Drummer Boys’ Brooklyn Civil War Service Medal
Brooklyn, NY Civil War service medal with attractively engraved top bar and numbered edge GAR Members medal. Ribbon on Brooklyn long gone and replaced with GAR flag ribbon. Awarded to James Henderson, Co. E 90th NYVI. Henderson’s drum, dairy and tintype are in the hands of other collectors. The image of him in uniform as a drummer boy is copied from the web.
Henderson enlisted on 12/5/1861 at New York City as a 17 year old Private in "H" Co. NY 90th Infantry. On 4/7/1863 he transferred to Co. E of the 90th. Henderson Mustered Out on 12/7/1864 at Camp Russell in Newton, VA. A newspaper article saved from the web tells of the 1888 reunion of the 90th NYVI and notes James Henderson as the groups founder.
90th New York Volunteer Infantry
This regiment, known as the Hancock Guard, was recruited in the New York city and vicinity and mustered in for a three years. It embarked on Jan. 5, 1862, for Key West, FL for garrison duty. Early in 1863 they joined the 19th corps, 1st brigade, 4th division in New Orleans then to the drive of Port Hudson, losing 50 killed, wounded or missing. Engaged at Bayou La Fourche, with the loss of 71, and in March 1864 in the Red River campaign.