Revolutionary-era military drum

A Revolutionary-era drum belonging to the “Drummer Boy of Fort McHenry” (Baltimore), 16-year-old Henry Lightner, who played throughout the battle in September 1814. He is believed to have inherited the drum from his father, Revolutionary War drummer Michael Lightner, who survived the infamous winter at Valley Forge, Pa. According to historian and drummer Ken Smith-Christmas, formerly of the National Museum of the U.S. Army project, 18th century drums were typically a “square” 18-inch diameter by 18-inch depth, with two inches of hoops at each end. The drum is currently in the collection of the Flag House and Star Spangled Museum in Baltimore. (Photo courtesy of the Flag House and Star Spangled Museum)

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