Boy Soldiers and Their Families

Edmund L. Drago

in Confederate Phoenix

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229376
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823234912 | DOI:

Series: Reconstructing America

Boy Soldiers and Their Families

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This chapter focuses on the Boy Soldiers and their families during the Civil War. “Boy soldier” is a generic term applying to youth who entered the army under the age of seventeen. The chapter explains that parents chiefly attributed their sons running away to join the army to enticement and peer pressure. It describes how some parents managed to get their underage children returned.

Keywords: Boy Soldiers; Civil War; army; families of soldiers; youthful patriotism; underage children

Chapter.  7300 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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