The book's main character, a Bowery Boy, who becomes a drummer in the Union army.
Also known as Granny, this old woman takes Charley in and makes him work when she finds him stealing eggs in her hen house.
Charley's older sister has a business in New York, adding trimmings to ladies' hats.
A soldier who knew Charley's older brother Johnny, he owns Johnny's knife and reenlisted only because of the money.
A soldier who befriends Charley on the boat trip and tries to help him, eventually getting him a position as a drummer boy with the 140th New York Veteran Volunteers.
A 16-year-old drummer boy who trains Charley and is wounded in the battle at The Wilderness.
A boy whose family has a feud with Granny Bent's clan. He and Charley initially fight...
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