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The girls of Gettysburg
Miller, Bobbi.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [2014]
Physical Description:
151 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Pickett's Charge, one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, is the climax of this Civil War adventure, told from the perspective of three girls: a Union loyalist, a free Black, and a girl from Virginia who disguised herself as a boy to fight in the Confederate Army"--
Reading Level:
Middle School

HL 660 Lexile.
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Pickett's Charge, the suicidal Confederate Army assault on the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg, serves as the powerful climax of this Civil War novel, in which the lives of three heroic girls--a Yankee, a rebel and a free black--are linked and forever changed. Thirteen-year-old Annie Gordon, disguised as a boy, sells herself as a substitute soldier and joins the Portsmouth Rifles of the 9th Virginia Infantry as they march north to Gettysburg. In Gettysburg lives fourteen-year-old Tillie Pierce, the frivolous daughter of a local merchant whose romanticized notion of war is immediately dispelled once the fighting begins. Also in Gettysburg are Grace Bryan and her father, who refuse to flee with the other free blacks who fear that the rebels will arrest them as fugitive slaves. This gripping novel follows the fates of these girls, fates that reflect the tragedies and triumphs, the humanity, heartache, and heroism of this Civil War battle.

Author Notes

Bobbi Miller is a children's book author who has five degrees in writing, two at the graduate level. She loves exploring the American landscape and spinning tall tales. Her first historical novel, Big River's Daughter, received wide critical acclaim .She has also written three picture books set in the American landscape, Davy Crockett Gets Hitched, Miss Sally Ann and the Panther, and One Fine Trade, which School Library Journal praised for its "lively language that is full of rhythm and fun to read aloud." A native of Colorado, she now lives in Connecticut. Learn more at

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The Civil War is moving north to Gettysburg, where Grace and Tillie live. Grace, a free black, has a stubborn streak that puts her in the position of helping runaways along the Underground Railroad while being in danger herself. Tillie, a spoiled, carefree girl, holds romantic notions about the war, until its realities march right into the house where she is staying. Meanwhile, Annie, a 13-year-old Virginian restless after the deaths of her brothers, cuts her curls, dons her father's clothing, and runs off to join the Confederate army. While the girls don't necessarily understand the details of the war, they think they know who the enemy is until they stare into the faces of the dead, dying, weak, and those trying to gain their freedom. The brutality of Pickett's Charge on the final day of Gettysburg and the hardships faced by the soldiers are never glossed over, nor is the fear the townspeople feel when the war approaches their doorsteps. A unique, exciting work based on published diaries, accounts, and other primary sources.--Fredriksen, Jeanne Copyright 2014 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-In this riveting historical fiction novel, the stories of three young girls interweave during Pickett's Charge, one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War: Tille, a witty, sharp-tongued Union supporter; Grace, a free African American; and Annie, a Southern girl disguised as a male Confederate soldier. Tillie experiences the sounds and sights of the dying-the soldiers' tattered bodies and broken souls. She begins serving as a temporary nurse in her neighborhood, and is seen as an angel by those who long for home. Grace witnesses the Confederates approaching and burning everything in their path. In the past, her family had helped runaway slaves. As a result, she has a constant anxious feeling. Readers will connect with Grace's worrisome thoughts through the text. With the spirit of an abolitionist and humanitarian, Grace understands their need to be free and to control their own destiny. Annie, aka James Anachie Gordon, travels north to join the army, serving as a substitute soldier for $300 to start a new life out west. She struggles to prove herself, joining the boys of Virginia and living among them. The three protagonists charge ahead, despite the sorrow and fear that surrounds them. They keep their faith and bravery in not only their surroundings, but in themselves. The author's note contains information on the main characters of the story, along with other books to explore on the relevant subjects. Miller shares with readers that all history is, indeed, a story. Recommended general purchase for both school and public libraries.-Krista Welz, North Bergen High School, NJ (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.