Civil War drum (inside wood crate); Drum with blue panel on which is painted United States Seal. On red ribbon in eagle's beak reads "9th REGt U.S. INFANTRY" Red band around top and bottom of drum. Pasted on bottom drum head: 9th Vt. Regt. Drum"
This is the drum of the 9th Vermont Regiment, mustered into service on July 9, 1862. The regiment saw a considerable amount of action throughout the Civil War. They defended Harpers Ferry in 1862, guarded Camp Douglas in Chicago in 1863, and fought the Battle of Fair Oaks in 1864 when they also moved to New York City during the presidential election to help keep the peace. Additional military engagements included the sieges of Petersburg and Richmond from September 1864 until April 2, 1865. After the war ended, they occupied Richmond for several months.