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A young boy named P.H. Martin wearing the uniform of the Union Army

thecivilwarparlor: A young boy named P. Martin wearing the uniform of the Union Army i can’t believe young boys marched with soldiers…so scary

Youngest soldier in Union Army

*ORION PERSEUS HOWE ~ 14 yr old not only was a Union drummer boy in the Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, he was also a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions at Vicksburg.

John Clem and Brother.  John Clem, who, at twelve years old, was the youngest Seargent in the US Army in the Civil War.

What 12 year old do you know that would be this brave? John Clem and Brother. John Clem, who, at twelve years old, was the youngest Sergeant in the US Army in the Civil War.

Deborah Sampson, the first woman to take a bullet for the US of A by disguising herself as a male soldier and fighting for the new nation in the Revolutionary War. When she got shot she literally pulled the bullet out of her leg and stitched it up herself so that a doctor wouldn’t discover her secret.

Civil War Heroine Sarah Emma Edmonds, who disguised as a man, became a spy for the Union side. Ironically, she often went undercover as a woman (making her a woman disguised as a man disguised as a woman) in order to get behind enemy lines.

Union sharpshooters were the elite marksmen of the army.  Their green uniforms and rubber buttons were an early attempt at camouflage.  To qualify a rifleman had to put 10 out of 10 shots into a 10 inch circle at 200 yards.  (Gettysburg National Military Park)

Union sharpshooters were the elite marksmen of the army. Their green uniforms and rubber buttons were an early attempt at camoflage. To qualify a rifleman had to put 10 out of 10 shots into a 10 inch circle at yards.

Benjamin Cason Rawlings (1845-1908). First Virginian to enlist in the Confederate Army. He was also, enlisting at age 16, the youngest southern soldier to serve the entire war. Ben was present at the bombardment of Fort Sumter and surrendered three weeks after Lee's surrender in Appomattox.

Benjamin Cason Rawlings, first Virginian to enlist in the Confederate Army

CDV Civil War Union Soldier 3rd Massachustts Heavy Artillery Backmark . Great Mustasche !

Cdv civil war union soldier 3rd massachustts heavy artillery backmark

CDV Civil War Union Soldier 3rd Massachustts Heavy Artillery Backmark . Great Mustasche !

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