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Presentation Sword and Scabbard

Presentation Sword and Scabbard

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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.
Currently on loan
Object Name
sword and scabbard
date made
Wilkes, Charles
Shreve, Stanwood and Company
place made
United States
overall: 32 3/4 in; 83.185 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Jane Wilkes
Edged Weapons
Civil War
Civil War
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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