US MODEL 1860 CAVALRY SABRE ID’D TO WILLIAM H. BASS, HOSPITAL STEWARD, 6TH NEW YORK CAVALRY – CAPTURED AT CHANCELLORSVILLE & KERNSTOWN

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Sword is in very nice condition. Scabbard is very dark with nice patina, and has one or two very small surface rust spots. Top mount ring shows wear from use. Counterguard, knucklebow, and pommel cap have light brown brass patina. Leather washer is complete. Blade is bright with moderate scattered age spots. No visible nicks on edge. Ricasso marked, “Ames Mfg. Co. Chicopee, Mass” with opposite side stamped “U.S D.R 1863”. Lightly inscribed on top of the counterguard is “W H Bass”.

Twenty-three year old William H. Bass, who was born in Charleston, SC, enlisted as a Hospital Steward in the 6th NY Cavalry on 10/31/61 at New York City. Bass was present with his regiment for all of their early campaigns – Peninsula, Seven Days, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg & Chancellorsville. In the latter battle, Bass was captured at Chancellorsville, VA on 5/3/63 and confined at Richmond until his parole at City Point on 5/14/63. Bass was exchanged and back with the 6th NY in mid- to late-June 1863. Bass returned to his unit in time for the Battle of Gettysburg. Camp Parole has him listed as present on May 18 & 19, 1863. There is also a 7/24/63 date on the POW memorandum form, but company record books have him present for July.

On 12/15/63 Bass re-enlisted as a veteran volunteer. He was captured again at Kernstown, VA on 8/14/64 and was again confined at Richmond and paroled on 10/8/64. After release he was put in the U.S. General Hospital in Annapolis, MD, where he stayed until February 1865 when he was sent to a remount camp in Pleasant Valley, MD. On 6/17/65 he was transferred into Field & Staff, 2nd New York Provisional Cavalry. Bass mustered out on 8/9/65 at Louisville. He died in New York City on 9/20/74 at the age of 33 and is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.

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