This bass drum was owned by David Brotherton, who served in Company D of the 17th Michigan Infantry during the American Civil War. The drum features a red-painted wooden shell and the head is decorated with an Bald Eagle perched on an American shield. The words "Presented by the officers of Company D June 3, 1865" are also painted on the drum head.
During the Battle of the Wilderness in May of 1864, Brotherton's unit was nearly captured. He was fleeing through the woods when his drum became caught between some trees and he was forced to cut it loose. He was nearly demoted for losing the drum, but some officers took up a collection and bought him this drum in June of 1864. The decorations painted on the drum were added in 1897 on the occasion of David Brotherton's death.
Canvas, Wood, Rope, Leather
16" h 29" w
Current Location Status:
Gift Of Miss Mary Brotherton