Author Talk with Mary Louise Clifford at Duncan Branch Library 

Drummer Boy of Company C: Coming of Age in the Civil War

As the Civil War's Battle of Chickamaugua marks its 150th anniversary, author Mary Louise Clifford releases her book based on the true story of her grandfather, Almon's enlistment as a drummer boy in the 75th Indiana Infantry regiment. She joins the Duncan Branch Library on September 23 at 7 p.m. to discuss, "Drummer Boy of Company C: Coming of Age in the Civil War," which include Almon's memoirs of his journey as a brave 14-year-old who left home to become a soldier, but was found to be too young and slight in stature. A company finally recruited him as a drummer boy one year later. "His regiment was sent south through Kentucky to foil threatening Confederate armies," she describes on her website. "They marched and skirmished into Tennessee and wintered in Murfreesboro. In the spring they participated in the Tullahoma Campaign, fought their way through Hoover's Gap, then marched on to Chickamauga." As a result of Almon's position on the battlefield, he was a prisoner of war for 14 months in four different Confederate prisons. Learn more about this fascinating coming-of-age account as Mary Louise Clifford shares the gripping saga that is part of her family, and American history.