This is a work in progress. I am adding to it all of the time, so please check back!
Below are historical excerpts from newspapers taken from newspapers.com related to sword presentations. If you happen to have any of the swords belonging to the recipients, please contact me. It would be fantastic to have a picture of the sword to accompany the clipping!
Below is evidence of the the roll of the sword as used as a rallying tool during Civil War. It further highlights its enduring correlation with honor, glory and valor on the battlefield.
Below is very interesting, if not harsh evidence, of other ways swords might have got one in trouble!
Interestingly enough, there is also a whole story on her in the National Archives: Sarah Hutchins
Colonel William Sirwell
An excerpt involving the use of a sword....
Presentation to General McClellan where he announces the war will be short lived...
Captain D.A Griffith
Presentation to Lieutenant Webb
Lieut. R.F. Kerr