Drummer Boy Willie Mcgee, Civil War Hero and Fraud
  • Drummer Boy Willie Mcgee, Civil War Hero and Fraud
  • Drummer Boy Willie Mcgee, Civil War Hero and Fraud

Drummer Boy Willie Mcgee, Civil War Hero and Fraud

by Thomas Fox
     
 

On December 7, 1864, just one week after the bloody battle of Franklin, Tennessee, William McGee, a drummer boy from Newark, New Jersey, was credited with leading a Federal force to a decisive victory over the Confederates in a clash just thirty miles from the carnage at Franklin. This 15-year-old Irish-American, on convalescent duty and acting as an orderly to

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On December 7, 1864, just one week after the bloody battle of Franklin, Tennessee, William McGee, a drummer boy from Newark, New Jersey, was credited with leading a Federal force to a decisive victory over the Confederates in a clash just thirty miles from the carnage at Franklin. This 15-year-old Irish-American, on convalescent duty and acting as an orderly to General Lovell Rousseau, was recognized for the capture of two guns, several hundred prisoners, and the saving of Fortress Rosecrans in Murfreesboro from the famed Nathan Bedford Forrest.

For his actions, young McGee would soon be awarded a Medal of Honor, written up in newspapers and books as a glorious New Jersey legend, be commissioned as a lieutenant in the United States Army at age 18, and then, inexplicably at the height of his notoriety, virtually disappear from history for more than 100 years. This is the story of a lost war hero, a man-child with the world at his feet, whose fall from grace is accelerated by fame, lies, alcohol, bigamy, and murder.

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Editorial Reviews

The Journal of Military History
complete
Irish America
"excellent"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786432899
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/08/2008
Pages:
275
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Retired high school basketball coach Thomas Fox is a librarian at a private school in Sussex County, New Jersey.

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