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07-05-2006, 12:03 PM
This is probally a daft question but did bands play songs ON the battlefield? Like in the Napoleonic era?

I remeber once at our redoubt (Scenario is the French prisoners escape which actually happend and try and overun the garrison but we counter attack in a bloody hand to hand battle lasting 6 mins haha)

We had a lad playing the fife and two drummers who played some stirling tunes as the redcoats marched up the causeway under french fire.

07-05-2006, 12:10 PM
Please try doing your own research before posting a question.

07-05-2006, 12:24 PM
Whos Tim?

Advie noted

07-05-2006, 01:10 PM
I think Mr. Shifflet was assuming your name is Tim, as that's the name in your automatic signature file, and most folks do tend to sign a name on this particular forum (as it's nice to know with whom we're conversing.)

If you'll head for the library, ask at the circulation desk for a reference or research librarian. They can be very helpful in locating volumes of soldier's letters, diaries, reminisces, and official records that will give you a lot of detail information regarding the experiences of soldiers, both on campaign and in stable camps between campaigns. It's fascinating reading, and I think you'll enjoy getting a sense of context for future events and impressions. You can also ask their help in finding books to read about science, literature, politics, farming, mining, education, world exploration--all the "what's going on in the wide, wide world" stuff that will add depth to any impression, and also give you a handle on what a soldier might be missing out on while serving.

07-05-2006, 11:03 PM
Here is a bibliography of books on Civil War Music to get you started so you can find a answer to your question on bands.

Shamless plug time!
www.jvmusic.net sells the Hall, Smith and Elrod books

Battisti, Frank L. “American Diary.” Winds (Autumn 1999): 6.

Bernard, Kenneth A. Lincoln and the Music of the Civil War. Coldwell, ID: Caxton Printers, 1966.

Billings, John D. Hardtack and Coffee or The Unwritten Story of Army Life. Boston: George Smith and Co., 1887. Reprinted by Nebraska Press, 1993.

Brice, Marshall M. The Stonewall Brigade Band. Verona, VA: McClure Printing, 1967.

Bruce, George B. and Emmett, Daniel D. The Drummer's and Fifer's Guide: A Self-Instructor. New York: Wm. A. Pond, 1865.

Bryant, Carolyn. And the Band Played On: 1776-1976. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1975.

Downey, Fairfax. Fyfe, Drum and Bugle. Ft. Collins, Co.: The Old Army Press, 1971.

Fennell, Frederick. “The History of American Bands.” The Instrumentalist (October 2000): 66-68.

Felts, Jack "Some Aspects of the Rise and Development of the Wind Band during the Civil War," Journal of Band Research III/2 (Spring 1967)

Goldman, Richard Franko. The Wind Band: Its Literature and Technique. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, Inc., 1961.

Garofalo, Robert and Elrod, Mark. A Pictorial History of Civil War Era Musical Instruments and Military Bands. Charleston, WV: Pictorial Histories Publishing, 1985.

Hall, Harry H. A Johnny Reb Band from Salem: The Pride of Tarheelia. Raleigh, NC: The North Carolina Confederate Centennial Commission, 1963.

Hill, Lois ed. Poems and songs of the Civil War. New York: The Fairfax Press 1990.

Hazen, Margaret Hindle and Hazen, Robert M. The Music Men: An Illustrated History of Brass Bands in America, 1800-1920. Washington D.C., London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1987.

Lord, Francis A. and Wise, Arthur. Bands and Drummer Boys of the Civil War. South Brunswick, NJ: A. S. Barnes, 1966.

Olson, Kenneth E. Music and Musket, Bands and Bandsmen of the American Civil War. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1981.

Rauscher, Frank Music on the March 1862-'65 with the Army of the Potomac (Philadelphia: Press of William F. Fell, 1892.

Smith, Brian. Bandstands to Battlefields. (With an introduction by Jari Villanueva). Gansevoort, NY: Corner House Historical Publications, 2004.

Schwartz, H. W. Bands of America. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1957.

White, William C. A History of Military Music in America. New York: Exposition Press, 1944. Reprinted by Greenwood Press, Westport, Conn., 1975.

Whitwell, David. A Concise History of the Wind Band. Northridge, CA: Winds, 1985.

Jari Villanueva

07-06-2006, 04:43 AM
oh yeah.

Sorry my signature is an old Irish song based on the tune of bonnie blue flag, its called Irish volunteer