One thought on “Poison Spring”

  1. This one was kind of a let down after I've really enjoyed Johnny D. Boggs' other novels. It just felt like there was nothing happening, which probably made it more realistic. The main character, Travis Ford, was likable enough, and certainly his situation was dramatic, but I guess I just expected him to become involved in a big battle or have to shoot someone or something. Not a bad book at all, just not what I expected. More of a literary novel set during the Civil War and told through the eyes [...]

  2. Though it saw few major Civil War battles, Arkansas is riven in 1864. Its residents came from both North and South, and regard each other with deep suspicion. Though Arkansas is a slave state, those slaves begin to vanish after the Emancipation Proclamation.In Camden, the family of thirteen-year old Travis Ford also struggles on many fronts. Travis’ father, a Confederate cavalryman, hasn’t been heard from for months. Hostile neighbors consider Travis’ mother a Yankee sympathizer. Famine st [...]

  3. I like Boggs' style. He really captures the feeling for what it was like to live in the West. In this story, "the West" is Arkansas in 1864 during the Civil War. Thirteen-year-old Travis hasn't heard from his father in months. And, as he is serving in the Confederate Army, he could be dead. His family struggles to survive the hardships of the wartime South. And, on one spring day, the family is caught in the middle of a battle, the Battle of Poison Spring.

  4. Poison Spring surprised me. I had not known about the infamous battle where Confederate soldiers massacred black Union troops trying to surrender. It's worth your time.

  5. Great story about a family on the frontier and in the middle of the fight between north and south, thru the eyes of a 13 year old boy. Fast paced and I read it in one afternoon/evening.

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