||Being a mother and a Grandmother I can understand the way a mother holds a son close to her heart. Doing this research has yielded unexpected statistics that have made me stop to think about the mothers of the Civil War period. How horrible to send one's son to War !! How horrible to see a young boy of 10 anxious to help with the effort. This page is dedicated to the Sons and Mothers of the Confederacy....whether they were 9 or 90.|
Of 11,000 men 8,000 of them were between the ages of 18 and 29.
There was one of thirteen, and
three were fourteen; 31 were fifteen; 200 were sixteen; 366 were seventeen;
and about a thousand were eighteen. Almost 1,800
Most of the youths of tender age slipped in as musicians. There are numerous tales of buglers too small to climb into saddles unaided, who rode into pistol-and-saber battles with their regiments.
No one knows the identity of the war's youngest soldier, but on the Confederate side, in particular, there was a rush of claimants. Some of their tales belong with the war's epic literature:
George S. Lamkin of Winona, Mississippi, joined Stanford's Mississippi Battery when he was eleven, and before his twelfth birthday was severely wounded at Shiloh.
T.D. Claiborne, who left Virginia Military Institute at thirteen, in 1861 reportedly became captain of the 18th Virginia that year, and was killed in 1864, at seventeen.
E.G. Baxter, of Clark County, Kentucky, is recorded as enlisting in Company A, 7th Kentucky Cavalry in June, 1862,when he was not quite thirteen (birth date: September 10, 1849), and a year later was a second lieutenant.
T.G. Bean, of Pickensville, Alabama, was probably the wars most youthful recruiter. He organized two companies at the University of Alabama in 1861, when he was thirteen, though he did not get into service until two years later, when he served as adjutant of the cadet corps taken into the Confederate armies.
M.W. Jewett, of Ivanhoe, Virginia, is said to have been a private in the 59th Virginia at thirteen, serving at Charleston, South Carolina, in Florida, and at the siege of Petersburg.
W.D. Peak, of Oliver Springs, Tennessee, was fourteen when he joined Company A, 26th Tennessee, and Matthew J. McDonald, of Company I, 1st Georgia Cavalry, began service at the same age.
John T. Mason of Fairfax
County, Virginia, went through the first battle of Manassas as a "marker"for
the files of the 17th Virginia at age fourteen, was soon trained as a midshipman
in the tiny Confederate Navy, and was aboard the famed cruiser Shenandoah.
||The question of whether or not this boy is Union
or Confederate is
immaterial. He is someone's son. Look at the expression on his face...notice how proud he seems to be dressed in this uniform. Take note of the relaxed resignation of his stance. Pride and Heartbreak in one picture. It says it all.
The old dragon through;
By David his sling
And the giant he slew;
Let us write us a rhyme,
As a record to tell
How the South on a time
Stormed the ramparts of Hell
With her barefooted boys!
Had the South in her border
There's a grandeur in fight,
It withered the foe
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