Civil War

Drummer boy Clem during the American Civil War. (Credits: Public Domain)

John L. Clem was 12 years old when he became a Civil War hero

“The Drummer Boy of Chickamauga” was 12 years old when he was promoted to sergeant after firing on a Confederate colonel who was attempting to capture him. At that point John Lincoln Clem became the youngest non-commissioned officer in U.S. history and a Civil War hero. Born John Joseph Klem in 1851 to immigrant parents, he …

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