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Object Name SWORD
Catalog Number 0985.03.00063
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"; 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 oak leaves; wood grip covered with shagreen and twisted wire. Leather scabbard (.63a) with brass mounts.
Dimensions L-37 inches
Owned George Pierce Doles; Sarah Williams Doles; Charles T. Furlow
Owner Regiment Doles: 4th Georgia Infantry, Co. G, "Baldwin Blues"
Furlow: 4th Georgia Infantry, Co. K
Orderly - Brig. Gen. Doles' Staff
ADC - Brig. Gen. Doles' Staff
Adjutant General's Dept; Georgia Treasury Office
Made Ames Manufacturing Company
Event Sherman's March
Provenance This sword and scabbard was made for a governor of South Carolina. For an unstated reason, it was given to Brig. Gen. George Pierce Doles for his use. After his death in June 1864, the sword was sent to his widow, Sarah Williams Doles, in Milledgeville, Georgia. During Sherman's March to the Sea, she threw it down a well where it remained four months. After the war, she presented it to the Survivors' Association of the 4th Georgia Volunteers of the Doles-Cook Brigade. The Survivor's Association appointed Capt. Charles T. Furlow custodian, at first, and then later, owner, of the sword and scabbard.
People Doles, George Pierce
Doles, Sarah Williams [Mrs. George Pierce]
Furlow, Charles T.
Search Terms Battle of Bethesda Church
Battle of Malvern Hill
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
items hidden from Union soldiers
Overland Campaign
Sherman's March
Savannah Campaign
Sherman's March to the Sea
Subjects Hidden property
edged weapon