This is an ORIGINAL CIVIL WAR DRUM, IDENTIFIED TO THE 10TH MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY WITH BATTLE HONORS INSCRIBED ON THE UPPER HEAD. An outstanding, historical artifact and especially rare for a drum. There are 2 types of Civil War Eagle Drums that I really take a liking to, excellent and/or identified. You'll find the best condition drum I've ever seen for sale later in this section. This one however, is of the identified type. This drum is in generally very good condition with an uncut body and original ropes, skins (bottom skin with a tear) and leather tugs (1 missing). It has a nice John Pollard label glued to the ID. The Federal Eagle painting is clear and weathered but retains the original painted riband bearing "10th Reg. Infantry". This is a drum that was there! A brass regimental insignia "10" is affixed to the body in the diamond tack design. The upper painted rim has "10th Massachusetts" scratched into it which is probably the remnant of a fountain pen inscription. The best part of the drum is a series of original period ink inscriptions that encircle the top head-rim with battle honors to include Fair Oaks, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Wilderness among others, all in period ink, original to the period and extremely faded. The drum as a whole is very presentable and rare. The 10th Mass. had a fantastic history to include the following service; Duty at Kalorama Heights and Camp Brightwood, Defenses of Washington, D.C., until March, 1862. Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4. Battle of Fair Oaks, Seven Pines, May 31-June 1. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Oak Grove, near Seven Pines, June 25. White Oak Swamp June 30. Malvern Hill July 1. At Harrison's Landing until August 16. Battle of Antietam September 18. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. "Mud March" January 20-24, 1863. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Operations at Franklin's Crossing April 29-May 2. Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg, May 3. Salem Heights May 3-4. Banks' Ford May 4. Franklin's Crossing June 6-7. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 2-4. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Rappahannock Station November 7. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. At Brandy Station until May 1, 1864. Rapidan Campaign May-June. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7. Spottsylvania May 8-12. Spottsylvania C. H. May 12-21. Assault on the Salient at Spottsylvania C. H. May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. Line of the Pamunkey June 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 17-19. Ordered home for muster out June 19. Mustered out July 6, 1864. The 10th lost during service 10 Officers and 124 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 55 Enlisted men by disease. For years I've had customers calling in for identified drums and have only had two previously. For history, this is the best I've had. This won't last long guys.