Lot 1001
Identified Union Army Drum From The Battle of Fredericksburg
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Carried and later paint decorated by William E. Scranton, musician, Co. I, 15th Connecticut Infantry; the drum's wooden shell is emblazoned with stars and rays over a streamer reading "Battle of Fredericksburg Dec 13th 1862," this being above "Wm. E. Scranton" and two federal flags behind an American shield. Included are two rosewood drumsticks.

13.25 in. high; 16 in. head

From the Personal Collection of Bob Timberlake, Lexington, North Carolina

William Scranton enlisted in New Haven on August 13, 1862 as a Musician and was discharged for disability on March 5, 1863. Included is a copy of an 1880s photograph showing an older Scranton with a local drum corps. He died in 1890.

The drum was restored in 1986 by Paul Mears of the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort, NC. The original shell and rims are fitted with modern tension ropes and skin heads; some finish loss and repaired splits to the shell; four small nail holes on the upper rim.