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Historical Sword Identified to Colonel David B. Morris - 101st Penn Vols
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Offered is an awesome grouping of items identified to Col. David B. Morris of the 101st Pennsylvania Volunteers. The grouping consists of Col. Morris's Presentation Sword and a Pay Voucher signed twice by Morris.

The Presentation sword is a M1850 Non-Regulation Staff & Field officers sword of high quality but definitely has seen service. The hilt has 150 years of patina but you can see the silver plating coming through in some areas. The eagle on the hilt is of the rarer version of these type of hilted swords, lots of carved detail. The blade, considering it has seen service, is in excellent condition with frosting present on both sides. There is some darker areas near the tip of the blade due to the sword being stored in an iron scabbard but very little pitting. The blade has the "U.S." on one side encased in a lot of frosting and the American Eagle on the reverse also encased in much frosting. The sword has the "W. Clauberg, Solingen" makers mark at the ricasso. The sword with scabbard measures 39" long and the sword alone measures 37 1/4." The inscription is on a solid silver plaque that is attached to the scabbard and reads: "Presented to Col. D.B. Morris by Capt. White's Company at Camp Reynolds; in appreciation of his kind treatment of them in Camp. - Sept. 1864. Committee: Jas. W. Colville, Jas. M. McKee, Sam I. Belfore, Wm. J. Warden." The presenters of the sword were soldiers from the 6th Penn. Artillery. Belfore was a sergeant and the other soldiers were privates. The inscription is very clear and well done with 150 years of patina inside the lettering. This sword has not been cleaned or enhanced in any way. The sword is untouched and attic fresh, descended through one family. A fine historical piece.

The Pay Voucher is an original document and also comes with a letter of authenticity stating that fact. The voucher was issued on June 30, 1862 and signed by Lt. Col. Morris twice. Very nice signatures in both places on the document (see images).

The grouping also comes with a printed version of the 101st Regimental, very nicely done.

Colonel David B. Morris served throughout the War from 1861 through 1865. He was wounded in the leg at the Battle of Fair Oaks, VA. He also served with the 13th Pennsylvania Infantry before being commissioned into the 101st P.V.I. Col. Morris was a leader and a fighter and was well-respected by his men. His list of accomplishments are too vast to list here but the Regimental captures all of his successes and leadership under fire. The 101st was a well fought unit. Many of the men who served in the 101st were captured and perished at Andersonville prison, and their plight is well documented.

Overall, an outstanding grouping of Civil War history connected to a Colonel who was wounded in action and fought for the State of Pennsylvania. The days of finding fresh Civil War items like this grouping are becoming rarer.

Colonel David B. Morris

Residence Pittsburgh PA; 35 years old.

Enlisted on 4/25/1861 at Pittsburgh, PA as a Captain.

On 4/25/1861 he was commissioned into "A" Co. PA 13th Infantry 
He was Mustered Out on 8/16/61 at Pittsburgh, PA
On 8/23/1861 he was commissioned into Field & Staff PA 101st Infantry 
He was discharged on 1/24/1865


He was listed as:
* Wounded (date and place not stated)


Promotions:
* Colonel 10/6/1862 


Other Information:
born 12/17/1825 in Port Elizabeth, NJ
died 2/26/1907 in Pittsburgh, PA 
Buried: Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA

(Married Margaret Grissell in 1845)

After the War he lived in Pittsburgh, PA
 
PENNSYLVANIA
101st Infantry
(3 years)
					
     One Hundred and First Infantry.-Cols. Joseph H. Wilson, 
David B. Morris, James Sheafer, Lieut.-Cols., David B. Morris, 
Joseph S. Hoard, David M. Armour, Alexander W. Taylor, Melvin 
L. Clark; Majs., Joseph S. Hoard, David M. Armour Alexander W. 
Taylor, David W. Mullin, Henry S. Benner.  The 101st regiment, 
of which seven companies were recruited in the counties of 
Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence, and three in the counties of 
Tioga, Bedford and Adams, was organized at Camp Curtin, 
Harrisburg, late in the autumn of 1861 and there mustered into 
the U. S. service for a three years, term. On Feb. 27, 1862, 
it left for Washington and was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 
3rd division, 4th corps, under Gen. Keyes.  On March 28, it 
moved to Newport News and was soon actively engaged in the 
operations on the Peninsula.  It took part in the siege of 
Yorktown, the battle of Williamsburg, and in the battle of 
Fair Oaks its losses were very heavy but the behavior of the 
men was most heroic.  Various details occupied the regiment 
during the Seven Days' battles, after which it was stationed 
at Suffolk from Sept. 18, to Dec. 4, when it was ordered to 
New Berne, N. C., to join the expedition to Goldsboro.  The 
enemy was encountered at Kinston, Whitehall and Goldsboro, but 
the object of the movement, the destruction of the railroad 
bridge, was accomplished and the troops returned to New Berne, 
near which city they went into winter quarters next movement 
of importance was the relief of Little Washington in April, 
1863.  After an unsuccessful attempt to reach the city by 
water another effort was made by land and after a sharp 
encounter with the enemy at Swift creek a force was able to 
reach Little Washington.  The regiment was stationed at 
Plymouth from July, 1863, to April, 1864, and there early in 
1864 a large proportion of the members reenlisted.  It made 
many excursions into the surrounding country, frequently 
encountering detachments of Confederate troops, and in March, 
1864, was ordered for a short time to Roanoke island. 
Returning to Plymouth in April, Gen. Hoke's large force 
approached and after three days' resistance the forts were 
obliged to surrender, the entire 101st being captured.  The 
officers were imprisoned at Macon and the men at 
Andersonville.  A few afterward escaped, some were exchanged 
during that summer, but the remainder were held in prison 
until the summer of 1865, and over half of the number died. 
Those of the regiment who were absent on leave or with the 
sick at Roanoke island, with such of the prisoners as were 
exchanged, kept up the regimental organization and received in 
March, 1865, eight new companies, which were, however, never 
incorporated with the original members.  The regiment was 
mustered out at New Berne, N. C., June 25, 1865.
 
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