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Musicians; Sailors

17th Maine Regiment Band, Virginia, ca. 1864

17th Maine Regiment Band, Virginia, ca. 1864

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Musicians: Calls and Tunes

Fifers, drummers, and buglers were crucial to regiments. Drummers kept the cadence during marches, and, along with fifers and buglers, played short calls that served as commands for soldiers.

Fifes were especially useful because they could be heard over the noise of battle.


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