Civil War Drums & Trumpets Photos

Drums & trumpets were essential during the Civil War because they were the primary means of communicating orders like advance or retreat from commanders to troops. Outside of battle, many units had bands for music.

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Civil War drum of Seymour L. White who died wounded June 24, 1864 at Petersburg, VA at Wethersfield Museum. Wethersfield, CT.Civil War drum of R. Brenaman at Historical Museum of Iowa. Des Moines, IA.Snare drum at Jefferson Barracks. St. Louis, MO.Civil War fife & drum at Woodman Museum. Dover, NH.
Civil War drum of Seymour L. White who died wounded June 24, 1864 at Petersburg, VA at Wethersfield Museum. Wethersfield, CT.Civil War drum of R. Brenaman at Historical Museum of Iowa. Des Moines, IA.Snare drum (1862) at Jefferson Barracks. St. Louis, MO.Civil War fife & drum at Woodman Museum. Dover, NH.
Civil War drum with painted barrel at Woodman Museum. Dover, NH.Confederate snare drum from Battle of Glorieta Pass at New Mexico History Museum. Santa Fe, NM.Civil War-era infantry drum at museum of Ohio State Capitol. Columbus, OH.Union Drum from Civil War at Milan Historical Museum. Milan, OH.
Civil War drum with painted barrel at Woodman Museum. Dover, NH.Confederate snare drum from Battle of Glorieta Pass (March 26-28, 1862) at New Mexico History Museum. Santa Fe, NM.Civil War-era infantry drum at museum of Ohio State Capitol. Columbus, OH.Union Drum from Civil War at Milan Historical Museum. Milan, OH.
Civil War Drum of Ohio 89th Regiment at John Brown House. Akron, OH.Civil War drum at Oklahoma History Center. Oklahoma City, OK.Drum used at battle of Gettysburg in NPS Museum. Gettysburg, PA.Civil War snare drum at Gettysburg NPS Museum. Gettysburg, PA.
Civil War Drum of Ohio 89th Regiment (1868-65) at John Brown House. Akron, OH.Civil War drum (c1863) at Oklahoma History Center. Oklahoma City, OK.Drum used at battle of Gettysburg in NPS Museum. Gettysburg, PA.Civil War snare drum at Gettysburg NPS Museum. Gettysburg, PA.
Union snare drums used at Gettysburg at Lee's Headquarters Museum. Gettysburg, PA.Union military snare drum at Manassas NHS museum. Manassas, VA.Drum used by William Tinley of 48th Georgia Infantry at Museum of the Confederacy. Richmond, VA.Drum of 13th Virginia Infantry made by Confederate Drum Manufactory at Museum of the Confederacy. Richmond, VA.
Union snare drums used at Gettysburg at Lee's Headquarters Museum. Gettysburg, PA.Union military snare drum at Manassas NHS museum. Manassas, VA.Drum (c1840s) used (1862) by William Tinley of 48th Georgia Infantry at Museum of the Confederacy. Richmond, VA.Drum of 13th Virginia Infantry made by Confederate Drum Manufactory at Museum of the Confederacy. Richmond, VA.
Drum played by Pvt. George Huddleston, drum major of 22nd VA Infantry Company G during Civil War at West Virginia State Museum. Charleston, WV.Civil War drummer's uniform & drum at Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Madison, WI.Civil War drummer atop Lincoln's Tomb. Springfield, IL.Fallen drummer detail of Union Army sculpture by Frederick MacMonnies on Soldiers' & Sailors' Arch in Grand Army Plaza. Brooklyn, NY.
Drum played by Pvt. George Huddleston, drum major of 22nd VA Infantry Company G (CSA) during Civil War at West Virginia State Museum. Charleston, WV.Civil War drummer's uniform & drum at Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Madison, WI.Civil War drummer atop Lincoln's Tomb. Springfield, IL.Fallen drummer detail of Union Army sculpture (1901) by Frederick MacMonnies on Soldiers' & Sailors' Arch in Grand Army Plaza. Brooklyn, NY.
Coronet used at funeral of Stonewall Jackson at Gettysburg NPS Museum. Gettysburg, PA.Collection of brass instruments used in the Civil War at Gettysburg NPS Museum. Gettysburg, PA.Civil War trumpet, drum & fife at Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Madison, WI.
Coronet used at funeral of Stonewall Jackson (1863) at Gettysburg NPS Museum. Gettysburg, PA.Collection of brass instruments used in the Civil War at Gettysburg NPS Museum. Gettysburg, PA.Civil War trumpet, drum & fife at Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Madison, WI.

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