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Object Name Knife, Bowie
Catalog Number 0985.11.00078a
Description Bowie with a stell blade and wooden grip. Marked in one side of the D-guard grip" "1862"; one the other side: "G.B. Nicholson". With leather scabbard (.78a).
Dimensions L-20.5 inches
Owned Augustus R. Lankford; G. B. Nicholson ; George Benson Nicholson (tentative)
Owner Regiment Lankford: 38th Alabama Infantry

Nicholson: 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Co. K
Event Battle of Shiloh / Pittsburg Landing
Provenance Bowie knife with scabbard captured from a Federal soldier (possibly named G. B. Nicholson, based upon inscription) by Col. Augustus R. Lankford, 38th Alabama Infantry, at the battle of Shiloh, Tennessee.

The Federal soldier who may have originally owned this bowie knife with scabbard was possibly 1st Sgt. George Benson Nicholson of the 6th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Co. K. He enlisted in that regiment on June 18, 1861, for three years, and fought at the Battle of Shiloh. According to the National Park Service's Soldiers and Sailors Database, he seems to be the only man with the initials/name "G. B. Nicholson" who was in a regiment that fought at Shiloh.
People Lankford, Augustus R.
unidentified Union soldier
Nicholson, G. B.
Nicholson, George Benson (tentative)
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
Battle of Shiloh / Pittsburg Landing
Subjects captures