NICE PAIR OF CIVIL WAR CANDLESTICKS ID’D TO 6TH US COLORED TROOPS OFFICER

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This pair of candlesticks belonged to Lieutenant Wayland Ballou of the 4th New Hampshire and later the 6th US Colored troops.

These candlesticks are composed of three pieces. The bottoms meas. approx. 3.00 inches across. They are dish shaped with a high rim and a raised center platform. The area between the high rim and raised platform creates a basin to catch melting wax. The raised central platform also acts as a base for the stems.

The stems are also made of brass but have a darker patina with a very nice swirl decoration. They screw into the bases and are held by a square nut.

Attached to the top of each stem is a small brass cup with a wide rim. The patina on the brass of the cups matches the bases in color thus allowing the darker patina on the decorative stems to stand out. The side of one cup is engraved with “LT. W. BALLOU” while the other is engraved “6TH U.S.C.T.”

The set shows some signs of use with scattered bits of wax found in one of the bases and on the rim of one of the cups.

Wayland Ballou was born in Bristol, New Hampshire on October 16, 1844. He enlisted as a private in Company H, 4th New Hampshire Infantry on September 18, 1861. He was later promoted to sergeant and became a reenlisted volunteer on February 28, 1864. Ballou was wounded to an undetermined degree at Petersburg, recovered and rejoined the regiment.

On February 28, 1865 he was commissioned a 1st lieutenant in Company I, 6th US Colored Infantry and was mustered out on September 20, 1865.

The 4th New Hampshire was assigned to the Department of the South and saw service on James and Morris Islands. They were engaged at Pocotaligo, Fort Wagner and Charleston. When Ballou joined the 6th US Colored Troops they were in South Carolina recovering from their action at Honey Hill. Shortly afterward the war ended.

After the war Ballou returned to his home in Bristol where he married and had one daughter. He was employed in a New Hampshire paper mill and was a member of the Masons.

Wayland Ballou died in Bristol on July 4, 1883 at age 38 and is buried in Homeland Cemetery in Bristol.  [ad] [ph:L]

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