DRUMMER BOY DISCHARGE - MUSICIAN NORMAN B. PUFFER, 10TH VERMONT INFANTRY / 16TH REGT, 2ND BATTALION, VETERAN RESERVE CORPS

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Item Code: 1054-1188

Standard “To All Whom It May Concern” discharge form, recording the enlistment of Norman B. Puffer in the 10th Vermont regimental band, 6/19/1862, his transfer to the Veteran Reserve Corps, 10/17/1864, and his discharge from service 6/29/1865. Exhibits fold-marks and slight yellowing. Else VG plus.

Norman B. Puffer was a resident of Bennington, VT, who enlisted in the 2nd VT regimental band, 6/15/1861, and was discharged, 12/19/1861. He re-enlisted and served two years with the 10th VT Infantry before being transferred and serving the final months of the war with the Veteran Reserve Corps. At the time of his final discharge Puffer was listed as being 16 years of age, 5 feet 3” high, of dark complexion, with blue eyes and brown hair, and by occupation musician when enlisted.

During Drummer Puffer’s service with the 10th Vermont, the regt. became heavily involved with events at Harper’s Ferry and with the pursuit of Lee following the Battle of Gettysburg. Puffer’s drum would come into play during the Bristoe Station and Mine Run Campaigns during the fall of 1863, and during Grant’s Overland Campaign (The Wilderness, Spotsylvania) the following year, prior to his October 1864 transfer to the Veteran Reserve Corps.

Puffer died in 1912 and is buried in Old Bennington Cemetery

Excellent collectible. Drummer boy discharges are scarcely seen. In protective sleeve, with white card backing. Accompanied by internet research material.  [jp]

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