Civil War Curators-ROOM 9
This is a snare drum used during the Civil War. It was used In the past because there was not the sophisticated communication equipment that is used in battle today. the The drummer played the drum to relay movements and battle orders.
Battle drums were extremely important in how the battle would go via the orders given and executed by the men in the battle carrying them out. All the troops were taught the various drum beats played by the battle drummer and what they meant so they could execute the orders given.These drums of war had to cut through the noise of battle so that the troops could hear what they were to do next. The battle drummer played his drum with a pair of drum sticks to create the volume needed to cut through the noise. If the battle was extremely noisy then several drummers would play at once .
The drum is useful today, but just as a form of entertainment. Now we have the ability to fight wars while sitting in a control room, so we definitely don't need drums anymore.