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Object Name SWORD
Catalog Number 0985.06.00046
Description Model 1840 U. S. Non-commissioned Officer's Sword: straight, single-edged blade with single fuller; brass hilt with integral grip, rounded guard and counter-guard; obverse ricasso stamped "Philadelphia" reverse ricasso "[Ho]rstmann/& Sons"; counter-guard near blade stamped "59". Leather scabbard (.46a) with brass mounts.
Dimensions L-38 inches
Owned unidentified Union soldier; Bradley T. Johnson
Owner Regiment 6th Massachusetts Infantry
Made W. H. Horstmann and Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Event Pratt Street Riot
Provenance According to owner history, copied from the 1905 CMLS Catalogue: "Sergeant's Sword . . . taken from the owner, a sergeant in the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment, on the 19th of April, 1861, when the regiment was attacked by the mob in passing through Baltimore. A man jerked the sword and belt from the Yankee sergeant and ran him through with his own sword. . . . Johnson reached Baltimore on the morning of April 20th, as captain of the Frederick Volunteers with his company. He had an old sword, and that afternoon, Marshall of Police George P. Kane gave him the one which had been siezed by the police the afternoon before from the man who killed the Yankee. . . . Johnson wore the sword, as captain and major, up to, and through Manassas." (p. 200.)
People Johnson, Bradley Tyler
unidentified Union soldier
unidentified Confederate soldier
Kane, George Proctor
Search Terms Baltimore Riot of 1861
items captured by Confederate soldiers
items captured from Union soldiers
items taken
items taken by Confederate soldiers
items taken from Union soldiers
Pratt Street Massacre
Pratt Street Riot
United States Army
Subjects Casualties, War
Dead persons
War casualties
edged weapon