CIVIL WAR PERIOD FIFE

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Nice condition rosewood fife with medium length brass ferrules, likely gilt originally, now with nice aged patina. Nice finish with minor wear and no cracks or chips.

Civil War infantry regiments were allowed two musicians per company, by tradition a fifer and drummer. Even after bands were abolished at the regimental level in 1862, company fifers and drummers were still in the field, serving in their companies and often assembled as a regimental drum corps under the supervision of a Chief Musician. Their duties involved not only playing the usual signal calls in camp, supplying music for dress parade, and music on the march, but upon going into action they were expected to help the medical teams on the battlefield and in the field hospital.  [sr] [ph:m]

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