The Soldier Boy; or, Tom Somers in the Army: A Story of the Great Rebellion

Author: Optic, Oliver

Average rating:
  • Fair-Read Level: 4
  • Illustrated? No
  • Length: D
  • Flesch: 74.04
  • Kincaid: 6.93
  • Fog Level: 9.78
  • Core 1 and 2: 80.55

Placement Text

“Fort Sumter has surrendered, mother!” shouted Thomas Somers, as he rushed into the room where his mother was quietly reading her Bible. It was Sunday, and the exciting news had been circulated about the usually quiet village of Pinchbrook Harbor. Men’s lips were compressed, and their teeth shut tight together. They were indignant, for traitors had fired upon the flag of the United States. Men, women, and children were roused by the indignity offered to the national emblem. The cannon balls that struck the walls of Sumter seemed at the same time to strike the souls of the whole population