Sword Presented to Judson Kilpatrick

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Description (Brief)
Presented to Brevet Major General Judson Kilpatrick by the Officers of the 3rd Cavalry Division of Mississippi
General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick received this sword around 1865 from the officers of his 3rd Cavalry Division. Kilpatrick, an 1861 West Point graduate, was a controversial cavalry leader during the Civil War. He was notorious for reckless tactics (he was known as “Kill-Cavalry”) and for womanizing.
The blade of this sword is long, straight, and double edged. The fuller is long and flat, and extends almost to the tip of the blade. Both sides are decorated in floral sprays in silver and gold chasing. On the obverse is a list of battles Kilpatrick participated in during the Civil War. The reverse of the blade features a "US" monogram, scroll designs, and military trophies. The grip of the sword is cylindrical and bears a banner engraved with the Latin motto, ""TUEBOR" / "I'll Secure Him"". The pommel is a cast of an eagle with one claw on a ball. The knuckle guard is a gold metal chain and connects to a horse's head about half way between the pommel and counterguard. The guard terminates in a small scroll design quillon. The counterguard features a cast of Kilpatrick riding a horse, surrounded by scroll designs and floral sprays.
The scabbard bears three gold mounts. The first features a diamond encrusted "K" surrounded by two angels with horns, a floral wreath, and floral sprays, and a curtain. The second mount features a US shield with diamond encrusted stars wrapped in a belt and surrounded by laurel leaves. The drag bears floral sprays. An inscription “PRESENTED / TO / Brevet Maj. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick. / BY THE / Officers of the 3d. Cavalry Division. / MILITARY DIVISION, MISSISSIPPI” is engraved between the first two mounts. There are three carrying rings on this scabbard, one on each side of the top mount and one on the right side of the middle mount.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1865
Kilpatrick, Judson
Collins & Co.
Schuyler, Hartley & Graham
place made for blade
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
place made
United States: New York, New York
presented by/ in
United States: Mississippi
Physical Description
steel (blade material)
metal, gilt (scabbard material)
brass (hilt material)
blade: 32 7/8 in x 1 in; 83.5025 cm x 2.54 cm
scabbard: 34 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in; 87.63 cm x 10.795 cm
overall: 40 3/8 in x 6 1/4 in; 102.5525 cm x 15.875 cm
ID Number
catalog 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


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