Youngest Civil War soldiers

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  1. LaserT

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    It's estimated 100,000 boys under the age 15 were Union soldiers. Included were young girls who disguised themselves as young boys. Even though these boys below were enlisted as drummers, it did not prevent them from being used at soldiers. Many drummer boys were wounded or killed in action when close heavy clashes erupted on the battlefield.

    Johnny Clem. Age 11

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    Clem was an 11 yr old drummer boy for the Union Army. Johnny became renowned during the battle of Chickamuaga when he picked up a gun on the battlefield and shot a confederate officer who demanded Johnny surrender. After his time on the battle field he was awarded the Silver star and eventually became the youngest noncommissioned officer in Army history. He retired from the Army in 1915, having attained the rank of Brigadier General in the Quartermaster Corps. When advised he should retire, he requested to be allowed to remain on active duty until he became the last veteran of the Civil War still on duty in the Armed Forces. By special act of Congress on August 29, 1916, he was promoted to major general one year after his retirement.




    Edward Black. Age 8

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    Black is considered the youngest serving soldier of the Civil War. He was recruited at the age of eight, on 24 July 1861, as a drummer boy for the 21st Indiana Infantry. He was captured at the Battle of Baton Rouge, but was freed when the city fell and discharged in September 1862. He re-enlisted in February 1863, and served with the1st Indiana Heavy Artillery until January 1866. He died at age 19 in 1872 and was interred along with his twin brother in Crown Hill National Cemetery in Indianapolis. The drum Black used is now in the collection of the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

    Black's drum used during his battles.


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    William Black. 12 yrs old.


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    William Black took the the battle field at 12 yrs old. During battle his left arm and hand were shattered by an exploding shell. He is considered to be the youngest recorded wounded soldier of the war.


    Edward Jemison 16-17 yrs old.

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    Jemison was a Private in the Confederate States Army during American Civil War, who served in the 2nd Louisiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Jemison enlisted on May 11, 1861 and was among the war's early volunteers. He participated in the Peninsula Campaign under John B. Magruder. Jemison was killed in the Battle of Malvern Hill reportedly by a direct hit from a cannonball, which decapitated him.
    emison's photograph (previously identified as Jennison of the Georgia Regiment) has become one of the most famous and iconic portraits of the young soldiers of both the Confederate and Union Armies. A monument to Jemison was erected at the Memory Hill Cemetery in Georgia, where he may be buried. Most believe that he was buried on or near the battlefield in Virginia in an unmarked grave.



    Well to all the way too young boys and girls who fought for their elders causes at a young age. You served well and R.I.P. [​IMG]
     
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    Jesus. Into war at 8 years old. :crying:
     
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    Life span was much shorter back then.
    Couples married and had babies in their mid teens.
     
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    Yeah, but my daughter is 8 years old. Still innocent as hell! I know that by 8 those kids were killing and butchering farm animals, likely had siblings die from illness. A different time, but still sad. :crying:



    I'm a softy. :shucks:
     
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    Johnny Clem. Bubbas great grandpa? Man that's crazy. So sad... Thanks for sharing
     
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    not only was the lifespan shorter, more importantly orphans were a dime a dozen. Google Orphan Train and you'll be amazed at the way orphans were farmed out, even more so after the war.
     
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    Lol
     
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    Just to make a little light...

    Where does a General keep his armies?..............In his sleevies.

    Courtesy of.....

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    The Union soldiers are the greatest heroes of all time.
     
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    I don't know where you find all of these old photos that you always post, but keep 'em coming. Not only do I come here for the jokes aplenty, and there is a lot of that, these posts are great because they just are. Awesome photos that tell such deep stories. And of course the comments are almost as good as the original post.
     
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    i'd be concerned that googling orphan train will attract the attention of the authorities
     
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    Could you imagine these little privileged shits we have today doing that? They can't even look up from their iPhones, let alone fight in a war!

    Also every little spoiled shit should understand how horrific the Civil War was. And most of them died from disease.
     
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    I come here to look at LaserTilt's avatar...:wub:
     
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    They were all Americans. Keep your shit out of one thread anyway.
     
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    :snicker:

    And I was just going to change it later on tonight. Ha
     
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    I was in a hospital this past early summer visiting someone and a girl(probably 15 or 16) was on her phone and told the doctor to wait. No joke. I'm an easy going guy but in my mind I was like, you little shit. Hahahaha!
     
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    Well you have an awesome avatar also. ;)
     
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