Civil War Union Eagle Battle Drum, 27th New York Infantry MALVERN HILL!

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Positive identification on this super rare pure regulation US Infantry BATTLE DRUM! Clearly shows field use and wear and untouched in all respects! Inside the drum is the name G.W. Barney and 27th Regiment, along with other information. The bottom skin is missing as are most of the pulls, but there is a bit still present with it. Identified battle drums are beyond rare, as most have no identification and very few are marked as well as this example. There are restoration services available who can do an incredible amount to it, but in all candor I prefer it like it is–exactly as used and stored after the Civil War!

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Name: G W Barney
Gender: Male
Rank: Drum Major
GAR Muster Age: 47
Birth Place: Waverly, Pennsylvania
Enlistment Date: 17 Jun 1863
GAR Muster Place: New York, USA
Company: D
Regiment or Branch of Service: 30 Pa Vol
Residence Place: Binghamton
Occupation: Carpenter
Post Number: 250
Post Description: Post 250 Descriptive Book

George W. Barney, Jr
Residence was not listed; 18 years old.
Enlisted on 5/21/1861 at Mount Morris, NY as a Musician.
On 9/1/1861 he mustered into “H” Co. NY 27th Infantry
He was discharged for disability on 11/27/1862 at Alexandria, VA
He also had service in:
“K” Co. NY 14th Light Artillery (Later served)

Cols., Henry W. Slocum, Joseph J. Bartlett, Alexander D. Adams, Lieut.-Cols., Joseph J. Chambers,
Alexander Duncan Adams, Joseph H. Bodine; Majs., Joseph J. Bartlett, Curtiss C. Gardiner, Joseph H. Bodine, George G. Wanzer.
The 27th, the “Union Regiment,” was composed of three companies from Broome county, one company from each of the following counties: Westchester, Wayne, Monroe, Wyoming and Orleans, and two companies from Livingston. It was mustered into the U. S. service for a two years’ term at Elmira on July 9 and 10, 1861, to date from May 21, and left the state for Washington on July 10.

It was quartered at Franklin Square until July 17 and on that day advanced toward Manassas, assigned to the 1st brigade, 2nd division, and received its baptism of fire in the battle of Bull Run, where 130 members were killed, wounded or missing, Col. Slocum being among the wounded.
The command was withdrawn to Washington after the battle and again occupied its old camp at Franklin Square until late in September, when it was ordered to Fort Lyon and there attached to Slocum’s brigade, Franklin’s division.

On March 13, 1862, it became a part of the 2nd brigade, 1st division, 1st corps, Army of the Potomac, and in May the division was assigned to the 6th corps.The regiment left camp for the Peninsula in April, participated in the Battle of West Point, the Siege of Yorktown and the Seven Days’ battles, suffering heavy losses at Gaines’ Mill and Malvern Hill. It was more fortunate at the second Bull Run, where it was present but not closely engaged. The regiment then participated in the battles of South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg, established winter quarters at Belle Plain, shared the discomforts of the “Mud March,” lost 19 members killed, wounded or missing in the Chancellorsville campaign in May, 1863, and soon after returned to New York. It was mustered out at Elmira May 31, 1863, having lost during its term of service 74 members by death from wounds and 74 by accident, imprisonment or disease.

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