Civil War Drummer Boy Henry Lewellyn Bigford

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Description Large Format crayon portrait depicting Civil War Drummer Boy Henry Lewellyn Bigford.
Year Range from 1861
Event Civil War
Film Size 4" x 5"
Year range to 1864
Medium Photographic paper, charcoal
Neg # 23457
Notes Large Format crayon portrait depicting Civil War Drummer Boy Henry Lewellyn Bigford. He is not listed as a soldier in any of the Wisconsin rosters. Eleven year old Henry was the son of Captain Thomas Bigford of Taycheedah, Fond du Lac County. Thomas is not listed in any Wisconsin rosters, but according to a note attached to the original drum (Accession # 2001.106) Henry used the drum to help his father recruit soldiers. Thomas Bigford was born in New York state and owned a farm south of Taycheedah. His older son Royal Bigford served as a private in the 1st Wisconsin Battery from 10/31/1864 - 7/18/1865.
Henry Lewellyn Bigford was born in Taycheedah, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin in 1849, the son of Thomas Bigford. As a boy he helped his father recruit volunteers by playing his drum. Henry later lived in Hortonville and worked for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad from 1872 - 1921. He retired to Oshkosh in 1923 and died in Oshkosh in 1935.
Object ID P2001.106
Object Name Portrait, Crayon
People Bigford, Henry Lewellyn
Place Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Print size 8" x 10"
Subjects Portrait photographs
Civil War
Recruiting & enlistment
Title Civil War Drummer Boy Henry Lewellyn Bigford
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