Question: Who was the youngest person to serve in the American Civil War?
Answer: Edward William Black. Soldiers were supposed to be at least eighteen, and while some boys did successfully manage to enlist by lying about their age, little Edward was only eight, and couldn’t get anyone in the 21st Indiana Volunteer Infantry to buy it. He did get to be a drummer boy, though, which is usually the use the army put under-age youngsters to until Lincoln stopped the practice in 1862. A more famous drummer boy was eleven-year-old John Clem (also known as Johnny Shiloh, though it’s not certain he was actually ever involved in that particular clash).