Battle of New Orleans drummer boy's drum is up for auction
By MIKE SCOTT | NOLA Media Group, New Orleans | Published: April 26, 2019
NEW ORLEANS (Tribune News Service) — A drum that once belonged to Jordan Noble, the teenage drummer boy at the Battle of New Orleans who went on to become a local icon -- and which for a century was on loan to the Louisiana State Museum -- is on the auction block.
The drum, which dates to the Seminole Wars (which Noble participated in after the Battle of New Orleans) has an opening bid of $12,500. It is part of a larger collection of historic items from the private Gaspar Cusachs Collection that will be auctioned off May 4 by the Dallas-based Heritage Auctioneers.
Other items from the Cusachs Collection up for sale include a flag given to Andrew Jackson by the Ladies of Auxiliary of New Orleans after the 1815 Battle of New Orleans (opening bid: $5,000); a sword and leather scabbard believed to have belonged to to Pierre Maspero (opening bid: $1,250); three miniature oil portraits of Louisiana women (opening bid: $1,000); and an N.P. Ames artillery sword (opening bid: $500).
Jordan Noble's drum, however, is the highlight of the auction, given his local stature. Born a slave, he participated in the Battle of New Orleans as a 14-year-old, after which he went on to serve in the Seminole Wars, the Mexican War and the Civil War.
After his military service, Noble continued to play his drum for ceremonial events in New Orleans, from balls to parades to a performance at the 1884 Cotton Exposition. Hailed as a hometown hero, "Old Jordan," as he would become known, also began a New Year's tradition of marching through the streets of the city with a friend who played the fife.
He died in 1890 at age 90 and was memorialized in The Daily Picayune, which wrote, " The famous drummer boy of New Orleans has gone to join his comrades of many campaigns. Peace to him and honor to the brave man who served his country so often and so well."
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