Drummer Boy Willie Mcgee, Civil War Hero and Fraud

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786432899
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/8/2008
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 1,018,857
  • 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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Table of Contents

Foreword   Joseph G. Bilby     1
Preface     3
Introduction     9
The Watch, the Note, the Murder     15
The Regiment, the Drummer, the Medal     26
Baton Rouge, 1868     41
The Legend of Willie McGee     51
The Trial     58
The Battle of the Cedars     74
The Court-Martial     92
McGee, Magee, and the President     102
Prison     113
The Push for Freedom     131
New Life at Twenty-One     141
Willie McGee, Family Man     158
Exposed     176
"A Moral Wreck"     185
The Lost Years     203
Epilogue     221
The Bonfoey Case     229
McGee Timeline     232
The McGee File     235
33rd New Jersey Infantry Regiment Musicians     237
Chapter Notes     241
Bibliography     257
Index     263
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