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Item #: DROL3301
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This particular type of drum was meant to be played ‘at rest.’ Drum based music accompanied almost every aspect of the soldier’s life and was extremely important to a soldier because it increased moral. In addition to bandsmen playing for dress parades, reviews, etc., their duties also included medical assistance. Aiding medical personnel included stretcher bearers and, in some cases, assisting a surgeon/doctor as needed. For the Federal troops, musician enlistment was at its peak in the earlier years of the war. However, funding for musicians was too costly for the government and General Order 91 was issued in 1862. The order specified that "all regimental bandsmen be mustered out of service within 30 days.” (54, Garofalo and Elrod, "A Pictorial History of Civil War Era Musical Instruments and Military Bands”) This mandate would reduce the number of bands but not totally eliminate them. On these terms, men could re-enlist and form brigade bands, which is what happened in most cases following the General Order.

Pictured is an original bass drum from the mid-1800s with no maker’s mark present circa 1850. The drum is maple bodied and measures 19 ½" in height and 24” in diameter. The batter head/counter hoop is in good condition on both sides. The rope is original as are the ears. On the shell there is a circle stars pattern around the vent hole and a tac pattern lines at the seam. No label inside. Overall the drum is in very good condition and a great example for your collection. Shipping averages $200 do to its size.
Shipping Weight: 30 lbs
Item # DROL3301

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