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Civil War I read a book called Mr Lincolns Drummer The author is G Clifton Wisler It is a historical fiction story There are a lot of characters in this book but Willie Johnston was the main character He was born in Vermont and was in the seventh grade He was called one of the drummer boys He was only eleven years old and he played the drum really well He really wanted to join the Union Army all his life He was a really skinny boy that weighed 84 pounds He served on Company D it had a lot of youngsters in it He had to wake everybody with his drum not a fife a fife is a flute Whenever Mr Harrington told Willie to beat the drum he followed his order At first Willie couldnt remember the rhythm but after awhile he got used to it and knew it with his eyes close When the rebs shoot he would go hide behind something He was scared to death going to his first battle But he would always go ahead Captain Harrington was a small fellow about five feet with his boots on A small mustache and whenever he would speak he had fire in his eyes And from time to time he would just swing his sword around He offered Willie money to play his drum Willie agreed Captain Harrington didnt like another drum before his own beats James who was Willies brother and who always made a funny remark like when Ma and Willie were fighting about if he was going to join the army or not Ma said If you let those rebels shoot you Ill pound you Then Willie promised hed turn sideways that way he could hide behind a tree Then James said That way you can hide behind a pencil These are some minor characters in the book like the Stevens brothers they
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