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Physical Description
Wood with personal carvings.
Specific History
At 24 years old, Solomon Conn, a son of a hotel keeper in Minamac, Indiana, enlisted as a private in Company B of the 87th Indiana Infantry on July 26, 1862. He purchased this violin in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 1, 1863. Conn carried the violin while serving, although his family admitted that he never learned to play. Written on the back of the instrument are the names of places where the soldiers of the 87th were either on duty or engaging the enemy. More place names are written along the left and right edges of the sides. Among the more well-known battles the 87th took part in were the Battle of Chickamauga in September 1863 and Kennesaw Mountain in June 1864. By the end of the war, the 87th Volunteers had lost 283 men, most of them to disease.
This object stands as a unique memento of the common soldier during the Civil War.
Currently not on view
Conn, Solomon
United States: Tennessee, Nashville
associated place
United States: Indiana
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (part material)
overall: 24 in x 8 in x 4 in; 60.96 cm x 20.32 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
S. Jackson Conn and William M. Conn
related event
Civil War
Battle of Chickamauga, 1863
Civil War and Reconstruction
Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, 1864
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Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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