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    Horstmann & Sons Presentation Grade Model 1850 Foot Officers' Sword Presented to Medal of Honor Recipient Captain DeWitt Clinton Lewis, Company F, 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.
    A beautiful presentation-grade sword made by the German firm of Weyersberg, with the Horstmann & Sons, Philadelphia retailer's mark. The sword features an ornately engraved silver grip and gilded-brass guard. The obverse side of the blade features an etched spread-wing eagle accented in gilt. The sword is accompanied by the original shark skin covered scabbard with ornately decorated gilded-brass throat, mounts and drag. Engraved on an oval escutcheon mounted on the obverse side of the scabbard reads: "Co. F, 97th PA VOL's / Capt. D.W.C. Lewis / From the company to its beloved / and respected commander, a brave / man, a true patriot. / JAMES ISLAND, S.C., June 10th & 16th, 1862."

    DeWitt Clinton Lewis was born July 30, 1822 at West Chester, Pennsylvania. At the age of 39 he enlisted on October 3, 1861 as a Captain. That same day he mustered into Company F of the 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Lewis was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Secessionville (South Carolina) on June 16, 1862. His citation reads: "While retiring with his men before a heavy fire of canister shot at short range, returned in the face of the enemy's fire and rescued an exhausted private of his company who but for this timely action would have lost his life by drowning in the morass through which the troops were retiring." Later in the war he was wounded at Bermuda Hundred, Virginia. He was promoted by brevet to Major and later Lt. Colonel. He died June 28, 1899 and is buried in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

    Condition: Very good. Some loss to the gilding; tarnishing to the silver grip and some light spotting to the blade. Scabbard with modest storage wear.
    From the Collection of Don Limpert


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    June, 2020
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