Marilyn W. Seguin unleashes the Dogs of War – and
an amazing number of other critters – in this collection of vignettes
about animals of battle in the American Civil War. Military organizations "adopting" animals
as mascots is as old as war itself. However, Seguin is able to
capture the affection soldiers throughout history have had for
their working animals as well.
This book, which sells for $12.95, focuses on the Civil War period
with short, readable anecdotes about the exploits of dogs, pigs,
squirrels, bunnies, and chickens--among other animals--in camp
or in battle. The stories are two or fewer pages in length; this
is not a sit-down and read type of book, though you may quickly
become engrossed in the lively and sometimes moving stories of
soldiers and their pets.
The legendary stories (including Dog Jack and Robert E. Lee's
horse, Traveler) are all there, though some are far too brief.
Seguin covers a wide variety of animals rather than telling only
the familiar dog and pony type stories.
The benefit to books like Dogs of War is the flexibility
they bring to a homeschool course of study. Animals are a part
of life--and warfare--and are a topic most kids enjoy learning
about. Adding this light-hearted look at animals in the Civil War
is a great way to add fun and adventure to your next unit study
on the War Between the States.