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ChancellorsvilleThe Battle and Its Aftermath$
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Gary W. Gallagher

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780807822753

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807835906_gallagher

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Stern Realities Children of Chancelidrsville and Beyond

Stern Realities Children of Chancelidrsville and Beyond

(p.219) Stern Realities Children of Chancelidrsville and Beyond

James Marten

University of North Carolina Press

Sue Chancellor saw her childhood world literally blown apart when the armies collided around her family's home in early May 1863. This chapter uses the experiences at Chancellorsville of this fourteen-year-old girl and a Union drummer boy named Robert as points of departure to investigate the meaning of the battle and the war for children on both sides. A number of themes emerge, including the greater impact of the war on southern white children than on their northern counterparts; the ways in which adults sought to mold young people's understanding of the conflict; and the indelible nature of children's wartime memories.

Keywords:   Civil War, military campaigns, children, Union drummer, wartime memories

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