Original U.S. Civl War Brigadier General William B. Hazen Model 1840 Presentation Cavalry Saber
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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is simply incredible. This is a historically significant sword presented to Brigadier General William Babcock Hazen by his men for actions he lead them through during one of the most ferocious battles of the American Civil War; the Battle of Stones River! A genuine M1840 “Wristbreaker” cavalry saber with acid etched presentation blade that reads: WILLIAM B. HAZEN – 9th INDIANA VOL USA.
This historically significant sword was presented to William Babcock Hazen (September 27th, 1830 – January 16th, 1887) who was a career United States Army officer that served as a Union general in the American Civil War, as Chief Signal Officer of the U.S. Army and later served in the Indian Wars.
His most famous service was defending “Hell’s Half Acre” at the Battle of Stones River in 1862. The sword was given to him by the troops of the 9th Indiana Volunteer Infantry for services rendered as their brigade commander at Stone’s River.
Hazen was born in West Hartford, Vermont, but moved to Ohio at the age of three. He spent his boyhood in the town of Hiram and formed a close personal friendship with future President James A. Garfield. He graduated from the United States Military Academy, in 1855, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 4th U.S. Infantry.
Before the Civil War, he served…