Children of the Civil War

young fighters 😱


The general of the civil war didn't like the kids that disobey his parents ...

some of the the children would go kill somebody and come back and be punished

kids would be very sick and they would still make the fight and extra stuff because they don't care if the kid die they have more to fight with !!!!!

How it didn't matter how young you were u could still fight!!!!!!!

How the kids would leave their families and fight the war

When war broke out in 1861, kids across the North and the South said goodbye to their fathers, brothers, uncles, and cousins -- or joined the military themselves. As many as 20% of Civil War soldiers were younger than 18. That was the minimum recruiting age for Union soldiers, but many people willingly overlooked the law. The Confederacy set no minimum age. Many young soldiers enlisted as musicians -- drummers, fifers, or buglers. In theory, musicians didn't fight. But once a battle began, these kids often armed themselves -- to save their own lives or the lives of their friends.

Interesting facts👇🏽

~Although soldiers were officially supposed to be at least 18 years old, both sides needed soldiers and were willing to look the other way when it came to age. As a result thousands of young boys between the ages of 13 and 17 fought in the Civil War. Many of these boys were killed or wounded in battle.

~the young boys that was not 18 they would be the drummers or the recorders if the Civil War.

~Some children served in the army camps. They would help wash dishes, fix meals, and set up the camp when it moved. These children were in less danger than the soldiers doing the fighting

~The Civil War is sometimes called "The Boys' War" because so many young men fought as soldiers.