You may think of drummer boys as cute mascots or the subject of holiday songs, but they were actually important military assets and suffered high casualty rates. This Veteran’s Day, we remember a time when America’s children answered the call to war.
Childhood ain’t what it used to be
The concept of childhood has been remarkably fluid throughout history. Often regarded as little adults, children frequently worked hard on farms, in factories, and even in the militaries. For example, young boys were a familiar sight in the British Navy during most of its existence.