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Casualties of War V

A Young Confederate Casualty This unknown 14-year-old Confederate boy soldier was killed by bayonet at Fort Mahone. EDWIN JENNISON – a Confederate Drummer Boy. Private Edwin Jennison of the Georgia Infantry was killed at the Battle of Malvern Hill, Virginia, on July 1, 1862. During this battle the Union army did not use trenches. Instead …

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Casualties of War IV

William Hugh McDowell Most young readers of Civil War historic fiction meet Hugh for the first time in Elaine Marie Alphin’s book Ghost Cedet. In the story, Benjy, a teenager visiting his grandmother in New Market, Virginia, meets a strange boy as he visits the battlefield. It turns out that the boy is a ghost …

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Casualties of War III

LITTLE EDDIE THE DRUMMER BOY A story from the US Civil War LITTLE EDDIE THE DRUMMER-BOY. A REMINISCENCE OF WILSON’S CKEEK. A few days before our regiment received orders to join General Lyon, on his march to Wilson’s Creek, the drummer of our company was taken sick and conveyed to the hospital, and on the …

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Casualties of War II

   Charles “Charley” King Great sacrifices were made at the Battle of Antietam. And one very small one. Charles ‘Charley’ King was from West Chester, Pennsylvania. He was the oldest child in his family, but only 12 years old when the Civil War began and northern units began to organize and train. Charley was fascinated …

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Casualties of War

Amidst the excitement of preparing for war, before the first significant battles were fought, the reality of death hit the headlines. Brooklyn Eagle, June 13, 1861, War Intelligence, “The Death of Young McKenzie.” Twelve-year-old Clarence McKenzie was Brooklyn’s first casualty of the Civil War. Death, especially the death of children, became an ever increasing tragedy. …

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