Drummer Jarvis Hanks

Drummer Jarvis Hanks (HM1ZBJ)

Location: Carlisle, PA 17013 Cumberland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 12.25', W 77° 9.548'

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

—Served: July 25, 1814 —

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
Placed ByU.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
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Date Added Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 316239 N 4452653
Decimal Degrees40.20416667, -77.15913333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 12.25', W 77° 9.548'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 12' 15" N, 77° 9' 32.88" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Army Heritage Trail, Carlisle PA 17013, US
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