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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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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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1st Class Ship’s Boy or Powder Monkey

Boys, like this one aboard the U.S.S. New Hampshire, were called powder monkeys because they ran bags of gunpowder from the stores below deck to the gun crews, moving with speed and agility. These boy assistants, as young as 10 years old, slept in hammocks below the gun decks. They were selected for their job …

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The American Civil War from a Different Perspective

Death and the Drummer Boy: Facing Death During the American Civil War Prepared by J. Arthur Moore   During the years of the Civil War, death and dying became an even stronger focus of interest. This had been the case before the war, when most people died at home surrounded on their deathbed by family. …

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The American Civil War from a Different Perspective

Part 2 of A History of the History of the Boys of the American Civil War Prepared by J. Arthur Moore   As the Civil War veterans aged into the twentieth century, there seemed a lull in historical interest. Fewer regimental histories were published. Johnnie Wickersham’s memoirs were published in 1918, shortly after his death.21 …

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