Ceremonial Sword from Lincoln's Funeral

Description
U.S. Medical Staff Officer Dr. Charles Leale wore this sword while serving in the honor guard for Lincoln’s body when it lay in state at the White House and the U.S. Capitol, April 1865. Leale was on duty at Ford’s Theatre the night of the assassination and was the first doctor to reach the dying president.
Bequest of Helen Leale Harper, Dr Charles Leale’s granddaughter, 2006
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sword
date made
1864
patient; referenced
Lincoln, Abraham
referenced
Leale, Charles
maker
United States Army
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
yellow (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 37 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 1/2 in; 95.25 cm x 11.43 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
2006.0251.01
accession number
2006.0251
catalog number
2006.0251.01
subject
Presidency
Presidency
Government, Politics, and Reform
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
event
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
See more items in
Political History: Political History, Presidential History Collection
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Rubenstein, Harry R.. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
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