Daily we hear the muffled drum, accompanied by the shrill, shrieking tones of the fife …

Corporal James Henry Gooding, 54th Massachussetts, was a soldier-reporter who reported events to the citizens of New Bedford, MA.

“Daily we hear the muffled drum, accompanied by the shrill, shrieking tones of the fife, which tells us that the ‘fell destroyer, Death,’ is near.”
CWT, Vol. XLII No5 Dec 2003

  • 54th_Musicians
    These are musicians Gooding would have heard playing the drum and fife.

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    More about Corporal Gooding

    James Henry Gooding was a Seaman from New Bedford, MA., before the war and was 26 years old when he enlisted on 2/14/63 as a Sergeant. On 3/30/1863 he was mustered into “C” Co. MA 54th Infantry.

    He was wounded at Olustree and captured in 1864, died at Andersonville Prison on 7/19/64.

    Andersonville_HW

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