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Boy Soldiers in 1812
Posted by: Joe Allport (ID *****2166) Date: March 29, 2009 at 09:48:23
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Below is a brief listing of some U.S. regulars. Why would the U.S. military enlist boys? Was it because they were just hard pressed to recruit men? Perhaps they needed cooks and other support labor. Does anyone have information on the subject?

Jeremiah Buchanan, age 45, 5 ft 5 in, born in Benkers? Virginia and below
his three sons;
Hercules Buchanan age 16, 5 ft 11 in born in Montgomery Co VA
Moses Buchanan age 14, 5 ft 2 in, born in Montgomery Co VA
Jeremiah Buchanan Jr. age 12, 4 ft 9 in born in Montgomery Co VA

I have their military records. They were recruited in Roane Cnty, TN and the father and Hercules were assigned to the 1st Rifle Regiment. The two younger boys were transferred to the 24th U.S. Infantry and both are known to have completed their five year enlistment.

The father died on 30 December 1813. I do not know the cause of death, but he was in active wartime service and he died near 11 Mile Creek in New York.

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