Monday, June 11, 2012

Civil War's Youngest Soldier From Indiana?

The blog of the Washington State Library has an interesting post about William Henry Bush, one of its residents. W.H. Bush made the news there for the detailed answers he gave on a jury questionnaire in 1909, but he was originally from Porter County and LaPorte County, Indiana. He is also newsworthy because at the age of 5, "Willie" Bush served in the Civil War as a valet to his father Asahel Bush in the 4th Battery, Indiana Light Artillery. He was apparently issued a uniform (see photo).

Many thanks to Matthew Roach for sharing these details on the Washington State Library's blog, and to Steve Willis for alerting us to this blog post.

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