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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2018 3:37 p.m. PST

Of possible interest?


Hope you enjoy!.


vicmagpa122 Aug 2018 6:23 p.m. PST

never thought of it. A little job goes a long way in a regiment. Thanks.

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2018 9:37 p.m. PST

My Great Great Grandfather enlisted twice for different NY Volunteer Regiments, the second time he was his Regiments Chief Musician.

He was not a boy however he had some rather nice looking facial hair in the only picture of him that I know about.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2018 10:56 a.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2018 12:25 p.m. PST

The drummers were paid as NCOs (ie, more than the privates) because they possessed a valuable skill.

And they weren't all little kids, plenty of adults were musicians.

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2018 1:50 p.m. PST

Before there a song by the name, the drummer on duty would signal lights out by tapping his sticks together three times…"the taps." My drumsticks are made of rosewood, and produce a nice, loud pop when struck together. Then in the morning, the drummers were among the first awake, playing the reveille sequence starting with "The Three Camps." For you reenactors, this is the one that starts you cussing after partying a bit too long the night before…

So many times, drummers were the last to bed, and the first to rise.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2018 11:02 a.m. PST



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