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Richard Coulter Drum (1825-1909)

 

The Drum Barracks Civil War Museum is housed in the last remaining wooden building of the Drum Barracks, named after Adjutant General Richard Coulter Drum, head of the Department of the Pacific. Below is a chronology of Drum's life:

  • Mary 25th, 1825 - Richard Coulter Drum is born in Pennsylvania
  • December 16, 1846 - Drum enlisted in the Army as a private, Co. K, 1st Pennsylvania Volunteers
  • February 18, 1847 - He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, 9th Infantry
  • April 9, 1847 - He was assigned to the 9th Infantry
  • September 13, 1847 - He was brevetted to 1st Lieutenant for gallant and meritorious conduct in the Battle of Chapultepec
  • March 8, 1848 - He was transferred to the 4th Artillery
  • September 8, 1850 - Drum was promoted to 1st Lieutenant
  • March 16, 1861 - Drum was brevetted to Captain, Assistant Adjutant General
  • August 3, 1862 - Promoted to Major, Assistant Adjutant General
  • July 17, 1862 - Promoted to Lt. Colonel
  • Assigned to the Pacific Division under General Sumner and Wright
  • 1866 - Transferred to the Atlantic Division under General George Meade
  • September 24, 1864 - Brevetted to Colonel for meritorious and faithful service during the Civil War
  • March 13, 1865 - Brevetted to Brigadier-General for faithful and meritorious service in the Adjutant General's Department during the War
  • February 22, 1869 - Promoted to Colonel, Assistant Adjutant General
  • 1873 - Assigned to the Missouri Division under General Sheridan
  • 1877 - In charge of the Division during Sheridan’s absence and handled so well the railroad riots in Ft. Wayne and Chicago that he received the personal thanks of the Secretary of War
  • 1878-1880 - Senior Assistant Adjutant-General on duty in the War Department in Washington, D.C.
  • June 15, 1880 - Promoted to Brigadier-General, Adjutant-General
  • May 28, 1889 - Drum retires from the Army
  • October 15, 1909 - Drum passes away

 

Donations Wanted! Civil War Artifacts and Books

Do you have Civil War related artifacts or books that you would like to donate to the Drum Barracks? Contact Museum Director, Tara Fansler, at 310-548-7509.