|Description||Confederate Cavalry Saber modelled after M1840 U.S. Heavy Cavalry Saber; curved single-edged blade; brass hilt of two branches and knuckle bow flowing from oval guard to pommel; leather wrapped grip wound with twisted wire. Metal scabbard (.83a).|
|Owned||unidentified soldier; William Booth Forman|
|Owner Regiment||6th Florida Infantry, Co. C, "Gulf State Infantry"|
|Event||Battle of Chickamauga|
2nd Lieutenant William Booth Forman (March 15, 1840 - November 10, 1913) owned this sword and scabbard, having taken it after a skirmish with Federals the day before the Battle of Chickamauga. He lost his right foot in that battle. [As this is a Confederate-manufactured sword, it is unlikely (though not impossible) that this sword was carried by a Union soldier. It is more likely that it was carried by a Confederate soldier, and taken off the battlefield by Forman.]
"This sword is the one I got on this battlefield where an Ohio regiment of Cavalry, reconnoitering, was cut off and attempted to break through our lines to rejoin their army. They were all reported killed. The colonel was the first to fall between the two fires which I believe to be true from the way in which they were strewn on the ground. I was wounded in the next day's fight, being crippled for life." (Statement of the donor, William Booth Forman).
As this is a Confederate-manufactured sword, it is unlikely (though not impossible) that this sword was carried by a Union soldier. It is more likely that it was carried by a Confederate soldier, and taken off the battlefield by Forman.
Forman, William Booth
items captured by Confederate soldiers
items taken by Confederate soldiers
Battle of Chickamauga
found on battlefield
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