John Humphrey enlisted at age 14

by | Dec 17, 2015 | Confederate affiliation, Craven

My great-grandfather joined the Confederate States Army in June, 1861. He was assigned to the 10th Heavy Artillery at Fort Lane in New Bern. It was noted in family lore that when he enlisted he was only 14 years old. To get around his age, he wrote “18” on a slip of paper. When he was asked his age, then he could indicate that he was over 18. He was a Christian and would not lie. He spent 4 years in the Confederate Army in the Whitford Partisan Rangers, 67th North Carolina. The Union Army occupied my grandfather’s house for the entire war. The federal position was overtaken several times. The federal unit was the 132nd New York Infantry.

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