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    The Sword of Sergeant Francis Burt, 10th Connecticut Infantry - Battery Wagner This 32" non-commissioned officer's sword made by Collins and Company of Hartford, Connecticut was owned and carried by Sergeant Francis E. Burt of the 10th Connecticut Infantry. It is engraved 'Sergt. F. E. Burt 10th Reg. Ct. Inf.' in plain text on the solid brass 3" guard. The 5" banded brass grip is complemented by a single brass knuckle-bow, pommel cap and quillon. With the blade marked 'Collins & Co. Hartford, Conn. 1862' at the ricasso, the fuller extends nearly the entire length of the blade.
    We know quite a lot about this sword's owner, Sergeant Francis E. Burt. Born on December 29, 1836 in Ridgefield, Connecticut, he mustered into the 10th Connecticut Infantry on September 30, 1861. The 25 year-old would take part in 40 battles during the CIvil War including Roanoke Island and New Bern when he was promoted to corporal and then sergeant, the occasion of the presentation of this field-engraved non-commissioned officer's sword. Burt would brave his greatest gunfire at Battery Wagner on July 18, 1863. It was there that Sergeant Burt's 10th Connecticut fought with the legendary 54th Colored Regiment that was annihilated as they assaulted the fort.
    Sergeant Burt would serve throughout the war fighting at Saint Augustine, Florida, New Market and at the Battle of Darbytown where he was wounded. He was promoted to first lieutenant of Company C and later fought at Hatcher's Run and was present at the surrender at Appomattox.
    This sword comes with its original leather scabbard which has a brass throat with brass frog and drag. Amazingly, this sword and scabbard comes with its 2" leather shoulder belt complete with brass eagle breastplate. This is truly a remarkable grouping with significant historical importance. It comes with a binder of extensive research concerning Burt and his regiment.*****


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