1863 regulations allowed recruiters to enlist those, “such as the recruits as are found to possess a natural talent for music, to be instructed on the fife, bugle, and drum, and other military instruments...care should be taken to enlist those only who have a natural talent for music." Young musicians were trained at Governor’s Island in New York. George Bruce served as Principal Instructor at Governor’s Island. Bruce along with Daniel Decatur Emmett , the composer of Dixie, authored The Drummers and Fifers Guide. Their guide became the standard for military musicians. Many of the field drummers were young boys, age twelve to sixteen. A drummer sounded the morning and evening camp duties and also sounded the field maneuvers. Most field drummers would have been accompanied by fifers.
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For those coming this Saturday! 🍀🍀🍀Join us this Saturday at 1PM for our first spring hike of the season. Meet the ranger at the visitor center to follow along in the footsteps of the Irish Brigade and learn about the assault on the Sunken Road. Check out our website for a full schedule of events for this year. https://www.nps.gov/anti/planyourvisit/2019-annual-schedule.htm ... See MoreSee Less
What's cooler than a Zouave photo? A Zouave photos with drums, horns, cool insignia and a cymbal! 114th Peensylvania, Brandy Station, winter 1863-4. Men of the 114th sometimes served as General Meade's HQ guard. This is but one of more than 120 photos I'll present in Culpeper on the last day of this month: https://www.battlefields.org/events/culpeper-civil-war-photograph-extravaganza ... See MoreSee Less
Mary Todd and I have many things in common: love of baking for one! Being Kentuckians for another!Mary Todd Lincoln was born in 1818 in Lexington, Kentucky. As a member of a wealthy family, she was accustomed to a rather comfortable lifestyle, so it’s somewhat of a surprise that she was such an avid baker. But it appears that cooking and baking were one of her main interests in life. In fact, Mary was said to have purchased thirteen pounds of sugar for just one week of baking in 1849. Mary is famous for many things, not the least of which is this cake, which is said to have been one of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite desserts.
Mary is famous for many things, not the least of which is this cake, which is said to have been one of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite desserts. Thanks to Marie Gallegher for this post idea.
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