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By Caroline Cox,Robert L. Middlekauff

among 1819 and 1845, as veterans of the innovative battle have been submitting functions to obtain pensions for his or her carrier, the govt was once shocked to profit that the various squaddies weren't males, yet boys, a lot of whom have been below the age of 16, and a few while younger as 9. In Boy squaddies of the yank Revolution, Caroline Cox reconstructs the lives and tales of this younger subset of early American infantrymen, targeting how those boys got here to hitch the military and what they really did in provider. Giving us a wealthy and certain glimpse into colonial youth, Cox strains the evolution of sweet sixteen in American tradition within the overdue eighteenth century, because the permitted age for kids to take part meaningfully in society--not in basic terms within the military--was emerging dramatically.

Drawing creatively on resources, similar to diaries, letters, and memoirs, Caroline Cox deals a brilliant account of what existence was once like for those boys either off and on the battlefield, telling the tale of a iteration of infantrymen stuck among outdated and new notions of boyhood.

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