The more I work with my Gettysburg death roster, the sadder I get to see the ages of a great number of the soldiers. Some enlisted at age 15 and 16. So how was that possible? From what I've heard, boys wanting to enlist were not asked their age, but rather whether or not they were over 18. The younger ones wrote "18" on a piece of paper and put it in their shoe. When asked if they're "over 18" they could honestly answer "Yes, Sir, I am over 18." It makes me sad to realize what many of them thought was "glamorous" (being a soldier and going off to war) was all too soon crushed and proven very wrong.