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March 14, 2016

Civil War Drum

Filed under: Item of the Day — Jason Onerheim @ 12:01 am

A 1st Minnesota Regiment Civil War snare drum. The painted wooden drum was made by W. R. Thompkins in Yonkers, New York. This drum was presented to musician Peter Hoffman in Alexandria, Virginia on July 15, 1861 by Henry Mower Rice and the Regiment’s commanding officer, Colonel Gorman. Peter Hoffman was mustered into the 1st Minnesota Regiment on May 31, 1861, as a musician first class. Hoffman served at the First Battle of Bull Run, Edwards Ferry, Fair Oaks, and the Seven Days Battles. The regiment’s band was dismissed on August 31, 1861, but Hoffman stayed on, serving with the regiment until he was discharged at Harrison’s Landing, Virginia, on August 8, 1862.

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