You are correct, there were no military drummers during the American Civil War, and current reenacting field musics units couldn't learn a rudiment or two from the links provided. The idea of a drum line of 8+ drummers with the same stick work, emphasis, unity and precision in their beats has nothing to do with ACW reenacting. Something about playing in a line next to a brick wall that brings out the inexactness in playing on natural drum heads while performing 'in concert'.
Originally Posted by R Beasly
I stand corrected.
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