View Full Version : Artillery drum design

03-28-2010, 05:17 PM
I've seen many examples of painted infantry snare drums. The classic design has red hoops, a blue shell and an eagle with a union shield and a red banner in it's beak with the regiment information on it. I've not been able, however, to find any examples or descriptions of an painted drum for an artillery unit. I've read that the shell color would have been artillery red instead of infantry blue, which makes sense, but I'm not sure if that is true or not. Were they similar?Can anyone link an image or describe what an artillery snare would have looked like?

03-29-2010, 08:23 AM
Here's an artillery drum produced by a major supplier of drums to the US Army, C & F Soistmann of Philadelphia. You can compare it to infantry Soistmanns at www.fielddrums.com and find more examples of artillery drums there.

03-29-2010, 10:13 AM
It appears to be the same design as the infantry drum but with a red shell background and a green regimental ribbon in the eagle's beak. Thanks. That's just what I wanted to see.

03-29-2010, 12:01 PM
It's actually blue even though it looks green in the photo