F. W. Kimble, Drummer Co B 14th Reg. Iowa Inf. Vols.; War of 1861

Iowa Volunteers Drum.  The best part about this drum is the old ink inscription on the top head: “F. W. Kimble, Drummer Co B 14th Reg. Iowa Inf. Vols.; War of 1861”.

Francis W. Kimble has a  listed residence of Agency City, IA when he enlisted at age 19 on 10/15/62 as a  drummer. He mustered into Company B., 14th Iowa Infantry on 11/26/62. He mustered out on 11/16/64.

The 14th Iowa saw action at Ft. Donleson, Shiloh (Pittsburg Landing), Vicksburg, and engagements related to the Red River Expedition.


  1. Two of my great-uncles, Nathan and Wyke Elliott were also drummers with the Iowa 14th Infantry. Records list both of them as being 18 years old, but they were 17 and 15, respectively. Both were wounded – one at Vicksburg. One of them later played his drum in the funeral procession of President Abraham Lincoln. It was really great to see a photo of this drum and know that the owner probably knew my great-uncles very well. Thank you very much for posting it.

    1. F. W. Kimble is my ancestor on my paternal grandmother’s side. I have in my possession original letters from him to his family with specific details on certain battles & his personal feelings.
      I would like to know where this drum is located at the present time.

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