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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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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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