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Identified Alabama Colonels Sword
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Nicely etched on the blade is " Col. L.T. Woodruff 36 Alabama Regt. MOBILE. " Lewis T. Woodruff was born March 5, 1816 in Farmington, Connecticut and moved to Mobile, Alabama 1n 1839 where he became a respected merchant. When the 36th Alabama was organized on May 12, 1862, Captain Woodruff assisted in raising this unit. The 36th Alabama was organized at Mount Vernon AL with men from Mobile, Tuscaloosa, Greene, Fayette, Sumter, and Monroe Counties. The unit was initially involved in constructing defenses at Oven and Choctaw Bluffs, then was stationed at Mobile until May 1863. In March 1863, he was promoted to Colonel, 36th Alabama, Clayton's Brigade, Stewart's Division, succeeding Col Robert H Smith. His unit participated in various campaigns of the Army of Tennessee from Chickamauga to Nashville. At the Batle of Chickamauga, the 36th lost 125 men, killed and wounded. It's loses were light at Lookout Mountain but large in casualties and prisoners at Missionary Ridge. The regiment wintered at Dalton, GA and was engaged at Crow's Valley, Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, New Hope Church, and the Atlanta battles.

On May 25, 1864 at the battle of New Hope Church, GA, he was wounded in the upper part of his left leg, almost completely paralyzing it. On July 12, 1864, Woodruff requested permission to appear before a medical board stating he was unable to walk 50 yards with crutches. On July 21, 1864, a medical board found Woodruff to be permanently disabled. He was retired from the army on December 13, 1864. Interestingly enough, Woodruff received notice to report to active duty on January 22, 1865 for which he never returned. After retirement, he returned to Mobile, AL. and was later killed in an accident on May 25, 1869 exactly five years to the day after his wounding at New Hope.

The pattern 1827/45 English sword is in absolutely attic untouched condition with a dark patina overall. Blade is nice with sharp S. ISSAC CAMPBELL & CO. marking. The brass wire wrapped sharkskin grips are 100% intact in excellent condition. There is evidence that at one time it had a presentation panel on the scabbard but it has since been lost to history. This exact sword is mentioned on page 312 of the reference book THE ENGLISH CONNECTION by Pritchard and Huey. A seldom encountered sword of a fighting Confederate officer.

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