Marching to the Tune
The centuries-old print process of etching matches well with Grooms's historical subject matter, and his rhythm of light and dark evokes music and movement. All companies of soldiers included a drummer and a bugler, or a fife player. From "reveille" to wake up, to retreat or "taps" at day's end, music was a constant part of every soldier's day. Drummers also guarded camps at night. Many were under the enlistment age of 18. During battles enough drummer boys picked up the weapons of dead soldiers and fought, so that generals began to depend upon their heroism as more experienced manpower dwindled.