Category: us civil war

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US Civil War era non-regulation officer’s sword based on the British Pattern 1845 Infantry Officer’s Sword.

CIVIL WAR SECOND ILLINOIS PRESENTATION SWORD, Sept, 1862.

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Sword Bayonet Made in Germany for the Brazilian Light Minie Rifle, c.1860s

This bayonet was made in Germany by Schnitzler & Kirschbaum (S&K) to fit a minie rifle that was being made in Liege for Brazil. They were redirected to the U.S. during the American Civil War. This bayonet could have been used in the U.S. or Brazil, and is often misidentified as a Sea Service Enfield. Brass grip, iron crossguard, steel blade.

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Wisconsin Veterans Museum Part One: The US Civil War

Visitors to Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, would do well to visit the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. It is a small, but extremely well designed museum, and admission is free. Today I am sharing a few swords and other items from their exhibit on the Civil War. Tomorrow we will see items from their exhibit on the Spanish-American War.

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Sword Bayonet Made in Germany for the Brazilian Light Minie Rifle, c.1860s

This bayonet was made in Germany by Schnitzler & Kirschbaum (S&K) to fit a minie rifle that was being made in Liege for Brazil. They were redirected to the U.S. during the American Civil War. This bayonet could have been used in the U.S. or Brazil, and is often misidentified as a Sea Service Enfield. Brass grip, iron crossguard, steel blade.

peashooter85:

A pistol saber, a sword with an Allen & Wheelock revolver fitting in the hilt. Used during the American Civil War.

Used by probably one guy who was later heard saying, “Well that didn’t go as planned.”

Old Abe at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

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Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Last weekend I visited the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison, Wisconsin. It is a free museum with excellent exhibits, a manageable floor plan, and it is located on the beautiful capitol square. Here are links to my individual posts on the museum:

Part One: The Civil War

Part Two: The Spanish-American War

Part Three: The Mexican Border War and World War One

Part Four: World War Two

victoriansword:

Wisconsin Veterans Museum Part One: The US Civil War

Visitors to Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, would do well to visit the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. It is a small, but extremely well designed museum, and admission is free. Today I am sharing a few swords and other items from their exhibit on the Civil War. Tomorrow we will see items from their exhibit on the Spanish-American War.

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US Model 1860 Cavalry Saber

“About 1860 a light saber was introduced for cavalry. in this new model, which did not immediately supplant the heavy saber, the blade was reduced in width, and the entire weapon was lightened. The exact date of this change is not known, but the light saber is mentioned in the Ordnance Manual of 1862, and most of the sabers of the Civil War and later were made of this pattern. The date 1860 has traditionally been given for this change and is used here, although one or two specimens dated 1859 have been encountered.

The light saber can quickly be distinguished from the model of 1840 by the lighter blade with its rounded back and by the shape of the grips, which have a swell in the center. In all other characteristics, however, the light cavalry saber is like its predecessor.”

–Harold L. Peterson, The American Sword 1775-1945 (1965)