103rd Ohio Preserved Drum

It is rare to come upon a perfectly preserved drum from the Civil War era. It is VERY rare to have photographs of these artifacts with their keeper. Here is a musician from the 103rd Ohio. The 103rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was a three-year’ infantry regiment from northeastern Ohio that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. It participated in many of the campaigns and battles of the Army of the Ohio in the Western Theater. According to the regiment’s written history it was organized at Cleveland in August of 1862. It was ordered to Kentucky on September 3, 1862, and attached to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Army of Kentucky, and Department of the Ohio. The regiment saw action in Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. Below are period photos of one of the regiment’s drummer boys and a nearly exact preserved drum as it appears today. The drum is in remarkable shape and is part of the collection at the 103rd Museum. The name of the individual is currently unknown. *For additional posts on drums and drumming during the Civil War search keywords “Civil War.”

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