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Object Name SWORD
Catalog Number 0985.13.00766
Description Model 1840 U. S. Cavalry Saber: single-edged, curved blade with flat back and rudimentary false edge and two fullers; ricasso stamped with knights head, plaque braised onto blade "William R. Laws 3rd Reg. Va. Cavalry Killed in / Battle near Spotsylvania C.H. Va, May 6th 1864 Age 20 years", brass hilt with a knuckle bow and two branches flowing from an oval guard and terminating at the pommel; wood grip covered in remains of leather and wound in remains of twisted brass wire. No scabbard.
Dimensions L-40.5 inches
Owned William R. Laws, Jr.
Owner Regiment 3rd Virginia Cavalry, Co. A, "Boydton Cavalry"
Made Probably Kirschbaum and Co., Solingen, Prussia
Event Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Provenance Pvt. William R. Laws, Jr. used this sword during the war. He was killed in action during the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse at Todd's Tavern on May 6, 1864, at the age of 20 years.
People Laws, William R., Jr.
Search Terms Overland Campaign
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Subjects Dead persons
Casualties, War
War casualties
edged weapon