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    Massive Confederate "D" Guard Bowie Knife Inscribed To Private John W. Tucker, 19th North Carolina.This is a beautiful example of a massive Confederate "D" guard Bowie knife as seen in numerous images of Confederates. This wide lipped-pointed example has a blade length of 17 5/8" and the overall length of the knife is 23". The guard with quillon is iron; the grip is bone that is engraved by the user in four lines, "PVT. JOHN W. TUCKER/Co. F 19th N.C. VOLS./GUILFORD CO. N.C./C.S.A." The knife is fitted in its leather sheath, stitched on the bottom, and the backside has a loop..

    The 19th North Carolina fought at Fredericksburg, Brandy Station and Gettysburg. Pvt. Tucker's unit, designated as the 19th NC Regiment, was also known as the 2nd NC Cavalry. From December 1861 until September 1862, the unit was attached to Infantry Brigades of French's and then Ransom's within the Department of North Carolina. From November 1862 until the end of the war the unit was attached to Cavalry Commands. Thus, the inscription on the grip of the knife was made before November 1862. The knife is a North Carolina item that Pvt. Tucker was issued soon after enlisting as were all NC soldiers.

    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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