Lieutenant Hamilton's presentation sabre makes $29,000

A presentation sabre given to lieutenant colonel Theodore B. Hamilton has sold for $28,750 at Heritage Auctions.

The lot led a sale of American civil war memorabilia in Dallas on June 12-13.

Hamilton sword Heritage
Hamilton fought in the Anderson Zouaves during the American civil war

Hamilton fought in the 62nd New York Volunteer Infantry, a regiment better known as the Anderson Zouaves. The troop were so named for major Robert Anderson, who led the defence of Fort Sumter in 1861.

The sword displays several patriotic symbols, including flags and eagles, and features the words "We Never Surrender" etched into the base of the blade.  

Another inscription reads: "Presented To Lieut Col T.B. Hamilton by the Non Commissioned Officers & Privates of the 62nd Regt N.Y. Vols. Anderson Zouaves as a token of their regards and esteem. All Honor To The Brave".

A handwritten letter from Confederate general Stonewall Jackson dating to 1861 realised $20,000.

It's addressed to general Kenton Harper, who apparently resigned after Jackon refused him permission to attend his wife's funeral.

He writes: "though in the Providence of an all wise God we may no longer be permitted to serve together in the same military organization, yet I trust that we may both meet each other often, enjoying the fruits of a lasting peace for which you have labored so hard and successfully.

"Should you ever come near me either in peace or war, I hope that you will not fail to honor me with a call."

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