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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. 

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

        Drum corps, 93d New York Infantry, Bealeton, Virginia, August 1863. Photo credit: Timothy H. O'Sullivan (1840-1882). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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

        114th Pennsylvania Infantry Band (Zouaves), Brandy Station, Virginia, April 1864. Photo credit: Timothy H. O'Sullivan (1840-1882). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        8th New York State Militia Drum Corps, Drum Corps | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Drum Corps of the 8th New York State Militia, Arlington, Virginia, June 1861. Group portrait of 18 men and boys, many seated on drums. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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

        10th Veteran Reserve Corps band, Washington, DC, April 1865. [Alternately identified as the 9th Veteran Reserve Corps band.] Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Drum Corps of the 10th Veteran Reserve Corps at Leisure | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Drum corps of the 10th Veteran Reserve Corps at leisure, Washington, DC, June 1865. Photo credit: William Morris Smith. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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

        Drum corps of 61st New York Infantry, Falmouth, Virginia, March 1863. Photo credit: Timothy H. O'Sullivan (1840-1882). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Post Band, Fort Monroe, VA | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        The Post Band at Fort Monroe, Virginia, December, 1864. Group portrait of 24 uniformed men wearing hats with plumes; many are holding musical instruments. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        "Elmira Cornet Band," 33rd Regiment, New York State Volunteers | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Thirty-Third Regiment band, New York State Volunteers, July 1861. Group portrait of 16 men and boys with musical instruments. Drum reads: "Elmira Cornet Band." [Alternate title: "Band of the 8th New York State Militia, Arlington, VA, June 1861.] Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Div.

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