Divided Loyalties by Phyllis Hall Haislip
A Revolutionary War Fifer's Story

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The Revolutionary War has torn apart eleven-year-old Teddy’s family. His father is a Patriot, his mother a Loyalist. Problems at home lead to Teddy’s enlistment. He mistakenly joins the wrong unit of the State Garrison Regiment and enters a whole new world of men and boys leaving Williamsburg, Virginia, for the relief of Charleston, South Carolina. As a member of the fife and drum corps, Teddy contends with old enemies and forges new loyalties. Marching at night, the regiment clashes with the British at the Battle of Camden in August 1780.

Teddy advanced with the others. His legs quivered with each step, but he knew he must go forward. The soldiers would be listening for the calls of the fifers and drummers to tell them what to do. A volley of rifle fire swept the regiment. In the moonlight, Teddy saw Colonel Porterfield careen backwards and fall. Still, they moved forward. Teddy heard a roar as loud as thunder followed by a terrible burning sensation on the side of his head. He staggered. Josh grabbed him, cushioning his fall. Teddy reached up and felt hot blood streaming from his head. The last thing he heard was the corps sounding Retreat.


About Phyllis Hall Haislip

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Phyllis Hall Haislip has a Ph.D in history and has spent more than 20 years as a college history teacher. She always loved history because she loves stories, and history has the word "story" in it. She enjoyed teaching college history, but not as much as she has enjoyed writing for kids. She loves meeting readers00and even gets hugs! When she's not writing or visiting schools, Haislip goes on long hikes, carrying a 20-pound backpack on a medieval pilgrimage route in France and Spain.
Published July 1, 2005 by White Mane Kids. 212 pages
Genres: War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Teddy heard a roar as loud as thunder followed by a terrible burning sensation on the side of his head.

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