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    Great Pre Civil War Presentation Drum. Weight and method of construction certainly date the drum to the first quarter of the 19th century and possibly much earlier. 14" high including 2 1/4" hoops and 15 3/8" diameter. Lap seams on both the hoops and the body unquestionably indicate this very early period of manufacture. Red stained body with brass tack decoration around air holes at at the seam. Period ropes and the remains of several leather tighteners. Both heads also unquestionably period, with the top head intact and the bottom broken, but with 80% remaining. Also remains of the original snare. Attached with silver brads to the body of the drum is a 2 5/8" X 3" silver shield, which is inscribed in hand engraved script, "Presented To The Washington Continental Artilery (sic) By The Ladies of Elgin February 22nd 1858. The shield highlighted with engraved scroll work around the edges. Body and lower hoop of the drum in about perfect untouched condition. The upper hoop exhibits some splintering along the top edge, obviously from use, else excellent.
    The Washington Continental Artillery was formed in Elgin, Ill in 1855. The new company applied for militia status from the state of Illinois and received it, along with percussion conversion .69 caliber smoothbore muskets, and a bronze 6 lb. field piece. The uniform consisted of a buff and blue Continental style uniform complete with tri cornered hat and plume, white waistcoat, and boots. No better drillmaster than Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth himself was employed to elevate their skills in drill during 1857 and 1858. At the Washington birthday celebration on February 22, 1858, the Continentals won a competition against the Illinois National Guard Cadets and were presented by the "ladies of Elgin" with a beautifully painted regimental flag and this drum. At the outbreak of the Civil War, the Continentals met at Davidson's Hall on April 19 and formed two ranks. One would volunteer to go to war as "The Elgin Continentals" while the other would remain behind in Elgin as the old Continentals, keeping their 6 pounder field piece. At Camp Yates, on 27 April, the Continentals were mustered in as Company A of the 7th Illinois Regiment.
    A great American military drum with a superb history.


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    June, 2011
    25th Saturday
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