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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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Boy Soldiers of the Civil War

This image on the left appears in an on-line search of Civil War drummer boys with text telling about young boys who served in the war. It does not identify the boy and suggests that he is unknown. However, he is known. This photographic image from which the first image was taken, appears in Too …

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The Howe Brothers and a Medal of Honor

Lyston Howe, age 10 Orion Howe, age 13 The stories of Lyston and Orion Howe can be found in G. Clifton Wisler’s book, When Johnny Went Marching. Their father, William Howe, was a veteran musician from the Mexican War. He had taught both boys to play the drum, and they were good. Lyston was still …

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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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