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Confederate PhoenixRebel Children and Their Families in South Carolina$
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Edmund L. Drago

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229376

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229376.001.0001

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Children as a Factor in War Strategy

Children as a Factor in War Strategy

(p.5) 1 Children as a Factor in War Strategy
Confederate Phoenix

Edmund L. Drago

Fordham University Press

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”.

Keywords:   children, war strategy, women's welfare, children's welfare, fundraising, Ladies Gunboat Campaign, Soldiers' Relief, Free Market, youthful patriotism, Boy Soldiers

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