MODEL 1840 CLAUBERG BLADE ETCHED WITH OFFICER’S NAME - LT. COL. ATHERTON H. STEVENS, JR., 1ST & 4TH MASSACHUSETTS CAVALRY; ACCEPTED THE SURRENDER OF RICHMOND APRIL 3, 1865

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Item Code: 870-280

Manufactured: Solingen

Maker: Clauberg

Year: Civil War

Model: M1840

Size: 35.6” blade

A Model 1840 Clauberg with a beautifully etched blade. The hilt is the well-crafted Clauberg with a leather grip and twisted brass wire wrap. The blade has a ribbon and scroll work reading: “A. H. Stephens Jun.” It is followed with scrolls, a fancy, vertical U.S. and large scrolls and foliate. The reverse is stamped W. Clauberg / Solingen on the ricasso and etched with a 5-inch Federal eagle with rays and E. Pluribus Unum ribbon. There are geometrics, scrolls and a large 6+ inch Federal Shield with American Flag, Liberty Pole and another E. Pluribus Unum all set under sun rays. The back of the spine has a foliate design. The iron scabbard has a very interesting battlefield type repair.

Atherton H. Stevens, Jr. was a 36-year-old merchant residing in Cambridge, MA. He enlisted as a Captain on 10/31/61 and on 12/17/71 was commissioned into Co. D, 1st Massachusetts Cavalry. Promoted to Major on 7/19/62. On 2/12/64 he was transferred into Field & Staff, 4th Massachusetts Cavalry. Promoted to Lt. Colonel by Brevet on 3/13/65.

It was Stevens who accepted the surrender of Richmond on the 3rd of April, 1865 from then Mayor Joseph Mayo.  Stevens, a member of Godfrey Weitzel's staff, rode toward Richmond with a detachment of troopers from his own regiment, the 4th Mass Cavalry.  They were met at the junction of the Osborn and New Market Roads by Mayo, waiting there in a carriage.  The mayor handed a note of surrender to Stevens, who accepted the surrender, then continued into Richmond, dismounting at Capitol Square.  Troopers of the 4th Mass Cavalry then climbed to the roof of the Capitol, took down the Confederate flag, and ran up two of their cavalry guidons, lacking a U.S. flag.

Stevens died in Cambridge, MA in 1872, and is buried there in Mount Auburn Cemetery.

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