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CIVIL WAR HERO IS REPRIMANDED
Drummerboy of Chickamauga May Be Recalled for Blunder in Philippines
Washington. Sept 3. Colonel John M Clem, Chief Quartermaster of the Philippine Division, has been reprimanded by General Humphrey, Quartermaster General, for his action in turning into the United States Treasury the sum of $43,000 as unexpended balance of the appropriations on the last fiscal year, when, as stated at the war department, the money was actually needed to meet necessary expenses for army transportation and other work of the quartermaster's department.
It is said the service will be embarassed by Colonel Clem's action, as it seriously interfered with the work of the quartermaster's department.

General Humphrey has informed Colonel Clem that his action is disapproved, and would not have been taken if he had had a proper conception of his duties. The money, having been turned into the treasury, is now beyong the control of the war department, and officials say it will have to be reappropriated by congress to meet existing obligations. It is not unlikely that Colonel Clem will be relieved of his present duties and recalled to the United States.

Colonel Clem is one of the heroes of the War of the Rebellion, and is known as the drummerboy of Chickamauga, because of his gallant conduct in the battle while serving as a drummer in the Twenty-Second Michigan Volunteer Infantry.
MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL Minneapolis, Minnesota Saturday, Sept 3, 1904, P. 3

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After reading more on John L. Clem, (John Winton Clem (Klem, Klemm), his sister states he was only 30 inches tall! Even after returning from POW camp. I smell a bit of untruth here, somewhere.

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David Upton

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