Soldier's Heart

Soldier's Heart

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  • Soldier's Heart: Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers.
  • It begins with a 15-year-old named Charley Goddard's Minnesota hometown, residents are talking about what they think will be a "shooting war." The atmosphere at town meetings is festive, with flags, drums, and patriotic speeches. 
  • Everyone assumes that the North will win easily, with the fighting unlikely to last more than a month or two.As a volunteer army is beginning to form, Charley decides to join, over his mother's objections.
  •  Charley lies about his age and joins the Minnesota Volunteers in what he thinks will be a fun experience that will make him a man. The pay is eleven dollars a month, much more than he makes working on the farms 
  • Charley trains and learns to be a soldier, finding the experience much different from what he had imagined. Upon leaving the camp, the men are treated as heroes even before they leave town by train.
  • Read the book to find out if Charley Goddard can survive the American Civil War.
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