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High Grade Cavalry Officer's Presentation Sword

Clauberg

Presented to Lieut. Clement See Burnes - Wounded in action at St. Mary's Church

Final words of General Stonewall Jackson: "Let us pass over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees"

M1850 Foot Officer's Sword

American assembled foot officer's sword etched "Philadelphia" on the blade.

M1850 Staff & Field Officer's Sword

Horstmann & Sons - Weyersberg Blade

M1850 High Grade Presentation grade Foot Officer's Sword

Horstmann & Sons of Philadelphia - Weyersberg Blade

This sword is in, truly, "mint" condition.  High grade sharkskin scabbard evidences some staining and wear.  The gold gild, blade, and frosting are pristine.

General Lee to General Hood at the Battle of Antietam: "Where is your division?"

General Hood to General Lee: "They are lying on the field where you sent them." 

M1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber ("Wrist-Breaker")

Desirable Ames manufacturer

U.S. Military contract sword - Dated and Inspected 1848

Mexican War & Civil War period use

"They couldn't hit an elephant at that dist..."

Maj-General John Sedgwick  (Last words as he was struck in the face by a minie' ball fired by a confederate sharpshooter. Recounted by General McMahon who was with him at the time of his demise.)

M1850 Staff & Field Officer's Sword

Unknown Manufacturer - Likely import model characterized by the etched  "Iron Proof" marking on spine spine of the blade.

"I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine.  It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation.  War is hell." 

               - William Tecumseh Sherman

Presentation M1860 Staff Officer's Sword

Shanon Miller & Crane, New York - Kirschbaum Blade

Presented to Captain D. J. Craigie who was wounded at the Battle of Shiloh.  He received two brevets for gallant and meritorious conduct.  He retired as Brigadier General in 1903.



M1860 Light Cavalry Saber

Manufactured by D.J Millard, Clayville, NY

U.S. Civil War Military contract sword - Dated and Inspected 1862

Civil War period use

M1832 Foot Artillery Sword

Desirable Ames manufacturer Dated & Inspected 1844 - U.S. Military contract sword

Mexican War & Civil War period use


Presentation Grade M1850 Staff & Field Officer's Sword

Horstmann & Sons - Clauberg Blade

Mint condition example of a high grade Horstmann sword.

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"We have felt the incommunicable experience of war.  We felt, we still feel, the passion of life to its top. In our youths, our hearts were touched by fire." 

               - Oliver Wendall Holmes 

American Swords American Civil War Swords

"E Pluribus Unum"

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"Never Surrender"

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Civil War Period Swords

High Grade Foot Officer's Presentation Sword

Hunt & Goodwin - Clauberg Blade

Presented to Lieut. Thomas Burnes who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Hatcher's Run.
custom m1850 Foot/artillery Officer's Sword

Maker Unknown.  There are two other known similar models.  One has a Civil War presentation to an Artillery officer.

M1840 Non-commissioned Officer's Sword

Desirable Ames Manufacturer Dated & Inspected 1862

U.S. Military Contract Sword.

M1850 High Grade Presentation Foot Officer's Sword

Horstmann & Sons of Philadelphia - Weyersberg Blade

Presented to Lieut. A.M. Clarke - Presentation has been narrowed down to two possible recipients.  This sword has a seldom-seen high grade solid engraved silver grip usually reserved for Staff & Field Officers.

M1850 High Grade Foot Officer's Sword

Desirable Ames Manufacturer - Highest grade Ames sword issued to foot officers; not many of these swords remain.

M1850 Foot Officer's Sword

Desirable Ames Manufacturer Dated & Inspected 1861 - U.S. Military Contract Sword

Non-Regulation M1850 Staff & Field Officer's Sword

Klingenthal Blade - Possibly Assembled by E. Lyonn, Paris


M1850 Staff & Field Officer's Sword

Ames Manufacturer Dated & Inspected 1862 - U.S. Military Contract Sword

Inscribed to Lt. B. F. Waite, 1st Lieut. Co. F, 22nd Maine Volunteers

M1850 Staff & Field Officer's Sword

Ames Manufacturer Dated & Inspected 1861 - U.S. Military Contract Sword

Swords Associated With The American Civil War

There were many sword makers, assemblers, and retailers (American and foreign) who found opportunity during the Civil War to serve the killing fields of America.  Shown here are but a minute (but growing) number of swords that I have had in my possession at one point or another.  You will notice that some of the earlier model swords are featured in this Civil War section as they saw service both before and after the Civil War.  Please click on the sword pictures for details.