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''Boy Soldiers of the Confederacy'' (Confederate Veteran Magazine, 1922)

The two page article attached herein served to alert the 1922 subscriber-base of Confederate Veteran Magazine that Boy Soldiers of the Confederacy (1905) - was no longer in print and isn't that too bad and just in case no one shared the reviewers feelings on this matter, she recalled some of the Civil War experiences of the boys who fought throughout that war.

Read about a boy who fought for the Union...


A Boy in the Union Army (Coronet Magazine, 1960)

"During the Civil War many young boys enlisted. In fact, three out of every ten men on the Union side were under 21, and not until 1864 did Congress pass a law forbidding the enlistment of of anyone under 16. But Johnny Clem, who joined up at ten, had them all beaten."

- Indeed he did. In fact, at the age of 12, Johnny Clem was a hero.


The Accomplished Civil War Generals (Pageant Magazine, 1958)

Five thumbnail portraits of the most consistently victorious generals of the American Civil War; three Union and two Confederate:

Ulysses S. Grant
Phillip Kearny
George B. Thomas
Thomas J. Jackson
Robert E. Lee


Was Mrs. Surratt Innocent? (Newsweek Magazine, 1943)

Here is the book review for The Case For Mrs. Surratt (1945) by Helen Jones Campbell. The review narrates how the landlady who had the misfortune of renting a room to the Lincoln conspirators soon found herself swept up in the pervasive Confederate hatred that enveloped the capital city following the assassination. In no time at all she sat among the plotters in a military tribunal where she was quickly judged guilty and sentenced to hang. The book is still in print.

More on the assassination can be read here


The Bad Generals (Pageant Magazine, 1958)

Attached herein is a list the five lamest Generals of the American Civil War.

- from Amazon:

This two page compilation is made up of thumbnail descriptions outlining just how far from awesome these men were, and why, one hundred years later, they continue to be recognized as failures to the succeeding generations of Civil War historians.


The Rebel Conscription Problem (Confederate Veteran Magazine, 1918)

"It has been said that the Confederate States passed the most drastic conscript law on record, which may be true; but it is a mistake to suppose that this law was successfully executed."

"The [Conscription] act, April 16, 1862, embraced men between eighteen and thirty-five years; the second, of September 27 1862, men between eighteen and forty-five; the third and last, of February 17, 1864, men between seventeen and fifty."

Click here to read about the American South during the Great Depression.


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