Jimmy Doyle, 18th U.S. Infantry drummer

A young drummer named Jimmy Doyle of the 18th U.S. Infantry Regiment poses with his drum during the Civil War. Doyle was wounded at the battle of Chickamauga, Tenn., in September 1863. According to Glenn Williams, a senior historian at the U.S. Army Center for Military History, the average age for a drummer was around 18, and by 1864, the Union Army had forbidden the recruitment of boys under the age of 16, although there were a number of notable exceptions. The youngest drummers were usually kept behind the lines during combat, helping with the wounded or acting as messengers, but bullets and artillery shells occasionally overshot their marks. The youngest Soldier killed during the Civil War was actually a 13-year-old drummer boy at Antietam, Md. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center)

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