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HISTORIC BATTLEFIELD CAPTURED CONFEDERATE DRUM

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HISTORIC BATTLEFIELD CAPTURED CONFEDERATE DRUM

PRICE   $  25,000.00

DESCRIPTION

One of only a very small handful of truly documented Confederate used military drums. The drum was taken from the battlefield at Port Royal, South Carolina and is inscribed on the top head with the capture information.  The drum is a full size, 16-inch by 14-inch, wood drum with tack design and bone vent plug. It retains both original heads and tensioning rope. The drummer's sling is still present along with the drag rope. The top head has a 15 line contemporary ink inscription reading "This drum was found 3 miles from Fort Walker, Hilton Head, S.C. on the 8th of November 1861, by William Car... the Steward of Steamship Marion. The drum was left in that spot by one of the drummers of the Berry Infantry of ... 7th day of ... Georgia on the named month... after their defeat in the battle for Port Royal.  The drummer ... in the hand during his ... was on the drum ... SECESSION DRUM FROM PORT ROYAL, S.C."

The Berry Infantry was Co.I of the 29th Georgia Infantry. The unit was raised in 1861 in Big Shanty and was stationed on the South Carolina Coast. Later the unit would be part of the Army of Tennessee and eventually surrendered at Bentonville.

Accompanying the drum is a 1957 newspaper article documenting it. A letter from the granddaughter of the subject of the newspaper article states that she inherited the drum from her grandfather.  The drum sold from the family through auction in 2008 and has been in 2 private collections since that time.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a documented Confederate drum that was actually used in battle and captured. I think more research can pinpoint the name of the Georgia drummer who lost the drum .

The image of the drummer that can be seen with the photos of the drum is H.M. Butler of Co. A, 29th Georgia Infantry. He is holding a near identical drum and possibly this drum (the photo is from a private collection and is not sold with the drum).

 

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CONDITION

    Drum looks to be completely original and unaltered. Heads, ropes, hoops, remaining tightener and sling are original. Inscription is weathered but mostly legible. Top head has staining that may be blood as the inscription indicates that the drummer was wounded and blood was on the drum.

A truly outstanding piece of history.

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