|Description||Foot Artillery sword: remains of straight, double-edged blade with three fullers; hilt and integral grip of cast brass, the grip decorated with a scalloped design, pommel decorated with five-pointed star within recessed circle, one quillon broken off. No scabbard. Relic condition.|
|Owner Regiment||CSS Palmetto State|
|Made||Unknown Confederate manufacture|
The sword hilt came from the wreck of the ironclad CSS Palmetto State. When Gen. William T. Sherman's forces occupied Charleston, Union troops sank the ironclad in Pumpkin Hill Channel of Charleston Harbor. The wreck was dredged in 1929, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers authorized the sword hilt's removal from the ship.
"Ironclad gunboat Palmetto State sunk by Confederates when Sherman occupied Charleston. Location - entrance to Town Creek, about 400 feet east of the Charleston Dry Dock and Machine Company's wharf. The engine in this boat was taken out in the seventies and is said to have been used by Professor Maillefert in his boat Josephine, which was the first dredge to dredge the south channel called the Pumpkin Hill Channel of Charleston Harbor. Part of the wreck was removed by the US Engineer Dept. in Sept. 1929. This sword handle or dagger was taken from the wreck authority. Henry F. Fivers, Assistant Engineer."
Confederate States Navy
Sherman's March from the Sea
Charleston, South Carolina
Siege of Charleston