Model 1840 Confederate Cavalry Saber

Date:
1861-1864
Creator:
Louis Haiman & Brothers?
Description (physical):

H: 41 3/4 H: 36" (blade)

Location:
500 S Bronough St,Florida,Tallahassee,32399
Identifier:
92776
Institution:
Museum of Florida History
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Model 1850 Confederate Foot Officer's Sword

Date:
ca. 1861-1865
Creator:
Conning, James
Description (physical):

L: 36" W: 4 1/2" L (Blade): 30 3/4"

Location:
500 S Bronough St,Florida,Tallahassee,32399
Identifier:
18429
Institution:
Museum of Florida History
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General Robert E. Lee CSA (1807-1870)

Date:
C. 1860s

The future of the first Confederate military campaign into Northern territory depended entirely upon Robert E. Lee's plan to deal with the Union soldiers at Harpers Ferry. Before he could pursue his goal to invade Pennsylvania and destroy the Union army in a pitched battle, Lee had to eliminate the Federal garrison at Harpers Ferry. Lee's daring plan to capture Harpers Ferry divided his army into four parts separated by mountains and rivers. He knew that his soldiers were tired and poorly fed, and that many of them had been marching barefoot for six weeks. Read more »

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.5.0035
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson CSA (1824-1863)

Date:
C. 1860s

Robert E. Lee could not have selected a more qualified officer than Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson to command the Southern attack on Harpers Ferry in September 1862. Jackson knew Harpers Ferry well. He started his career in the Confederate army there when the Civil War began. During his tenure as the commanding officer at Harpers Ferry in 1861, Jackson became intimately familiar with the unique landscape. During the attack on Harpers Ferry in 1862, he combined his knowledge of the local terrain with his skill as a former professor of artillery tactics. Read more »

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.5.0034
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

General Lafayette McLaws CSA (1821-1897)

Date:
C. 1860s

General Lafayette McLaws was stretched to the limit during the attack on Harpers Ferry. His primary objective was to capture Maryland Heights and use the high ground to deploy artillery for the bombardment of the Union troops below. But, after defeating the Northern forces on the Heights in a sharp engagement, McLaws also had to battle the force of gravity. A road had to be cut up the steep hillside before he could move his artillery from the valley floor to the mountaintop. McLaws sent four cannon to the crest, but it took 200 men to pull each piece up the slope. Read more »

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.5.0032
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

General John G. Walker CSA (1822-1893)

Date:
C. 1860s

From his position high atop Loudoun Heights on September 14, 1862, Confederate General John G. Walker heard the sound of battle on nearby South Mountain. Convinced that the Northern army was coming to liberate the Union soldiers trapped in Harpers Ferry, Walker recognized the need to begin and end the battle for the town before the enemy reinforcements arrived. However, two miles west on School House Ridge, "Stonewall" Jackson was carefully planning the artillery bombardment of the Northerners trapped in Harpers Ferry. Read more »

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.5.0031
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

U.S. Model 1857 Light 12-Pounder Gun: The "Napoleon"

Date:
1857

The workhorse of both Union and Confederate field artilleries, the versatile Napoleon fired 12-pound solid shot, exploding shell, and canister. The muzzle-loading smoothbore acquired its nickname after being modeled on a lightweight, maneuverable field gun that was developed in France by Napoleon III.

Location:
300 North St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120
Institution:
State Museum of Pennsylvania

Kerr's Patent Revolver

Date:
c. 1860
Creator:
London Armoury Company
Description (physical):

.44 Caliber

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike,Pennsylvania,Gettysburg,17325
Identifier:
2010.7517.0007
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Watch

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike,Pennsylvania,Gettysburg,17325
Identifier:
2010.0124.0003
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park
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1852 Confederate Percussion Musket From Monocacy National Battlefield

Date:
C. 1852
Creator:
Palmetto Armory

The Palmetto Armory initially supplied the South Carolina militia before the Civil War, but its muskets later armed many Confederate soldiers.

Location:
4801 Urbana Pike,Maryland,Frederick,21704
Identifier:
2011.0123.0007
Institution:
Monocacy National Battlefield