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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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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 changing attitudes of Boys during the American Civil War

Prepared by J. Arthur Moore Introduction   James Marten, in his collection of essays about Children and Youth During the Civil War Era, wrote that the question had been raised, “Have social historians lost the Civil War?”1 Civil War historians and historians of children and youth had generally ignored the children and youth who participated …

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The History of the Boys of the American Civil War

Part 1 of A History of the History of the Boys of the American Civil War Prepared by J. Arthur Moore   Introduction During the years of the American Civil War, from 1861 to 1865, the historians of the time were the participants – soldier or civilian. Today we call them primary resources. Back then …

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