Mary Boykin Chesnut, Part 8 - Stories from the War
Mary's Diary Entries (1862) - Mary relays the story of Willie Taylor who claims he saw an apparition of Albert Rhett, who foretold Willie would die in battle, as he later did. Mary tells other odd tales, and of her mother-in-law who is unable to accustom herself to the new modest living in wartime. Mary explains the devastation of loss during war.
Backstory: The largest group of soldiers was 21 years old or younger. 300 soldiers were age 13 or under. 25 soldiers were age 10 years or under. Most served as drummer boys.