This unforgettable tale by one of the South's greatest 19th-century storytellers has been a favorite of children since its original publication in 1888. Two little boys, Willie and Frank, are trapped between Union and Confederate lines in war-torn Virginia. The secrets they must keep and the dangers they confront will excite any person young or old, but especially young.
About the Author
Thomas Nelson Page was an American writer and lawyer, as well as the U.S. Ambassador to Italy during the presidency of Woodrow Wilson. Despite his family s wealthy lineage both the Nelson and Page families were First Families of Virginia Page was raised largely in poverty. Based on his own experiences living on a plantation in the Antebellum South, Page s writing helped popularize the plantation-tradition genre, which depicted an idealized version of slavery and presented emancipation as a sign of moral decline in society. Page s best-known works include the short story collections The Burial of the Guns and In Ole Virginia, the latter of which contains the influential story Marse Chan. Thomas Nelson Page died in 1922.
This was a delightful fictional account of two ten year old boys' adventures and escapades while living at home in rural Virginia during the Civil War. They are delightfully innocent of modern day attitudes, and the story is sympathetic to both sides of the conflict in the sense that war is difficult for both sides involved. The relationships are heart-warming and real. The boys demonstrate budding character traits of honorable young men. Highly recommended for a Southern view of the Old South.