US Civil War Model 1850 Named Presentation Foot Officers Etched Sword w/Scabbard For Sale
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US Civil War Model 1850 Named Presentation Foot Officers Etched Sword w/Scabbard:
US Civil War Model 1850 Named Presentation Foot Officers Sword with Etched Blade andSteel Scabbard. The ricasso is unmarked except for "S" inside a circle, a line,and then an"H" inside a circle, haven't been able to find this maker.Single-piece cast brass quillon/guard/knuckle bow with scrolled quillon, open floral guard and reeded bow with slot for sword knot, cast brass stepped oval pommel with 1/4" backstrap with laurel wreath, wood grip with braided brass wire wrap which has come loose. The grip doesn't wiggle. The etched blade has not been sharpened, it does havescattered small age spots.Steel scabbard with flaring plain throat top and middle band, each with carrying ring and drag. Top band is engraved Lieut. Harry E. Pease Quartermaster, Independent Corps, Light Infantry, N.Y.S.V. The scabbard isdent free except for the drag, it has a couple small ones.Length of the blade is 30 1/2",sword is 36 3/4", and overall length in scabbard is37 1/4".Lieutenant Peaseenlisted as a 1st Lt. in Albany in August 1862.In 1863 he was commissioned in the Field and Staff of the NY "Enfans Perdus" regiment also known as the New York Independent Corps Light Infantry. This obscure unit was originally organized in New York City as a battalion of infantry with six companies. Three more companies were later added in the field bringing the unit up to regimental strength before it was consolidated in January 1864. The battalion saw initial service during the Peninsula campaign at Yorktown in April 1862 before being transferred with the 4th Corps to the Department of North Carolina in December. In January the Light Infantry briefly became a component of the 18th Corps before joining the forces assembling at Beaufort, South Carolina. Now part of the 10th Corps, Department of the South, the battalion participated in operations around Charleston being stationed at St. Helena on Morris Island, and on Folly Island. The July 1863 the “Enfans Perdus” took part in the engagements on Morris Island, the siege of Fort Wagner and the bombardment of Fort Sumter as well as the battle of Olustee, Florida loosing 9 men killed and wounded. In January 1864 the battalion was broken up with the enlisted men being reassigned to the 1st NY Engineers and 47th NY and 48th NY Infantry. The supernumerary officers were discharged. Lieutenant Pease was promoted to battalion Quartermaster in July 1862 and mustered out on February 5, 1864 at Hilton Head, South Carolina.
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