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Lancaster Civil War Round Table welcomes fifer Tyrone Cornbower as its November presenter


The Lancaster Civil War Round Table welcomes Tyrone Cornbower as their speaker for Thursday, November 14, 2013.  His presentation is entitled “Sheepskin Fiddlers and Straw Blowers – Field Music during the Civil War.” Gettysburg National Military Park photograph.

During the American Civil War, two forms of music were authorized in the army: regimental bands and field music.  A company of infantry was authorized to have two musicians; typically one drummer and one fifer.  When assembled in their regiment, the drummers and fifers comprised the field music.  In jest, the soldiers called them sheepskin fiddlers and straw blowers. 

Using displays and the playing of drum and fife, Cornbower will portray a Union field musician and discuss the importance of field music to Civil War armies and will share his knowledge, displays and period music in keeping the spirit of the field musicians alive.

Cornbower  is a member of the 87th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Reenactors Association, York, PA and the 11th Pennsylvania Fife and Drum Corps, Gettysburg, PA.  He is also a living history greeter for the Friends of Gettysburg, Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center where he enjoys playing period fife music for park visitors.

The Lancaster Civil War Round Table will meet at the Lititz Public Library located at 651 Kissel Hill Road at 7:00 p.m.  These programs are free and open to the public.  For more information, call Micky by Wednesday, November 13, at 392-4976 or visit  

Micky Kraft & Ulli Baumann
Lancaster Civil War Round Table
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