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


“The music of the Army…” by John U. Rees ©1993, 2002 – An Abbreviated Study of the Ages of Musicians in the Continental Army

Part E.

Another old soldier, John McElroy, 11th Pennsylvania Regiment, had a unique story to tell of his service. He stated in his pension deposition, “As to my ocupation I have none being nearly blind … 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 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


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