Sword, Staff & Field Officer Sword with Scabbard
Identified Staff and Field Officer’s Sword
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A Staff and Field Officer Sword, with scabbard, Model 1850. ID’d to Capt. Joshua Pike, 134th Illinois Infantry.
Pike was born in 1840 in West Jefferson, Ohio. He was in his junior year at the University of Chicago when he was commissioned a Captain in Company G on 31 May 1864. The Company contained many of his fellow students from the University. The 134th enlisted for 100 days service, during which time the regiment was sent to Columbus, Kentucky, where it did garrison duty. Pike was mustered out with his regiment in Chicago 25 October 1864.
Pike returned to finish his education. After he was appointed Superintendent of Schools in Jerseyville, IL in 1874 and held that position until his death 14 January 1915. He is buried in Jerseyville’s Oak Grove Cemetery, beneath an inscribed monument gifted by his former students. He had been an active member of the local GAR.
The sword is in very good condition, showing light wear from, no doubt, being carried during his service.
(Sword – 134th Illinois) Model 1850 Staff & Field Officer’s Sword with Scabbard. ID’d to Capt. Joshua Pike, 134th Illinois Infantry. Imported Presentation Grade. Accompanied by pension record info.