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Catalog Number 00583a
Object Name Sword
Description Bussey Presentation Sword. brass colored with elegant, finely decorated throughout. It was presented to Colonel Cyrus Bussey of Iowa. Inscription on one side of the blade says "Pea Ridge." The other side of the blade inscribed "U.S." Wording on the scabbard says "Presented to Col. Cyrus Bussey by the officers and soldiers of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry as a token of their confidence and esteem for his conduct at the battle of Pea Ridge March 7 & 8, 1862". Sword made by Ball, Black & Co. Bussey led a successful charge during the battle and was instrumental in the Union victory. The handle grip contains an image of an ancient soldier on one side; the guard is curved and contains a figure of a person as well as a winding snake whose head is along the bottom part of the grip; the pommel is round and decorated with stars and a band of glass in the shape of small diamonds. The cross guard is decorated with a lions head, an eagle emblem with the words "Pea Ridge" The blade itself bears the marks "Pea Ridge" and is decorated from top to bottom with floral patterns, a soldier, drums and flags, and bugles and swords. The flip side of the blade is also ornately decorated top to bottom, including the letters "U.S." and the maker's name at the hilt. The scabbard contains 3 rings. One side of the scabbard has an eagle over a chevron, a suit of armor of a knight, an axe, and below that, an engraving of a battle scene showing cavalry fighting infantry. A floral design along the bottom. Flip side is smooth with a few elements of a floral pattern. 39.5" long. One sharp side. Some corrosion found along parts of the sword and scabbard.
Collection Civil War