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Object Name SWORD
Catalog Number 0985.06.00048
Description Model 1850 U.S. Foot Officer's Sword: slightly curved, single-edged blade with two fullers, blade etched with floral sprays and military trophies, eagle and "US" etched "C Roby & Co / W Chelmsford / Mass", back of blade etched "iron proof"; leather cushion at juncture of blade and hilt; gilded brass hilt with guard decorated with pierced design of floral sprays, knuckle bow pierced for sword knot near pommel which is decorated on forward edge with floral sprays; wood grip covered with shagreen and twisted wire. Leather scabbard (.48a) with brass mounts and remains of sword sling and swivel hook on lower suspension ring, Tied leather thong and triangular keeper on upper suspension ring. Scabbard repaired with tin sheeting 6" above drag.
Dimensions L-39 inches
Owned Joseph A. Jones
Owner Regiment 1st Special Battalion Louisiana Infantry (Wheat's), Co. D (2nd), "Old Dominion Guards"
Miller's Mounted Louisiana Infantry
8th Texas Cavalry, Co. F, "Terry's Texas Rangers"

Union Captain: 5th Massachusetts Infantry
Made C. Roby and Company, Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Event Battle of Second Manassas / Second Bull Run
Provenance Pvt. Joseph A. Jones captured this sword and scabbard from an unnamed captain of the 5th Massachusetts Infantry during the Second Battle of Manassas.

Or, according to a 1907 letter in accession file, "The keys and sword were taken from Federal officers who escaped from Libby Prison. They were taken by a private soldier...who was a member of Co. D, 1st Louisiana Infantry, and then a guard at Libby Prison. The exact date he could not give me but it was after the battles on the Chickahominy."
People Jones, Joseph A.
unidentified Union officer
Search Terms items captured by Confederate soldiers
items captured from Union soldiers
items taken by Confederate soldiers
items taken from Union soldiers
United States Army
Libby Prison (tentative)
Richmond, Virginia (tentative)
Subjects edged weapon
Prison escapes (tentative)
Prisoners (tentative)
Prisoners of war (tentative)
POW's (tentative)