Children during the Civil War

an HMS American Cultures collaborative production

The happening of the Civil war lent excitement to the lives of northern, southern, and African American children. From watching newly formed local companies drill on village and town square and watching regiments march off to the front. Many children formed there own "boys' Company" Teenage boys and southern girls found work in ammunition factories, and government offices; younger children raised money, collected food and supplies, and supported local regiments and hospitals. The northern children volunteered, took part as performers and consumers in fairs sponsored by theUnited States Sanitary Commission. Throughout the country, especially in the south, youth worked on farms and plantations, cared for younger siblings when the men were not around.
Children_in_the_1800s.jpgCivil war children

Online Sources:
"Children in the 1800s".
26 May, 2009

Inecom." Children of the civil war"
26 May, 2009

Image Sources:
Children in the 1800s. Digital image. Web. 30 May 2010. <>.