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    Two Swords Identified to Capt. Francis Raymond Jr. 24th and 1st Michigan Infantry Raymond originally enlisted as a Sergt. in the 24th Michigan Inf., Iron Brigade, on 7/24/62. Serving with the regiment through heavy fighting at Fredericksburg and Port Royal, the 24th was one of the first regiments engaged at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. After capturing a large portion of Archer's Brigade, the regiment formed a line of battle in McPherson's woods, where they were engaged in some of the heaviest fighting of the day, losing a total of 316 men killed and wounded. The 24th Michigan marker on the Gettysburg battlefield states that "of the 496 men who went into battle on July 1, 1863, 99 answered roll call here on the morning of July 2-3 1863". With all the field officers having been killed or wounded, the regiment left the battlefield on July 6, in pursuit of Lee, under the command of Raymond. Raymond was promoted to 1st Lieut. of Field & Staff in the 1st Michigan on 4/22/64, and was wounded in the Wilderness 5/5/64. He subsequently rejoined the regiment and fought through to the end of the war, being mustered out a Captain on 7/15/65.
    The first sword is a presentation grade, silver grip M1850 staff & field officer's sword. The blade is near perfect, and etched for 1/3 its length, with the obverse exhibiting scroll work with an arms panoply and American shield. The reverse includes scroll work and a large US. The blade is etched Iron Proof on the back, with an unidentified touchmark on the obverse ricasso. The hilt is of regulation form but with extremely deep relief decoration on the face of the pommel and retains 95% of the original gilt. The silver grip bears leaf decoration at the top and is triple wrapped with brass wire, grip perfect. The scabbard retains most of the original brown finish with all three mounts profusely decorated with engraving. the upper mount with geometric designs and scrolls beneath an intertwined US in a wreath. The middle and lower mounts decorated with nearly full coverage of scroll, floral and geometric designs. The mounts retain much of the original gilt, with the drag showing clear signs of use, with this sword likely obtained by Raymond when he joined the Field & Staff of the 1st Michigan. Scabbard really exceptional with absolutely no rust or dents. The other sword is a fraternal sword, C. 1880 with embossed silvered mounts and hilt, which is etched with Raymond's name on both the scabbard and the blade. The chain guard is broken where it attaches to the hilt, else the sword is about mint, and marked on the reverse ricasso with the maker's logo of E. A. Armstrong / Detroit, Mich. The two swords have been together since they were sold by the family a number of years ago and both unequivocally were the property of Captain Raymond. Accompanied by an extensive set of records and other historical research. Beautiful sword carried by a truly gallant Union officer, who served in one of the war's most hard fought units.


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    June, 2011
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