30% under 21 30% between 21 and 25 30% between 25 and 30 10 % over 30
The youngest “soldiers” were typically drummers, fifers, or bugle boys. However, many of them found themselves in combat.
Johnny Clem – The Union’s Youngest Soldier
Ran away from home to join the Union Army at 9
Accompanied the 22nd Michigan for two years as a drummer boy and “mascot”
Allowed to enlist at the age of 11
Promoted to sergeant in 1863 after shooting a Confederate colonel demanding his surrender during the Battle of Chickamauga
Captured by Southern forces, he was used in propaganda claiming that the North was so desperate that it had to send children to fight