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Presentation Cavalry Officers Saber presented to Lt. Thomas Ledwich 2nd New York Veteran Cavalry
Item #: tb579
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Wonderful historic sword presentation inscribed to LT. TOS LEDWICH CO A 2ND VET CAV NYSV BY THE MEMBERS OF HIS CO. Deluxe presentation grade cavalry officers produced by Clauberg and embellished by Schuler, Hartley and Graham of New York. Thomas Ledwich enlisted 5/7/1861 in the 22nd New York infantry at Glens Falls, New York and was wounded at Bull Run on August 30th 1862. He served with the 22nd at Gainesville, South Mountain, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville until mustering out in June 1863 at Albany, New York. In July 1863 Thomas Ledwich enlisted in the 2nd New York Veteran Cavalry at Glen Falls, New York. Ledwich served with this regiment for the duration of the war advancing rapidly through the ranks from 1st sergeant to 2nd Lieutenant of company A in October of 1863. His final rank of 1st. Lieutenant being obtained in March 1865. The 2nd began service in the defenses of Washington until it was sent to New Orleans and there joined the Department of the Gulf. Assigned to the 19th corps 5th cavalry brigade the regiment took part in Banks' Red River campaign in which it participated in 18 actions and suffered a loss of 77 killed , wounded and missing. For the remainder of 1864 it participated in a number of skirmishes in Louisiana and Mississippi loosing 11 killed and wounded. The regiments last active service was in March and April 1865 at College Hill, Pine Barren Creek, Cotton Creek Bluff Springs, Florida and Pollard, Fort Blakely, Mt. Pleasant and Whistler's Station, Alabama. The regiment mustered out and discharged at Talladega, Alabama on November 8th 1865. Ledwich's presentation grade cavalry officer's sword is sheathed in a silvered brass scabbard retaining approximately 60% of the silver wash and with deluxe gilded mounts. The quillon features 2 gilt cherubs as applied by Schuler, Hartley and Graham. The 36 inch blade is fine and deeply etched on both sides with crossed flags and ' Stand by the Union' appearing on each staff. The obverse also features a Federal eagle with ribbon in beak ' E Pluribus Unum'. The reverse features an intertwined script US and blade makers mar W. Clauberg/Solingen stamped in the ricasso. Both sides also have a Liberty Cap in a sunburst design and other floral decorations in etch. The silver grip hilt features deluxe, deeply cast and hand chased decorations. It is interesting to note that the cherubs are applied directly over the original casting. The fine grip wire is only present over the last 2 rounds at the pommel. The large grip wire is present throughout. Silvered brass scabbard is in excellent condition overall with a dent appearing midway between the middle mount and the drag. Some loss of silver is apparent from the middle mount towards the throat and is commensurate with a sword that was actually worn.
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