Children as a Factor in War Strategy
This chapter focuses on children as a factor in war strategy. Confederate leaders made children central to why they seceded and went to war. For Confederate Carolinians, the war entailed the participation of future generations of children in the building of a new nation. Women and children were maltreated. Hatred inspired the women and children in the state to undertake a fundraising effort to build a Confederate agreement. Elite children raised and donated money. Children throughout the state participated in the Ladies Gunboat Campaign. Children were also active in Solders' Relief and the Free Market. The most striking manifestation of youthful patriotism came in the form of sacrifices made by the “Boy Soldiers”.
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