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Object Name SWORD
Catalog Number 0985.13.00425
Description Model 1840 U.S Medical Staff Sword: straight, double-edged blade etched with floral sprays, military trophies and eagle, etched "N.P. Ames / Cutler / Springfield"; gilded cast brass hilt, grips decorated with leaves and oval bearing American eagle, scrolled quillons curling back toward pommel, shield devise with old English "MS" and floral spray. Brass scabbard (.425a) decorated with oak leaf sprays. Engraved reverse scabbard throat "N.P. Ames / Cutler / Cabotville / Mass"

Dimensions L-38 inches
Owned Thomas Lawson Barraud
Owner Regiment 16th Virginia Infantry, Co. C, "Virginia Defenders"
Made Ames Manufacturing Company
Event Battle of Bristoe Station
Provenance Surgeon-General Thomas Lawson Barraud carried this sword as Chief Medical Officer for the U. S. Army during the Mexican War. Barraud was mortally wounded at Bristoe Station on October 14, 1863 and died the next day. He left the sword to his namesake and "near kinsman" Thomas Lawson Barraud.
People Barraud, Thomas Lawson
Search Terms Battle of Second Manassas / Second Bull Run
Battle of Bristoe Station
Mexican War (Mexican-American War)
Subjects edged weapon