Civil War: Drummer Boys
These sites discuss the role of drummer boys during the Civil War. Includes photographs and letters from drummer boys. Read about what their daily life was like and use lesson plan and craft ideas to learn more.
Civil War Band Photo Gallery
This site includes old photographs of drummer boys and the drummer corps. Click on the images to see larger views.
Music of the Civil War
Read about military bands, drummers, and fifers, and how the drums were made. Click on the song titles to hear popular songs and to read the lyrics.
Play Fun Trivia
Take this interactive quiz about drummer boys. NOTE: Ignore the flashing ad at the top of the page. NOTE: This site includes pop-up ads.
This is a short fictional story of a boy who wants to join the Confederate Army. NOTE: This site includes banner ads.
Scholastic: Dear America: Make a Drum
Here are instructions for making your own drum. NOTE: This site includes ads.
The Civil War Through a Child's Eye
This slide show has pictures and information on the Civil War drummer boys.
Learn about the daily schedule of a drummer boy.
The Letters of Felix Voltz
Read the letters that this drummer boy wrote to his parents, brothers, and sisters. Includes photocopies of the original letters.
Civil War Instruments
Here is a photograph of drums from the Civil War. Scroll down for links to photos of other Civil War instruments.
Civil War Drummers
Learn about the job the drummer would have to perform in the midst of battle and view photos of drums.
The Drummer Boys
Learn about how boys were recruited to become drummers. Read about four young boys who became military drummers during the Civil War.
The Drummer Boy Poetry Lesson
Use this lesson plan to read about two Civil War drummers and how poetry played a part during this era. Click on the "Make a Civil War Drum" link for instructions on this craft. NOTE: This lesson plan is more appropriate for older students.