Boy Soldier

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This image is of an unknown boy soldier at the time of the American civil war:

He is clearly still a childĀ  — and has that seen-too-much look in his eyes that we still see in the faces of boy soldiers to the present day. One photograph I looked at — I cannot seem to locate it just now — showed a sixteen year old boy who had achieved the rank of sergeant. Some of the boys are so young and small that they are swamped by their uniforms and it might be that many of them did not live long enough to grow into them. Sometimes thinking about it is just too much to bear — the pity of war and our seeming inability to prevent it.

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