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Patricia Bauer is a local author of the children’s picture book, B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet. According to her bio, she teaches the sixth grade, specializing in history, art, music and literature. Sometimes she even dresses up in 19th century costume, shares historical artifacts, and teaches her students songs from history. When not teaching school, she has worked at Historic Fort Snelling as a costumed guide.

B is for Battle Cry” is Ms. Bauer’s first book and is illustrated by her husband, Dave Geister.  Together, this couple teaches a course at Hamline on using historic sites to teach Minnesota history.

B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet by Patricia Bauer
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B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet by Patricia Bauer

B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet takes readers on a journey into one of the most important chapters of our nation’s past. The Civil War was one of the bloodiest, most divisive events to take place in America’s history, and most certainly ever on American soil. For four years our young country’s sense of self and citizenry was shaken to the core as North and South battled each other. B is for Battle Cry brings to life historic battles (Antietam and Gettysburg), renowned leaders (Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee), inventions (ironclad ship and Gatling gun), and inspiring events and documents (the Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation). From the first shot fired at Fort Sumter to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House, B is for Battle Cry brings this nation-defining time period to vivid life.Patricia Bauer believes that stories bring history alive. She uses poetry, music, picture books, costumes, and literature to engage her middle school students in the study of American history. B is for Battle Cry is Pat’s first children’s book. She lives in Minneapolis with her artist husband, David Geister. David Geister’s deep appreciation for the drama of American history and the desire to tell those stories is what inspires his artwork. He is a popular visitor at schools with his costumed portrayals of historic characters. He lives in Minneapolis with his author wife, Patricia Bauer. This is David’s fifth book with Sleeping Bear.

See Patrica Bauer and David Geister share their book on public television here.

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