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Object Name SWORD
Catalog Number 0985.10.00006
Date ca. 1861
Description Confederate foot officer's sword: single-edged, slightly curved blade etched "CS", stamped on reverse ricasso: "Thomas Griswold & Co / New Orleans."; gilded brass hilt with pierced decoration of floral sprays; ivory grip wrapped with twisted brass wire. Leather scabbard (.6a) with brass mounts.
Dimensions L-36.5 inches
Owned George O. Sweet
Made Thomas, Griswold and Company, New Orleans, Louisiana, CSA
Provenance George O. Sweet used this sword in New Orleans for protection of slaves.

[In December 1865, Sweet petitioned the U.S. government for a special pardon, stating that he had been a loyal U.S. citizen throughout the war and had not aided or abetted the Confederacy. He stated that he was a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, when the war began, and that he was employed as a commission merchant. He traveled to East Tennessee in that capacity before New Orleans was surrendered to the Federals, and was unable to return home until the end of the war. His property had been seized for confiscation as rebel property, and was held by the Freedman's Bureau and the occupying Federal authorities at the time of his petition. His petition was granted, and his pardon issued. See file for documentation]
People Sweet, George
unidentified slaves
unidentified African Americans
Subjects African Americans
edged weapon