Approximately 1,000,000 solders we 18 years of age of less. 500,000 were seventeen, 200,000 were sixteen, 100,000 were fifteen, and 300 were thirteen or under. The battle of New Market was one of the most known battles when 219 VMI Cadets, eighteen or less, were called to battle. The cadets were positioned in a spot that made them vulnerable to Union forces. The Cadets charged the Union canons through a wheat field of mud from easier rain. Their shoes stuck to the ground leaving a field of shoes, dead, and wounded. 8 children cadets died that day. You can't erase the past, but learn from it so not to repeat. Whenever you have a chance see an reenactment of the civil war. The actors are historians of the time.