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    Confederate Foot Officer's Presentation Sword made by the Thomas Griswold Company of New Orleans and Presented to Lt. Eugene L. Polk of the 12th Louisiana Infantry. Inscribed to him on the throat of the scabbard with the patriotic motto, "Liberty or Death". Lieutenant Polk enlisted March 17, 1862, in Memphis, Tennessee just before it fell and he was captured during the Vicksburg Campaign near Jackson, Mississippi. A remarkable sword with wood grip, the 27" blade is gray and deeply and clearly stamped, "T. G. & Co." on the throat of the blade. The original brass mounted leather scabbard has a top sewn seam and the top mount is very neatly engraved, "E. L. Polk, 12th LA. Regmt." This is a rare Confederate New Orleans officer's sword. It was recently purchased from a family in South Carolina along with a Confederate Frock Coat.

    The 12th Louisiana Battalion fought throughout the war, surrendering with the Army Tennessee under Joe Johnston in North Carolina in 1865. They fought gallantly in the Battle of Corinth, Port Hudson, Vicksburg, Jackson, Atlanta, and Franklin. An absolutely superb inscribed "Liberty or Death" Confederate sword.

    Provenance: Sumter Military

    Authentication: Steve Hess

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    December, 2006
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
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