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Major Alexander H. Johnson papers, 1861-1865

Alexander H. Johnson, first black musician to enlist during the Civil War

Alexander H. Johnson, at 16 years of age, was the first black musician to enlist during the Civil War.

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Location
Worcester Historical Museum (Worcester, Mass.) External Link
Background
Alexander H. Johnson was a drummer boy with the 54th Massachusetts Volunteers during the Civil War. He later taught drums and was active in the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), Col. George H. Ward Post No. 10 of Worcester, Mass. Johnson used the "Major" designation, because he considered himself a Drum Major.
Contents
An autographed inscribed segment of parchment drum head, with supporting documentation regarding provenance.

(See the NUCMC catalog record) (PDF, 65 KB)








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