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Bugles and Bugling prior to the Civil War

Some books and sources on Music from American Revolution

“A Military Journal During the American Revolutionary War: from 1775 to 1783
Describing Interesting Events And Transactions of This Period”

By James Thacher, MD Surgeon. Published in 1827 Published by Cottons and Barnards, Boston

The GoogleBook can be downloaded HERE

June 22, 1781:
22d.-Our division of the army crossed the Hudson at West Point-landing yesterday, and reached Peekskill at night. We have left our cantonments in a woody mountain, affording a romantic and picturesque scenery of nature clothed in her wild and winter attire, having scarcely the appearance of vegetation. A splendid world is now open to our view, all nature is in animation – the fields and meadows display the beauties of spring, a pleasing variety of vegetables and flowers perfume the air, and the charming music of the feathered tribe delights our ears. But there is a contrast in music. What can compare with that martial band, the drum and fife, bugle-horn and shrill trumpet, which set the war-horse in motion, thrill through every fibre of the human frame, still the groans of the dying soldier, and stimulate the living to the noblest deeds of glory? The full roll of the drum, which salutes the commander-in-chief, the animating beat, which calls to arms for the battle, the reveille, which breaks our slumbers at dawn of day, with “come, strike your tents, and march away,” and the evening tattoo, which commands to retirement and repose; these form incomparably the most enchanting music that has ever vibrated on my ear.


“The Music of the Army…”
An Abbreviated Study of the Ages of Musicians in the Continental Army By John Rees
(Part 1 of 2)

“The Music of the Army…”
An Abbreviated Study of the Ages of Musicians in the Continental Army By John Rees
(Part 2 of 2)

John Rees resides in Solebury, Pennsylvania, with his wife Linda and their two sons. He has been writing since 1986 on various aspects of the common soldiers’ experience, focusing primarily on the War for Independence. His current works include monographs on Civil War soldiers’ campaign shelters, the military use of wagons and watercraft in the Revolution, and the evolution of American soldiers’ rations, 1756 to 1945.

In addition to providing research to Monmouth Battlefield State Park and the Yorktown Victory Center, Mr. Rees’s work has appeared in the ALHFAM Bulletin (Association of Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums), The Brigade Dispatch (Journal of the Brigade of the American Revolution), The Continental Soldier (Journal of the Continental Line), Military Collector & Historian, Minerva: Quarterly Report on Women and the Military, and Muzzleloader Magazine. He is currently a regular contributor to Food History News writing about soldiers’ food from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

“Trumpets, Bugles and Horns in North America 1750-1815”
by Allan J. Ferguson

You can download his article here:
Trumpets Bugles and Horns in North America 1750-1815 Allan Ferguson

“Trumpet and Bugle Sources EASMES” (Early American Secular Music and Its European Sources)-A listing of manuals compiled by noted music historian Raoul Camus

You can download the list here:
Trumpet and Bugle Sources EASMES

The EASMUS website can he found HERE

“U.S. Army  Quartermaster General specifications for United States Bugles, Trumpets, and Accoutrements.” Compiled by Randy Rach, Corresponding Seceratary, Institute of American Bugle and Trumpet Collectors

You can download the list here:
USQM Specifications for Bugles Trumpets and Accoutrements

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