Ben Andrews

Drum from Civil War on Display

The Elkhart County Historical Museum is going to present the program “Avery Brown & His Drum” at 1 p.m Nov. 12.

Brown was born in Ohio in 1852, and was discovered playing the snare drum outside the recruitment office of Captain Samuel Mott in 1861. Mott saw the boy raise morale of the men while playing his drum and believed that Mott would be fit to serve in the Union Army. After being denied twice, Brown enlisted in the army at the age of eight years and 11 months; making him one of the youngest people to ever serve in the Civil War.

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