Synopsis of yesterday's post: Jim Pace and Brian Siebel of the Union Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps were the featured presenters at the Grand Island Historical Society's November meeting. They shared the story of field musicians during the Civil War through story and music. They talked about their instruments (fife and drum) and they talked about the ways that music was used during the war for communications, entertainment, ceremonies, and much more. They said that music inspired soldiers when the battle was going badly. Musical signals were used to let soldiers know what they were supposed to do on the battlefield (forward march, commence firing, cease fire, march in retreat, etc.).
Today, I am sharing a few stories of the field musicians. The average age of the field musician was 24; however, there were some who were far younger.