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Object Name SWORD
Catalog Number 0985.13.00760
Description Militia Officer's Sword, 1820-1835; slightly curved single edged blade, quill back with false edge, half of blade blued with gilt decorations of floral sprays, military trophies, and U.S. eagle, gilded brass reverse P hilt; knuckle bow cast with leaves and pierced for sword knot near pommel, langets cast in form of eagle and wreath extend forward over blade obverse and reverse, eagle head pommel extends into backstrap, ferrule at base of bone grip, quillon terminates in flat disc. Gilded brass scabbard (.760), heavily decorated in floral sprays and engraved "A. Cumming 1825." on reverse side.
Dimensions L-38.5 inches
Owned William Howard; John H. Chamberlayne; Phil Howard
Owner Regiment Chamberlayne:
21st Virginia Infantry, Co. F
Purcell's Virginia Light Artillery
ADJ - Gen. Lindsay Walker's Staff
Crenshaw's Virginia Light Artillery
Gen. W. Pegram's Staff
Davidson's Virginia Light Artillery
Made Unknown
Event Battle of Second Manassas / Second Bull Run
Provenance Lt. William Howard wore this sword and scabbard when he was killed in action at the Battle of Second Manassas. Per the donor history, Howard was born in Virginia and resided in Texas when the war began. He joined a Texas brigade. Howard was one of five brothers who gave their lives for the cause. After his death, Lt. John H. Chamberlayne wore the sword and scabbard; he commanded the Crenshaw Battery from August 1862 to April 23, 1863. Ten days before the Battle of Chancellorsville, he sent the sword and scabbard to Phil Howard.
People Howard, William
Chamberlayne, John H.
Howard, Phil
Search Terms Battle of Chancellorsville
Battle of Second Manassas / Second Bull Run
Subjects Casualties, War
Dead persons
War casualties
edged weapon