What Was the Turning Point of the Civil War?: Alfred Waud Goes to Gettysburg (Who Was? Graphic Novels)

by Ellen T Crenshaw (Author) Ellen T Crenshaw (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade

"A nuanced piece of history told simply and well." -- Kirkus Reviews

Discover the story behind the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of war reporter Alfred Waud in this compelling graphic novel -- written and illustrated by National Book Award-longlisted creator Ellen T. Crenshaw.

Presenting Who HQ Graphic Novels: an exciting new addition to the #1 New York Times Best-Selling Who Was? series!

See the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes Alfred Waud, a special artst and war correspondent whose depiction of Pickett's Charge is thought to be the only visual account by an eyewitness. A story of extreme risk, strife, and the search for truth, this graphic novel invites readers to immerse themselves into the crucial Civil War battle -- brought to life by gripping narrative and vivid full-color illustrations that jump off the page.

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Kirkus Reviews

A nuanced piece of history told simply and well.


The Who HQ Graphic Novels series does an excellent job of quickly engaging readers by capturing the drama and immediacy of pivotal historic events...Special war correspondent Alfred Waud covers the Battle of Gettysburg in 'What Was the Turning Point of the Civil War?' which, despite interrupting the graphic panels with necessary background information, still manages to keep the narrative's momentum going...These graphic offerings manage to pack in an impressive amount of information and are sure to appeal to middle-grade readers.

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Ellen T Crenshaw
Ellen T. Crenshaw is an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator for books, editorial, comics, and children's media. Her first graphic novel, Kiss Number 8, was longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award and nominated for the 2020 Eisner Award. She lives in California with her husband, night fury, and razorback sand terrier.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
May 31, 2022
Who Was? Graphic Novels
BISAC categories
JNF007070 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Political
JNF025270 - Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States - Civil War Period
JNF062020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | History
Library of Congress categories
United States
Graphic novels
Civil War, 1861-1865
Cartoons and comics
Historical comics
Nonfiction comics
Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863
Waud, Alfred R

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