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CIVIL WAR BACKGAMMON/CHECKER/CHESS FOLDING GAME SETPOSSESSION OF PVT. GEORGE M. JONES OF WAITSFIELD, VT\YOU DON'T FIND ONE LIKE THIS EVERY DAY
This game set was the property of Pvt. Jones, Co. H., 2nd Reg't U.S. Sharpshooters of VT. He enlisted on Nov. 28, 1863 and was mustered on Dec. 18, 1863. He was 19 years old and was killed at the Battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864. A letter from a fellow soldier tells the story of the game set. The true copy of the letter states that "While we were coming off the field, George Jones was shot through the head while helping a wounded comrade back. I shall write Mrs. Jones soon as opportunity presents itself, Loren, Barry & I bundled up George's personal belongings and sent them to Mrs. Jones." (Meaning this box game as one of the belongings.)
I purchased this items probably 40 years ago and had it on display in a museum I had in Many, LA. At the time I purchased it, the oriiginal letter was still in the family of Thomas Prentis.
The game box contains a checker board on the outside, and a backgammon board on the inside. Some of the checkers/chess pieces are missing, but the dice (only 3/8th of an inch square) are of ivory. The dice throwers are of cardboard and the checkers double as chess pieces. There are 14 black pieces ad 11 red. As you can see the game, folds.