Benjamin Lincoln's Sword


Physical Description

Forged steel with a stained ivory-and-silvered guard and knuckle bow. Scabbard is leather with metal trim.

Specific History

Sword and scabbard carried by Major General Benjamin Lincoln throughout the Revolutionary War. General Lincoln played a major role in accepting the surrender at Yorktown.

General History

Surrender at Yorktown

General Charles Conrwallis was so mortified by his defeat that he dispatched his second-in-command, Brigadier General Charles O'Hara, to surrender his forces. When O'Hara offered Cornwallis's sword to George Washington, Washington, in keeping with the rigid hierarchies of military protocol, asked his second-in-command, Major General Benjamin Lincoln, to accept it.

During the surrender ceremonies on the afternoon of October 19, 1781, British Brigadier General Charles O'Hara led a column of British troops out of Yorktown. He surrendered to Major General Benjamin Lincoln, who then directed British troops to lay down their weapons.

User: Lincoln, Benjamin

Used: United States

Related Event: American RevolutionRevolution and the New Nation


See more items in: Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military, Military

Exhibition: Price of Freedom

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Mrs. Henry K. Cowen

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.65512MCatalog Number: 65512Accession Number: 226019

Object Name: SwordOther Terms: Sword; Edged Weapons

Measurements: overall: 4 1/4 in x 31 in x 2 in; 10.795 cm x 78.74 cm x 5.08 cm


Record Id: nmah_438723

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