Rare Civil War folding chess board manufactured from paper glued to a cloth backing, carried by Samuel Richard. Richard enlisted as a sergeant in the 100th Pennsylvania Infantry in August 1861 and served throughout the entire war, mustering out in July 1865. Better known as the “Round Head Regiment,” the 100th Pennsylvania was engaged in several theaters of the war and was engaged at Secessionville, Second Manassas, Antietam, Vicksburg, Knoxville, Grant’s Overland Campaign, and Petersburg. The back of the chess board is inscribed “1861 To Elmer Richard from his Grandma in memory of his great Grandfather who served in the Civil War. Jun 23, 1911.” There are several items glued to the back of the chessboard, including an American Flag, a poem entitled “Address to the United States Soldier” and a lesson against swearing. The chessboard measures 11 ½” square. A Civil War soldier’s personal item that rarely survives today.
Comes housed in a 14 x 20 inch display case with red velvet backing and descriptive card.
Inventory Number: IDE 151