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“The music of the Army…” by John U. Rees ©1993, 2002


An Abbreviated Study of the Ages of Musicians in the Continental Army

Part D.

Samuel Dewees, a fifer in the Pennsylvania Line, recounted that, “…I divided my peacock feathers with Pat Coner [a drummer], and we decorated our caps in fine style with peacock plumes.” (Samuel Dewees, A History of the Life and Services of Captain Samuel Dewees… The … Continue reading


“The music of the Army…” by John U. Rees ©1993, 2002


An Abbreviated Study of the Ages of Musicians in the Continental Army

Part C.

The age of a musician occasionally had other benefits (or possibly embarrassments) and sometimes affected the duties he performed. James Holmes, a drummer in the 11th Pennsylvania Regiment, was 13 years old when he joined in 1778. He stated in his deposition “that he was … Continue reading


“The music of the Army…” by John U. Rees ©1993, 2002


An Abbreviated Study of the Ages of Musicians in the Continental Army

Part B.

Once the man’s age and service were ascertained there had to be some method of processing the information that would serve to make it useful. For statistical purposes it was decided to use the age of each musician at their first known service as a … Continue reading


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