Fifes were a popular musical instrument in every regiment. The music was lively and patriotic, and the sound was very military and carried well across open fields. A simple fife like this WOULD PLAY 3 FULL OCTAVES OF NOTES. Stamped lightly just below the blow hole is "4 MS INF".This was an early 90 day regiment mustered in on April 21, 1861, one of the early regiments to answer Lincoln's initial call for troops. They came from Quincy, Mass. And built a camp in Fortress Monroe. THEY WERE THE FIRST NORTHERN TROOPS TO SET FOOT ON SECEDED CONFEDERATE TERRITORY!!! They also participated in the BATTLE OF BIG BETHEL, before being mustered out on July 22, 1861.
Losses at the battle were 1 killed and 2 wounded. The regiment re-enlisted for 9 months in August 1862, and served in the SIEGE OF PORT HUDSON under Gen. A great identified fife with a lot of early military history to add to any Civil War collection, and especially a collection of musical related items.VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND IDENTIFIED FIFES ANY LONGER. The 4th had a good early action record. Would have been a great thing to hear this fife in their midst as they marched along! This fife was nicely made.
It is an especially long one and measures 17 1/2 long. Ferrules are each 1 7/8 long.The item "Rare Civil War Identified Fife, 4th. Massachusetts Infantry, Musician, Quincey" is in sale since Sunday, April 12, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Other Civil War Original Items". The seller is "marvinsmom9" and is located in Hampden, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.