It's about time I do another book review and this is one of my very Favorites! I first read this book when a friend loaned it to me and oh! I've read it...maybe three times so far? I don't often have time to reread a book, so...yeah, this is a good one!
Book Review//Iron Scouts of Confederacy by Lee McGiffin
(A gift from my parents following a trip to the homeschool book fair 2016)
This is a gem! I absolutely love this book! It’s probably my favorite Civil War book ever! And the best part is that it’s a novelization of a true story! The book follows the war years of young Ben Fane, a boy who is self-conscious about his short stature, but in the Confederate Army, he finds his height isn’t a curse! Along with his brother Gant and good friend Shelby Harris from Texas, Ben does his part to make a difference! We also meet many interesting Southern heroes, among them, Major John Mosby, Gen. Wade Hampton and Major Heroes Von Borcke. Through the many adventures (and misadventures!) of the Iron Scouts, their faith in God is tested and strengthened.
Historical Accuracy – Five stars here! I’m not an expert on the War Between the States, but I have researched this era quite a bit, and I found nothing amiss in McGiffin’s text.
Content – Amazing! Very descriptive and interesting. The Author is very good at keeping your attention. No romance, but I do think there were a couple of words I marked out in my copy, but I can’t remember so it must not have been anything major 😊 I do recommend a parent reading it before little ones since it is a war book and you are the best judge of what may be upsetting to them.
Favorite Scene – The scene where Ben and Heroes Von Borcke have to hide from the yankees in a widow’s house. Very entertaining 😉
Overall – Like I said, this is one of my all-time favorites. If you are studying the War Between the States, you need this in your library. Great for Homeschoolers too! In fact, I originally heard about it in a Homeschool catalog, and a friend had it in her history and let me borrow it. After reading it, I knew I needed to get my own copy! It is available through Amazon, Rainbow Resources, and Christian Liberty Press.
Something to think about: Do you reread books? What is your favorite book to reread? If you have a blog, write a post about your reread favorite! If you don't have one, tell a friend!
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
2 Timothy 2:4
(King James Bible)
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Hey! Thanks for checking out my History Page! I hope you found the first blog post helpful! Today we will continue with the question, "What did the South fight for?" looking at two more sections of this topic.
First of all, what is secession? What does it mean to secede? Here’s a definition that seems comprehensible to me.
According to the Declaration of Independence (A secession document), governments,
“derive their just powers from the consent of the governed,” and, “whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.” Also, “when a long train of abuses and usurpations… evinces a design to reduce the people under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Simply this: When your government becomes corrupt, you have the right to revolt (or breakaway) from that government and restore the rightful government to power. This was the mindset of the Patriots, and this was the mindset of the Confederate Patriots. Thus, each state took a vote and acted accordingly. Maryland, Kentucky and Missouri’s secession votes were crashed by invaders sent by none other than Abraham Lincoln. Otherwise, there would have been fourteen seceded states instead of eleven.
When Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th President of the United States, South Carolina seceded from the Union. Their reason for leaving the Union was clear: Abraham Lincoln had said he was in sympathy with the money loving Union factory owners and would pass and uphold laws to protect their interests while passing and upholding unlawful taxations (without representation) on the Southern states. He wasn’t interested in the good of the WHOLE country, only a portion of it. And so, South Carolina seceded.
When a President makes it clear that he is only interested in caring for part of a country and not the whole, he is not a leader, but a tyrant, seeking his own agenda and not the good of the people. He encouraged the division of the people, which brings us to our next question…
Who Declared War on Whom? Many people believe the “Civil War” began at Fort Sumter on April 12th, 1861. But this is not the case. The war began on May 6th, nearly a month later, when Abraham Lincoln declared it on the south. He called for troops from each of the un-seceded states to march on the “rebellious” states.
The response he got from the two remaining Southern states was not what he had anticipated. Virginia seceded. North Carolina Gov. Zebulun Vance replied, “You will get no troops from North Carolina,” and his state seceded on May 20th.
Abraham Lincoln, by asking these states and the northern states for a coercive force, encouraged further division between the North and South. His actions were reminiscent of a certain King, less than 90 years prior, King George III of England. He encouraged his soldiers to fight British Colonists over what? Money and Power. Lincoln encouraged conflict between the Northern and Southern citizens over what? Money (Tariffs) and Power (Strong Federal Government). But in the History books, King George’s name is spoken with distaste and dishonor, while Abraham Lincoln’s is spoken with high praise and honor, though undeserved.
(Just a side note: both Abraham Lincoln and King George offered slaves their freedom in return for helping to put down the “rebellions”. While some did just that, the majority of the slaves loved their masters and their families too much to take up arms against them. Not advocating slavery. Just stating a fact :) )
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