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Boy Soldiers of the American Revolution$
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Caroline Cox

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627533

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627533.001.0001

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Answer the Purpose

Answer the Purpose

(p.25) Chapter One Answer the Purpose
Boy Soldiers of the American Revolution

Caroline Cox

University of North Carolina Press

Begins with George Hoffstaler who joined (1778) a North Carolina regiment, and received a bounty. It gives a striking account of his suffering, and discusses in detail the usefulness and limitations of boys as soldiers. It explains the objections that American and European officers had to boys’ service. That service in European armies, as well as American, is discussed in detail, and includes much on the various roles played by boys (fifers, drummers, etc.)

Keywords:   fifers, drummers, European experience

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