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Very nicely inscribed on the throat of the scabbard is Major Benj. R Clyburn 2nd S.C. inf. Benjamin Clyburn served with distinction in most all of the campaigns of the Army of Northen Viriginia rising in the ranks from 1st Lieutenant of company H to the rank of Major. In is obituary in the Charleston Courier, it states the Major Clyburn was wounded severely wounded 4 times, twice at Sharpsburg, once at Gettysburg in the face and leg, and the last time at the Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia where he lost his leg. Benjamin Clyburn was born in 1840 in Lancaster County, South Carolina and is listed on the 1860 census as a student in Lancaster, S.C. At the battle of Gettysburg, the 2nd was in Kershaw's Brigade and saw savage fighting around the Peach Orchard and the Wheatfield and by the end of the day it is reported that the 2nd South Carolina had lost almost 50% of the men engaged.
At the Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia on October 19, 1864 Major Clyburn received a severe Minie ball wound to his left leg and was captured. After the amputation of his left leg Benjamin Clyburn was confined to several federal hospitals including Fort Delaware where he was part of a prisoner exchange on February 20th 1865.
After the war he returned to Lancaster County South Carolina where he practiced law until his death on March 20, 1877, at the age of 37. He is buried in the Old Presbyterian Church Cemetary in Lancaster, South Carolina.
The sword blade is a little dark and has a single unstopped fuller with a few minor nicks. The guard, pommel cap and brass scabbard mounts have a beautiful untouched patina. The scabbard is original to the sword and is intact and has a nice untouched look. The previous owner told me he thought the grips may have had a repair. Under close examination the grips appear to be all intact and original.
Shipping Weight: 15 lbs
Item # df33

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