Sword Presented to William B. Hazen

Description (Brief)
Presented to General William B. Hazen by the Officers of his staff in June 1863
West Point graduate William B. Hazen was wounded in action against the Comanche in Texas prior to the Civil War. He fought at Shiloh and Stones River where he was wounded, yet credited with saving the Union Line at “Hell’s Half Acre.” He continued to serve in the Army until his death in 1887.
The blade of this sword is long, straight, and single-edged. The fuller is broad and shallow. Both sides of the blade are decorated in silver and gold chasing. The silver decorations consist of floral sprays and designs. The gold chasing on the obverse is in the shape of two flags, military trophies, and a shield. The gold chasing on the reverse creates a flag and a classical style helmet. The grip is shark skin with a three wire medley that wraps around the grip 11 times in a spiral. There is a gold backstrap on the grip. The pommel is in the shape of an eagle's head. The knuckle guard is decorated in a casting of floral sprays in the center and laurel leaves on the sides. There is an eagle casting the bears the US shield on the base of the guard. The counterguard is ovular and bowl shaped and is similarly decorated with floral spray castings and laurel leaves. The counterguard terminates in a quillon that is shaped like a lion's head.
The scabbard bears three gold mounts. Each mount features ornate castings of floral and scroll designs. It is inscribed “Presented to / Gen. W.B. Hazen. / by the Officers of his staff / June 1863 / Shiloh, April 7, 1862, Stone River, Dec. 31, 1862.” between the top two mounts on the scabbard's obverse. The scabbard bears two carrying rings, one on the right hand side of the two top mounts.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1863
Hazen, William Babcock
Schuyler, Hartley & Graham
maker of blade
Luneschloss, Paul D.
Physical Description
engraved (overall production method/technique)
steel (blade material)
brass (hilt material)
sharkskin (hilt material)
metal, gilt (scabbard material)
overall: 37 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in; 95.885 cm x 13.97 cm
blade: 32 in x 1 in; 81.28 cm x 2.54 cm
scabbard: 33 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in; 85.725 cm x 4.445 cm
overall, scabbard: 7/8 in x 2 1/2 in x 33 5/8 in; 2.2225 cm x 6.35 cm x 85.4075 cm
overall, sword: 2 1/2 in x 5 1/4 in x 37 1/2 in; 6.35 cm x 13.335 cm x 95.25 cm
place made for blade
Deutschland: North Rhine-Westphalia, Solingen
United States: Tennessee
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Edged Weapons
Civil War
related event
Civil War
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War Presentation Swords
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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