C. 1843-1850 SNARE DRUM WITH “BARBOUR COUNTY VIRGINIA” AND AN AMERICAN EAGLE PAINTED ON THE SIDE!

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Item Code: M25668

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Drum is a superb untouched attic condition drum. It measures 17 ¾” x 20” dia. The body is painted red with county and state in approx. 1” high letters around the premium hole. The percussion hole insert which was probably bone is missing. The drum retains its original, although torn, ropes and skin heads. The hoops are black and also original. There are a series of stars in areas under the county designation and under “VIRGINIA” as well as under the eagle. No makers label inside. Top head has a series of tears. Several very simple leather tension ears still attached.

Barbour County is a county in north-central West Virginia. The county seat is Philippi, which was chartered in 1844. Both county and city were named for Philip Pendleton Barbour (1783–1841), a U.S. Congressman from Virginia and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The county was formed in 1843 when the region was still part of the state of Virginia. In 1871, a small part of Barbour County was transferred to Tucker County, West Virginia.

On 3 June 1861, Philippi was the scene of the first land battle of the American Civil War. The battle was later lampooned as the "Philippi Races" because of the hurried retreat by the Confederate troops encamped in the town. At daylight on June 3, two columns of Union forces under the command of Col. Benjamin Franklin Kelley and Col. Ebenezer Dumont, with perhaps 3,000 men, arrived from Grafton and attacked about 800 poorly armed Confederate recruits under the command of Col. George A. Porterfield. The Union troops had marched all night through a heavy rain storm to arrive just before daylight. The surprise attack awakened the sleeping Confederates. After firing a few shots at the advancing Union troops, the Southerners broke lines and began running frantically to the south, some still in their bed clothes.

The Union victory in a relatively bloodless battle propelled the young Major General George B. McClellan into the national spotlight, and he would soon be given command of all Union armies. The battle also inspired more vocal protests in the Western part of Virginia against secession. On 11 June, the second Wheeling Convention met in that city and Barbour County was again represented by Dayton and Shuttleworth, who were this time joined by N.H. Taft. The Convention nullified the Virginia Ordinance of Secession and named Francis H. Pierpont governor. These events would eventually result in the separate statehood of West Virginia.

A wonderful drum that could have seen Mexican War or Civil War service.  [ss]

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