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Original Civil War Rosewood Fife


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This is another interesting item being offered, it is a Civil War Fife. It measures 16 1/4" long and has what appears to be German silver ferrules. It is void of any markings, which is typical for early to mid-19th century instruments.

During the Civil War fifers and drummers played only for their own companies when on detached duty or on a guard service but would also entertain their comrades in the evening. The Union and the Confederacy both had musicians assigned to their regiments; a typical company of 100 men would have one drummer and one fifer. Regimental or battalion levels had a fife and drum corps consisting of 10 fifers and 10 drummers drawn from each company by the Drum Major (see period photographs of fifers).

The Drum Major and Fife Major were noncommissioned officers who were responsible for selecting, training, and organizing the corps. Field musicians were also used as stretcher bearers as well as aides to the medical staff. In my recent book "The Civil War Soldier - His Personal Items", I have fifes pictured and I go into more detail about the importance of music to the Civil War soldier (see pictures).

A most desirable instrument in style, this beautiful fife remains in very nice condition. A very similar example is in the Gettysburg Museum (see pictures). What I truly like about this one is that it shows the signs of use, but not abused, which adds to its charm and desirability. It would make an excellent addition to any Civil War or instrument collection.

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