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The first full-color, picture orientated collector's guide is currently being penned and compiled. Stay tuned for developments!
"The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen very sharp"
Like the swords predating the Civil War, authentic American Civil War swords of any quality are becoming harder to find. "The War Between States" in particular has been a driving focus for many collector. It was a war of such critical importance, that it shall continue to draw collectors and those who value its historical relevance. Never have so many Americans died in a war before, or since. Within these pages, are but hints of the many models and variations of American swords carried by those who fought, were wounded, or were killed on the battlefield.
The American swords that survive today allow us a tangible glimpse into an otherwise surreal history. Through inscriptions, dirt, dings, and dents, these swords whisper as to the souls now departed that once carried them in their cause. These men remain on only as shadows in faded pictures; their battle stories left to be gleaned from the diminishing pages of history books. This site is dedicated to advancing an interest in all history, but specifically that history associated with American swords. Those used in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the American Civil War. I have tried to interlace each page with a blend of swords, historical pictures, quotes, and interesting information. The goal is to exhibit the swords in the context of their use within American history, and not merely as objects of collector curiosity.
At the one and only North South Trader's Civil War! Writing this article was incredibly satisfying. Long hours of research were enjoyed with much assistance from Larry Fryer of the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry Descendants Association. The ability to resurrect and re-personalize an officer around his sword, is truly rewarding. It brings tangibility and personalizes an otherwise inert artifact.
At the one and only North South Trader's Civil War! I am humbled that they used one of my photographs for the cover shot and published my full feature article.
"Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them."
It is in our history, that we discover who we are.
Jan Reifenberg Collection
American Swords American Civil War Swords