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Sun Prairie’s Civil War Soldier Dies at Just 15

Another interesting American Civil War story from a fellow Wisconsin blogger.

The Hanneman Archive

His death was given only passing notice in the Wisconsin State Journal, the state’s official newspaper. “May he rest in peace,” the brief item from April 9, 1864 read. So it was the unwritten that was truly remarkable in the all-too-brief life of James Moore, soldier of the Wisconsin 12th Infantry Regiment in the Civil War.

The son of Irish immigrants who settled to farming in the Town of Sun Prairie, Moore was just 14 when he enlisted in Company I of the 12th Infantry Regiment in late September 1862. Moore and Lemuel Neal of Sun Prairie enlisted together at Camp Randall on September 29, 1862. Moore was a boy who went to fight in a man’s war — a theme that would be repeated, most especially in the “war to end all wars,” World War I. His youth, just five months past his 14th birthday, seems quite remarkable for an infantry…

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3 comments on “Sun Prairie’s Civil War Soldier Dies at Just 15

  1. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving!!

  2. Bruce, I am researching my wife’s grandfather’s service in WWII and it appears he may have served with your father, can you e-mail me?

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