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Object Name SWORD
Catalog Number 0985.13.00069
Description Model 1832 U.S. General and Staff Officer's Sword: straight, double-edged blade with single fuller and etched with floral sprays, military trophies and eagle; gilded hilt composed of two-piece heart shaped guard and straight quillons, round knuckle bow flattened in the center and decorated with a recessed beaded design; globular pommel; wood grips covered in a shell of ribbed silver. Steel scabbard (.69a) and mounts.
Dimensions L-37.5 inches
Owned Robert Selden Garnett
Event Battle of Corrick's Ford
Provenance Brig. Gen. Robert Selden Garnett used this sword and scabbard during the war. He was killed at Corrick's Ford on the Cheat River in (now) West Virginia on July 13, 1861, making him the first General to be killed in action during the war. Appointed to Brigadier General of the Provisional Army on June 6, 1861, Garnett went to Staunton to take command of northwestern Virginia forces. He put together about 6,000 men to fortify Rich Mountain and Laurel Hill. Fifteen thousand Union soldiers under McClellan and Rosecrans forced Garnett to evacuate both positions on July 11-12, 1861. Garnett deployed his rear guard at Corrick's Ford on the Cheat River on July 13 to slow down the Union forces which had caught with his troops. He was mortally wounded in placing a skirmish line. Union soldiers captured his body but released it to his family in New York.
People Garnett, Robert Selden
Search Terms Battle of Rich Mountain
Battle of Laurel Hill
Battle of Corrick's Ford
Battle of Philippi
Subjects dead persons
death
Casualties, War
War casualties
edged weapon