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Historic Georgia Oglethorpe Light Infantry Presentation Sword
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Beautiful Ames sword presented to Lieutenant William Bulloch Jackson by the non commissioned officers and privates of the Oglethorpe Light Infantry January 8th 1858. The Oglethorpe Light Infantry was organized in Savannah, Georgia on January8, 1856. Upon Georgia's succession a detachment of the unit under Francis S. Bartow, captured Fort Pulaski in January 1861. The corps was mustered into Confederate service and company A became company B of the 8th Georgia Infantry and company B became company H of the of the 1st Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
For unknown reasons William B Jackson enlisted into company D 2nd Battalion Georgia Cavalry on November 23, 1861. Later the 2nd Battalion Georgia Cavalry was consolidated into the 5th Georgia Cavalry in early 1863. Captain Jackson was detailed to the Quartermaster department in February 1863 and later promoted to A.D.C. to General H.R. Jackson in February 1864. The 5th Georgia Cavalry was sent to South Carolina and assigned to overall command of General PGT Beauregard. In South Carolina the unit fought in several actions including Green Pond, John's Island and Charleston. In May of 1864 the 5th was assigned to Fighting Joe Wheeler's command in the Army of Tennessee and participated in the battles around Atlanta including Buckhead, Kennesaw Mountain, Big Shanty, Chattahoochee River and Decatur. The last documented action of the 5th Georgia Cavalry was at the Battle of Morrisville Station on April 16-14 1865. The regiment surrendered in Hillsboro, North Carolina on April 26, 1865.
William Bulloch Jackson passed away at the age of 46 on March 1, 1876 and was buried the following day in lot 207 in the Laurel Gove Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia.
The sword is an Ames Militia Officers Sword with a silver presentation plaque on the scabbard reading "Presented to Lieut. William B. Jackson by the Non Commissioned Officers and Privates of the Oglethorpe Light Infantry January 8, 1858" The scabbard has much of the original gold gilt remaining with areas worn off where it would have rubbed on the officers uniform. The scabbard is missing the throat washer and has several minor nicks and dings from actual use. Sharply marked on the scabbard is Ames Manufacturing Company Chicopee Mass. The hilt and grips are nice with the knight's head pommel along with mother of pearl grips. The grips have two minor pieces missing near the cross guard. The blade is nice with strong etching and "Oglethorpe Light Infantry" strongly etched in a plaque on one side. Overall a beautiful and historic Georgia sword. The sword is accompanied with my recent research material.
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