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General Henry W. Lawton's Presentation Sword
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

General Henry W. Lawton's Presentation Sword

Catalog #: 16043    Accession #: 59545
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Maker

Schuyler, Hartley & Graham (Maker)

In 1860, Marcellus Hartley founded the Schuyler, Hartley & Graham Sporting Goods Company, which would later become one of the largest sporting goods companies in the world.

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 8.5" H x 38" W x 3" D

Physical Description

Forged steel with scabbard, inscribed in silver plaque "Lieut. Col. Henry W. Lawton, 30th Ind. Vet. Vol. Infty. Presented by the officers and men of his regiment as a token of confidence and respect, March 4, 1865." Inscribed to the left of the plaque, "Shiloh/Corinth/ Stone River/Chickamauga" and to the right "Atlanta/Franklin/Nashville"

Specific History

In 1865, this sword was presented to Henry W. Lawton by his regiment.

General History

Henry Lawton enlisted in the Union forces at the outbreak of the Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for heroism at Atlanta. He was discharged November 25, 1865 with the brevet rank of colonel. Lawton rejoined the army in 1867 and served throughout the Indian Wars. In the spring of 1886, he was selected by General Nelson A. Miles to lead a select group of troops into Mexico in pursuit of the Apache Chief, Geronimo, who surrendered to Lawton three months later.


Keywords

Country: United States
War: Civil War
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