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November 25, 2011

1st Minnesota saxhorn

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

1st Minnesota saxhorn

Saxhorn used by the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War.   The saxhorn is a valved brass instrument developed during the 1830s.  The backward-facing bell version became the most common brass instrument in Civil War bands because troops marching behind the band could hear the music.

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