I think that some of the reasoning behind Moses Cooper letting Adam
fight in the war was that Adam was no longer a small child like his brother
Levi. He was growing up, and if he told Adam not to fight in the war he
probably would have anyway. Quote ďIf I had forbade him to sign that
muster book then and there, I would have lost a son. Is that what you want?
But I saw him there so tall and strong I could have wept. You canít shelter
him. There comes a time, and this is that timeĒ (page 75.)

I think that Moses had to die in order for the story to continue because
if he had lived I donít think that the Battle would have been such a alarming
experience for Adam, and because of the traumaticness of watching his
fatherís death Adam was able to grow up and become more of a man.

Some of the actions of Mosesís death were Adam went into a state of
almost shock, and wept and mourned over his fatherís death ďI sat there and
cried. I hadnít cried so much since I was a small boy... Another result of
Mosesís death was the meeting of Adam and Solomon Chandler even though
their good friendship only lasted for a brief time