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Object Name SWORD
Catalog Number 0985.13.00776
Description Presentation Grade Non-regulation Militia Staff Officer's Sword: straight double-edged blade with single fuller etched with floral sprays, military trophies and American eagle; gilded brass cruciform hilt, arms cast with military trophies, obverse shield-shaped langet cast with Virginia state seal and motto, reverse langet engraved with American eagle over Harp of Erin; double chain knuckle bow; closed helmet pommel; silver grip engraved with floral sprays and eagle. Gilded brass scabbard (.776a) with three suspension rings, upper mount cast with shield and floral spray, center mount cast with wreath and floral spray, drag cast with spray of oak leaves; obverse scabbard engraved between upper and center mount: "Montgomery Guard of Richmond / to their Honored, and Gallant / Captain P. T. Moore / March 17th, 1859"; reverse near throat engraved "Made by / Ames Mfg. Co. / Chicopee / Mass.". Wooden presentation case with padded maroon velvet lining (.776b).
Dimensions L-39 inches
Owned Patrick Theodore Moore
Owner Regiment "Montgomery Guard"
1st Virginia Infantry
VADC - Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's Staff
VADC - Gen. James Longstreet's Staff
Rendezvous of Reserves at Richmond
Brig. Gen. Patrick T. Moore's First Brigade, Virginia Reserve Forces
Made Ames Manufacturing Company
Event Battle of Blackburn's Ford
Provenance The presentation sword with scabbard in case belonged to Brig. Gen. Patrick Theodore Moore. He may have carried it when he served as captain of the "Montgomery Guard," a state militia unit from 1850 through 1860, which during the Civil War would become Company C of the 1st Virginia Infantry. After the war started, Moore was commissioned as Colonel of the 1st Virginia Infantry on April 24, 1861 in Longstreet's Brigade, until receiving a severe head wound during the Battle of Blackburn's Ford and was no longer able to lead an outfit.
People Moore, Patrick Theodore
Search Terms Battle of Blackburn's Ford
Subjects militias
Wounded in war
Wounds & injuries
edged weapon