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Boy Soldiers of the Confederacy by Susan Rebecca Hull

Boy Soldiers of the Confederacy
by 
Susan R. Hull

BOY FROM BEE'S BRIGADE

Opie says: "When Bee's brigade was driven from the field a boy was shot in the forehead and died without a groan. He did not tell us his name but simply asked if he could fall in with our company. Poor boy, he died like a hero, among strangers."

EX-CONFEDERATES IN CONGRESS

Among the ex-Confederates in Congress who took action on the death of General Gordon were John W. Maddox, of Georgia, who enlisted in the Confederate Army at the age of fifteen, and served as private until the end of the war; and Robert W. Davis, of Florida, who entered the Confederate Army at the age of fourteen, and surrendered with the army of General Joseph E. Johnston, at the close of the war.

JOHN GILL

General John Gill, of Baltimore, entered the Confederate service at eighteen. His experience during the war has been graphically told by himself in his "Reminiscences of Four Years as a Private Soldier." General Fitzhugh Lee writes of him as follows: 

"John Gill, of Baltimore, served at my headquarters and near my side for the greater part of the war from 1861 to 1865. He was one of a number of heroic Marylanders who left their homes to join and do service on behalf of the South. I had him detailed to report to me because I had been informed that he was a good soldier and performed all the duties confided to him in a satisfactory manner. I first assigned him to duty as a courier and afterwards promoted him to be sergeant in the Division Signal Corps. I found him active, vigilant, energetic, and courageous in the various encounters between my command and the Federal cavalry. I am correctly quoted as having stated years ago that I would be glad to lead in a fight 5,000 men like John Gill against 10,000 of the enemy. He should know what he is writing about [referring to General Gill's book], because whenever the opportunity occurred his place in the war picture was near the flashing of the guns."

Susan R. Hull, Boy Soldiers of the Confederacy (New York: The Neale Publishing Company, 1905), 193-194.

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