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    Confederate Presentation Foot Officer's Sword With Brass Scabbard Made by E. J. Johnston of Macon, Georgia. Inscribed in old English script:
    Presented to/ Lt. Coln. W. B. Betts 13th Regt. Ala. Vols/ By a few of his brother officers for gallant conduct on the battlefield/ 1862.

    Lieutenant Colonel William Betts, from Macon, Georgia, was named major of the newly-formed 13th Alabama Infantry and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel before resigning his commission. The unit saw action at Seven Pines, Yorktown, and Fredericksburg. At Gettysburg, Betts' unit suffered 50% losses.

    Probably the most unique feature of this sword is the brass scabbard, which is profusely engraved with a floral design. Between the top and middle mount, under stylized six-pointed stars, is "CS" which is over a spread-winged eagle facing right; the eagle appears to be rising from flames. Under the eagle is engraved "US". Below the middle mount is a stand of two Confederate First National Flags with 6 pointed stylized stars. The blade is etched on top as well as both sides to within 7½" of the tip.

    The obverse of the blade has the normal floral pattern, etched with a panel "E. J. Johnston & Co., Macon, Ga." Below this are crossed cannons, muskets with bayonets, halberds, pikes, and two sets of flags. The first appear to be regimental. Additionally, there are two Confederate First National flags with stylized stars. The reverse of the blade is etched with much of the same design- cannon, flags, etc. The guard has a brown stained wood grip with petite twisted brass wire. The hilt retains some of its original gilt. An important Confederate presentation sword.

    Provenance:
    The sword recently came from the Betts family where the sword has remained since the Civil War and has never before been on the market.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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