Robert Hendershot, “Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock”

Robert Henry Hendershot, the “Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock,” poses with his drum during the Civil War. Hendershot enlisted in Company B, 9th Michigan Infantry in March 1862, and was taken prisoner that July at the Battle of Stones River. After his release, he joined the 8th Michigan Infantry, although he suffered from regular seizures. While awaiting discharge for epilepsy, Hendershot claimed to have helped pushed off the first boat and then clung to the gunwale as the 7th Michigan Infantry crossed the Rappahannock River to Fredericksburg under heavy fire, Dec. 11, 1862. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center)

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