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High Grade Presentation Sword Identified to Captain John Digman - 183rd P.V.I.
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PRESENTATION SWORD OF CAPTAIN JOHN DIGMAN - 183rd P.V.I.

This exquisite "W. Clauberg" staff officer's sword is of high grade quality and assembled by the Civil War jeweler house of "G.W. Simons & Bros., Philada. Pa" The Blade is practically in mint condition with all of its frosting and the title etching of "For Union and Liberty." The Grip is made of ivory with a solid gold back strap. The Hilt is the design of an eagle feeding its young with a "U.S." intertwined in the casting and has much of its gilt. The 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, all possessing its original gilt. The presentation plaque is made of solid coin silver and reads " Presented To Capt Jno Digman By the Non Commissioned Officers and Privates of Co. H 183rd Regt P.V." The presentation plaques is encircled by a gilted brass rope border and located between the top and middle mounts. The sword is accompanied by its original sword knot and retains its original washer. Just a stunning sword.

John Digman was originally from Philadelphia, PA. In June 1863, he responded to the call of Pennsylvania Governor Curtin for militia to repel the horde of confederate troops invading the state. He served as 1st Lieutenant of the 52nd Infantry Militia until September of 1863. On January 21, 1864 he was commissioned as a Captain of Company H, 152nd Pennsylvania Volunteers and joined the Army of the Potomac.

Military records reveal that on May 10th, 1864 Captain Digman received a musket "ball through the breast" at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA. He survived his wounds and rejoined his command after two months convalescence. Unfortunately, on August 18, 1864 Confederate troops captured Captain Digman along with several of his enlisted men. Official military records state that he was captured in Deep Bottom, VA. Letters from fellow soldier further reference his capture in the tangled area known as " White Oak Swamp".

Captain Digman was initially imprisoned in the infamous Libby Prison in Richmond, VA, but was later moved to Danville Prison. Letters written by fellow soldiers letters imply the transfer was due to Union forces threatening Richmond during the fall of 1864. Weakened by harsh conditions, Captain Digman died in the Danville Prison on December 21, 1864 and was buried in the prison cemetery.

The official prison version of his passing was due to "exposure". However, a letter written by a fellow POW implies that the confederates severely lacerated Digman's finger while stealing his gold wedding band. As result, he contracted gangrene, and coupled with bitter winter conditions, he expired. Captain Digman was age 51 years.

This outstanding sword is also pictured in a CDV of Captain Digman holding the exact same sword - see images.

**The above detailed information of Captain John Digman's service was provided by the great, great, great grandson of John Digman and archived Military Records**


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Shipping Weight: 6 lbs
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