With all of the controversy surrounding Civil War monuments here is a great story that is inspiring. A group of students from a fifth-grade class from Waggoner Road Middle School in Reynoldsburg, Ohio raised $5,000 to restore the damaged drummer boy which is part of the Ohio Monument atop Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They also raised another $7,000 for the 475-mile trip to attend a rededication ceremony.
Several years ago, when students Derek Hinkle and twin brother Doug traveled to Missionary Ridge to retrace the steps of their great-great-great-grandfather they came upon the area where Pvt. George Hinkle of the 98th Ohio Regiment lost part of a hand while charging up the ridge against Confederate fire. While visiting the park, the twins also came upon the Ohio Monument, which features four statues: an infantryman, a cavalryman, an artilleryman and a drummer boy. In 1977, the drummer boy had been vandalized, restored, then damaged again in the late 1980s. Since then, he had been missing his right hand and the drumstick in his left.
Upon their return to school the twins and fellow students started a drive to earn enough money to fully repair the statue. By March 31, 2014 they had raised the $5,000 which amazed the nonprofit Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. After their donation the drummer boy’s missing pieces were restored.