Civil War

Letters from the Home Front (Part I)

Children grew up fast during the American Civil War as they were forced to endure hardships and take on adult responsibilities. Under pressure from the war, some children joined the army to become drummer boys. Some decided to become powder monkeys in the navy. And some decided to stay home and take care of their …

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Civil War

Letters from the Front Line (Part II)

Children grew up fast during the American Civil War as they were forced to endure hardships and take on adult responsibilities. Under pressure from the war, some children joined the army to become drummer boys. Some decided to become powder monkeys in the navy. And some decided to stay home and take care of their …

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Civil War

Letters from the Front Line (Part I)

Children grew up fast during the American Civil War as they were forced to endure hardships and take on adult responsibilities. Under pressure from the war, some children joined the army to become drummer boys. Some decided to become powder monkeys in the navy. And some decided to stay home and take care of their …

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Civil War

Jimmie Johnston: Child Soldier of the Civil War

  * James “Jimmie” Vincent Johnston was born September 23, 1857, and “was the youngest person who rendered effective service in battle” during the Civil War at age 6 ½. * His father, Captain John V. Johnston, was executive officer on Admiral Andrew Hull Foote’s flagship during the attack on Fort Donelson. * On February …

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History

In the words of William Bircher

William Bircher lived in Minnesota when fighting began in the civil war. Like most 15 year-old boys William was excited by this war business. William wanted to become a solider and help the union army defeat the confederacy. At first he was rejected by the union army because he was too young. Fortunately “company K” …

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Julian Scott, Fifer and Artist

a self-portrait sketch of Julian Scott a sketch by Julian of his home Julian Scott was 15 years old when he enlisted as drummer and fifer with the 3rd Vermont Infantry. He liked to sketch pictures and frequently sketched scenes and people in camp as well as scenes from the battlefield. During the 7 Days …

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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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Blake's Story

The History behind Blake’s Story

         Blake’s Story, Revenge and Forgiveness takes place during the Kentucky Campaign of the American Civil War from 1861 to 1862. It is the story of Blake Bradford’s journey into the war in search of the enemy soldier who killed his father at Shiloh. The war is very real and the events of the war …

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