The Drummer Boys played a very important roll in the Civil War. Most of them were usually in their late teens, but some joined as young as ten years old. They learned different musical commands to summon troops to meals, drills, chores, and inspections. They also marched in battle and regulated the movements and gave battle orders.
Usually, but not always, the drummer boys were too young to fight, so they were asked to double as ambulance crews and surgeons assistants. Many were killed in battle while trying to help the wounded soldiers in the field.|