Civil War era Model 1840 "wrist breaker" cavalry sword with iron scabbard, belonging to Union Captain Richard L. Myers, 4th Regiment, Company G, Kentucky Mounted Infantry. Ricasso stamped "S&K" for Schnitzler & Kirschbaum, obverse, "SOLINGEN", reverse. Steel blade, brass guard and leather wrap with twisted brass wire. Scabbard with two rings. Blade length – 34 1/2". Overall length with scabbard – 42". Also includes Commonwealth of Kentucky Commission signed by Governor Beriah Magoffin (1815-1885) stating that Myers was elected to the office of Captain in the 4th Regiment of the Kentucky Volunteer Militia, dated October 9, 1861. Note: The 4th Kentucky Infantry was organized at Camp Dick Robinson and mustered in for a three-year enlistment on October 9, 1861, under the command of Colonel Speed Smith Fry. In February 1864, the regiment was reorganized at Lexington, Kentucky, as the 4th Regiment Kentucky Mounted Infantry. The regiment participated in several notable battles and campaigns, primarily in the southern states, including the Advance on and siege of Corinth, Mississippi, April 29-May 30, 1862, Siege of Chattanooga, September 24-November 23, 1863, the Battle of Franklin November 30, and the Battle of Nashville December 15-16, 1864. It was attached to Thomas' Command, Army of the Ohio, to November 1861. 2nd Brigade, Army of the Ohio, to December 1861. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Army of the Ohio, to September 1862. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, III Corps, Army of the Ohio, to November 1862. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, Center, XIV Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to January 1863. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, XIV Corps, to October 1863. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, XIV Corps, to June 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to November 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry Corps, Military Division of Mississippi, to August 1865. The 4th Kentucky Infantry mustered out of service at Macon, Georgia, on August 17, 1865. (adapted from https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-battle-units-detail.htm?battleUnitCode=UKY0004RIT). CONDITION: Overall good condition. Heavy pitting, rust to blade and scabbard. Areas of flaking, loss to leather wrap. Tarnish to brass. Commission separated at fold lines, foxing spots, old tape residue, tears, largest 2 3/4". Magoffin signature in overall very good, legible condition.
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