople, including Luc ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published April 27th 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Dec 16, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
This is a very well written book on the siege of Vicksburg during the US Civil War. The author does a nice job of painting the colorful background of Vicksburg in the 1860’s. The reader feels like he is transported back in time as the author describes the noises, smells and society back then. She also delves into our countries dark history of slavery and how it was perceived by Vicksburg’s residents (one interesting note is there were Rebel sharpshooters who were black; this unnerved the union s ...more
Sep 04, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
We hope to take an October road trip down the Mississippi River stopping in Vicksburg, Natchez, and Baton Rouge. I thought it would be good to prepare for our visits by reading some books on the area and this one was perfect. It was an easy read, written for Young Adults, with photos--all good! It featured three children, two Confederate sympathizers who lived in Vicksburg through the 47 days of siege and then also Frederick Grant, son of US Grant, who stayed with his father in the Union camps. ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing
This is a very, very fascinating book about the siege of Vicksburg during the Civil War. It's told by focusing on three children who were involved in one way or another in the siege. One is Lucy, who is ten, and who comes from a rather rich family. Another is Willie, who is eleven, and whose father is a minister. The last one is Frederick who is twelve and is Ulysses S. Grant's son.

The book tells what the civilians in the city had to do in order to survive, which was basically dig holes in hill
Sep 12, 2012 Adele rated it really liked it

This was really interesting, especially for a person who was born 74 miles from Vicksburg and has moved less than 40 miles away.

This story of the siege of Vicksburg, is told with particular attention to the points of view of three children: Lucy McRae, a girl from a wealthy Vicksburg, Willie Lord, the son of a minister in Vicksburg, and Fred Grant,the son of General Grant.

The siege itself lasted 47 days. During the time discussed by book, Fred is shot in a battle, Lucy is nearly buried alive
Jun 07, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, juvenile
Well-written telling of the heart-wrenching siege of Vicksburg, focusing on three youngsters: two children in the besieged city and General Grant's son. Ms. Warren effectively portrays the hardships of war on both sides in an age appropriate way. She adds little details and asides from primary sources that really make the account come to life. The facts are all there, but they are couched in such an interesting narrative that you learn without realizing it, while truly feeling for all those who ...more
Dec 20, 2009 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Fantastic coverage of the battle over Vicksburg during the American Civil War. It covers not only the battles and dates, but really concentrates on how several people experienced the siege first hand, concentrating mostly on 3 children: Lucy McRae and Willie Lord in Vicksburg, and Frederick Grant (son of Ulysses) with the Union Army. General Grant had to capture Vicksburg for the Union Army to succeed in conquering the South, but the people of Vicksburg were very strong in their support of the S ...more
Aug 13, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it
Truly fascinating look at the Battle for Vicksburg during the Civil War. Warren takes the lives of three children two in Vicksburg and Grant's son with the Union Army and shows how the siege affected them. Lots of interesting details about the battle and the siege and lots of photographs and illustrations. The story isn't just about the three children though; there are details about others who lived in Vicksburg. Lots of great information about this pivotal battle during the Civil War. I also lo ...more
Sep 17, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it
A great book, and the views of the three children are fascinating. Particularly interesting to me were the records of Fred - 12-year-old Frederick Grant, the son of the famous General Ulysses S. Grant - who accompanied his father through the battles in Mississippi. Although the book title makes it sound like the book will only be about these three children, it actually includes accounts of adults as well, to round out the story. This is a brilliant book and I would highly recommend it to teacher ...more
Addison Children
Feb 10, 2014 Addison Children rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Using primary sources and moving narrative, Warren tells the story of Vicksburg from December 1862 through July 1863. Three children's lives are highlighted, two children living in Vicksburg and Fred Grant, the son of the general, who is campaigning with his father. (It's different times when a 12 year-old boy is off fighting a most bloody war with Dad. Actually Grant's wife and the younger children were frequently there as well.) This is compelling nonfiction, easy to read, more a story than a ...more
Kate MacMillan
Jan 12, 2016 Kate MacMillan rated it it was amazing
Tells the story of Lucy McRae and Willie Lord, survivors of the battle for Vicksburg in 1863, that describes how they lived in caves and underground bunkers as Union artillery bombarded the town for six week; and also tells of young Frederick Grant, son of Ulysses S. Grant, who witnessed the carnage of that battle. IL 5-8 Lexile 1110
Sep 19, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it
My friend Katie sent me this book and I'm mighty glad she did! I can't wait to use the information from this book in my class during my Civil War unit! I'll be adding this book to my Civil War text set (be proud Seaver) and I'm looking forward to using many chapters in my lessons. This was a wonderfully informative look at the Battle of Vicksburg.
Feb 22, 2012 Joy rated it really liked it
Wow, I learned a lot about this battle, the town and the people living in Vicksburg during the Civil War. I seriously don't think I've ever understood the importance concerning this battle until reading this book.
May 07, 2009 April rated it it was amazing
I am a big history nerd and I love a good non-fiction book. This included the stories of three kids that were there during the siege. Andrea Warren gave a great talk at my library and knowing how much research and time she put into the book made it even more fun and interesting to read.
Dec 17, 2008 Angela rated it really liked it
Read this one in order to review it. Middle School level. Fascinating all the same. Did we know that General Grant allowed his 12-year-old son to travel with him? At the urging of his wife. Amazing what that kid witnessed and experienced. Period photographs accompany the text.
Oct 21, 2009 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. It helped me understand the Vicksburg Campaign and I was so inspired by all the vignettes, comments, and anecdotes of the people involved from both sides. It helped me give an interesting lecture to my Civil War class. How amazing is that?!
Judy Desetti
Feb 13, 2010 Judy Desetti rated it really liked it
Told story of Vicksburg as the most important battle of the Civil war. Paired nicely with My Last Skirt by Lynda Durrant. Lots of information. Tells from the point of view of three different children and their real life recollections.
nice viewpoints of the Battle of Vicksburg. I can't imagine living in caves for days with near constant shelling.
Apr 08, 2014 Kym rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Wow, I learned a lot reading this non-fiction book I found in the children's section! I found it to be a very interesting read.
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