Original U.S Civil War 1860 Light Cavalry Saber with Scabbard by AMES- Marked 38 TRD NJ, Dated 1861
Original Item: Ames Model 1860 Cavalry Word. The sword has a 35" blade, leather washer missing. Blade marked on reverse US/GKC/186(1?), George K. Charter inspected from 1861 to 1864, reverse is a worn maker mark reading Ames MFG. CO. Chicopee, Mass. The leather grip and double twisted wire are in good condition. Overall honest wear and very nice looking brass with a nice patina and scabbard shows signs of over-cleaning but all original.
The most interesting aspect of this cavalry saber is an engraving found on the brass hilt that reads-
We believe this marking to mean 38th New Jersey, Troop D.
History of the NJ Thirty-eighth: Col., William J. Sewell ; Lieut.-Col., Ashbel W. Angel; Maj., William H. Tantum. This regiment was raised in the summer and fall of 1864, Col. Sewell accepting its command on Sept. 30 and completing its organization in 15 days thereafter. Col. Sewell had served with distinguished credit in the 2nd N. J. brigade, but had been compelled to quit the service during the Wilderness campaign, owing to prostration resulting from exposure. Partially recovering, however, and with his patriotic ardor unabated, he gladly embraced the opportunity afforded by the formation of the 38th to return to the field, employing all his energies to make it an organization worthy of the state. Upon leaving the state, the regiment was ordered to City Point and thence to Bermuda Hundred, whence it was sent to Fort Powhatan, on the James river, some 15 miles below City Point. It remained at that point until the surrender of Lee, when it was ordered to City Point and there mustered out, reaching Trenton on July 4, 1865. The total strength of the regiment was 1,048, and it lost during its term of service, by resignation 6, by discharge 2, by promotion 9, by transfer 3, by death 11, by desertion 59, mustered out, 956.
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