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    Union Civil War Foot Officer's Sword With Beautifully Etched Blade, 2nd Lieutenant Francis E. Holt. This sword has a patriotic motif etched on the ricasso by the maker, W. H. Horstmann and Sons, Philadelphia. The sword is identified to Captain Francis E. Holt of the 1st New Jersey Infantry, Company E. Holt entered service on May 23, 1861 as a sergeant and was later promoted to 2nd lieutenant on June 3, 1861. He had a distinguished record having served in 15 major engagements. He was wounded in action at Gaines Mill, Virginia being shot in the lower arm on June 27, 1862. He was discharged September 12, 1864 near Winchester, Virginia. After the war he received a disability pension as a result of his wounds. He had married after the war and had five children. He died on June 7, 1878.

    This sword has a dark untouched patina, original red shagreen covered grips and includes its original brass mounted leather scabbard with leather washer. The mounts of the scabbard have the same dark rich patina. The scabbard is engraved "F.E.H." with some repair on the lower end, but is complete.

    Included with the sword is an interesting archive of Holt's military and pension records. A carte de visite of Holt backmarked "Victor Piard, 150 Grand Street, Jersey City" accompanies the sword. Written in ink verso at the top is "Lt. F. E. Holt 1 N.J." and in pencil at the bottom "Grandfather Holt Civil War picture". Dated circa 1862, the CDV is a standing view of Holt as a 2nd lieutenant holding the sword and wearing a kepi and a VI Corps badge on his frock coat. A great sword identified to a soldier who saw much action.

    Provenance: Thomas R. Holt - Holt's great-grandson

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    December, 2006
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
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