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Civil War drummer boy

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Civil war drummer boys were very important. They sent signals with their drums. With out the drummer boys the soldiers would have a harder time figuring out what a higher ranked officer needed them to do? Anything else you need?

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The drummer boys in the civil war served the important purpous of making communicating commands to the whole army. They were the main targets because the army pretty much needed their drummers to know what to do. The drummer boys used different beats to say different commands. (i.e. 3 hard drum beats meaning turn left - just an example)

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