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Object Name Scabbard, Sword
Catalog Number 0985.13.00815a
Date ca. 1862
Description Leather scabbard with brass mounts engraved with floral motif, military trophies, knights head; engraved on reverse top mount: "Capt. J.W. Butterfield / from his friend Geo. W. Drew / September 8, 1862." For sword (.815).
Owned Jonathan Ware Butterfield; Walter Herron Taylor
Owner Regiment AAG, Provisional Army of Virginia
AAG, Gen. Robert E. Lee
ADC, Gen. R. E. Lee

12th New Hampshire Infantry, Co. D
Event Battle of the Crater
Provenance The sword and scabbard were given to Col. Walter Herron Taylor, after it had been taken from a Federal soldier's dead body after the Battle of the Crater. Taylor used the sword and scabbard for the remainder of the war.

Based upon the scabbard's inscription, this sword is believed to have been presented by George W. Drew to Capt. Jonathan Ware Butterfield of the 12th New Hampshire Infantry, but that he was not the dead soldier from which it was taken. Research indicates that he was in service from May 9, 1862, until mustered out on November 17, 1862. He was commissioned an officer in Co. D, 12th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment on September 8, 1862 -- the same date this sword was presented. Butterfield did not reenlist, and survived the war, so it is unknown who was carrying this sword at the Battle of the Crater
People unidentified Union soldier
Taylor, Walter Herron
Butterfield, Jonathan Ware
Search Terms Battle of the Crater
Petersburg Campaign / Siege of Petersburg
items taken by Confederate soldiers
items taken from Union soldiers
United States Army
Subjects Dead persons
Casualties, War
War casualties