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Drum, Snare

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Description Snare drum constructed of a varnished wood cylinder fastened with nails; skin stretched across two hoops on the ends and held in place with two red painted wooden counter-hoops. The counter-hoops are held in place with adjustable ropes with leather cuffs. A sinew cord across the bottom held taut with metal clamp. There is also a loose woven cotton shoulder strap. A blue maker label on inside visible through air hole: "WILLIAM KILBOURN/(SUCCESSOR TO GEORGE KILBOURN)/MANUFACTURER OF/BASS AND SNARE DRUMS/TAMBORINES, BANJOS, TOY DRUMS, RC./NO. 147 CLINTON AVENUE/ALBANY NY".

Civil War era snare drum manufactured by William Kilbourn. He was located at 147 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY from 1858-1863. (Directory of American Military Goods Dealers & Makers 1785-1915).

Henry Lewellyn Bigford 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, Wisconsin. Thomas is not listed in any Wisconsin rosters, but according to museum records, 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 was born in Wisconsin in 1849 and died in Oshkosh in 1935. He lived in Hortonville and worked for the Chicago & Northwestern Railway Company from 1872 - 1921. He retired to Oshkosh in 1923.
Dimensions H-13.5 Dia-16.5 inches
Year Range from 1858
Event Civil War
Year range to 1863
Made Kilbourn, William
Material Wood/Leather/Brass/Cotton/Steel
Makers mark WILLIAM KILBOURN/(SUCCESSOR TO GEORGE KILBOURN)/MANUFACTURER OF/BASS AND SNARE/*
Object ID 1998.31.1
Object Name Drum, Snare
Place of Origin Albany, NY
People Bigford, Henry Lewellyn
Used Bigford, Henry Lewellyn
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