MODEL 1860 CAVALRY SABER & SCABBARD – IDENTIFIED TO 1st DC CAVALRY / 1st MAINE CAVALRY

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Item Code: 766-1456

Classic Civil War cavalry saber made by Emerson & Silver.  Sword is in overall very good condition. Blade is nice with no edge nicks. Smooth pewter-colored patina. Ricasso is stamped with maker’s name, “EMERSON / & / SILVER / TRENTON” on one side and “US / D.F.M. / 1863” on the other.  Original leather washer remains in place.

Brass guard and basket are good. Quillon is bent slightly forward. All brass has great original, dark patina. Grip is in very good condition with original leather wrap and double-twist of wire. Inspector’s initials are present on pommel cap. Stamped on top of pommel is “SERGT. H. A. WHITTEMORE. / CO. I, 1ST D.C. CAV.”

Scabbard shows use. Several moderate dents in the scabbard and light wear on the drag. Surface of scabbard is dark brown. Complete with both rings and throat.

Henry A. Whittemore was from Augusta, Maine and about 23 years old when he enlisted on June 1, 1863 in Washington, D.C. He was a sergeant in Company I of the 1st District of Columbia Cavalry Regiment. On February 19, 1864 he was transferred into Company G, 1st Maine Cavalry.

There is a somewhat confusing history of transfers between the 1st DC and the 1st ME: The 1st DC regiment formed four companies between June to December 1863, under the command of Colonel Lafayette C. Baker for service in the defenses of Washington, D.C.; in November it was transferred to the Department of Virginia and North Carolina. Eight companies which had been raised in Augusta, Maine were attached to the regiment in early 1864. The regiment participated in the Siege of Petersburg during the remainder of 1864 and early 1865. In August 1864, seven companies were transferred to the 1st Maine Cavalry, while the rest of the regiment was consolidated into two companies. After fighting in the Appomattox Campaign, the regiment served in garrison roles in Virginia until mustering out on October 26, 1865. [jet] [ph:L]

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