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Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW
Item #: PSC231
Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW Identified Sauerbier Non-Reg Staff & Field Officers Sword - 2nd Pa. Heavy Artillery - POW
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An outstanding Non-Regulation Staff & Field Officers sword identified to 1st Lieutenant Daniel W. Lewry of the 2nd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, Battery D. Lt. Lewry also served with the 112th Pennsylvania Infantry. The hilt is embellished with the French Style Eagle with patriotic American motifs. The grip is made of solid silver along with silver inlays on the pommel cap. One silver inlay is the American Shield with the the word "Union". The other silver inlay appears to be the letter "V" in fancy Old English script standing for "Victory." The original twisted wire is intact around the silver grip. The blade is magnificent with much frosting present, almost in mint condition. The blade exhibits a heavy pattern of foliage and "U.S." on one side and a panoply of arms on the other. The leather scabbard is also fabulous with heavily chased mounts on the throat, middle mount and drag. The mounts still retain a generous amount of gilt. All original screws and hardware are present. The leather itself is in remarkable condition, very supple and strong. The sword fits perfectly into the scabbard and can be displayed separately very nicely. All stitching is present and tight with no separated seams. The presentation is on the back of the top mount and reads: "Presented to Lieut. D. Lewry by Battery D. 2nd Art. Pa." On the back of the middle mount is the slogan "Victory Crowns the Brave.", very unique presentation wording. The makers address is "H. Sauerbier, Newark. N.J." in a three line panel. The address appears to be done in needle point fashion.

Lt. Daniel Lewry was from Philadelphia, Pa and was a watchmaker. He enlisted at 23 years old as a sergeant. He was promoted to 2nd Lt. on 7/14/1862 and then to 1st Lt. on 2/17/1864. Lt. Lewry was captured on July 1, 1864 at Petersburg, Va and confined as POW at Macon, Ga. & Camp Adylum, Columbia, S.C. He was discharged on 4/28/1865 but never recovered from his poor treatment in the confederate prisons. He died on 8/29/1877 at the age of 39. Lt. Daniel was married with three children, Daniel, Kate, and Stephen.

The included War Archive Service Records show that Lt. Lewry was present at the following Battles & engagements:

Fort Delaware - 1/09/1862-3/19/1862

Defense of Washington - 3/19/1862-5/1864

General Grant converted the 2nd Pa Artillery Regiment to Infantry for his Virginia Campaign in early May, 1864.

Wilderness, Va - 5/5-9/1864

Seven Pines, Va - 5/31/1864

Cold Harbor, Va - 6/2-12/1864

Before Petersburg - 6/15-19/1864

Siege against Petersburg & Richmond - 6/16-7/1/1864

Captured at Petersburg, Va - 7/1/1864

Confined as POW at Macon, Ga. & Camp Adylum, Columbia, S.C.

Paroled at Camp Parole, Md. on March 6, 1865

Granted leave of absence for 30 days.

Discharged from service on 4/28/1865.

As you can see, Lieut. Lewry participated in many battles and skirmishes before he was captured. Overall, a beautiful presented sword with Pennsylvania provenance and a documented Civil War history.


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