Catalog #: 58146M Accession #: 204703
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History
Dimensions / Weight
Dimensions: 0.5" H x 14" W x 0.5" D
This fife from the period of the American Revolution was unearthed on Red Bank battleground in 1880 near the New Jersey Monument.
A fife is a small transverse flute, pitched to B flat. There are six holes and no keys.
"The drum and fife regulated the Revolutionary War soldier's life. By commands of music, the soldier was notified when to awake in the mornings, when to attend drill, when to stop for meals, and when to report for pay. While on the march, music assisted with cadence and order, helping men to march in time. Music encouraged soldiers to press a march or attack with vigor."
Country: United States
State: New Jersey
War: War of American Independence