The Spirit of '76, American Revolutionary War, 1776
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Musicians in battle: pictures of the brave and the bold
11. The Spirit of '76, American Revolutionary War, 1776
Fifes have been used by armies since the 16th century to keep marching men motivated with favourite tunes from home. Painter Archibald MacNeal Willard (1836–1918) was inspired to create this after he saw a parade pass through his town square. He used his father as the model for the middle man.