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    Ivory and Sterling Presentation Cane to Confederate General Nathaniel Harrison Harris from Mississippi Senator and Governor Henry Stuart Foote. This magnificent cane was given to General Nathaniel Harrison Harris C.S.A. by a leading Southern political leader, Henry Stuart Foote. The cane has a carved swirling ivory "L" shaped handle with applied sterling silver embellishments. The matching sterling collar is hand-engraved "Gen. N. H. Harris/ from/ H. S. Foote" in flowing cursive letters. The collar is also marked "B & P J" in a diamond lozenge with "Sterling 925/1000". The cane measures 36" from the top of the handle to the end of the nickel and steel ferrule. Minor silver loss and light splitting at the top of the shaft, else, very fine.

    Nathaniel Harrison Harris, a successful Vicksburg attorney and graduate of University of Louisiana [Tulane] law school, was appointed captain in the Mississippi State Army in April 1861 and entered Confederate service the following month. He progressed to the rank of brigadier general in January 1864. During his service Harris participate in major campaigns and battles, including, Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Seven Days, Second Manassas, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania, Petersburg, and the Siege of Richmond. He was wounded on at least twice in battle. He returned to Mississippi following Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Harris died on a trip to the United Kingdom in August 1900.

    Henry Stuart Foote served as United States Senator from Mississippi (1847 - 1852). During the contentious senate debate over the Compromise of 1850 Foote drew a pistol on Kansas Senator Thomas Hart Benton the floor of the United States Senate chamber. In 1852, Foote, running on a Unionist platform, defeated Jefferson Davis in a race for Mississippi governor. Dismayed by the rising feeling of anti-Unionist fervor in Mississippi, Foote moved to California in 1854. He moved to Tennessee in 1859 and served in both the First and Second Confederate congresses as a severe critic of President Davis's war policies. Foote died in 1880 after serving as superintendent of the United States Mint in New Orleans.


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    June, 2010
    26th Saturday
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