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    Tragic and Historic Grouping Pertaining to Sergeant Henry (Harry) Y. Ball, Co. F 109th Pennsylvania Volunteers, who was killed in action near Pine Knob, Ga. June 16, 1864. Ball enlisted in the 109th PV on December 20, 1861. He is listed as being detailed for a company of sharpshooters June 23, 1862, and was wounded at Gettysburg July 2, having participated with the regiment in heavy fighting at Chancellorsville. The regiment was heavily engaged at Pine Knob, Ga. on June 15, 1864 and Ball was killed while acting as a skirmisher in advance of the regiment. Although the regiment suffered four additional wounded, Ball was the only soldier in the regiment killed in action that day. Included with the group is the following: Ball's exquisite silver corps / ID badge, 3 3/8" overall. Scroll-like pin bar at the top inscribed "Cedar Mtn" with T-bar pinback, pin itself missing, retaining base and clasp. The silver star is suspended from a chain and pierced in the center with 109, which is intricately scroll engraved. "Harry Y. Ball Co. F 109 P. V. V." engraved in block letters on the riband around the piercing. The five-pointed star displays linear engraving and is presumably representative of the 20th Corps. The longer arms of the star are engraved with the following battles, "Sulphur Springs, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wauhatchie, Lookout Mt. " The entire badge is of heavy 1 mm thick silver. Also, there is a four page ink script letter reading, in part: "June 17, 1864 In the field near Pine Nob, Mr. Ball, It is with great sorrow I have to announce to you the Death of your son Hanry Y. Ball. Poor fellow was killed about 8 oclock yesterday morning while a Skirmishing with the eneme he was shot thru the hart the ball entered the left brest killing him instantly.....he was two brave to live he advanced beyond our Skirmish lines so far that no one could get near him when he fell.....when I went to get him I had to walk on my hands and neas and drag him for 20 feet when 2 others of our company picked him up and run for our lives. I have buried him as best I could...I feel as tho I had lost the only friend in the world the hole company mourns his loss....I have no tent companion now....I have his account book letters and everything he had with him." The letter is filled with further touching sentiments and memories of Ball, absolutely remarkable. Ball had just been promoted to sergeant on June 1. Measureing 8" X 12" and ½" thick is a wood plank with two reinforcing strips screwed on the back, actually appears to be a crate lid, obviously Ball's temporary grave marker. Deeply and skillfully carved in large block letters, "Killed in Action June 16th/1864/Sergt. Henry Ball/Comp. F. 109th PVV/Aged 21" deep dark weathered patina with just one small age crack and perfectly sound. A truly incredible Civil War grouping which conveys the tragedy and heart breaking impact of the death of one young Federal infantryman.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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