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Object Name Spur
Catalog Number 0985.04.00029b
Date 1865
Description Pair (one of two) steel spurs with flat heel bands and straight necks; horizontal rowels (one with 13-points, the other with 15-points; leather instep straps and plated brass chain heel straps attached to studs at terminal ends of heel band.
Dimensions H-1 W-4 L-6 inches
Owned Thomas F. Berry
Made Fort Ringgold, Texas, 1865
Provenance Spurs worn by Dr. Thomas F. Berry during the war.

"Spurs used by me as a soldier of fortune in foreign lands named in a separate leaf. They are duplicates of spurs used by me while in the (service?) under General John Morgan and Genl. Forrest." (donor letter)

"These spurs were made for me at Fort Ringgold Texas in 1865. While on my way to join Genl. Joe Shelby in Mexico on his way to the south of that country. I served (under?) for 10 weeks and was in two battles with Mountain bandits. I then joined the Foreign Legion under Genl. (Dupise?) was in four battles with this noted organization. When the French troops withdrew from Mexico, I went with them to Algiers thence to Morroco. Was in four battles in that region. Leaving there I joined the Cretain Service serving three three months was in six battles on this island. From there I went to the island of Cicily [Sicily] was assigned the important duty to rid or clear this island of the troublesome mountain robbers or bandits fighting about constantly day and night…" (donor letter, continues re: postwar service)
People Berry, Thomas F.
Subjects soldiers