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Civil War Drum of the U.S. Infantry
n.p., 1861-1865 Civil War Eagle Drum of the U.S. Infantry, 16? diameter, 11.5? high. The paint decoration, mostly red, white, and blue, depicts the eagle and shield surmounted by sunburst stars and clouds with ?Reg: U. S. Infantry" painted in white on the red riband in the eagle?s beak. Some chpping, mostly at left and right edges of painting. There is a space to the left of ?Reg:? for the number of the regiment which was never added when the drum was received. Thirty-nine brass tacks decorate around the air hole. Small crack in top drum head, two tears in lower head. Ropes intact, three tighteners present (one loose). Drum appears never to have been varnished or repaired since delivery to the infantry.Chet Falzerano wrote in his article ?Historic Collectible: Civil War Drums? in the March/April 2000 issue of ?DRUM! Magazine,? in part, ?Able-bodied men were desperately needed in the front lines, so the position of drummer was often filled by slight young men or very young boys, some as young as eight years old ?"
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