John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy

John Lincoln ClemBased on a True Story

By E. F. Abbott

John Lincoln Clem was a young patriot who chose to fight with Union soldiers during the Civil War. Not much is known about his first year and a half as a boy soldier, so Abbott has created a realistic story of what might have happened. Abbott uses real-life occurrences from the Civil War and from that time period to create a moving depiction of what John might have experienced. I appreciated the photos scattered throughout the book, which added more to the historical accuracy. Also, at the back of the book, Abbott includes quotes from John Clem and a glossary of terms and drum calls. This book is perfect for historians young and old and reminds all of us how precious our freedom is and what sacrifices were made to keep that freedom. Excellent book.

Review by Teresa Edmunds, Westbrook Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 5-9

Based on a True Story
John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy
Written by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb as E. F. Abbott
Feiwel and Friends
185 pages
Release Date: February 16, 2016

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