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Drummer Jarvis Hanks

11th U.S. Infantry, Battle of Lundy’s Lane

 

—Served: July 25, 1814 —

 
Drummer Jarvis Hanks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. Drummer Jarvis Hanks Marker
Inscription. Promised by a sergeant that he would only play a drum during recruiting duty. Jarvis Hanks of the 11th U.S. Infantry, who at 14 years of age, would beat his drum at one of the most formative moments of Army history. Combining communication and inspiration, the drum served as the regiment’s heartbeat sending signal that regulated a regiment in camp, on the march and in battle. Drummer Hanks was with his regiment as it was molded into a professional fighting force under Brigadier General Winfield Scott in upstate New York during the spring of 1814 and fought with the regiment during the bloody Niagara campaign. Posted behind the colors during engagements, he beat out his officers’ commands at famous battles such as Chryslers Farm, Chippawa, and Lundy’s Lane where the regulars matched themselves against the best of British infantry.

“There was no stopping or escape, into battle we must go.”
Jarvis Hanks, Drummer 11th U.S. Infantry
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location. 40° 12.25′ N, 77° 9.548′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.

Insert - Military drum image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
2. Insert - Military drum
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Carlisle Forge (here, next to this marker); Model 1857 Light 12 Pound Gun-Howitzer (within shouting distance of this marker); Bugler John Cook (within shouting distance of this marker); A Toll Paid in Blood (within shouting distance of this marker); Obstacle Course (within shouting distance of this marker); Training Center (within shouting distance of this marker); A Soldier Story (within shouting distance of this marker); A Century of Protection (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Insert - Scott at Chippawa image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
3. Insert - Scott at Chippawa
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 1, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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