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The American Civil War from a Different Perspective

David Wood, age 10 Company A, 6th Missouri Cavalry David Wood was 10 years old when the war broke out. His father, Samuel, had moved the family from Ohio to Kansas in 1854 to help “Free Staters” keep slavery out of the territory. The elder Wood forged a reputation as the “Fighting Quaker.” Growing up …

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Profiles of Young Civil War Soldiers

Part1 Gathered by J. Arthur Moore More than 200,000 under-aged boys, 17 years old and younger and some as young as nine, served in the armies of the Union and the Confederacy. With the approach of war in 1861, there was an air of excitement and adventure in the expectant assuredly that war was inevitable. …

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1st Class Ship’s Boy or Powder Monkey

Boys, like this one aboard the U.S.S. New Hampshire, were called powder monkeys because they ran bags of gunpowder from the stores below deck to the gun crews, moving with speed and agility. These boy assistants, as young as 10 years old, slept in hammocks below the gun decks. They were selected for their job …

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The American Civil War from a Different Perspective

Death and the Drummer Boy: Facing Death During the American Civil War Prepared by J. Arthur Moore   During the years of the Civil War, death and dying became an even stronger focus of interest. This had been the case before the war, when most people died at home surrounded on their deathbed by family. …

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The changing attitudes of Boys during the American Civil War

Prepared by J. Arthur Moore Introduction   James Marten, in his collection of essays about Children and Youth During the Civil War Era, wrote that the question had been raised, “Have social historians lost the Civil War?”1 Civil War historians and historians of children and youth had generally ignored the children and youth who participated …

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