John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy (Based on a True Story)



Author: E. F. Abbott

A historical fiction middle-grade novel in the series Based on a True Story about drummer boy John Clem, who was the youngest soldier to serve in the Civil War.

Do you have what it takes to run off and join the army, leaving your family behind? That’s what John Lincoln Clem, a nine-year-old boy living in Ohio, does as the American Civil War rages on.

In 1861, Johnny sneaks onto a train filled with men from the 3rd Ohio Union Regiment, determined to fight for his country. Johnny becomes a drummer boy, and eventually the youngest soldier to serve in the war. Living a soldier’s life, he experiences the brutalities of battle, the hunger and illness in between, and imprisonment before being sent home a hero.

Based on a True Story books are exciting historical fiction about real children who lived through extraordinary times in American History.

192 pages (Soft Cover)

680 L


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