Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Images and Effects of Identified New York Excelsior Brigade Drum Major. Highlighting this grouping are two wooden drum sticks, 17" long, with vintage labels inscribed, "Carried through C War by G. W. Hood." Their owner, George W. Hood, served for three years with the 74th New York following his 1861 enlistment. He was in "G" company until January 1, 1863 when promoted to Drum Major and assigned to Field & Staff. Hood would muster out on June 26, 1864. The 74th , composed mainly of New York firemen, fought at Gettysburg and in all of the major 1862 - 1864 Virginia battles. Hood and his drumsticks would certainly have been in the thick of the action. Included are two CDVs, both identified by a Hood descendent on the back. The earlier image shows Hood sitting on a drum and likely holding the sticks offered here. To his right stands a colleague. An American flag is draped behind the men, who wear the gray kepis, baggy trousers and red fire shirts singular to their regiment early in the war. They are armed with revolvers and musician's swords. The print is lifting from its board along the lower left margin, corners clipped as made. The second image, taken later and imprinted E. Balch in the lower margin, shows Hood in a more conventional federal shell jacket, this time wearing sergeant's stripes and III Corps badge. His model 1851 sword belt rig now sports a sash. Slight fading with worn corners. Good condition. A 3.25" X 3.5" housewife housing three swatches of cloth with a period pencil note "Geo. W. Hood Jr. carried this through the Civil War of 1861 M. E. M. made it.", perfect condition. Hood's pewter 1 3/16" Washington bust dog tag die stamped on the verso, "George W. Hood Co. G 74th Reg. N.Y.S.V. NY. City NY. War of 1861". Suspended from a steel chain, untouched and perfect. An early set of steel rim eye glasses in the original leather case, excellent. A 2 3/8" X 3 ¾" black leather covered folding wallet style bible dated 1860 with "Mifs M. E. Martin" on the front leaf, apparently the M.E./M. on the housewife. A brown leather covered folding wallet style "Army and Navy Pocket Dictionary', New York, 1863, with great period ink script ID on the front leaf, "Geo W. Hood/Drum Major/5th Regt. Ex. Br./74th Regt. N.Y.S.V./Camp near Falmouth, Va./May 24th 1863"., excellent. A 2 ¼" x 3 ¾" black leather covered testament, London, 1859, with ink script presentation on the front leaf, "To John from George Dec. 20, 1859", front cover detached otherwise excellent. An oval US cartridge box plate, about perfect with nice patina. A 2 7/8" X 4 ½" book of "Union Hymns", very good. An 1864 3 ¼" X 4 ¾' black leather covered folding wallet style diary kept by Hood from January through the end of June 1864. All entries in legible pencil script with much detail, every day filled in. The front leaf displays a sketch of a winter quarters log hut and back of front cover and front leaf covered with Hood's 'Drum major 74th N.Y. etc.' ID. Back of the diary with a list of about 40 soldiers with their dispositions eg. "Discharged; Killed at Fair Oaks" etc. Diary in excellent condition. A wonderful 2 7/8" X 5 ¼" booklet with the same ink script ID on the front including "Camp Near Brandy Station, Va. February 4th/64" filled with soldiers names, lists of songs used by the band and a list of 16 battles Hood participated in. Along with the booklet is a vellum storage case with his name on the front, probably made from a drum head, all very good. Finally three civilian CDVs of Hood, probably C. 1865 and a small American shield paste board badge with red and blue silk ribbons and "M. E. M. Civil War Badge" on the verso, all fine. A really great Civil War musician's grouping with superb ID.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 853

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold on Nov 21, 2008 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 October 9 Americana & Political Signature Auction Featuring the Michael Ward Collection - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage has gone above and beyond my expectations in handling all of my transactions in a thoroughly professional manner. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone worldwide for the exemplary auction and valuation services they provide.
    Richard H.,
    Corsicana, TX
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search