Friday, December 18, 2015

[251] Civil War seen through children’s eyes on next ‘MTSU On the Record

MURFREESBORO — A novel that provides a child’s eye view of the most divisive conflict in American history will be discussed on the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with June Hall McCash will air from 5:30-6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, and from 8-8:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and

McCash, professor emerita of French and former director of the University Honors Program, has penned “The Boys of Shiloh,” a Civil War novel aimed at 9- to 13-year-olds.

The story brings together Luke, a Confederate from Georgia, and Ethan, a Union drummer boy from Illinois, who become friends just before becoming embroiled in the Battle of Shiloh.

“I don’t talk down to children in this book,” McCash said. “I mean, the vocabulary is very much an adult vocabulary. The formatting is for people of the younger age … I’m hoping that teachers will read it and consider it for use in their classes.”

A map of the battlefield, a glossary of terms, an explanation of real historical figures mentioned in the book and a list of discussion questions are included in the book.

McCash was named Georgia Author of the Year in 2011 and 2013 for her novels. She is a recipient of both the MTSU Foundation’s Distinguished Research Award and Career Achievement Award.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to and click the “more” link under “Audio Clips.”

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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