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Object Name SWORD
Catalog Number 0985.13.00825
Description Confederate Staff and Field Officer's Sword; slightly curved blade, single edged with one broad fuller and etched with floral sprays, flags, and "C.S.A." within shield profile of Jefferson Davis; gilt brass hilt with guard pierced with floral sprays, "CS" and five point star within wreath, guard stamped "5" near blade; knuckle bow pierced for sword knot near pommel which is decorated on forward edge with floral sprays, leather wrapped grip wound with a single strand of wire. Leather scabbard (.825a) with a brass mounts; drag missing.
Owned Archibald Hopkins; unidentified Confederate officer
Owner Regiment 37th Massachusetts Infantry, Co. E, US
Made Boyle and Gamble, Richmond, Virginia, CSA
Event Battle of Sailor's Creek / Sayler's Creek / Saylor's Creek
Provenance Col. Archibald Hopkins, Union officer, captured this sword and scabbard from a Confederate officer during the Battle at Sayler's Creek. He wrote a letter home to his mother which stated, "Gen. Custis Lee, son of Gen. Robert E. Lee commanded and surrendered to David White, Company E, 37th Massachusetts [Infantry] and I shall bring home a sword and belt which a Major surrendered to me personally. The troops we fought had never been beaten before and part of them from a Naval Brigade they were splendidly dressed, armed and equipped, and many officers broke their swords rather than surrender them - splendid English arms."
People Hopkins, Archibald
unidentified Confederate officer
Search Terms Appomattox Campaign
items captured by Union soldiers
items captured from Confederate soldiers
items taken by Union soldiers
items taken from Confederate soldiers
Items taken North by Union soldiers and later returned South
Surrender at Appomattox, Virginia, April 9, 1865
United States Army
Subjects surrenders
edged weapon