JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Winter 2017) the papers provide such rich raw materials the many more new books will follow. Da vid H ead is a lecturer of history at the University of Central Florida. In 2016 he was the Amanda and Greg Gregory Family Fellow at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. He is writing a book on the Newburgh Conspiracy. Boy Soldiers of the American Revolution. By Caroline Cox. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016. Pp. 232. Cloth, $29.95.) Reviewed by John A. Ruddiman Soldiering, according to early modern expectations, was a manâs work. Military service required strength and endurance. Armies consequently had little use for boys. In the Revolutionary War, Congress and the rebellious states set sixteen as an age limit for their recruiters and draft policies. Nevertheless, Caroline Cox has identiï¬ed hundreds of boys who joined regiments ï¬ghting for American independence. Most of these boys were between thirteen and ï¬fteen years old, but some were as young as nine. She estimates that 1.5 to 2.5 percent of Continental soldiers were younger than sixteen. Coxâs work opens windows into the diversity of experiences
Journal of the Early Republic – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Oct 31, 2017
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