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HG’s Fife & Drum Collection

July 10, 2013

In honor of the Plymouth Fife & Drum Corps from Plymouth, MI coming to Historic RittenhouseTown on Wednesday, July 17th for a special performance, we headed to the basement of the Germantown Historical Society to find our own Fife & Drum collection. Check it out!

Baker's Drum

(A) Small, dark brown leather drum with wooden interior support. Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hughes Jr, 1949.

The small, dark brown drum (A) was used by Christopher Ludwig, who was appointed Baker-General of the Continental Army by the Continental Congress in 1777. Ludwig was an early supporter of the Revolution, was involved in the 1777 Battle of Germantown, and often dined at George Washington’s dinner parties.

(B) Drum with eagle on it made by Major Endt in 1844. Donated by Aaron Jones Wister Sr, 1917.

The ‘eagle’ drum (B) belonged to the Germantown Blues aka the Germantown Band, an early 19th century organization led by Jacob Howe.

(C) Drum with red, gold, and black bands at top and bottom strung together by cotton rope along with one of its drumsticks. Donated by Rachael A. Watson, 1948.

The last drum (C) was used at the Battle of Gettysburg and Battle of Antietam as well as in G.A.R. (a Union army veterans organization) parades in Germantown. Bought from Mr. George Wolf, a drummer in Pennsylvania’s Bucktail Regiment of Ellis Post No. 6 during the Civil War, by Mr. Thomas F. Watson Sr.

Of the fifes pictured, the slightly longer fife (top) was used in the Civil War and belonged to Philip M. Hammer, grandfather of the donor.

Dark brown/black wood fifes with brass rings. Donated by Mrs. Holman White, 1946.

Make sure to check out the Plymouth Fife & Drum Corps at Historic RittenhouseTown on Wednesday, July 17th. The event starts at 11:00am and there will be a lunch and a chance to meet the Corps!  Don’t miss this special stop on their national tour!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Eugene G. Stackhouse permalink
    July 10, 2013 4:26 pm

    The Bucktail Regiment was not the Bucktail regiment of the GAR, the Bucktail Regiment was a Pennsylvania Regiment in the Civil War.
    The GAR was the Grand Army of the Republic, the Civil War veterans organization, similar to the modern American Legion, that was formed after the war..

    • July 10, 2013 10:54 pm

      That’s what I was trying to say. Sorry if it was unclear. I will try to tweak it now if it doesn’t mess things up too much!
      Thank you for the additional info, Gene! Very interesting!

  2. Owen Tuby permalink
    July 15, 2013 3:37 am

    Tell me more about the Fife & Drum Corp event at Historic Rittenhouse Town! What time, where do I park, is their an entrance fee????

    • July 15, 2013 4:02 pm

      Hello Owen,
      Excellent questions.
      The event starts at 11am this Wednesday with a Noon performance and it is FREE except for the food that will be for sale!
      As for parking: No parking will be permitted inside the Village for the event. There is limited parking along southbound Lincoln Drive and along Wissahickon Ave (between Walnut Lane and Lincoln Drive) by the Historic RittenhouseTown entrance. More parking will be provided around Thomas Mansion at 6245 Wissahickon Avenue.
      Thanks for following our blog!

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