Avery Brown enlisted as a drummer with Company C, 31st Ohio Volunteer Infantry in 1861 at the age of nine (he lied about his age).
Photographs provided by the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion.
Avery Brown poses with his new, highly engraved, gold-plated Wonder model cornet made by the C.G. Conn Company of Elkhart, Indiana in an autographed 1887 cabinet card acquired by the museum for its C.G. Conn Archive.