Drummer Boy of Chickamauga

Drummer Boy of Chickamauga

Did you know …   One of the youngest Union soldiers was John Joseph Klem.  During the Civil War, Johnny changed his middle name to Lincoln because he liked President Lincoln so much. He also changed the spelling of his last name to Clem. Born in Newark, Ohio, Johnny was only nine-years-old when he first tried to join the army. They turned him down because of his age. Johnny didn’t give up. Relatives enlisted in the army. Many army units passed through his town and he tried to sign up. He was still too young. He asked to join a Michigan unit. He was still too young and they also refused. He followed them, so the soldiers gave him jobs to do around the army camp. He became the drummer boy. Johnny Shiloh Johnny played the drum during the Battle of Shiloh in...

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