Possibly manufactured by D. Appleton & Company, 346 & 348 Broadway, New York: 1858. A similar chess-board was sold, which box cover read: "The Pocket Chess Board, Being a Chess and Checker-Board Provided with a Complete Set of Men, Adapted for Playing Games in Rail-Cars/And for Folding Up Without Disturbing the Game, Price 50 cents." D. Appleton & Company's pocket chess set, was manufactured in 1858, several years after the first pocket chess set was invented by Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869).
Surname spellings and their variants: Lefevre, Lefever;
Johannes Lefevre, was born on May 26, 1837, and attended the academies at New Paltz Academy and Claverack, and Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., where he graduated in the Scientific field in 1860 and Civil Engineering in 1861. During the Civil War, Johannes helped to organize, and later joined the Company E. of the 156th Regiment of N.Y. Volunteers for whom he served as Second and later First Lieutenant in 1862, and First Lieutenant of the 156th N. Y. Regiment of Infantry in October, 1863. He also held the positions of Regimental Quartermaster, Quartermaster of the Pioneer Corps under Gen. Banks and served as Civil Engineer at Camp Bisland, Port Hudson joined Sheridan's Army of the Shenandoah, and fought in the battle of Winchester. On October 18, 1864, Johannes received the commission of Captain of the N. Y. 156th Regiment and the next day commanded his troops in the battle of Cedar Creek, where he was fatally wounded. Captain Johannes LeFevre died three weeks later at Tidball Hospital in Winchester, Virginia. His body is buried in the New Paltz Rural Cemetery.
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