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The children of the Civil War

Discussion in 'Civil War History - General Discussion' started by CMWinkler, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. CMWinkler

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    The children of the Civil War
    Seward/Mapes Homestead restoration hosts fund raiser on April 27 about the youngsters who fought on the front lines
    Published Mar 27, 2017 at 4:52 pm (Updated Mar 27, 2017)


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      Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Drummer boy Jackson would have used up to 40 different beats to convey his commander's orders to assemble for formation. Like many other drummers, he also served as a stretcher bearer.



    FLORIDA — In 1863, 12 year-old Johnny Clem participated in the famous Civil War battle of Chickamauga.

    • Escaped slave, “Contraband Jackson,” served as a drummer boy and stretcher-bearer in the 79th Infantry Regiment – U.S. Colored Troops. It was an all-black unit that incurred heavy casualties.

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  3. Story

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    The Civil War Trust just posted this -
    http://www.civilwar.org/education/history/children-in-the-civil-war/

    Since when is a 'child' under 19????????????????? That's some statistical skewing right there.

    All the writer had to do was check the enlistment contracts - you needed a parent's signature if you were under 18.
     
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    According to Merriam-Webster, the word "teenager" was first used in 1921. My guess is that during the 19th century adults were considered anyone 21 years of age and older therefore 20 and under were children.
     
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    I'm going to have to disagree. From what I've read, in the past turning 18 (mid-20th century and earlier) meant you were an adult.

    Note: this is the boring part of a Federal enlistment contract for Dankmar Adler
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    The reason his father Liebman is swearing Adler is 18 is because too many under-18's were lying to enlist & the Recruiting officers wanted to make **** sure the short guys they were signing up weren't underaged. Note the following - NO BOYS NEED APPLY
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    There's been late-20th/early 21st century statistical skewing (for political agendas) to count everyone under 25 as a 'child', which goes along with the 'failure to launch' afflicting many Millennials.
     
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    Not to derail this thread so I will say no more after this comment, but I joined the Army at 17 years old with my parents signature yet I could not enter into a contract or purchase a car without my parents signature until I was 21 because legally I was not considered an adult.
     
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