Eagle Drum Traced to Levi Perry, 4th Maine Volunteer Regiment
Letter from James Robinson, a Reader:
My name is James Robinson and I have a civil war drum that was played by my ancestor Levi Perry I believe in 1861 or so. Anyway, it is in as good of shape as the one in this photo on your site [Met Museum's Soistmann Eagle Drum] and I have the sticks with it. I am a drummer myself of 45 years. I have no children to pass it on to as it was passed to me. I would like to sell it to someone who would take care of it. If you can help, let me know and I will saend pictures.
I received the following photos (click on them to enlarge):
I did a little Google research on Levi Perry:
===== http://bit.ly/j1o4yfArmy at home: women and the Civil War on the northern home front By Judith Ann GiesbergIntroduction: p. 183, ft. nt. 31:"This issue seems to have plagued many farm families. Levi Perry, a soldier serving in a Maine regiment, for instance, wrote home to his mother when he found out that his brother had enlisted. 'I think [Chandler] has done wrong for he promised me when I left home that he would stay and take care of things at home.' Perry worried that 'now there is no one to look to things but you.' Levi Perry to 'Mother,' July 26, 1862, in Silber and Sievens, Yankee Correspondence, 138."
Family or govermant [sic] (843 3 ).... War. Pg.128 2.) Levi Perry, from an article by Andy DeRoche, "Blending Loyalties Maine Soldiers Respond To The Civil War," Pg.129 ….Andy DeRoche, 303-678-3825Boulder County Campus Social Sciences[I left a voice message for Andy DeRoche who wrote to me May 20. More material may be coming from him re Levi Perry.]
Perry family correspondence, 1861-1864 by Perry family (book) in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Correspondence of the following members of the Perry family who served in the Civil War, Levi Perry: served with 4th Maine Regiment all four years of the war. Most of his correspondence (about forty letters) is to his mother Sarah Hall Perry (1861-1864). Chandler Perry, Jr. and Tad (?) Perry: correspondence to their mother Sarah Hall Perry (1863). Chandler Perry, Sr.: Correspondence to his wife Sarah (1861). Perry joined the 4th Maine Regiment, Company D, as hospital nurse and was taken prisoner in 1861. He died in Libby Prison of typhoid fever. Other topics represented include the Maine militia.The material described in this catalog record is located in the collections of the Maine Historical Society, Portland, Me.
76. LEVI13 PERRY (DIMON12, ALICE11 SOULE, MERCY10 SOUTHWORTH, MARY9 PABODIE, ELIZABETH8 ALDEN, PRISCILLA7 MULLINS, ALICE6 ATWOOD, NICHOLAS5, JOHN HEWSON4, JOHN3, JOHN2, PETER1) was born February 16, 1776 in Pembroke, Mass., and died July 12, 1847 in Poland, Maine. He married NANCY DWYNE December 01, 1796 in Poland, Maine. She died April 07, 1861 in Poland, Maine.Children of LEVI PERRY and NANCY DWYNE are:i. JOEL S14 PERRY, b. December 08, 1797; d. September 17, 1865.ii. ARTIMIS PERRY, b. January 17, 1800.iii. ABIGAIL PERRY, b. May 25, 1806.iv. LEVI PERRY, b. August 22, 1808; m. BETHIA B. PERRY; b. July 24,1836.v. ALASON PERRY, b. April 22, 1813.vi. JOHN L PERRY, b. May 02, 1816; d. 1876.vii. ALMIRA PERRY, b. November 03, 1803; d. 1861.
===== http://bit.ly/kP7sb2Levi Perry served as a corporal with the Fourth Maine Volunteer Regiment. In this letter to his mother, Sarah Hill Perry, Perry worries that she will be unable to look after the farm after her only other child enlisted., p. 138Yankee correspondence: Civil War letters between New England soldiers and ... By Nina Silber, Mary Beth Sievens
Levi G. Perry, corporal, enlisted Oct. 28, 1862 [Company D], p. 46.
===== "4th Main Volunteer Infantry Regiment - Company D" shows Levi G. Perry of Rumford, Maine, to have been in the 4th Maine Infantry, Company D, age 20 when mustered into service June 15, 1861. Compiled by Bruce Towers, Prospect, CT (1998). Source: the "Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine for the year ending December 31, 1863". Also, age 22 when promoted to corporal (presumably) October 28, 1862.
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