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    Magnificent Civil War Sword Presented to Brigadier General P. A. Hackleman on May 10, 1862, Just Five Months before He was Killed in Action at Corinth, Miss. Pleasant Adam Hackleman was elected to the Indiana State Legislature in 1841 and served as a delegate to the National Republican Convention in 1860 where Abraham Lincoln was selected as the party's presidential delegate. (See Lincoln letter which constitutes the next lot). Commissioned as Colonel of the 16th Indiana Volunteers on May 20, 1861, he served with the regiment through several Eastern Theater actions and was commissioned Brigadier General on April 28, 1862, doubtless the event that precipitated the presentation of the sword, and ordered to report to Gen. Grant in the Western Theater. Hackleman was assigned command of the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Army of the Tennessee. Hackleman was mortally wounded in action at Corinth, Miss. on Oct 3, 1862 and succumbed to his wounds with his final words being "I am dying, but I die for my country". Hackleman was the only General from Indiana to be killed in action during the Civil War.
    The sword is truly exceptional and an absolutely unique form in our experience. The sword is in absolutely perfect untouched condition and covered with a wonderful dark patina on all the brass. The presentation inscription is in a 1" X 2" brass panel, between the ring mounts, and engraved in the tiniest, most delicate script we've ever seen, "Presented to / Brig. Gen. P. A. Hackleman / by the Non Commissioned Officers & Privates / of the 16th Indiana Vols. / Washington, D. C. / May 10th 1862" just 12 days after Hackleman's elevation to brigadier. The 32" double edge blade is executed in a French style with the lower 7" ovoid in cross section and the remainder of the blade, to the tip, with two fullers separated by a high median ridge. The 7" ovoid portion of the blade is decorated with arms panoplies, amidst floral/scroll work, all on a gilt washed background. All etching, which is quite deep, is exquisitely highlighted with engraving. Blade with just a few tiny spots of very light surface rust and a few stains at the tip else perfect. The central theme of the brass guard is an American eagle in a wreath from which projects flags and cannons, surmounted by thirteen stars. The quillon is a ram's head with the guard edged with deeply cast scroll work decoration. the counter guard, which is folding, with a release button on the side of the grip at the base, is edged with scroll work with the central theme of a wreath surrounding a shield like device.
    The grip is composed of mother of pearl plaques, separated by decorated brass ribs, with a scroll decorated brass ferrule, which houses the folding guard release button at the base. The guard is composed of three heavy brass chains which attach to the cross guard at a turned up scroll. The heavy cast brass pommel, which utilizes a capstan, exhibits identical cast decoration on both sides of armored breast plate and helmet, on an arms panoply background. There is a cap fitted to the underside of the guard that fits over the scabbard throat. The hilt is overall perfect and retains about 50% of the original gold wash, the balance a dark untouched patina.
    The brass scabbard, which is perfect, although only retaining traces of the original gilt mixing with dark untouched patina, is elaborately decorated on both sides of the ring mounts, on both sides of the scabbard, with elaborately engraved scroll decoration. The ring mounts themselves exhibit acanthus leaves. The lower 9 1/4" of the scabbard is also decorated with elaborately engraved scrolls on both sides, with a separately affixed oak leaf and acorn wreath on both sides of the drag.
    A magnificent Civil War sword, presented to a true 'combat' General which, along with the Lincoln letter, are being offered here for the first time by Hackleman's direct lineal descendants


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    November, 2011
    12th Saturday
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