Too Young to Die
Boy Soldiers of the Union Army 1861-1865
By Dennis M. Keesee
Drawn from extensive primary research, Too Young To Die brings to life hundreds of the Union Army's most youthful soldiers in enlightening and vivid fashion. Through childs' eyes they saw the Civil War as an all-consuming adventure -- an experience not to be missed even at the expense of their lives. From the first rumors of war to enlistment, training, camp life, fatiguing marches, meeting the enemy in battle and horrors of imprisonment, author Dennis M. Keesee blends a wide range of narratives and anecdotes written by or about Union boy soldiers (aged 8 to 16 from 17 Northern and border states) with 213 photographs and illustrations. Many of these images are published here for the first time (an established Blue Acorn Press tradition), and hauntingly illustrate a generation of youngsters that, perhaps, was unique in American history. Too Young To Die is as moving to the heart to read as it is to view.
Hardcover with dust jacket, 304 pages, 8-1/2 x 11 format, 213 photographs & illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. ISBN 1-885033-28-1