Tales of History & Adventure
With Lee in Virginia
Setting: AD 1860’s – American Civil War.
Story: Few wars have been fought by each side with greater intensity of conviction in the rightness of its cause or with more abundant personal heroism than the Civil War. The story begins with a great responsibility falling on Vincent Wingfield, the teenage son of a widowed Virginia plantation owner. Vincent must decide what course of action he should take when a problem arises on the plantation. Unlike many stories of this American war, Mr. Henty brings to it a European viewpoint that differs from the usual views on the nature and reasons for this struggle. Henty’s “With Lee in Virginia” will introduce the reader to many of the famous battles of the 1860’s along with learning much about the character of Robert E. Lee and his lieutenants. Rest assured, this story does not excuse or glorify slavery.
When people ask us for recommendations for good books for boys, our first thought is usually G.A. Henty. Why? His heroes are fantastic role models of the manly virtues, yet likeable and adventurous and every bit of the history you learn is real. Henty was an Army officer, war correspondent, a historian who began telling these stories to his own children. He was known for writing with stacks of primary source documents surrounding him and you’ll be hard pressed to find a historical error of any kind. And they are just plain fun!
Written in the late 1900s, the language can be a bit challenging for some boys (but it’s so good for them), so we recommend audiobooks! Our friend Jim Hodges does a wonderful unabridged version (you don’t want to miss a word!) and we are delighted to sell them!
These are the books the Youngs grew up on — enjoy!
~Hal & Melanie Young