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    A remarkable piece of Civil War history

    U.S. M1850 Foot Officer's Sword Inscribed to Augustus J. Warner, 40th New York Inf. The 40th New York Infantry, the "Mozart Regiment", was one of the most heavily fought Union regiments of the war, losing 238 men killed and mortally wounded, and participating in every major engagement of the Army of the Potomac. A considerable portion of that great history is presented on this sword.

    Augustus J. Warner was commissioned into the 40th New York on 6/21/61. He served as adjutant as of 4/9/62, was promoted to Captain 10/13/62, Major 2/23/63 and Lt. Col. 7/7/63. He was wounded at Gettysburg July 2, 1863 and Petersburg 6/18/64, resulting in his discharge for disability on 9/5/64.

    The sword is a regulation M1850 foot officer's sword showing genuine honest wear and use. The blade is plain, smooth and gray with no rust, pitting or nicks. The blade retains the original leather washer. Regulation hilt with nice untouched patina and some scattered nicks and dents, again commensurate with honest use. The wire wrapped leather grip is excellent, again showing genuine honest use.

    The scabbard is truly remarkable. Inscribed in bold script on the back of the top mount "Aug. J. Warner / Adjutant 40th N. Y. Vols. " The top two mounts of the sword on the obverse bear the following horizontally applied script inscriptions:
    On the top mount; "Siege of Yorktown May 4 1862 / Battle of Williamsburg (May) 5 (1862) / (Battle of) Fair Oaks June 1 (1862) / (Battle of) Robinson's Field (June) 25 (1862) / (Battle of) Glendale (June) 30 (1862)"; on the middle mount, "Battle of Malvern Hills July 1 1862 / (Battle of) HayMarket Aug 29 (1862) / (Battle of) Manassas Plain (Aug) 30 (1862) / (Battle of) Chantilly Sept 1 (1862) / (Battle of) Fredericksburg Dec 13 (1862). All mounts with nice dark untouched patina, the lower mount with a few dents commensurate with use, and the bottom of the drag showing considerable wear. The leather scabbard body is very sound with a few cracks to the finish but no flaking. The sword is accompanied by a carte-de-visite of Warner, signed by him on the verso wearing Major or Lt. Col.'s uniform with a great Corps badge. Backmark of Charles H. Sleight, New York and perfect condition. It is interesting to note the last battle on the sword is December of 1862, with Warner's promotion to Major on 2/23/23 doubtless necessitating the switch from a foot officer's sword to a Staff & Field sword.

    The sword represents a remarkable historic document, present and wielded during some of the fiercest fighting of the early part of the war.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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