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Re: Boy Soldiers in 1812
Posted by: Anthony McPherson (ID *****2677) Date: April 28, 2009 at 16:40:47
In Reply to: Boy Soldiers in 1812 by Joe Allport of 6349

Well, unlike today in the U.S., children, especially boys were raised to care about the country and thier families. If the British had won the war of 1812, the country would have been re-enslaved, and the children whose parents had fought against England would have probably been executed. With the country at war, a good country boy marksman would shoot an invader as easily as any adult could. You can't judge, or even compare people of that time with that which we have today. The British didn't deem to notice age much when dealing with the Americans. If they were old enough to carry a weapon (which was a necessity for the youth at that time) they were enemy soldiers.

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