CDV- Identified Drummer- 50th New York Infantry/ Engineers

George Wilmoth Allen, of the 50 NY Infantry/ Engineers. I think I owned his drum!

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This carte de visite of a young drummer is identified on the lower front of mount, and a signature on the back, also stating that Geo. W. Allen, was part of the “Drum Corps/ Company C, 50th Reg’mt./ N.Y.S.N.G.”  Young Allen does not show up on the data site, but I found some other interesting information on him, in a family site.

The family info states that George was born in May 8th, 1850, in New York State, and it mentions his living De Kalb, St. Lawrence Co.  He died January 9th, 1920, at the age of 69, and was buried at Ellis, Oklahoma.  “When just a young boy George joined the Union army as a drummer boy. His arm was shot off and my gramma remembers his shirt sleeve was rolled up and tucked in. He was “grumpy” probably always…..”

The image has Allen with drum slung over his shoulder, the drum having the State Seal on the front.  He is wearing a typical New York style jacket, and the “50” on his cap are disguised by two short lines (that might represent an “11” or something else.

The 50th New York was initially formed as infantry, but were re-designated as engineers (sappers, miners, and pontoniers) shortly after their organization.

Photographed by Tolles & Seely, Ithaca, N.Y. 

Image is fairly clear, overall very good.

Needs more research.

From the Michael McAfee Collection.



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Weight .5 lbs