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U631. SAUERBIER M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD - PRESENTED TO ASST. SURGEON, NEW YORK 11TH REGIMENT NATIONAL GUARD INFANTRY: This is a high quality Sauerbier Staff & Field sword presented Asst. Surgeon Joseph Ward. The sword retains 95% original gold wash on all the brass and 100% original grip and wire, as well as a frosty blade. The presentation is on the reverse side of the top mounts and reads as follows.

Presented by

Wm Rankin Esq

To hisGrandson

Joseph B. Ward , MD

Newark, N.J.

June 25th 1862

The New York Eleventh Regiment, Washington Rifles was a National Guard unit and prior to April 27, 1835, there are no positive records of this regiment on file.  At that time the organization was known as the 2d Regiment, Washington Guards, New York State Light Infantry; about 1856 this designation was changed to 11th Regiment, "Washington Rifles."  It was disbanded January 14, 1899.

Its Service in the War of the Rebellion was short. It left New York City, its home station, May 28, 1862, commanded by Col. Joachim Maidhof, and was mustered into the service of the United States for three months, at Harper's Ferry, W. Va.  It served in the 2d Brigade, Sigel's Division, Department of Shenandoah, from June 8, 1862, and at Harper's Ferry, and was mustered out at New York City, to date September 16, 1862. In June 18, 1863, its ten companies, left the State under orders for thirty days' service, commanded by Colonel Maidhof, and preceded to Harrisburg, Pa.; it served in the 4th Brigade, 1st Division, Department Susquehanna, and was mustered out of the United States service, July 20, 1863, in New York City.

11th Regiment National Guard Infantry

Left State for Harper's Ferry, W. Va., May 28, 1862.Attached to 2nd Brigade, Sigel's Division, Dept. of the Shenandoah, and duty at Harper's Ferry until September. Mustered out September 16, 1862.

Again left State for Harrisburg, Pa., June 18, 1863.Attached to 4th Brigade, 1st Division, Dept. of the Susquehanna. Skirmish at Oyster Point, Pa., June 28. Mustered out July 20, 1863.

Joseph Ward was the units Assistant Surgeon during its initial 3-month service. He enlisted on 5/28/1862 at New York City, NY as an Asst. Surgeon and on 5/28/1862 was commissioned into Field & Staff, NY 11th Infantry. He was Mustered Out on 9/16/1862 at New York, NY.

Thought his military service was short, it is not often you find a presentation sword for a medical doctor during the Civil War.  $4000.00 SALE PRICE $3300.00


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