Wooden rim of an infantry drum with the remnants of the head still attached. An ink inscription identifies the drum rim to William H. Berry, Company K, 12th New Jersey Infantry. Berry enlisted in August 1862 as a musician and was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps in March 1865. The diameter of the rim is 17”. The 12th New Jersey was nicknamed the “Buck and Ball Regiment” for their use of that round in their .69 caliber smoothbore muskets. They were heavily engaged at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. A unique relic from a notable Union regiment.
William H. Berry - Enlisted on 8/16/1862 as a Musician. On 9/4/1862 he mustered into "K" Co. NJ 12th Infantry. He was transferred out on 3/20/1865. On 3/20/1865 he transferred into Veteran Reserve Corps. He was discharged on 9/4/1865.
Inventory Number: MUS 111 / SOLD