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    Confederate Lt. Malcolm L. Hudgins Presentation Staff Officers Sword with Original Leather Scabbard by Boyle & Gamble, Richmond, Virginia. The blade is deeply and distinctively etched with the presentation on the right side:

    Lieut. Malcolm L. Hudgins
    Co. "F" 21st Va. Inftry.

    Lieutenant Malcolm L. Hudgins enlisted in the Confederate army on May 16, 1861 at the age of 17. He received his promotion to lieutenant in April 1864. Just six months later, on October 19, 1864, he was wounded and captured at Cedar Creek, undoubtedly the occasion of him losing this sword. He was imprisoned at Old Capitol Prison in Washington, DC on October 29, 1864 and transferred to Fort Delaware in November 1864, where he was exchanged.

    An outstanding example of swords produced by Boyle & Gamble. The unstopped blade is 29¼" deeply etched on the right side with a shield containing the letters "CSA", below a Confederate Second National flag; at the ricasso is engraved the firm name, "Boyle/Gamble". The left side of the blade is etched with "CSA" in the middle, a Confederate Second National flag above crossed cannon; at the ricasso is engraved "1863/Richmond". The overall length of the sword is 34½". The scabbard is in beautiful condition with some cracking, topstitched with minor openings near the drag. The original mounts are adorned with laurel leaves. The pommel is distinctly decorated with laurel leaves.

    Boyle & Gamble operated in Richmond, Virginia, throughout the Civil War. They were located on South Sixth Street, a block from the old Virginia Armory, where they produced swords of all types as well as bayonets and knives. The principals of the firm were Edwin Boyle, T. Gamble, and E. MacFee.

    Provenance: The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum


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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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