Sword Presented to James Crall

Description (Brief)
Presented to Major James Crall by the non-commissioned officers and privates of the 82nd Ohio Regiment
James S. Crall was an officer of the 82nd Ohio Infantry Regiment throughout the Civil War. He mustered out with his regiment in July, 1865.
The blade of this sword is long, slightly curved, and single edged. The fuller extends about two thirds of the way to the tip of the blade, and both sides are decorated in floral designs in silver chasing. The obverse features US arms, a banner reading "E PLURIBUS / UNUM", an eagle, a small etched scene with a field and mountains, and the inscription “MAJOR / JAMES S. CRALL / 182d. REG. / OHIO VOL.” The grip is cylindrical. On the obverse, there is a cast of Columbia holding a sword in her right hand and a US shield in her left. The reverse is decorated with a "US" monogram that is surrounded in scroll and floral designs. The pommel bears oak scrolls on the bottom and is surmounted by an eagle standing on a ball. The knuckle guard is a thin strip of gold metal decorated in oak scrolls. The counterguard is decorated in casting of military trophies, including a US shield and a liberty pole and cap. All of this terminates in a quillon which extends downward toward the blade and bears a scroll pattern.
The scabbard bears three gold mounts, two of which are decorated with war trophies and the third with a US cavalryman. The reverse of the mounts feature scroll designs. Between the first two mounts is the inscription “PRESENTED TO / Major Games S. Crall / BY THE / NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS / & PRIVATES OF THE 82nd REGT. O.V. IN. / FOR / MERITORIOUS CONDUCT DISPLAYED ON THE / BATTLE FIELDS OF / Manassas Plains, Chancellorsville / & Gettysburg.” There are two carrying rings on this scabbard. They are found on the right side of the top two mounts. The carrying rings are gripped by castings of a hands.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1864
Crall, James S.
W. Clauberg
Physical Description
metal, gilt (scabbard material)
steel (blade material)
brass (hilt material)
blade: 32 in x 1 in; 81.28 cm x 2.54 cm
scabbard: 33 in x 3 1/8 in; 83.82 cm x 7.9375 cm
overall: 39 1/2 in x 5 3/4 in; 100.33 cm x 14.605 cm
overall, scabbard: 3/4 in x 2 7/8 in x 32 3/4 in; 1.905 cm x 7.3025 cm x 83.185 cm
overall, sword: 3 5/8 in x 5 1/2 in x 39 in; 9.2075 cm x 13.97 cm x 99.06 cm
place made
Deutschland: North Rhine-Westphalia, Solingen
United States: Pennsylvania, Gettysburg
United States: Virginia, Manassas
United States: Virginia, Chancellorsville
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Edged Weapons
Civil War Presentation Swords
Civil War
Civil War
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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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