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 If 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 can t shelter him. There comes a time, and this is that time (page 75.
) I think that Moses had to die in order for the story to continue because if he had lived I don t think that the Battle would have been such a alarming experience for Adam, and because of the traumatic ness of watching his father s death Adam was able to grow up and become more of a man. Some of the actions of Moses s death were Adam went into a state of almost shock, and wept and mourned over his father s death I sat there and cried. I hadn t cried so much since I was a small boy… Another result of Moses s death was the meeting of Adam and Solomon Chandler even though their good friendship only lasted for a brief time.