Saturday, September 29, 2007

Civil War Drummer Boys

Today we feature a picture of Civil War drummer boys. The picture shows the Bealeton Virginia Drum corps, 93d New York Infantry. The picture was made in 1863. It always amazes me how children sometimes as young as 9 or 10 years old marched into combat in the Civil War.

7 comments:

  1. I have a log-book entry listing my breat, great grandfather as a drummerboy when he was 9. Amazing stuff.

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  2. I could not have done it!!

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  3. Did they shoot at these drummerboys on either side intentionally?

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  4. That is a very interesting question. I am sure many were injured because of the general nature of the fire. I have heard of very young soldiers killing enemy soldiers, but have not read of children in CW being deliberately targeted.

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  5. It was against the "rules" to shoot at drummer boys, but civil war guns were notoriously hard to aim.

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  6. Wow. I could never have been a drummer boy.

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  7. One of my relatives was a drummer boy. Robert Henry Hendershot

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