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The Cemetery Keepers of Gettysburg

By Linda Oatman High

It was a hot and buggy afternoon in the summer of 1862, when Peter Thorn, the cemetery tender of Gettysburg, left his pregnant wife and three small sons to join the Union army.  In his absence, his family would bear witness to the most ferocious and bloody battle of the Civil War. 
On July 1, 1863, a shell exploded in the Thorn's kitchen when the brutal Battle of Gettysburg began. The cannons sounded on Cemetery Hill, as more than 51,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or captured during the three day battle. For days after the battle, seven-year-old Fred, his pregnant mother, Elizabeth, and his grandfather worked to honor the dead by digging graves and burying Union and Confederate soldiers. 
Neither the Thorn family nor the rest of America would be the same again after witnessing the terrible toll the battle took.  Though the Gettysburg Address paid tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives, this is a tribute to the family that so dutifully tended to the soldiers after they had fallen.

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ISBN

9780802780959


Format: Book
Author: High, Linda Oatman
Summary: With his father, the caretaker of Gettysburg's Evergreen Cemetery, off fighting in the Union Army, Fred Thorn endures the three-day Battle of Gettysburg and then helps his mother and grandfather bury around one hundred soldiers.
Title: The cemetery keepers of Gettysburg / Linda Oatman High ; illustrations by Laura Francesca Filippucci.
Publisher Date: New York : Walker & Co., c2007.
Subject: Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863 -- Juvenile literature United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns -- Juvenile literature
Isbn: 9780802780959 (rein. bdg.) 0802780954 (rein. bdg.) 9780802780942 (hc.) 0802780946 (hc.)
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System Items Available: 6
System Items Total: 6
Call Number: P High
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Bib Id: 288407

Format: Book
Author: High, Linda Oatman
Summary: With his father, the caretaker of Gettysburg's Evergreen Cemetery, off fighting in the Union Army, Fred Thorn endures the three-day Battle of Gettysburg and then helps his mother and grandfather bury around one hundred soldiers.
Title: The cemetery keepers of Gettysburg / Linda Oatman High ; illustrations by Laura Francesca Filippucci.
Publisher, Date: New York : Walker & Co., c2007.
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 x 28 cm.
Subjects: Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863 -- Juvenile literature
Subjects: United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns -- Juvenile literature
Other Author: Filippucci, Laura ill.
LCCN: 2006010194
ISBN: 9780802780959 (rein. bdg.)
ISBN: 0802780954 (rein. bdg.)
ISBN: 9780802780942 (hc.)
ISBN: 0802780946 (hc.)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 6
Total Copies: 6
Call Number: P High