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CONTENTS. Chapter I Introduction. "II Incidents Preceding The Battle. "III During The First Day Of The Battle. "IV During The Second Day Of The Battle. "V During The Third Day Of The Battle. "VI After The Battle. "VII Home. "VIII Conclusion. ILLUSTRATIONS. 1 Map Of The First Day's Battle. 2 Fleeing From Danger. 3 Map Of The Second Day's Battle. 4 Charge Of The Pennslyvan CONTENTS. Chapter I Introduction. "II Incidents Preceding The Battle. "III During The First Day Of The Battle. "IV During The Second Day Of The Battle. "V During The Third Day Of The Battle. "VI After The Battle. "VII Home. "VIII Conclusion. ILLUSTRATIONS. 1 Map Of The First Day's Battle. 2 Fleeing From Danger. 3 Map Of The Second Day's Battle. 4 Charge Of The Pennslyvania Reserves, 5 Map Of The Third Day's Battle. PREFACE. The experience of a little girl, during three days of a hard fought battle, as portrayed in this volume is certainly of rare occurrence, and very likely has never been realized before. Such a narrative as the following, is worthy of preservation among the pages of our nations literature. The story is told with such marked faithfulness, such honesty of expression, such vividness of portrayal, that those who lived in, and passed through those scenes, or similar ones, will at once recognize the situations, and surroundings, as natural and real. While perusing its pages, the veteran will again live in the days gone by; when he tramped the dusty march, joined in the terrible charge, or suffered in the army hospital. The Heroine of this book, performed her part well; but it is doubtful whether, at the time, she fully


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CONTENTS. Chapter I Introduction. "II Incidents Preceding The Battle. "III During The First Day Of The Battle. "IV During The Second Day Of The Battle. "V During The Third Day Of The Battle. "VI After The Battle. "VII Home. "VIII Conclusion. ILLUSTRATIONS. 1 Map Of The First Day's Battle. 2 Fleeing From Danger. 3 Map Of The Second Day's Battle. 4 Charge Of The Pennslyvan CONTENTS. Chapter I Introduction. "II Incidents Preceding The Battle. "III During The First Day Of The Battle. "IV During The Second Day Of The Battle. "V During The Third Day Of The Battle. "VI After The Battle. "VII Home. "VIII Conclusion. ILLUSTRATIONS. 1 Map Of The First Day's Battle. 2 Fleeing From Danger. 3 Map Of The Second Day's Battle. 4 Charge Of The Pennslyvania Reserves, 5 Map Of The Third Day's Battle. PREFACE. The experience of a little girl, during three days of a hard fought battle, as portrayed in this volume is certainly of rare occurrence, and very likely has never been realized before. Such a narrative as the following, is worthy of preservation among the pages of our nations literature. The story is told with such marked faithfulness, such honesty of expression, such vividness of portrayal, that those who lived in, and passed through those scenes, or similar ones, will at once recognize the situations, and surroundings, as natural and real. While perusing its pages, the veteran will again live in the days gone by; when he tramped the dusty march, joined in the terrible charge, or suffered in the army hospital. The Heroine of this book, performed her part well; but it is doubtful whether, at the time, she fully

30 review for At Gettysburg: Or, What a Girl Saw and Heard of the Battle: Civil War history non fiction collection

  1. 5 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    At Gettysburg, or, What a Girl Saw and Heard of the Battle (Illustrated) by Matilda Pierce Alleman is a great history lesson through the eyes of a girl at the time. The brutality she saw, the people she meet, the craziness she witnessed first hand is amazing and frightening but told so well that anyone could picture it in their mind's eye. I love books like this, from the source, history from the mouth of those who lived it, rare, scared, and not so bravely.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Noninuna

    3.5 🌟It's a true story about what Tillie Pierce experienced during the bloodies battle of the American civil war. It was 1863 and she was 15 years old when she saw the Confederate army marched into the town of Gettysburg. The narration is really simple and easy to follow. However, since the book was written 25 years after the battle and she was 40 by then, I doubt that all of it was as accurate as she first saw & heard of the things. Still, it's an interesting read. 3.5 🌟It's a true story about what Tillie Pierce experienced during the bloodies battle of the American civil war. It was 1863 and she was 15 years old when she saw the Confederate army marched into the town of Gettysburg. The narration is really simple and easy to follow. However, since the book was written 25 years after the battle and she was 40 by then, I doubt that all of it was as accurate as she first saw & heard of the things. Still, it's an interesting read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    JE

    If you're a history nerd, you will love this book. It's a firsthand account of the battle at Gettysburg from the perspective of a young civilian girl who was there--written journal style. Fascinating. Horrific. Scandalous. It's a super fast read. Bought it at Gettysburg, read it on the two-hour flight to Denver.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    This is a quick read. Tillie was just a girl of fifteen years old when the battle of Gettysburg took place. She lived there and saw a lot of horrific things. She tells the story of what she witnessed or what her family witnessed during the three day battle at Gettysburg during the Civil War. Although this story is really well told and is very beautiful, I wish we were able to learn more of Tillie's upbringing and her thoughts during the experience. I don't believe I really FELT what she felt. It This is a quick read. Tillie was just a girl of fifteen years old when the battle of Gettysburg took place. She lived there and saw a lot of horrific things. She tells the story of what she witnessed or what her family witnessed during the three day battle at Gettysburg during the Civil War. Although this story is really well told and is very beautiful, I wish we were able to learn more of Tillie's upbringing and her thoughts during the experience. I don't believe I really FELT what she felt. It had a lot of sad aspects though and I really liked her perspective on things. I went to the Shriver house in which she lived next door to and evacuated with during that time period. My tour guide told me about her book which led me to its purchase. Tillie even has a detailed map of Gettysburg during that time and a couple other drawings that are really well done! I think this would be great for kids to read to learn of a real life experience encounter of what war would be like for a teenager during that time, specifically to teen girls who might be curious of it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Ellis

    What better way to begin a new year than with a book on Gettysburg! This is a short memoir of Tillie Pierce's experience living through the battle being fought in her town and her own back yard. She definitely brings alive the horror of living through a civil war.

  6. 5 out of 5

    SusanwithaGoodBook

    Fascinating first-hand account of the battle at Gettysburg from the point of view of a local girl. I saw this book in the gift shop at the Gettysburg battlefield and knew it was just what I needed.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    I found this book to be quite interesting. Tillie Pierce was a 15 year old resident of Gettysburg when the battle took place. When the battle started, she was sent to a farm that was south of town, and just east of the two Round Tops. She spent the days of the battle giving water to passing soldiers, and she noted with emphasis that she personally gave a cup of water to General Meade. When the fighting began on the Round Tops, they fled, and were told to go back to the farm because they were saf I found this book to be quite interesting. Tillie Pierce was a 15 year old resident of Gettysburg when the battle took place. When the battle started, she was sent to a farm that was south of town, and just east of the two Round Tops. She spent the days of the battle giving water to passing soldiers, and she noted with emphasis that she personally gave a cup of water to General Meade. When the fighting began on the Round Tops, they fled, and were told to go back to the farm because they were safer with the guns firing over the farm house than to be in the area where the shells were landing. The lady of the farm had sent her husband back through the shelling to retrieve a brand new quilted petticoat that she didn't want ruined. There are many odd, human stories like this in the book. The book doesn't have a plot, persay, so it goes back and forth between describing scenes of gross horror to scenes such as the family continously baking bread in the kitchen to provide for soldiers. Her narrative gives it a chillingly casual and naive feel like it's taking place in a dream, or something. I guess you would have to try to focus on something else if you were confronted with that much reality all at one time. It is a fascinating look at how most people probably thought and wrote at that time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carey Henderson

    I visited Gettysburg this year and this novel came highly recommended from many. Once I sat down to really read it, I became immersed and finished it in about an hour. Written 25yrs after the battle, it's a citizens narrative of the events before, during and after the now famous battle of Gettysburg. Not only were the soldiers fighting incredibly brave, but as this novel attests- the citizens were equally as heroic. They defended homes against enemies, treated the wounded, prayed with those in t I visited Gettysburg this year and this novel came highly recommended from many. Once I sat down to really read it, I became immersed and finished it in about an hour. Written 25yrs after the battle, it's a citizens narrative of the events before, during and after the now famous battle of Gettysburg. Not only were the soldiers fighting incredibly brave, but as this novel attests- the citizens were equally as heroic. They defended homes against enemies, treated the wounded, prayed with those in their final moments and worked tirelessly to rebuild after the armies pulled out. I definitely recommend this novel. It's not a long read, but it's really well written and flows smoothly. I plan on holding onto this book and probably will re-read again in the future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    I picked this charming little book up on a whim when I was in Gettysburg last week because it's invaluable research for my novel, which also deals with the civilian experience at Gettysburg, and I'm so glad I did. Tillie Pierce Alleman is a natural storyteller and her account really brings to life what it was like to live through the battle. Some of the incidents made me laugh out loud and others had me close to tears. This is a must for Civil War buffs.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I read this book after my first visit to Gettysburg, PA. It was a fascinating first-person account of what is arguably the most famous Civil War battle. I can only imagine the horror the townspeople experienced. After reading this, I had to visit Gattysburg again and spent 2 nights at the Tillie Pierce Inn.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I purchased a variation of this book whilst visiting Gettysburg this past summer. Tillie's account of the battle from the civilian perspective is written with incredible detail. I look forward to reading aloud portions of her diary to my students during our study of the battle.

  12. 4 out of 5

    David

    Eyewitness account written by 15 year old Tillie Pierce who lived through the Battle of Gettysburg. She escapes the fighting near her home in Gettysburg with Mrs. Schriver on July 1, 1863. Tillie and Mrs. Schriver both flee the fighting to stay with Mrs. Schriver's father, Jacob Weikert, at his house on the eastern slope of Little Round Top. Needless to say what she encounters the next three days is chilling and grisly. Death and destruction surround her. She writes with passion twenty-five year Eyewitness account written by 15 year old Tillie Pierce who lived through the Battle of Gettysburg. She escapes the fighting near her home in Gettysburg with Mrs. Schriver on July 1, 1863. Tillie and Mrs. Schriver both flee the fighting to stay with Mrs. Schriver's father, Jacob Weikert, at his house on the eastern slope of Little Round Top. Needless to say what she encounters the next three days is chilling and grisly. Death and destruction surround her. She writes with passion twenty-five years later as an adult but her recollection is vivid even after this long after the battle. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand what the civilian population of Gettysburg lived through during, and for years after, those three fateful days in July 1863. War is horrible as anyone who has lived through it can tell you. More folks need to learn this so war is not so easily considered a remedy for settling disagreements.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I picked up this book after touring the Shriver's house in Gettysburg. This is Tillie's first hand account of what it was like to live in Gettysburg at the time of the infamous horrific battle. She relays the horrors of what she saw, but also recounts her efforts to be helpful. By baking bread and handing out water to the soldiers. In a time of unimaginable destruction and gore she truly is an American hero, for they come in all shapes and sizes, not just those who fight. When picking up books tha I picked up this book after touring the Shriver's house in Gettysburg. This is Tillie's first hand account of what it was like to live in Gettysburg at the time of the infamous horrific battle. She relays the horrors of what she saw, but also recounts her efforts to be helpful. By baking bread and handing out water to the soldiers. In a time of unimaginable destruction and gore she truly is an American hero, for they come in all shapes and sizes, not just those who fight. When picking up books that are older sometimes the language gets to me with over-formality, but this book read just fine, like a modern day novel. I am not typically one for non-fiction either, but this was a book that I didn't mind making the exception. I finished reading Tillie's account with horrific imagery in my head, but also with a new understanding for those on the home-front during wartimes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Dawson

    Very interesting look at the battle from a young girl’s perspective. Her vivid recollections of the shifting battle are excellent. Her parents send her away so she’ll be safe and out of harm’s way. Every house she goes to becomes the front line. Her travels will have her encountering a host of Union General’s including Meade, and a few confederate soldiers looking for stragglers and hiding Union soldiers. Her main impression is all the temporary hospitals that are set-up and the piles of limbs o Very interesting look at the battle from a young girl’s perspective. Her vivid recollections of the shifting battle are excellent. Her parents send her away so she’ll be safe and out of harm’s way. Every house she goes to becomes the front line. Her travels will have her encountering a host of Union General’s including Meade, and a few confederate soldiers looking for stragglers and hiding Union soldiers. Her main impression is all the temporary hospitals that are set-up and the piles of limbs of wounded men. Four Stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Consiglio-Wolff

    When we think of Gettysburg and the three day battle of July 1863, our minds always go to the soldiers of the Blue and the Grey. We don't think of the 2,400 hundred residents whose lives were disrupted and in a short period of time gave up their lives to tend the wounded, feed them and strive to survive such a bloody battle of the Civil War. This memoir is a quick read detailing what Tillie saw and experienced as a civilian! A must read for those interested in our history.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Now I understand why this is required reading for Civil War and Gettysburg history nuts! There isn't a ton of detail, but her writing talks not only of the battle, but gives a first hand account of how the civilians were affected both during and after the battle. The story of her father capturing Confederate soldiers with an unloaded rifle was hilarious. Definitely a must read!

  17. 4 out of 5

    John

    Excellent Eyewitness Account Ms Pierce Alleman does an excellent job of telling what she had witnessed as a young teen girl during one of the most ferocious battles of the Civil War. The discriprion of the men she met and assisted. The discriptions of the town and battlefield the way she saw it. This is an must read for the historian who studies Gettysburg.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Denise Morgan

    What a girl saw This is very interesting and as detailed as a little girl would surmise it to be. History never ceases to amaze me and yet we still have not learned from our mistakes. A very good book to read. I enjoyed the little details this young lady wrote about saw thru her eyes.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    A quick read, what really shines about this book is the little interactions between the author, who was 15 at the time of the battle, and the soliders she meets. It brings history to life in a way that a textbook never will.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susie

    In her own words The sights and sounds of the battle and the aftermath will haunt you. An ordinary girl recounts the extraordinary things she found to do to make a difference in the lives of those who fought for what they believed in with all their hearts.

  21. 4 out of 5

    W Charles

    This is an excellent account of a witness to the Battle of Gettysburg. She has a variety of experiences and encounters that offer the reader a look at the uncertainty experienced during conflict. She also writes well.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Fascinating first hand account. So interesting!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    A short read, but well worth it! Such an interesting account from a civilian's perspective.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jak Krumholtz

    "The struggle between human bondage and universal freedom, the desire to destroy this government and dishonor her flag, the cruel hatred of Americans toward each other, no more blurs our fair land."

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    A true account of a girl who thought she was fleeing to safety but instead found herself in the middle of the battle near Roundtop. It’s a quick read but very interesting to hear her point of view.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Giulia

    I don't think I've fully appreciated the Battle of Gettysburg until reading this first hand account from a young girls perspective. Eye opening and chilling.

  27. 5 out of 5

    patrick moreno

    Short but good This is a good book told through the eyes of a you g girl who witnessed the horror of war. It's a short read but told well.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Wolfgang

    Easy and quick read!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Maddox

    A great account of the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of a young girl that illustrates the terrible burdens of war borne by civilians.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Decker

    Good first hand account of a citizen's view of the battle.

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