Private Edward S. Ball, Co. B
Edward Ball was born on September 3, 1834 and was the second oldest son of John Philip Ball and Mary Magdalena Samsel, his brothers being Henry W. Ball, William S. Ball and John P. Ball. William S. Ball served with Co.K, 118th Pennsylvania Volunteers from August 18, 1862 until he was wounded on May 3, 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Va.
According to census records, Edward Ball married Savilla Richards in 1854 and they were the parent of four children, Clara, b. 1856, Henry, abt. 1858, Oscar, abt. 1862 and Mary, b. 1866. Edward’s occupation in the 1860 Census is listed as Moulder.
Edward Ball served as a fifer in Co. B during the war; Civil War Union and Confederate companies (approximately 100 men) had two musicians: one drummer and one fifer which played only for their own companies when on detached duty or on a guard service. The fife was used to signal troops on marches and during battles and fifers also were used to relay messages and serve as stretcher bearers.