Wonderful collection of items belonging to Jacob B. Case, who enlisted as a private in the 9-month 30th New Jersey Infantry in September 1863. The regiment performed guard duty near Washington D.C. and Aquia Creek, Virginia, and was present at the Battle of Chancellorsville but fortunately was not engaged and suffered no combat casualties. Case was mustered out with the regiment in June 1863. The interior of Case’s bass drum bears the maker’s label of William Mixer, a drum maker in Ellisburgh, New York. The label is signed “Daniel Baldwin,” possibly a craftsman or someone who repaired the drum at a later date. The drum measures 22” in height and is 24” wide with an unpainted body, black painted rims, and original rope tensioners. A brass tack design adorns the area around the vent/viewing hole. The head is painted in red and black ink “J.B. CASE Co.D 30th REGT. NJ Vol 1862.” The drum comes with the original sticks with leather covered heads. The accompanying charcoal print depicts Case as an older man seated with this exact drum and is housed in a 25” by 29” frame. The lot includes the September 12, 1893 issue of the Hunterdon County Democrat, which contains a short piece on Case and his drum, declaring that Mr. Case was a drummer boy in the 30th, and this drum, with its sticks, are the same he used during the term of Regiment’s enlistment. He prizes the articles very highly. A rare and desirable grouping from a Civil War drummer.
NEW JERSEY 30TH INFANTRY (9 MONTHS)
Thirtieth Infantry. -Cols., Alexander E. Donaldson, John J. Cladek; Lieut.-Col., Arthur S. Ten Eyck; Majs. Walter Camman, William A. Henry. This regiment, mainly recruited in the county of Somerset, was mustered into service at Flemington on Sept. 17, 1862, and left for Washington, 1,006 strong, on the 30th. Upon arriving at the capital, it went into camp, but soon afterward proceeded to Tenallytown, Md. where it remained until Nov. 30, when it moved to Fort Carroll, where it was brigaded with the 22nd, 28th, and 31st N. J. and 137th Pa. regiments and proceeded to Liverpool Point on the lower Potomac, where it crossed to Acquia creek on Dec. 5. It spent the ensuing winter performing the routine duties of camp life and at the battle of Chancellorsville, although exposed, it escaped the perils of actual combat. The withdrawal of the army having been determined upon, the regiment returned to its old position and soon afterward, its term of service having expired, marched to Washington, whence it proceeded to New Jersey and in due time was mustered out. The total strength of the regiment was 1,046 and it lost during its term of service by resignation 14, by discharge 42, by promotion 27, by transfer 2, by death 64, by desertion 14, by dismissal 1, mustered out 882.
Jacob Case - Enlisted on 9/3/1862 as a Private. On 9/17/1862
he mustered into "D" Co. NJ 30th Infantry. He was Mustered Out on
6/27/1863 at Flemington, NJ
Inventory Number: IDE 181