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Historical Civil War Presentation Sword of Capt. Charles McAnally - 69th Pennsylvania, Co. D
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PRESENTATION SWORD OF CIVIL WAR MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER CAPTAIN CHARLES McANALLY - 69th P.V.I.

This "W. Clauberg" staff officer's sword with magnificent associated Pennsylvania blade is of high grade quality for this manufacturer. Blade is gold and navy blue etched with military motifs, maker's mark, and Pennsylvania State Seal. Grip is made of sheet silver, with a fluted design. Hilt and scabbard mounts are extra-rich, having more raised relief design than normally seen. Each scabbard mount has a patriotic motif; Top Mount - Lady Liberty, Middle Mount - Military Accouterments, and Drag- Fraternal Emblems. The Presentation plaque has been tested and confirmed as 18K Solid Gold. Between the top mounts reads "Presented to Lieut. Charles McAnally, Co. D 69th P.V. by Your Friends in Philadelphia, October 20, 1862." Of even more importance is the historical history of Captain McAnally in the Battles of Gettysburg and Spotsylvania by his incredible valor and leadership under enemy fire. This impression was so recognized by the Congress of the United States by awarding him the Medal of Honor on August 7, 1897 for his valiant deeds. Born on May 12, 1836, in Glenviggen, Ireland, Charles McAnally entered military service as a 1st Sgt. of the 69th Pennsylvania regiment, Co. D on August 19, 1861. He served throughout the Civil War and rose to the rank of Captain.

Charles McAnally was engaged in many battles and skirmishes. He was not the luckiest soldier around and seems to have collected more than his fair share of wounds. However he was certainly a survivor. In 1861 even before the war really got started, he was wounded in an accident in the Armory in Walnut Street Philadelphia. McAnally had enlisted into the 69th at Philadelphia on Aug. 19th, 1861 age 24. He was assigned to Co.D of the Regiment. Quick promotion would follow and by Sept. 1st, 1861 he was 1st Sergeant. On Sept 16th of the same year, he was promoted to 2nd Lieut and later to 1st Lieut on May 1st, 1863. On Sept 24th, 1861 while on a night patrol at Munson Hill Va., he was hit with a rifle shot below the right knee. Capt. McAnally was also wounded in the thigh at Yorktown, VA on May 7, 1862. In another incident he was hit by "friendly fire" in late Sept. 1862. McAnally was then wounded at the Battle of Antietam, shot in the right thigh. This necessitated him being hospitalized in Philadelphia in October 1862 where while in the hospital, his friends thought fit to present him with this beautiful M1850 Staff and Field Presentation sword. This was the first sword he was presented during the Civil War by his friends and peers in Philadelphia.

After recovering he returned to active service. He would soon be back in the thick of action and was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg in July 3rd 1863, receiving a saber wound to the head at "The Angle" Pickett's Charge. During the fighting at the "Angle", Capt. Charles McAnally and several of his men captured Confederate General James Kemper. Kemper, who was shot in the groin surrendered his sword and personal belongings to Capt. McAnally and gave him his address to send them to his wife. When being carted off in a rolled up blanket, a volley of shots was fired into McAnally's men by the 1st Virginia and subsequent rescue of General Kemper. Capt. McAnally again survived this incident but retained possession of General Kemper's sword and belongings.

McAnally was shot below the knee at the Battle of Cold Harbor on June 3rd, 1864. Surgeons wanted to remove his leg. However he persuaded them not to amputate. McAnally was promoted to Capt. of Co. G of the 69th Regt on Oct. 4th, 1864. Capt. McAnally eventually won his Medal of Honor at the Battle of Spotsylvania but not before being wounded twice, in his left shoulder and receiving buckshot to his face.

Charles McAnally was not a man to be meddled with. He was obviously held in great esteem by his fellow soldiers as they presented him with a second sword at the end of the War in 1865. Capt. Charles McAnally mustered out of service on July 1st, 1865 near Washington DC.

From the early date of this presentation (1862), Captain McAnally would have had this sword during the Battles of Gettysburg and Spotsylvania and throughout the War where his heroic actions led to the awarding of the Medal of Honor.

CONDITION: Blade is bright with most original frost and modest speckling remaining on blade. The State Seal of Pennsylvania and military motifs are adorned in gold and navy blue wash and very clear. Hilt and mounts have the desired amounts of gilt and patina for its age. Scabbard body retains most of its original silver finish. Presentation Plaque is made of 18K Solid Gold. Accompanying red sash is in excellent condition. Sword is complete with all original screws, washer, and sword knot.

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Shipping Weight: 6 lbs
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