German Organ Clock Plays USA Civil War Tunes
by Vincent Morgan (040316 MMDigest)

 


vmorgan_clock1.jpg (24 kb)I just came across a very unusual organ clock.  Perhaps a reader can help a bit.  What is known about the clock is that it plays seven Union songs on twenty-three reeds and twenty-three pipes.  The figurines are Zouaves from the North.

The clock movement was made in Germany by Jacob Bauerle in the mid-1800's.  The organ is marked Bruder.  This is probably either Andreas or Xaver Bruder, but it isn't certain.  The tunes are: William Tell, Tenting Tonight, The Hunter's Chorus, Tramp-Tramp-Tramp The Boys are Coming, The March (from Faust), Moishe Gunao, Battle Cry of Freedom and When This Cruel War is Over.

All of these tunes were played by the Union troops during the Civil War.  We believe it was made for some high-ranking American Union military official.  The question is, for whom?  I will post some photos.  If anyone has information it would be greatly appreciated.

Vincent Morgan, New York City
16 Mar 2004 15:18:15 -0500