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The following appeared in the May 30, 1927 issue of the Milwaukee Sunday Journal.
A troop of 30 boys, ranging in age from seven to 13, provided Milton Junction with a "home guard" during the greater part of the Civil War.
With wooden guns the boys drilled regularly every morning and evening, paraded on special occasions and fired salutes with a little cannon every time the northern troops won an important battle. The banner on their flagpole was one of the first here to be lowered to half-mast when news came of the assassination of President Lincoln.
By Jeffrey S. Diehl
Copyright 2002, All Rights Reserved
Most of us have perused soldier’s letters and diaries and other primary historical documents in an effort to improve our impression and to hone our first person skills. Certain details usually catch our attention: of nighttime marches in the rain and being so tired that one tends to fall asleep standing in column at the halt; of being without water and being so thirsty as to drink from a muddy hoof print; of long stints at picket in cold or wet weather without relief; and of almost constantly foraging a hostile countryside for food. In this latter category, there are numerous references to apples. E.F.Ware, a private in Co.”E,” First Iowa Infantry, wrote, “I had a tough night of it, owing to my chewing so many sour green apples in the orchard while on guard. Major Fredrick C. Winkler, of the predominantly German 26th Wisconsin, wrote home on June 4th, 1864, and reported: