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.