By Miriam Raftery
Photos: Norm Case examines Civil War drum played at the Battle of Shiloh (photo, left) by his ancestor, Philo L. Case (photo, right)
May 28, 2017 (Ramona)--Philo Case, a drummer in the Union Army, played the long roll that called troops to arms during the battle of Shiloh, one of the bloodiest conflicts in the Civil War. This Memorial Day weekend, his drum is on display at Hatfield Creek Winery in Ramona at 2 p.m. each day.
Norm Case, Philo's descendent, shared the amazing history handed down through his family -- a tale that includes not only Civil War stories, but also a mystery involving another branch of his family tree that includes the niece of John Wilkes Booth. Case says she's told him her family has kept a secret for generations--claiming her uncle came to Yakima, Washington and asked that his presence be kept secret -- after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.