Hite, Sid. The journal of Rufus Rowe; a witness to the Battle of Fredericksburg, Bowling Green, Virginia, 1862.
Rufus is 16, but small for his age because of rickets, so he is not enlisted in the Confederate Army--but he is old enough to run away from home to escape a violent stepfather and to seek adventure as the war swirls around them all. Sid Hite knows this part of Virginia well, and is good at recreating the place and the time. Rufus is a natural writer (he becomes a reporter after the war), and he is a keen observer, so he does a good job telling about the men he befriends in the army, about the family that shelters him, about his friendship with a slave, George, and about his return home after the horrible battle he has witnessed at Fredericksburg. This is a good addition to the shelf of Civil War novels for middle-school students.