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Three Civil War Era Drums

NMM 10040. Side drum by William Ent, Germantown,
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, ca. 1850; NMM 10039.
Side drum by Eli Brown & Son, Bloomfield, Connecticut,
1841; NMM 10041. Side drum by White Brothers,
Boston, ca. 1856-1865

Left:  NMM 10040. Side drum by William Ent, Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, ca. 1850. Printed on paper label inside drum shell, visible through vent hole: Drums, Fifes, / REGIMENTAL COLOURS, / TAMBORINES, & C. / MADE AND REPAIRED BY / WILLIAM ENT, / GERMANTOWN, / Philadelphia County, Pa. Ash shell, natural finish, 422mm (16-1/2") x 414mm (16-5/16"). Rope tension. Nine leather tugs (one missing). Wood rims painted red, with holes drilled for the rope to pass through. Shell-shaped brass snare adjuster. William F. Ludwig II Collection, 2001.

Center:  NMM 10039. Side drum by Eli Brown & Son, Bloomfield, Connecticut, 1841. Printed on paper label inside drum shell, visible through vent hole: ELI BROWN & SON. / DRUM MANUFACTURERS, / HAVE CONSTANTLY FOR SALE / BASS AND SNARE DRUMS / MADE IN THE NEATEST AND BEST MANNER / Bloomfield, Conn. 1841. Maple shell, natural finish, 495mm (19-1/2") x 471mm (18-1/2"). Rope tension. Ten leather tugs. Wood rims painted red, with holes drilled for the rope to pass through. Brass snare adjuster. William F. Ludwig II Collection, 2001.

Right:  NMM 10041. Side drum by White Brothers, Boston, ca. 1856-1865. Printed on paper label inside drum, visible through vent hole: MADE BY / White Brothers, / 86 TREMONT STREET, BOSTON. Brass shell, 356mm (14") x 414mm (16-1/4"). Rope tension. Eight leather tugs. Wood rims painted dark brown, with holes through which the rope passes. Brass snare adjuster attached to the snare rim. William F. Ludwig II Collection, 2001.

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Note: These three drums are on display in the exhibition, "Ya Gotta Know the Territory: The Musical Journey of Meredith Willson," designed and installed by the National Music Museum in 2002 for the Meredith Willson Museum in Mason City, Iowa.

Links to Civil War Era Pages on the National Music Museum Website:

Bucktails Regiment Bass Drum
Cabinet Card Photograph and Story of Musician Avery Brown (1852-1904) America's Youngest Civil War Soldier
Civil War Instruments on Exhibit at Museum
Civil War Drums and Brass Instruments
Violin Played by Civil War Soldier
Custer's Last Band: Concert and CD Release
Felix Vinatieri Archive
Felix Vinatieri Research Project

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