The Boys [sic] War

© Photographed September 1, 2015
Erected 1998 by Ashley Furniture
Soldiers Walk Memorial Park
Arcadia, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin
44.244142,-91.498145 (memorial walkway)
44.244188,-91.497426 (parking lot to access park)


The battle for Fort Sumter
ended with the surrender
of Union forces on April 14, 1861.
Even before the smoke had a chance to clearn, the nation
" including its boys" was ready to go off to war.
With the news of Fort Sumter's fall, President Lincoln acted
quickly issuing a call for seventy-five thousand volunteers.
No one knows exactly how many boys managed to join
their side's army. Enlistment procedures were very
lax and record keeping sloppy and often non-existent.
After the way, an army statistician did manage to do a
study on several battalions matching names with birth
certificates when possible. From this, it was estimated
that between 10-20 percent of all soldiers were underage
when they signed up. That means that anywhere from
250,000 to 420,000 boys may have fought in the Civil War.

NOTE: Transcribed exactly as written, without correcting errors in punctuation.

The memorial is located at Soldiers Walk Memorial Park on Memorial Park Drive, at its intersection with South Washington Street / County Highway J and Gaveny Drive, Arcadia, Wisconsin 54612.

NOTE: Soldiers Walk Memorial Park is bordered by and accessible from three streets, northwestbound Reit Lane, northbound South Washington Street / County Highway J, and eastbound Gaveny Road. The park is accessible from all three streets.

Civil War Trust: Children on the Battlefield

Civil War Saga: Child Soldiers in the Civil War

Welcome to Soldiers Walk Memorial Park

Soldiers Walk Memorial Park Facebook Page 

Click here to view all memorials visited at Soldiers Walk Memorial Park.

A tribute to George Washington, at the north entrance
to Soldiers Walk Memorial Park.

The memorial is located at Memorial Park.

The memorial is located in Arcadia, Wisconsin.

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