Fiddlers Who Deserted


Drums, fifes, and bands provided martial music ranging from battlefield signals to ceremonious pomp. The drummers, fifers, and musicians might also provide casual entertainment…

Musicians Who Deserted


There were drummers, there were fifers, and then there were men who had general musical talent, capable of playing several instruments. Many British, American…


Fifers Who Deserted


Fifes provided a melodic complement to the drums that provided cadence and conveyed signals to armies in the American Revolution. Like drummers, fifers were…

Drummers Who Deserted


Primary sources are essential for the best historical scholarship and writing. This week we will be examining advertisements for deserters who played instruments in…

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