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Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada
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18TH CENTURY FRENCH DRUMMING
Report H E 9
Fortress of Louisbourg
Although references to drummers stationed at Louisbourg have been included, this report deals more generally with 18th century French drumming than with the drummers of the Louisbourg garrison. Little information on the drummers of the Troupes de la Marine has been found, making it necessary to place much reliance on sources detailing the service of the French infantry in fortified places. The music appended to the report has been provided by George P. Carroll, a noted expert on 18th century military music. The original source and exact date of composition of much of this music is, unfortunately, unknown.
Numerous details of exercises and ceremonies in which the garrison took part are, in this report, at variance with those provided by Victor Suthren in his "Les Troupes de la Marine de Louisbourg" due to the examination of additional source material.