Rufus: A Boy’s Extraordinary Experiences in the Civil War

Phoebe Sheldon (Brook Hollow Press, 2018)

Rufus cover

Based on the incredible Civil War letters of Rufus Harnden, this book follows a perceptive and well-spoken 17 year old from New York State through 3 years in the Union Army. He fights at Antietam and then Chancellorsville before being wounded and sent to the hospital and on to more adventures behind the front lines. The book includes historical details about Stonewall Jackson’s death that have not been published before. It also includes extensive notes that provide the reader context for Rufus’s very personal war story.

“These letters are a window into our country’s defining struggle.”
James Taylor, American singer/songwriter