The Youngest Wounded Soldier Of The War

Robert Gray

First Sergeant
Jul 24, 2012
Edward (William) Black (May 30, 1853 – June 30, 1872) was a drummer boy during the Civil War. He is considered to be the youngest wounded soldier of the war.

He enlisted, with his father, on July 24, 1861 as a Musician in Company L of the 21st Indiana Infantry regiment. During an engagement an artillery shell burst near him, the shrapnel ripping through his left arm and hand. He was discharged August 16, 1862.

In the 1870 United States census he is listed with his parents (George and Lyddia) as age 17, birth state of Indiana, residence Indianapolis. He died June 30, 1872 of unspecified causes and is buried Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.


National Archives (NARA-526562)
Childrens Museum of Indianapolis



Mrs. V

2nd Lieutenant
May 5, 2017
Interesting, but how sad! Not that farm accidents didn’t disfigure youngsters..did he draw a pension?