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        Civil War Band and Drum Corps | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Explore a gallery of images of drum corps and bands of the Civil War era. Regimental bands consisted mostly of brass and percussion instruments. They served an important purpose during the Civil War by playing at recruitment rallies, boosting morale among soldiers, and playing songs that weary soldiers would march to as they prepared for battle. 

        Bealeton, Va., Drum Corps, 93rd New York Infantry | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, Meade in Virginia, August-November, 1863.

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        Band of the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry (Zouaves) | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, winter quarters, at Brandy Station, December 1863-April 1864.

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        Drum Corps, 8th New York State Militia, Arlington, Va., June 1861

        Group portrait of 18 men and boys, many seated on drums. Arlington, Va., June, 1861.

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        Band Of 10th Veteran Reserve Corps | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        This is a group portrait of 15 uniformed band members holding instruments, with two drums in foreground. The image was taken in Washington, DC, in April, 1865.

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        Drum Corps Of 61st New York Infantry | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        A group portrai of 14 boys, posed with drums, in Falmouth, Va. Taken in April, 1863.

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        The Post Band In Fort Monroe, Va. | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        A photograph of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, specifically of Fort Monroe, Va.

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        Band Of The 8th New York State Militia | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Group portrait of 16 men and boys posed with musical instruments.

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        Drum Corps Of The 10th Veteran Reserve Corps | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Photograph of the Washington DC drum corps of the 10th Veteran Reserve Corps.

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