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From: Freddie Spradlin <>
Subject: Civil War Drum Returns to Carroll County
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 20:05:57 -0500 (EST)

Thanks to:
Mary A Sutphin <>
for forwarding this to me.

I think the folks who originate in Carroll will be interested in this.
Especially those who had relatives in 29th VA. Infantry. This is
from "The Carroll News," Wed. Dec. 30th. Very condensed.
"Civil War Drum returns to the county where it was made."
"A part of Carroll County's Civil War history was recently returned
to the county through the efforts of of the Carroll County Citizens
Committee for Historic Preservation.
Gary Marshall explained, court clerk Wheatly spotted in an estate
auction a listing for a Civil War era snare drum made in Carroll County.

The auction was held in Charlottesville.
Marshall describes the drums history as uniquely tied to Carroll County.

"Joshua Mabry, a wheelwright, whose business was was just east of
Hillsville, made the drum. When the Civil War started and units were
recruited, the drum was taken with Company D, 29th VA. Infantry,
where Alfred Gardner, another Carroll native served as company drummer
throughout the war. Gardner, 1837-1925 described how he would wake the
company with his drum. Another family story recalls a goose being grabbed
by Gardner and stuffed inside one of the drums he used on the march near

When the war ended in 1865, Gardner walked home carrying the drum, just
as he had done four years through the war. The late John Perry Alderman
wrote the definitive history of the 29th VA. Inf., which reflects the
journey of the snare drum, as it reflects the battle action of the 29th."
Marshall states, "It (the drum) represents an aspect of the heritage of
our county. It makes concrete the hallowed memory of a definitive period in
the formation of our American nation. For this drum, even in defeat, once
voiced the sounds of war, a war that shaped a divided people into the
United States of America."

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