Sword Presented to Leonard A. Harris

Description (Brief)
Presented to Colonel Leonard A. Harris by the Non-Commissioned Officers and Privates of the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Militia
Leonard A. Harris served as a captain in the three months’ service 1st Ohio Infantry at First Manassas, and as a colonel in the three years’ service 2nd Ohio Infantry at the Battle of Perryville. He resigned due to illness in December, 1862.
The blade of this sword is long, slightly curved, and single edged. The fuller extends about three quarters of the way to the tip of the blade. Both sides are decorated in silver chasing with scroll designs and depictions of battlefields. The ricasso bears an etched portrait of George Washington. The grip is metal and is wrapped approximately sixteen times with gilt wire in a spiral. The pommel features a floral design on the front and a cast medieval helmet on the top. The knuckle guard is of silver metal. The top is twisted in a spiral and straightens as it reaches the counterguard.
The scabbard bears three silver metal mounts. The top mount features an eagle on a medallion surrounded by an oak wreath and scroll designs. The reverse features a "US" monogram in a similar setting. The medallion on the second mount is missing, but the oak wreath and scroll designs are still present. The drag features an oak spray with acorns and scroll designs. The space between the first two mount is inscribed “Presented to / Col. L.A. Harris / by the / Non-commissioned Officers / and Privates of the 2nd O.V.M. / as a token of their esteem / The heart is all.” The space between the second and third mounts bears another oak spray with acorns. There are two carrying rings on the piece, one on the right hand side of the top two mounts.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1865
Harris, Leonard A.
Schuyler, Hartley & Graham
Physical Description
steel (blade material)
metal, gilt (scabbard material)
metal (hilt material)
blade: 31 3/4 in x 1 in; 80.645 cm x 2.54 cm
scabbard: 33 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in; 85.09 cm x 6.985 cm
overall: 38 in x 4 3/4 in; 96.52 cm x 12.065 cm
overall, sword: 3 1/4 in x 4 3/8 in x 37 7/8 in; 8.255 cm x 11.1125 cm x 96.2025 cm
overall, scabbard: 7/8 in x 2 1/2 in x 33 3/8 in; 2.2225 cm x 6.35 cm x 84.7725 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
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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