Presentation Drum

Civil War drummer Jacob Booz (1840–1909) was presented this drum in 1863 by officers of his regiment, Company C, 1st New Jersey Volunteers, for recognition of service. The drum is inscribed with 14 of the engagements that Booz participated in. He enlisted in the Civil War on March 22, 1861 and served until he was honorably discharged on June 23, 1864. Jacob Booz re-enlisted on September 2, 1864, and participated in three more engagements. He was honorably discharged on June 30, 1865.
After Jacob Booz's death, his family presented the drum to the State of New Jersey Museum. Woodrow Wilson was governor at that time, and when he became president, the drum was transferred to the Smithsonian in 1917. The drum was originally intended for presentation only, but a vent hole (in the center of the inscription) was added later by Booz, enabling him to actually play the drum, which he used until his death in 1909.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
Wilson, Woodrow
Booze, Jacob
William A. Pond & Co.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 35 cm x 45.2 cm; 13 3/4 in x 17 13/16 in
overall: 14 in x 17 7/8 in; 35.56 cm x 45.4025 cm
Place Made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Music & Musical Instruments
Civil War
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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