In 1861, John Lincoln Clem ran from his Newark Ohio home at age 9 to fight with the Union Army, eventually joining the 22nd Michigan as mascot and drummer boy. Based on real life "boy solider" Johnny Clem, a young boy joins the … Clem's regiment the 3rd OVI was in Huntsville, Alabama, during the Battle of Shiloh. Clem at Shiloh. “Popular legend claims that Clem was “Johnny Shiloh”, a drummer boy at the Battle of Shiloh who had his drum shattered by shrapnel.”, though the 22nd Michigan was not mustered until after the Battle of Shiloh. John Clem fought at Perryville, Murfreesboro, Kennesaw and Atlanta. Popular legend suggests that Clem took part in the battle of Shiloh, nearly losing his life when a shell fragment crashed through his drum, knocking him unconscious. Note that Newark researcher E. Chris Evans, the head of the John L. Clem Statue Committee, has researched the story of "Johnny Shiloh." Tragedy struck Clem's life at age nine, when his mother was killed by a train while crossing railroad tracks. John Lincoln Clem (christened John Joseph Klem) was born on August 13, 1851 at Newark Ohio. He is known to hostory as the "Drummer Boy of Chickamauga" and also "Johnny Shiloh." John Joseph Klem, often refered to as Johnny Clem, was probably the most famous boy who served in the Civil War, if not the most famous boy in American history. I was talking with a client of mine this evening, and he mentioned that his 7-year-old son is showing some interest in the Civil War, so I told him about John "Johnny Shiloh" Clem. It was actually the battle of Chickamauga in which Clem distinguished himself and nearly got captured. He was the son of Roman and Magdalene Klem. Child soldier John Clem, c. 1863. After the battle, the soldiers nicknamed Clem “Johnny Shiloh”.” ... Carte of Sergeant John Clem armed with a rifle and bayonet . Plot. Newspapers featured the account of a brave little drummer boy whose drum was wrecked by an artillery blast. At 12 years old he became the youngest person ever promoted to a non-commissioned officer rank. Clem spent his youth working on the family farm and attending school in Newark. When the Blue Raiders are called into Union service at the start of the American Civil War, their mascot drummer boy, John Clem defies his father's wishes and smuggles himself on the train carrying the troops to camp. Shiloh was fought April 6-7, 1862. Johnny Clem’s extraordinary story is summarized here and hopefully you may find it as fascinating as I did. “Johnny Shiloh” There are different reports on Clem’s involvement in the Battle of Shiloh and his early nickname “Johnny Shiloh.” In a 1915 New York Times article discussing his retirement, it states this legend as fact. He was … Johnny Shiloh is a 1963 television film that originally aired as two episodes of The Wonderful World of Disney based on the life of John Clem, who was called "Johnny Shiloh".. John became well known as the "Drummer Boy of Shiloh," but he and his regiment were not in that battle. Directed by James Neilson. On May 13, 1937, Ohio native Johnny Clem, also known as the "Drummer Boy of Chickamauga," died in San Antonio, Texas. With Brian Keith, Kevin Corcoran, Darryl Hickman, Skip Homeier. Some deny Johnny Clem was even at Shiloh, because the 22nd Michigan was not formed until Aug. 29, 1862 and deployed in September 1862. A relative served in the 24th OVI at Cheat Mountain when the two regiments were camped near one another. In spring 1861, John Joseph Klem (he later changed the spelling of his last name) ran away from his Newark home at age 9 and tried to enlist with the 3rd Ohio Regiment. 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