Child Soldiers of the American History

Child Soldiers of the Civil War

Throughout history children have often been used in war!  You can find examples of child soldiers from ancient roman times all the way through to present day Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.  Memories of the things that happen in war should not be a burden for children to bear!

“Give me the money that has been spent in war and I will clothe every man, woman, and child in an attire of which kings and queens will be proud. I will build a schoolhouse in every valley over the whole earth. I will crown every hillside with a place of worship consecrated to peace.” – Charles Sumner

WWI At stadium reception to Italians

WWI At stadium reception to Italians

Colonel Brownrigg C.B. & the two Russian boys Alma ; Inkermann. It was made between 1855 and 1865

Colonel Brownrigg C.B. & the two Russian boys Alma ; Inkermann. It was made between 1855 and 1865

Group of Boy Scouts. It was taken in 1913

Group of Boy Scouts. It was taken in 1913

Junior National Guard Lincoln Shab. It was created in 1917

Junior National Guard Lincoln Shab. It was created in 1917

Powder monkey by gun of U.S.S. New Hampshire off Charleston, S.C.. It was made in 1864.

Powder monkey by gun of U.S.S. New Hampshire off Charleston, S.C.. It was made in 1864.

six or seven years old. His is wearing a uniform. It appears that he is a combat soldier, wearing a Colt Revolver. It was created between 1860 and 1865

six or seven years old. His is wearing a uniform. It appears that he is a combat soldier, wearing a Colt Revolver. It was created between 1860 and 1865

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Today in 1776 – Col. John Glover – Revolutionary War Photos

Col. John Glover

The Battle of Pell’s Point (October 18, 1776), also known as the Battle of Pelham, was a skirmish fought between British and American troops during the New York and New Jersey campaign of the American Revolutionary War. The conflict took place in what is now part of Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, New York City.

On October 12, British forces landed at Throgs Neck in order to execute a flanking maneuver that would trap Gen. George Washington, commander-in-chief of the American revolutionary forces, and the main body of the Continental Army on the island of Manhattan. The landing was thwarted by the Americans, and British commander Gen. Sir William Howe, commander-in-chief of British forces in North America, looked for another location along Long Island Sound to disembark his troops. On October 18, he landed 4,000 men at Pelham, 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Throgs Neck. Inland were 750 men of a brigade under the command of Col. John Glover. Glover positioned his troops behind a series of stone walls, and attacked the British advance units. As the British overran each position, the American troops fell back and reorganized behind the next wall. After several such attacks, the British broke off and the Americans retreated.

The battle delayed British movements long enough for Washington to move the main army to White Plains, avoiding being surrounded on Manhattan. After losing to the British in a battle at White Plains, and losing Fort Washington, Washington retreated across New Jersey to Pennsylvania.

While reading about this battle and the revolutionary war, I stumbled upon some of the only known photos of revolutionary war soldiers.

They are part of the Jeffrey Kraus Collection (www.antiquephotographics.com).

They lived well past the war and when photography came to be, they were available.  I wanted to include these great men as well!