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Famous Civil War Drummer...
Posted by Buck on 4/2/2021, 5:30 pm
“The most famous Civil War drummer was John Clem, also known as Johnny Shiloh, or the Drummer Boy of Chickamauga. John ran away from home at the age of nine and attempted to join the Union Army but was turned away. He tagged along after the 22nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry for several months until he was finally allowed to enlist as a drummer. He participated in several battles and became famous due to his bravery on the battlefield. John was also captured by the Confederates while guarding a train and imprisoned for two months. After his release, he rose in rank from drummer to sergeant and received a silver medal from General Rosecrans. All of this occurred by the time he was 13, whereupon he was discharged from the military in 1864. He re-enlisted in 1871 as a second lieutenant and retired as a brigadier general in 1915. The last Civil War veteran to retire, Johnny was interred at the Arlington National Cemetery in 1937.” (Source: The Drummer’s Call website by Patricia Leppo.)