The Beat Goes On? Drummer Boy's Great-Great-Great-Great Grandson

Scott K Fish

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Drummer boy's great-great-great-great-grandson visits Fort McHenry
Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 5:00 am

STEVENSVILLE — Matapeake Elementary School fifth-grader Joshua Ridgely...traveled with his class Sept. 9 to Fort McHenry to take part in the living flag event to commemorate the War of 1812, the Battle of North Point and Fort McHenry and the birth of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The trip...allowed him to walk in the footsteps of his great-great-great-great-grandfather Henry Lightner, the drummer boy of Fort McHenry.

In 1814, Henry Lightner was 16 years old and served under the command of Capt. John Berry’s Washington Artillery of the 1st Regiment of the Maryland Volunteers.

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That is a good story. thanks for posting that! Many people have forgotten or have no knowledge of how important drums were in battles back then.