Presentation Sword and Scabbard

Description
In November of 1861 Capt. Charles Wilkes, in command of the USS San Jacinto, stopped the British ship RMS Trent and arrested two Confederate diplomats, James Mason and John Slidell. While the British Government demanded an apology and the U.S. Government disavowed Wilkes' action, the people of Boston decided to reward Wilkes with this beautiful presentation sword.
Location
Currently on loan
Object Name
sword and scabbard
date made
1862
user
Wilkes, Charles
maker
Shreve, Stanwood and Company
Measurements
overall: 32 3/4 in; 83.185 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
AF*14946
catalog number
14946
accession number
56944
subject
Edged Weapons
Military
Civil War
Civil War
event
Civil War
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title
Sword Presented to Charles Wilkes
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