Civil War drummer boy honored

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by Joseph Gresser

DERBY — More than 70 people gathered before the Derby Civil War monument on a rainy Saturday to honor the memory of Willie Johnston, a drummer boy in the Union Army, who was and remains the youngest person to have earned the nation’s highest military honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor.

A number of local residents, led by Colin Carter with significant help from Ernie Emmerson, spent the last two years raising money to put up a monument, made by Heritage Memorials in Newport, briefly recounting young Willie’s story.

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