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Benjamin Lincoln Sword
National Museum of American History, Behring Center

Benjamin Lincoln Sword

Catalog #: 65511M    Accession #: 226019
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 4.25" H x 31" W x 2" D

Physical Description

Forged steel with a stained ivory and silvered guard and knuckle bow. Scabbard is leather with metal trim.

Specific History

Sword and scabbard carried by Major General Benjamin Lincoln throughout the war. General Lincoln played a major role in accepting the surrender at Yorktown.

General History

Surrender at Yorktown

General Charles Conrwallis was so mortified by his defeat that he dispatched his second in command, Brigadier General Charles O'Hara, to surrender his forces. When O'Hara offered Cornwallis's sword to George Washington, Washington, in keeping with the rigid hierarchies of military protocol, asked his second in command, Major General Benjamin Lincoln, to accept it.

During the surrender ceremonies on the afternoon of October 19, 1781, British Brigadier General Charles O'Hara led a column of British troops out of Yorktown. He surrendered to Major General Benjamin Lincoln, who then directed British troops to lay down their weapons.


Country: United States
War: War of American Independence
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