WARTIME CHILDREN’S BOOK TITLED “THE SPIRIT OF YOUNG AMERICA”

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Colorful fourteen-page book includes six beautiful full page color illustrations of children playing at war. Each illustration has a title and a short poem describing the action.

The cover of the little volume has a full color image of makeshift tents set up in a wood with children scattered around playing soldier. They are seen standing guard, playing with a small cannon, beating a drum and cooking over a fire

The first plate in the book is called “THE EXERCISE” and depicts children in a mix of Napoleonic and Civil War headgear and uniform parts being drilled on the edge of town by their captain named Fred

The second plate is titled “THE MARCHING OUT” and shows a column of boys with toy muskets at shoulder-arms with colors flying and drums beating marching out of town to divide into two side and to play at war in the fields and woods.

The third plate is titled “THE OUTPOST” and shows three boys behind a tree watching the “enemy” in their camp.

The fourth plate sis titled “THE CAPTIVES.” It depicts two boys named Jacob and Charles in front of Captain Reds tent under guard and being questioned.

The fifth plate in the series is titled “THE STORMING OF THE BRIDGE.” Both of the little armies storm a small bridge over a creek. Fred leads his boys to victory!

The last plate in the book is titled “THE LAST BATTLE AND SURRENDER OF THE ENEMY.” In this scene a column of boys led by Fred with flags flying attack their enemy on the edge of the village and they surrender making Fred and his boys the ultimate victors!

The booklet meas. approx. 7.75 x 6.00 inches and was published by the Fall River Litho Co, Fall River, Mass. Research shows the book to have been printed about 1864. All the plates have wonderful strong colors. Page edges show light wear and there is some minor scattered surface dirt throughout.

This is a delightful little book that can be enjoyed by an adult or read to a child with historical interests.  [ad] [ph:L]

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