"California Battalion" Bugler Everard Irving Drisko, 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry, CDV

CDV standing portrait of Private Everard I. Drisko wearing a mounted services jacket and kepi bearing regimental insignia. Uncredited, ca 1863-1865. Ink inscription on verso reading, "Everad [sic] Irving / Bugler. Co. F. 2nd / Mass. Cav. / Vienna / Va / May. 2nd.

Everad Irving Drisko enlisted on April 23, 1863 at the age of 16. He was mustered into Company F of the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry Regiment, also known as the "California Battalion." He was promoted to bugler and served in that capacity until he mustered out at Fairfax Court House in July of 1865. 

Initially, Company A of the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry, known as the "California Hundred," was organized in San Francisco in December 1862 and shipped east to join the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry in the Army of the Potomac. Later in April 1863 four additional companies were raised in California (E, F, L, K) forming the "California Battalion" of the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry.

Another photo of Drisko is available through Historical Data Systems that was originally published approximately twenty years ago in one of the two regimental histories that focused on the California Boys. 


CDV with surface soil, spots of discoloration, and wear to edges and corners including slight loss to upper right corner of image.

Estimate: $300 - $500
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