"The Infant Drummer"
One of the youngest members of the 69th Pa "Irish Volunteers" was a boy who had
gained fame throughout the country and in Europe as "The Infant drummer" - George
Sanders. Trained from an early age by his father to play drum, fife and a variety of
wind instruments, young George became, at age 13, the drum instructor to all of the
regiment's drummers. He and his father had joined the Paddy Owen's Regular's in
August 1861. Young George would grow sick and die from typhoid fever in January
1862 while at Camp Observation. He was given a large public funeral in Philadelphia
and news articles on him appeared in newspapers all over the world. He would be
buried in Glenside, Pennsylvania. The 69th Pa reenactment regiment would
honor his grave years later.