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Henry Burke, Drummer Boy at Shiloh

THE DRUMMER BOY OF SHILOH Among the many who fell on the Federal side was little Henry Burke, the 13-year-old drummer boy, who was among those who perished in the fighting in “the Hornets Nest.” Some soldier who, perhaps, viewed the dying scene of this brave boy, penned the following lines shortly after the battle, …

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Mennonite and Amish boys who served in the war

Aaron’s story told by a descendant   Aaron’s grave with GAR marker Romaine Stauffer Aaron Stauffer  [1847-1869] enlisted in 1864 at age 17, trained in Harrisburg, assigned to infantry, wounded at Cold Harbor, while in hospital contracted tuberculosis, died at age 22 of  this illness contracted during the war, buried in the Pike/Stauffer cemetery in …

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More Medal of Honor

William Horsfall was just 14 when he left home with three friends, without money, or a warning to his parents, and stealthily boarded the steamer, Annie Laurie, moored at the Cincinnati Wharf at Newport on the 20th of December 1861. At the last minute, his friends had a change of heart and ran ashore as …

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