How many drummers were in the Civil War?
Each regiment of infantry was supposed to have 10 drummers (and 10 fifers) - one for each of its 10 companies. Other units (heavy artillery, engineers etc) would also have drummers of course.
Counting gets tricky because (a) some regiments were reorganized or consolidated or renumbered at various times during the war - there were about 2,000 Union infantry regiments, and maybe 800 Confederate infantry regimetns depending on how you count; and (b) many drummers would be discharged, or would desert or died and would be replaced.
Best guess - at any particular moment during the Civil War, there were 20,000 - 30,000 drummers in both armies, with a total of at least 50,000 individiuals serving as drummer at different times.
The ages varied greatly in the Civil War. There wasn't a law saying how old you had to be to fight. But most soldiers were just teenagers! Often there jobs were to be drummers, the job of the drummers were important, because they told when to retreat or change a battle plan. They did this because there wasn't any technology for soldiers to communicate easily.
Drummer boys were used all the up through the American civil war. They sounded orders to the troops. A certain number of drum beats meant a certain movement. It was a very dangerous job and often the shelling and fire was aimed at the drummers. In the civil war many of the boys threw down the drum and picked up a gun to fight. In the book A Boys War on pages 27-39 are the…