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Music and Musicians

Each Vermont Civil War infantry, cavalry and sharpshooter company and artillery battery had at least one, frequently two musicians, a fifer or a bugler and a drummer. Each cavalry company had at least one, frequently two, usually buglers or trumpeters. In addition to these, each regiment had one or two senior musicians, called Principal Musician or Chief Bugler.

In addition, at the beginning of the war, the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth infantry regiments had separate bands, consisting of 21 to 24 members each.

Articles on bands, instruments and the history of music in the Civil War:

Second Regiment Band.
Third Regiment Band.
Fourth Regiment Band.
Fifth Regiment Band.
First Brigade Band
James Herbert George and the Tenth Regiment Band
Civil War Music
Singing in prison mentioned in Captain Eli Holden's Personal Experience At Libby Prison
A 9th Regiment bugle in the Tom Morris Collection
An article on Civil War Music by David Niles.
Richard H. Morse's Drum in the John Gibson Collection
U.S. Army Bands in History - The Civil War

Benedict's "Vermont in the Civil War" refences bands in Chapter 5 (p. 65), Chapter 6 (p. 100), Chapter 7 (p. 129), Chapter 22 (p. 83), Chapter 25 (pp. 350, 389), Chapter 26 (pp. 420, 426-27), and Chapter 28 (p. 542).

Do a Google Search on Musicians on the site.

Musicians with Biographies

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