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Object Name SWORD
Catalog Number 0985.09.00040
Description Confederate Staff and Field Officer sword; slightly curved, single edged blade, with single broad fuller, blade etched with floral sprays; gilded brass hilt, pierced with floral sprays, "CS" and five point stars within wreath, pommel missing, remains of wood grip, cover and wire wrap missing. Leather scabbard (.40a) with brass mounts, drag missing. Relic condition.
Dimensions L-34 inches
Owned John R. Pearson
Owner Regiment 7th North Carolina Infantry
Made Boyle and Gamble, Richmond, Virginia, CSA
Provenance The sword and scabbard belonged to a John Pearson of the 7th North Carolina Infantry. It was shattered in a battle near Richmond, Virginia. Pearson was mortally wounded near Petersburg, Virginia, on September 30, 1864.

(This sword was previously mistakenly associated with John W. Pearson of Florida; however, donation information and research indicates it was most likely owned by Lt. John R. Pearson of Co. F, 7th North Carolina Infantry, who was from Salisbury, North Carolina, and who was killed in action at Jones's Farm, Petersburg, on September 30, 1864. It is much less likely, but also possible, that the sword could have been owned by John Williams Pearson, adjutant of the 7th NC Infantry, who was from Yadkin County.)

"A sword of Lieutenant John Pearson of Salisbury, North Carolina." (1898 Catalog)

"A sword belonging to Colonel John Pearson of Salisbury, N.C. Hilt shattered in a battle near Richmond, Va. Colonel Pearson was mortally wounded near Petersburg, Va., September 30, 1864; aged 19 years." (1905 Catalog)
People Pearson, John R.
Search Terms Battle of Cold Harbor
Battle of Ream's Station
Overland Campaign
Petersburg Campaign / Siege of Petersburg
items struck by bullets
Subjects Wounded in war
Wounds & injuries
Dead persons
Casualties, War
War casualties
edged weapon