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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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He Took His Father’s Place

He Took His Father’s Place

(p.101) Chapter Four He Took His Father’s Place
Boy Soldiers of the American Revolution

Caroline Cox

University of North Carolina Press

Cyril Eaton’s story. Eaton served in two companies; in the second, as his father’s substitute in the Connecticut Continentals. A substitue allowed another man to avoid service, a system used more in militia than in regular or Continental regiments. Eaton’s service tells much about the work boys did in the service and, perhaps, even more about the importance of familiy connections. There is much in this chapter about family relationships, substitutes, work, slaves who served. More, perhaps, than any chapter, this one provides a snapshot of American society.

Keywords:   substitutes, pay, work, family

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