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Object Name DRUM
Catalog Number 0985.13.00147
Description Drum with wooden shell painted yellow with red hoops; part of shell painted blue with painted shield device in red with blue St Andrews cross and white five-point stars with "13th VA" above; skin drum heads; gut snare; tension robes frayed but intact. Paper label adhered to interior of drum is printed with, "Confederate Drum Manufactury, Richmond, Virginia. Kettle and bass drums of all sizes and of the best materials made to order. Drums repaired and heads furnished at short notice. Kettle drums, complete, from $12 to $-- (illegible). Bass " " " $18 to $-- (illegible). Cash must invariably accompany all orders from a distance to ensure there (sic) being filled. Transportation and all risks at the expense of the purchaser." Printed on the label in ink, "James Wright", with scored out "and Bell", followed by "Richmond, Virginia. Cor., Main & 10th Sts."
Dimensions H-12.5 W-16.5 inches
Owned Unknown
Owner Regiment 13th Virginia Infantry
Made James Wright, Confederate Drum Manufactury, Richmond, Virginia, CSA
Event Third Battle of Winchester / Opequon
Provenance This drum belonged to the 13th Virginia Infantry. It was made in Richmond, Virginia, by James Wright. It was captured on the battlefield near Winchester, VA, by Federal troops. It was presented to the Museum of the Confederacy on the anniversary of the battle, September 19, 1916. The drum was presented by Dr. Wheeler and the Worchester Company who had made the trip to Richmond for the presentation. "Dixie" was played on the drum for the last time on this occasion. There were new drum heads that substituted for the playing and the old ones were replaced immediately afterward. [A photo of the former drummer boy, George Bannister, as a 98-year-old man, is in collection: FIC2013.00533]
People Wright, James
Bannister, George
Search Terms Drummer boys
items captured by Union soldiers
items captured from Confederate soldiers
items taken by Union soldiers
items taken from Confederate soldiers
Items taken North by Union soldiers and later returned South
Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1864
Third Battle of Winchester / Opequon
United States Army
Subjects Drums
Military bands
Musical instruments
Percussion instruments