Thursday, August 6, 2009
His name was Clarence D. McKenzie, and he was the drummer boy for the 13th Regiment, Co. D, New York State Militia (90 day) in 1861. Clarence led his men with all the youthful enthusiasm for adventure and fearlessness expected in one so young. Sadly, he was mortally wounded shortly after his arrival in Maryland. He was the first to fall from Brooklyn City ... he was only 12 years old. His remain lay buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
10,000 others beside him, from that same war, are spread out over the nearly 500 acres of property. His is a statue of white zinc(bronze) dedicated in 1886 to his memory.