The roster for the 3rd IHG shows:
Jeff Balovo, Sgt, Co. D, 3rd Indian Home Guards. Alternate name "Balon".
Do you know where he lived in 1860? What was his age in 1860?
Foster is not an uncommon name, of course, but there is a Samuel Foster in the 1st Cherokee Mtd Rifles (Drew's Regt -- CSA) from which most of the 3rd IHG originated. There are several Fosters in 1st Cherokee Mtd Vols (Watie's Regt -- CSA): Benjamin, Henry, James, John. Just wondering if any of these are related.