Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Under Siege!: Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg” as Want to Read:
Under Siege!: Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  20 reviews
"Living in a cave under the ground for six weeks . . . I do not think a child could have passed through what I did and have forgotten it." - Lucy McRae, age 10, 1863

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 R
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published April 27th 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Under Siege!, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Under Siege!

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 113)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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
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
Addison Children
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

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
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
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
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
Apr 11, 2014 Kym rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
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
Jul 17, 2015 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zzz2015-jul-new
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.
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.
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?!
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.
Judy Desetti
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.
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.
nice viewpoints of the Battle of Vicksburg. I can't imagine living in caves for days with near constant shelling.
Christine Jensen
Jan 30, 2010 Christine Jensen marked it as to-read
RLL 595: Book Links 2009 "Lasting Connections" Title
Social Studies
Gr. 5-8
I have to read it for an assignment.
Gina Pecoraro
Jan 31, 2010 Gina Pecoraro marked it as to-read
Shelves: award-winning
Book Links 2009 "Lasting Connections"
Martha added it
Aug 23, 2015
Nancy Childers
Nancy Childers marked it as to-read
Jul 13, 2015
Heather Nicole
Heather Nicole marked it as to-read
May 01, 2015
Joel Manuel
Joel Manuel marked it as to-read
Apr 25, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London We Rode the Orphan Trains Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy

Share This Book