179th New York Volunteer Infantry
A Union Regiment Forged in the Petersburg Campaign
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Winter Camp near Hancock Station

Presentation Sword

Gov. Fenton (R)

Gov. Seymour (D)

Jones House

Hancock Station

Entrenched Lines

Warren Raid

Crossing Jerusalem Plank Road

Presentation Sword
Sword Presented to Levi Force

Associated person: Force, Levi

Maker: W. Clauberg

Physical Description:
metal, gilt (scabbard material)
steel (blade material)
metal (hilt material)

blade: 33 in x 1 1/8 in; 83.82 cm x 2.8575 cm
scabbard: 33 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 85.725 cm x 6.985 cm
overall: 39 in x 4 3/4 in; 99.06 cm x 12.065 cm

Object Name: sword

Place made: Deutschland: North Rhine-Westphalia, Solingen

Date made: ca 1865

Edged Weapons
Civil War Presentation Swords
Civil War

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Description (Brief):
Presented to Captain L. Force by his Company

Formerly a sergeant in the regular army, Levi Force enlisted as a private
in Company ‘C’ of the 179th New York Volunteer Infantry in April, 1864. By August
he was promoted to Captain and mustered out with his regiment in June 1865. This
sword was presented to him by the men of his Company.

The blade of this Model 1850 presentation sword is long, curved, and single edged.
The fuller is broad and shallow, and extends about two thirds of the way to the
tip of the blade. Both sides are decorated with scroll designs in silver chasing.
The obverse bears an eagle holding an "E PLURIBUS UNUM" banner, and the reverse
bears a "U.S." monogram. The grip of the sword is cylindrical and has a metal gilt
wire that wraps around it in a spiral. The pommel features oak spray castings on
the sides and a scroll design on the top. The knuckle guard is a strip of gold metal
with floral sprays. The counterguard is half basket shaped and bears an eagle with
a US shield and oak and laurel sprays. The knuckle guard terminates in a quillon
in the shape of an eagle's head.

The scabbard has three gold mounts. The top mount bears a casting of Columbia
holding a sword and a US shield. The second mount bears military trophies. The
third mount features a Union soldier carrying a flag. The reverse of the first
mount bears the inscription “Presented to / Capt. L. Force / By his Company”.
There are two carrying rings on the scabbard, one on the right side of each of
the top two mounts

Currently not on view

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Civil War Presentation Swords

Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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