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Beautiful Identified Sheffield Side Knife Grouping - 47th Mass. Co. B
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Offered is the side knife of Samuel A. Gilbert, a private in the 47th Mass. Regiment Co. B. The knife is in wonderful condition with just enough wear to tell you it was carried. The handle is made of ivory with two thin hairline cracks on face. There are no cracks present on the reverse side and no chips to speak of. On the knife handle is the identification plaque to Private Gilbert as well as the manufacturer's address clearly seen on the blade. The side knife was made by "G. Woodhead, 36 Howard Street, Sheffield." The knife has its original scabbard and also in great condition with the top mount present. The scabbard brass tip is missing however. The knife fits firmly into the scabbard. The top scabbard mount is identified to Private Gilbert's Regiment, "Co. B, 47th Regt. M.V." The grouping consists of later photographs of Private Gilbert and his wife, along with a nicely framed "Commonwealth of Massachusetts" document congratulating Private Gilbert for his service to the "Commonwealth of Massachusetts" with valor. A nice identified edged weapon grouping you don't normally find any more.

Samuel A. Gilbert

Residence Cambridge MA; a 38 year-old Tobacconist.

Enlisted on 9/17/1862 as a Private.

On 9/19/1862 he mustered into "B" Co. MA 47th Infantry 
He was Mustered Out on 9/1/1863 at Readville, MA


Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:

 - Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil War
(c) Historical Data Systems, Inc. @ www.civilwardata.com
 
FORTY-SEVENTH REGIMENT
MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER MILITIA(INFANTRY)
NINE MONTHS
     The 47th Regt. Mass. Vol. Mill, the Merchant's Guard 
Regiment, was raised largely through the efforts of Mr. Lucius 
B. Marsh, a merchant of Boston, who became its colonel.  The 
regiment was organized at Camp Stanton, Boxford, in September 
and October, 1862.  The companies were mustered into the United 
States service on various dates between Sept. 19 and Oct. 31, 
and the field and staff on Nov. 7.  The regiment was 
transferred to Camp Meigs, Readville, Nov. 11, where its 
organization and equipment was completed.  Both at Boxford and 
at Readville it suffered considerably from desertions, but this 
resulted largely in the weeding out of undesirable material and 
thus improving the general character of the command.

     The regiment was ordered to New York, Nov. 29, where the 
Banks expedition was being organized.  It remained in camp on 
Long Island until Dec. 21, when it embarked on the steamer 
MISSISSIPPI bound for New Orleans, arriving on the 31st. From 
Jan. 1 to 11, the regiment was at Camp Kearney, Carrollton. On 
Jan. 11, it was transferred to United States Barracks in lower 
New Orleans.  From here, on the following day, it proceeded to
the Louisiana Lower Cotton Press, returning to the city on the 
14th.  United States Barracks was an important post which 
commanded the lower part of the city.  Near it was a large 
contraband camp, a hospital, and a recruiting station.  Several 
of the companies were here detached and assigned to special 
duty.

     From Feb. 14 to Mar. 12, the regiment was again on duty at 
the Louisiana Lower Cotton Press.  On the latter date the 
detached companies, except Co. "B ", were recalled, and the 
regiment was sent to Metaire Race Course, which was situated on 
a ridge surrounded by stagnant pools just above the city.  Colonel 
Marsh was placed in command of the post which was garrisoned by 
the 47th Mass., the 1st Vt., and 26th N.Y. Infantry Regiments, and 
for a part of the time by the 12th and 13th Mass. Batteries.  The 
Race Course was a very beautiful but unhealthy spot.  During its 
stay here the regiment gained an excellent reputation for drill 
and discipline.  Companies "D" and "H" were twice sent across Lake 
Ponchartrain where they captured a steamboat, a schooner, and a 
large amount of cotton.

     After about ten weeks stay at Metaire Race Course, on May 
19 the regiment was sent to "Camp Parapet" about two miles up 
the Mississippi River, Colonel Marsh being assigned to the 
command of this post.  Here was stationed a considerable force 
of infantry, cavalry, and artillery including a part of the 42d 
Regt. Mass. Inf. and the 12th and 13th Mass. Batteries.  At 
"Camp Parapet" a company of colored men was recruited to be 
employed in the swamps.  This later became the nucleus of the 
2d Regt. La. Engineers, a regiment which was officered very 
largely by members of the 47th Regiment.

     On August 5, 1863, the 47th embarked on the steamer 
CONTINENTAL at Carrollton and proceeded up the Mississippi to 
Cairo, Ill., where it arrived August 13 and there entrained for
Boston, Mass. Reaching that city August 18, it was received by
the mayor and a large concourse of citizens.  Although the 
regiment had never been in action, it had performed the duties
assigned to it in a most worthy and acceptable manner.  
Twenty-four of its members had died of disease and one had been
killed by guerrillas.  After its reception in Boston, the men 
were furloughed for thirteen days at the close of which period,
on Sept 1, they reassembled at Readville and were mustered out 
of the United States service.

Source:  Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors & Marines in the Civil War
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Your Price $4,250.00 USD

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