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Original! 5th Mass. Infantry- BALLOT BOX - (Co. A Drummer Eugene F. Viles)

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Our illustrations will do best to describe this classic Co. Ballot box except to advise that we have left all just as we acquired it simply to avoid any question of originality of the markings. All is in excellent condition as you can see with original marbles and black pieces to cast for rejection. The top is period marked 5 MS INF CoA and on the side in smaller letters is Gene F. Viles. How Viles came into possession of the Co. ballot box has been lost in history. We are aware that such boxes were used in some outfits to elect NCOs and on occasion line officers but have never run across an example of use for selection in the musician ranks. In instances of more than one qualified drummer, the Co. Drummer could have been selected by vote? Anyway, we know that young Eugene F. Viles was a fifteen year old Charlestown, Mass student when he enlisted and was mustered in on September 29, 1862 as a drummer of Co. A 5th Mass. Volunteer Infantry. He mustered out with the regiment at the conclusion of their term on July 2, 1863 then reenlisted and was mustered into D Co. 30th Mass. Infantry on April 16, 1864. He is listed on Co. rolls as DRUMMER. He was a patient at Hilton Head General Hospital effective September 7, 1865 and was discharged for disability on October 16, 1865. His pension records indicate that he also had service in the U. S. Navy serving on the Ohio, the Mohongo, the Mochigan and on the Vermont. Viles died on July 11, 1929 at the National Soldiers Home, Virginia. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!



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