Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Chickamauga--Not Shiloh!! Part 2

Young Johnny Clem became a national celebrity for his actions at Chickamauga.

Armed with a musket sawn down for him to carry, Clem joined the 22nd Michigan in the defense of Horseshoe Ridge on the afternoon of September 20, 1863, the Battle of Chickamauga.

As the Confederate forces surrounded his unit, a Confederate colonel spotted Clem and shouted either “I think the best thing a mite of a chap like you can do is drop that gun” or called him a “damned little Yankee devil,” according to various sources.

Rather than surrender, Clem shot the colonel and successfully made his way back to Union lines. For his actions, Clem was promoted to sergeant, the youngest soldier ever to become a noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Army, and became known as the “Drummer Boy of Chickamauga.”

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